Food: Mildreds

Vital for Vegetarians


After a somewhat seedy start in life – it opened in 1988 as a small café in a former sex club in edgy Soho – Mildreds has blossomed into one of London’s most respected vegetarian restaurants. Now housed in three locations – a new space Soho, as well as cosy premises in Camden and King’s Cross – this no-bookings stop-in is a firm favourite of vegetarians and carnivores alike.

The absence of reservations means that lively queues are a staple; make a beeline for the bar and you’ll be just fine. The menu is inspired by Asian and Middle Eastern traditions and made up of fuss-free, fresh and colourful food: the piping-hot gyoza dumplings with sweet chilli-and-soya dip are a scrumptious starter while the Sri Lanken sweet-potato-and-green-bean curry makes for a comforting main. As ever (in my mind) it’s worth leaving room for something sweet: the peanut-butter brownie would make my NYC partner proud.

Mildreds: Citywide. See locations here.

Photo: Mildreds.

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