Organic and vegan-friendly eateries in London
Credit: ILLUSTRATION BY LAM LE
Eating organically doesn't have to be difficult when you have a number of great spots in London to dine at.
Plant Matter Kitchen (PMK)
As a restaurant that wants to represent an under-represented community (vegans), PMK is more than just about the food. They want to create a network of partnerships that bring the whole community together through food and its production. This restaurant serves an amazing selection of breakfast and lunch items such as the iconic smoothie bowl with apple cider and cinnamon, Scoville burger, and mushroom miso flatbread. They pride themselves on being able to provide plant-based burgers that satisfy any meat cravings without all the additives and chemicals. Don’t have time to trek down to Wortley Village? They are also on Just Eat, Uber Eats, and Skip The Dishes.
162 Wortley Rd, London, ON N6C 3P7.
Active in the London community, Globally Local is a food truck and restaurant chain that travels all around Canada to provide healthy and nutritious foods to festival goers. One of their breakfast staples is their BacUn maple crunch, a breakfast sandwich with BacUn: fermented soy beans, tofu-egg, hash brown non-dairy cheese and maple syrup. Also available on Just Eat, Uber Eats and Skip The Dishes.
252 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1H3
The Root Cellar
Located in the heart of the Old East Village, Root Cellar is an organic restaurant that believes food is a political statement and tries to support local communities and economies. They are advocates for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. To support local producers, they source food from St. Thomas, Putnam, Zurich, to Aylmer. They serve a Sunday brunch weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at $25 a pop. All of their meals are created from scratch in their bustling: from salad dressings to condiments, they do it all in their kitchen. Try their new scotch egg and spicy maple cashews (vegan and gluten-free) that will introduce new flavours and textures to blow your mind.
623 Dundas St, London, ON N5W 2Z1
Serving a variety of Oriental dishes, Zen Gardens is a haven for vegans and vegetarians looking to expand their palettes. Located in the peripherals of Downtown London, this restaurant is within walking distance of the park and other amenities. The chefs are well-equipped for people with gluten allergies and will make necessary accommodations for people with allergies. They are well-known for their spring rolls and lemon chicken.
344 Dundas St, London, Ontario N6B 1V7
The Boombox Bakeshop
The iconic bright pink catches your eye as you walk by, but it’s the scrumptious baked goods that keep you coming back. They source their produce from local farmers and distributors and get their coffee (a special blend) from a local producer. One of their signature cupcakes is their vegan burger cupcakes that will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Relive your childhood memories with their Dunkaroo-inspired cake. This year, the bakeshop was even a venue for a Sofar concert!
520 Adelaide St N, London, ON N6B 3J4