With many people transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, it goes without saying that restaurants and eateries have started to offer a full or partial menu based on plants and without dairy products. Earlier this year, a vegan restaurant made headlines in France after earning a Michelin star. There are many others that aim to attract the growing number of vegan patrons around the world. These restaurants serve some of the best dishes and are committed to a healthy lifestyle using plant-based foods.
Here are some of the best vegan restaurants to visit around the world.
ONA, ArÃ¨s, France
ON ONE stands for Origine Non-Animale (“animal-free origin”) and is the first vegan restaurant in France to be awarded a Michelin star. It also won a Michelin Green Star for Ethical Practices. The restaurant was founded in 2016 by former archaeologist Clare VallÃ©e after she managed to raise enough capital through crowdfunding and a loan from an ethical bank. ONA has its own garden in which over 140 plants are grown. The restaurant has two menus – Illiad and Odyss. The former is a weekly changing 3-course menu, while the latter includes a seasonal 11-course menu with dishes made from ingredients such as hibiscus, coconut, mango, lemon confit and buckwheat.
Eleven Madison Park, New York City, USA
In June 2021 the Michelin three star restaurant changed its old menu to go completely vegan. There is no longer his specialty Eggs Benedict with a layer of cream and smoked ham or the honey-glazed duck. In the large dining room of the restaurant, guests can now enjoy a selection of delicious vegan dishes. Milk is only used in tea or coffee.
Owned by Chef Daniel Humm since 2011, Eleven Madison Park’s Instagram feed gives you an insight into dishes like roasted and grilled eggplants with shiso and coriander, pumpkin with sesame tofu and lemongrass, and blueberries with elderflower and vanilla.
Mildreds, London, UK
One of the best vegan restaurants in London, Mildreds started his first restaurant in Soho in 1988. It has since opened three more restaurants across London. Founded by Diane Thomas and Jane Muir, the restaurant offers four different menus – breakfast, all day, weekend brunch and summer specials. There is a long list of dishes to choose from depending on the time of your visit. Kashmiri Chana Pattie, Morello Cherry Porridge or Artichoke & Candied Beet Ceviche – choose from a selection of fresh and healthy dishes.
Yellow, Sydney, Australia
at yellow, Plant lovers can choose between the five- and seven-course vegan menu and feel transported into a European environment. The restaurant was opened in 2013 by Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt. Three years later it became completely vegetarian. Sea salad with Australian butter squash eucalyptus, roasted shio carrots, macadamia, Jerusalem artichokes, Brussels sprouts, corn porridge, rye brioche roll, bergamot and celery ice cream are just some of the many delicacies on the tasting menu. Combine one of the courses with a natural, biodynamic or organic wine or opt for a non-alcoholic drink.
Balwoo Gongyang, Seoul, South Korea
The famous vegetarian restaurant has a Michelin star and is the only restaurant with such status that serves temple dishes. The restaurant is run by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and the dishes are prepared according to recipes that are thousands of years old. The food here is created to improve the health of the mind and body. Since Balwoo Gongyang does not use milk or egg products in any of his dishes, vegans will be able to enjoy the delicacies served here without any problems. The menu is huge – five different courses, each highlighting an aspect of the Buddhist belief, are divided into each of the four seasons. From delicious porridges to delicious salads and pasta to delicious desserts – Balwoo will not disappoint.
The Hind’s Head, Bray, UK
The only Michelin-starred pub has a special vegan menu with an amazing array of dishes that perfectly define the legacy of its owner – British culinary icon Heston Blumenthal. The vegan menu is part of several seasonal, curated menus that collectively showcase the very best of British cuisine. Start with pea and mint soup, lemon salad and mushroom parfait before ordering the main course of roasted cauliflower, butternut squash tarte tatin with crispy lettuce or tender broccoli and hazelnuts. Finish with a dessert made from English strawberries or chocolate mousse. But before you sit down to eat to your heart’s content, take a moment to admire the restaurant’s building – it’s a restored 15th-century building with exposed beams and wood-paneled walls.
Kajitsu, New York City, US
Kajitsu isn’t just another restaurant, it’s a journey to serenity through food. The Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant, whose name means âbeautiful day,â specializes in shojin cuisine, which has roots in Zen Buddhism and is the basis of all Japanese cuisine, including kaiseki. Some of the plates and bowls in which the food is served were created by Japanese master potters two centuries ago. The rest is a product of modern ceramic artists.
Kajitsu takes great care to preserve the traditional Japanese style of food preparation and consumption. The menu changes monthly and guests are informed of any change on. informed official website. The ten-course omakase menu is a must for anyone looking to enjoy the best of seasonal vegetables for dinner. Every dish on the menu marks a culinary highlight. There is takiawase, a dish that brings together different types of chilled vegetables, each prepared using a different cooking technique. Similarly, kajitsu also serves hassun, a dish that combines seasonal vegetables from land and sea, such as fennel ohitashi and zucchini sushi.
Hiltl House, Zurich, Switzerland
Guinness Book of Records recognizes House Hiltl as the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world. The restaurant, founded in 1898, has been in continuous operation ever since. Known for serving around 100 home-made dishes, Hiltl conjures up delicacies in a country known for its love of meat that satiate the palate and satisfy the soul. The restaurant is mostly vegetarian, but there are plenty of vegan options for guests. These include Hiltl Tatar Sandwich, vegan egg salad, red Thai curry, green Thai curry and vegan biscuits.
Known for its diverse kitchens, one of the highlights of the Hiltl house is the Indian cuisine, to which there is even a separate course. The former Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai is also said to have visited the restaurant. The best Indian spices go into the preparation of sumptuous dishes such as Palak Paneer.
Daigo, Tokyo, Japan
at this restaurant, seasonal ingredients from the nearby Seisho-ji Temple at the foot of Mount Atago are brought daily for the dishes on the menu. Daigo has been awarded two stars by Michelin and has maintained this status continuously ever since. The restaurant was founded in 1950. His dishes revolve around the philosophy of enjoying food in a quiet environment while using all five senses. The seating is such that the Japanese-style garden of the restaurant is visible from all dining rooms. The style of the restaurant is Kaiseki, where a multi-course menu is artfully served in small portions.
Orchid, bamboo, apricot, chrysanthemum are the four menus. At Daigo, small amounts of dried bonito and eggs are used in some dishes, but the restaurant can also serve completely vegan food if requested in advance.
(Main and main picture: Kajitsu)