London is blessed with some hidden gems when it comes to plant-based restaurants, 222 Veggie Vegan is certainly one of them. Now in its 11th year, head chef Ben Asami and his team produce a feast for the eyes and the palate in this cosy eatery, nestled equi-distant between West Kensington and West Brompton tube stations.
Enamoured by our first visit, my friend and I ventured back on New Year’s Eve to sample some more of 222 Veggie Vegan’s offerings. We were lucky to get the last table, the place was heaving, meaning that service was slower that usual, but we were happy waiting, enjoying our freshly-made carrot and ginger juices [£2.95].
Finding it impossible to choose one starter, we ordered both the Bean and Tofu Pancake: a delicious blend of black-eyed beans and tofu wrapped in a tender wholemeal pancake topped with tomato and vegan cream sauce [£5.50] and the Lentil Peak: A Mediterranean-style dish with oven-baked ripe tomatoes stuffed and topped with seasoned green lentils.[£4.95]
The slower than usual service meant we had time to relax and digest each course, which we very much appreciated as the food is quite filling.
For main course I ordered the 222 Veg burger [£9.50], a house special. Made with organic tofu and veggie mince, the burger was served encased in a gorgeously fresh wholemeal bun, alongside baked fries, salad, and
homemade ketchup. This was the best veggie burger I have ever tried, and I have tried quite a few! 10 out of 10.
My friend was tempted by the sound of the Seitan Stroganoff [£10.95]. I tasted a little bit of it, and was amazed at how creamy and flavoursome.
The sauce was made using cashew nuts. In fact, everything on the menu is vegan. Other main course options include: Pasta Basilico, Pumpkin and Pine Nut Risotto, Oyster Mushroom and Spinach Raclette, a Vegan Roast, and Daily Specials. Main courses range in price from £8.95 – £11.95. There is also a limited raw menu.
We opted for the Raw Chocolate Torte [£5.50] for dessert, which was the perfect way to end a fantastic meal.
At lunchtimes there is only a buffet option [eat in £7.50, takeaway box: £5.50] and at night, only an à la carte option.
With such an array of scrumptious veggie food, this is one restaurant well worth going across town for. I’d highly recommend booking in advance as there are just 38 seats. It is also worth noting there they have gluten free and wheat free options and lots of the produce they use is organic.
Reviewer: Lara Smallman