Who says vegetarian meals have to be dull, boring and tasteless? Gone are the days when a piece of lettuce accompanied with some tomato and rubbery tofu were considered a foodie delight for all herbivores.
London has some delicious all-vegetarian restaurants to treat your salad-loving appetite. Here are our top five:
Woodlands, 77 Marylebone Lane W1, woodlandsrestaurants.co.uk
A healthy twist to your regular Indian meals, this restaurants serves up a huge array of vegetarian dishes, with a whole new vegan menu on offer as well. You don't have to worry about your waistline here, as 98% of their dishes don't contain any butter or cream. Win-win!
Vanilla Bean, 17-18 Tooks Court, EC4, vanillabean.co.uk
A Michelin-recommended delight, this restaurant has fancy names on the menu and even more so fancy food on the plates. Imagine a Brie Ice Cream, Elderflower and Hazelnut Crumble and Walnut Pannacotta - yum yum! A two-course meal will cost you close to £20 - a great value for the calibre of food served.
Idataki Zen, 139 King's Cross Road, WC1X 9BJ, idatakizen-uk.com
A first of its kind in Europe - this Japanese restaurant is vegan, organic and did we mention, Japanese? Working with a small range of ingredients but offering a party to the tastebuds, Idataki Zen is going to revolutionalise your regular plate of sushi and seaweed salad as an upcoming food trend. The textures and tastes of the food at this place are the one to watch out for.
SAF, Whole Foods Market, Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SE, safrestaurant.co.uk
Following a strict no-meat, no dairy, no wheat and vegan policy, this restaurant and express take-away food bar is a tree-loving and spiritual-leader's haven. Serving up a complete plant-based meal on the plates, you'll find everything from a vegan burger to a bowl of ramen here. You can also choose to rinse the food down with a glass of organic wine or a bespoke cocktail - all biodynamic and authentic, of course!
Amico Bio, 43 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1BH, amicobio.co.uk
An organic, vegetarian Italian joint that serves up all the naughty dishes for its herbivorous audience. The fresh ingredients and mouth-watering flavours all still favour the restaurants policy of sticking by the traditional spirit of Italian food. The menu changes here on a daily basis, but there are gluten-free options available too. Ballisimo!