Food Editor Sophie Milligan discovers the best places to eat Vegan food in Birmingham this Veganuary.
Veganuary is a global initiative that was launched in the UK back in 2014. The founders of the non-profit organisation focus on the month of January in order to bring Veganism to the masses. Though it might make visiting your favorite restaurant difficult, maybe even no longer possible, there are some brilliant restaurants in Birmingham that provide for vegetarians and vegans.
The Warehouse Café
Now you might have known this Digbeth based diner is Vegetarian but it also caters to Vegans- they even serve Vegan desserts! On the menu are vegan options such as corn, Red Pepper and Aubergine Fritters, A Mezze Platter with hummus and olives, and an exquisite Vegan sticky toffee pudding. With a commitment to sustainability The Warehouse Café has to be one of the greenest restaurants in Birmingham. The majority of the cafes products are organic and fairtrade, they recycle everything they use, and even rely on a bicycle courier service! There is also a vegan shop called Natural Healthy Foods (http://www.naturalhealthyfoods.co.uk/collections/vegan-goody-bags) in the same building, where you can pick up groceries to try and recreate their food at home.
One of four sites for this growing Vegetarian restaurant group, 1847 is situated in the Great Western arcade in the centre of town. Orignially named after the year that the Vegetarian Society was formed the menu has many Vegan food options alongside their Vegetarian options. Dishes include fennel salad, beet bourguignon , and affogato. They also serve cocktails!
Blue Ginger Restaurant
Mondy night is Vegan Night at this Singaporean and Malaysian restaurant. Bringing the Asian spices to our taste buds meals include glass noodle salad, stir-fried aubergine in black bean sauce, and pandan crepe served with palm sugar and coconut shavings. With a report filled with shining reviews you’ll find this gem in Kings Heath and it’ll be sure to brighten your Monday evening!
Cooking up authentic South American food Bodega have a range of Vegan tapas at their City Centre location. Treat yourself to some of their batatas frias – sweet potato fries, or some delicious sounding frijoles – black beans seasonsed with garlin cumin and chilli. Pair both with some cilantro lime rice and you’ll be in for a treat! Thursday night is also happy hour all night from 5pm, drinks anyone?