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Vegan food has come a long way since the days of a plate of chips or vegetables and can now even tempt your meat-eating friends and family.
If tasty food wasn’t reason enough, eating vegan or vegetarian a couple of times a week could have a huge environmental impact.
Last week, an independent review by the National Food Strategy recommended a reduction of meat intake by 30% over ten years to help solve climate change.
We spoke to some local, vegan-friendly restaurants, to help you decide which vegan dish to try next.
Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or just enjoy good food, it is time to tick some of these tasty dishes off your bucket list.
Sanskruti is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant based on Bixteth Street offering authentic Indian cuisine.
The restaurant has everything you could want, from poppadoms and pickles to street food and a full thali.
They said: “Once you dine at Sanskruti you know that veganism is not about bland food.
“A lot of meat eaters are very sceptical when they first visit, but the flavours and authentic food wins them over and they become our regulars.”
One of their favourite vegan dishes is the Kathal Lazeez which is a delicious jackfruit curry.
Explore their full menu here.
Bakchich on Bold Street is known as being a ‘little piece of Lebanon’ in the middle of our city.
They serve ‘Lebanese street food with a french twist’, including shawarma, falafel and baklawa.
They said: “Bakchich is a well established restaurant and very popular in Liverpool with our big variety of vegan and healthy dishes.
“Everyone can enjoy our restaurant because Bakchich is trendy, fresh and value for money.”
One of their most popular vegan dishes is the vegetarian mezze with hommos, baba ganoush, taboulah, falafel, salad, pickles and arabic bread.
See what else they offer here.
The Old Hardware shop in Woolton village is worth the short trip out of town.
Their cafe opened in 2014, is 100% vegan and serves mouth-watering toasties, breakfasts, milkshakes and cakes.
They said: “Liverpool has become one of the best places in the country for vegans, with new, exciting vegan places opening all the time.
“Vegan food is so inclusive because everyone can eat it, so many of our customers aren’t vegan but just enjoy the atmosphere of the cafe and the beautiful surroundings of Woolton Village.”
As well as ‘big greasy spoon style breakfasts’, they offer vegan ice cream milkshakes including a favourite, their biscoff milkshake.
Check out some more tasty classics here.
This live music venue serves up delicious vegan pizza, beer and is even dog-friendly too.
Based on Renshaw street, they do vegan and vegetarian pizzas packed with flavour and offering a variety of toppings.
They said: “All our pizzas taste amazing and satisfy vegans, veggies and meat eaters alike. We offer 70-ish beers, most of which are vegan too.”
A fan favourite is their vegan fajita pizza topped with vegan cheese and peppers.
Find out what’s on next by clicking here.
Indigo Greens on Queens Drive are a plant-based eatery who actually won the Best Vegan Restaurant 2019 VegfestUK.
Their menus include breakfasts, burgers and toasties with all plant based ingredients.
They said: “Vegans from all over the country come to Indigo Greens because they can taste classic dishes given an Indigo twist, infused with worldwide flavours.
“Non vegans love it because they get to enjoy their favourite dishes made plant based but without the bloating feeling. The same classic dishes, but clean plant based nutrition.”
Recently included as ‘Sandwich of the day’ was a Chilli Banana on a bed of Lentil Dal with Coriander Hummus, Pickled Cabbage and Balsamic Vinegar served on sourdough.
If this sounds like something you would like to try, make sure to lobby for it to make the main menu too!
You can see the rest of their menu here.
This poutine-serving, vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurant can be found on Slater Street in town.
Traditionally a Canadian dish, owners Michael and Lizzie set up shop in Liverpool to share the delicious flavours of poutine with us.
They said: “The best thing about vegan food for us is just how delicious and creative it can be.
“Our vegan poutines are delicious, cheesy, comforting and can be ready in a giffy for you to take out and eat on the go.”
A vegan favourite of theirs is their salt and pepper ‘chicken’ poutine which includes their fries, signature vegan gravy and vegan cheese.
Find out more about what they have to offer by clicking here.
Meatless Liverpool is an independent, family run, vegan eatery and can be found on Smithdown road.
The restaurant provides healthy plant based food as well as ‘a bit of something naughty’, including burgers, curries, tacos, salads and sweets.
They said: “We want to encourage people to give plant based eating a go.
“You’ll find that in vegan cooking there are so many different things to try, there’s a whole world of food yet to be discovered – you won’t miss the meat, we promise!”
Their favourite vegan dish is their Chickpea Buddha Bowl which contains sweet potato falafel, vegetables, homemade hummus and tahini dressing.
Take a look at their menu by clicking here.
Did you know Lark Lane was home to one of the only fully vegan chippy’s in the UK?
Not only is the name of this plant based chip shop absolutely incredible, but the food is too!
From dim sum starters to fried rice, burgers to salt and pepper EVERYTHING. This place really does fulfil all that vegans miss about Friday night chippy night.
Check out the menu to call in or to order via Deliveroo here.
Whatever you like to eat and for whatever reasons, this vegan scran definitely looks tempting.
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