NORTH WEST LONDON

 

Veggie Friendly Restaurants in North West London

 

CHINESE VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

 

HEE'S PEKING AND SZECHUAN CUISINE (Location: 27 The Broadway, Mill Hill) ££  

 

Hee's is great for veggie Chinese food. Ask anyone who lives in the area and they will agree. Their fried tofu with garlic and chilli is a must. To top it all off, the prices are reasonable too. I recently went for a birthday dinner and we were given a table upstairs - although the place could do with an update, it was nice to have a 'private room'. For vegetarians there is a whole menu with various dishes available; you certainly won't be spoilt for choice. I went for their soup and the vegetarian spring rolls. Both were tasty, except the spring rolls were bathed in grease. For main, I stuck with the usual tofu dishes and black bean sauce and a fried tofu and mushrooms. The dishes were tasty and spicy too. It is a typical Chinese restaurant, don't expect anything fancy but sometimes that is just what you want, tasty Chinese food at reasonable prices. With Good Earth down the road, I know where I would rather spend my money.

 

Tel No. 0871 426 3708

  

L'ORIENT (Location: 58 High Street, Pinner, HA5 5PZ) ££

 

This is a wonderful Asian fusion restaurant set in a gorgeous 16th century listed building in the heart of Pinner village.  It has a diverse menu ranging from Thai to Chinese to Japanese cuisine with an abundance of vegetarian options which are clearly marked out as Green Cuisine.  The spicy aubergine is highly recommended as well as the Thai green curry with coconut rice.  Pad Thai is a good choice too.  The interior is divided into a series of beautiful themed dining rooms and the exposed oak beams, decorative touches and sea of fresh flowers all add to the unique and intimate setting.  There is a private dining rooms upstairs which is great for private parties and there is a bar there too so that you can enjoy a party/celebration with only your friends and family surrounding you!  This is a little on the pricey side but well worth it for a real escape from the very average modern Italian chain restaurants that seem to be cropping up all over the place. 

 

Tel No. 020 8429 8488

  

PING PONG (Location: 83-84 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1RE) ££ 

 

Ping Pong offers a wide variety of dim sum and refreshing cocktails. For vegetarians you can choose from spicy vegetable dumplings, vegetable puff (with a honey sauce for those with a sweet tooth), spinach and mushroom dumplings, vegetable bun (not so keen on) and vegetarian rice. As well as the usual veggie spring rolls and a wide selection of vegetables. Make sure you order rice, otherwise it's not very filling. The food is served quickly and the atmosphere is laid back. At £3 a dish plus 12.5% service charge, it can get quite expensive for what it is as you end up ordering  around 5/6 dishes per person plus drinks. But it's a great place to go with a group of friends, as more dishes to share!

 

www.pingpongdimsum.com

 

INDIAN VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

 

Ruby Ms (Location: 466-468 Alexandra Ave, Harrow HA2 9TL) ££

 

Ruby Ms has recently been taken over by new management. The food is great and there are lots of options available. The restaurant serves both Chinese and Indian options. Personally, I love the veggie biryani and I ask for a veg karahi sauce on the side. 

 

www.rubyms.com 

 

ITALIAN VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

 

PREZZO (Location: throughout the UK) £

 

There are pasta, pizza and risotto options including clarissa which is a vegetarian calzone (haven't yet found a veggie calzone to match). The penne arribiata is definitely a spicy option.

 

www.prezzoplc.co.uk

 

SILVER DOLLAR (Location: 230 Imperial Drive, Rayners Lane, Harrow) £

 

Undoubtedly my family's favourite pizza haunt, we have been frequenting for years and still the only place my mum will eat pizza that is not homemade! Silver Dollar is tucked away on Imperial Drive and is nothing special in terms of an atmospheric venue but the pizzas more than make up for this.  They are paper thin and are served sizzling hot and crispy straight out of the oven.  There is also a good choice of sides, be sure to try the mushrooms and Greek salad.  Advisable to book at weekends as it's only a tiny venue and is very popular with the locals.

 

http://www.silverdollar.force9.co.uk/index.html

 

MEXICAN VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

 

MESTIZO (Location: 103 Hampstead Road, London, NWI 3EL) £

 
 
I just had a great lunchtime experience at Mestizo.  After hearing lots of good things about the authentic menu, I was ready to see if the Mexan fare on offer did indeed tickle my tastebuds.  I am pleased to say my vegetarian burrito with extra guacamole hit the spot.  A hearty and tasty burrito filled with rice, beans, mixed vegetables, cheese and lots of fresh garnishes on the side to devour as per your taste. The service was friendly and attentive and  the meal was a bargain £5! I now know why so many Mexans say this is like a second home to them! Definitely worth a go…

 

Tel: 020 7387 4064

 

PUBS

 

ORANGE TREE PUB (Location: 7 Totteridge Village, Totteridge N20 8NX) £ 

 

There are not many pubs which offer good food, great atmosphere and al fresco dining, Orange Tree is one of those exceptions. Based in Totteridge, Orange Tree is located next to a lake surrounded by greenery, with ample parking and an outside area. The food includes pizzas cooked in a stone oven, where you can choose your own toppings or pasta (pappardella, courgettes, peppers, roast aubergine and tomato sauce). I tried the pasta with white sauce (veg version) which was really stodgy - the pizzas are my preferred choice by far. Or you can enjoy one of their side dishes, including chips, garlic bread or a side portion of vegetables. Pub food need not be bland and unimaginative. Although, a word of warning just like the food is unlike your usual pub food, so are the prices - expect to pay around £7-8 for a main dish.

 

http://www.theorangetreetotteridge.co.uk/index.htm

 

THAI VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

 

THAI EDGE (Location: 177 Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7JX) ££ 

 

Thai Edge is amongst the wide range of restaurants situated on Edgware's High Street. It is modestly sized, with simplistic decor. I visited Thai Edge on a Thursday, which is apparently their busiest day of the week because they offer half price of all Japanese food. I recommend booking in advance, to ensure a table.

You can choose dishes from either their Thai or Japanese (Sushi) menu. There are lots of vegetarian options on both. I decided to opt for the Thai menu. Their version of salt and pepper bean-cured is tasty and spicy. I also ordered the Thai green curry with vegetables, although you can also opt for vegetarian chicken. Again, this was faultless. The menu also has a variety of vegetarian soups, vegetable dishes, noodles and red curry.

Thai restaurants in North West London are few and far between but Thai Edge is definitely one of the best for Thai food in the area. My only quibble is that the service is not great. It takes forever to be served - although we did go on its busiest day.

The price of the mean (starter, main and dessert) came to approximately £18 per head. Sundays and Monday they offer a buffet menu for around £13! Thai Edge is worth a visit - especially at the buffet menu prices!

 

www.Thai-edge.co.uk

 

TWIN BOYS THAI RESTAURANT (Location: 56 Victoria Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 0AH) ££

 

No sooner did I come across Thai Edge, I came across this little gem in Ruislip. The restaurant doesn't have all the fancy trappings as some modern restaurants but unlike other places, this place is solely about the food. The staff are friendly, greeting you in Thai as soon as you enter. The menu is separated into a vegetarian and a meat section. I went for the Tom Yam Hed - spicy mushroom soup, it was both tasty and hot! I didn't enjoy the friend bean curd as it was really plain. The Thai green curry is also worth trying.

The portions were just right and the price of the dishes are extremely reasonable, also if you are fed up of having the usual red or green curries there is a whole selection of other dishes to try. A drink, starter and a main cost me £16 (including service charge). Now these are the kind of prices I would expect from a local restaurant.

 

http://www.twinboys.co.uk/

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