It might be labelled as a vegetarian restaurant, but David Bann has a great selection of vegan options on the menu. He chooses to step away from traditional and sometimes boring dishes you may find elsewhere, and instead there’s a wide selection of food from around the world. You can pick from dishes like Thai fritter of broccoli and smoked tofu, spiced aduki bean and cashew pie, and to sweeten things up there’s a raspberry and mint jelly with pineapple and rum sorbet. They’ll even make sides like chunky chips suitable for vegans on request.
The Auld Hoose
If you’re looking for a more laid back, pub atmosphere then The Auld Hoose is the place to go for some of the best comfort food in the city. They’ve got nachos, burritos, chilli, haggis, and a big vegan breakfast that’s served until 5pm. And the best bit of the menu is that they serve chips and vegan cheese, something so simple, but so difficult to find anywhere else. The Auld Hoose also has a great jukebox with everything from Deftones to Nine Inch Nails to provide the perfect soundtrack for a lazy Sunday lunch.
Even before becoming vegan, I frequently ate at Henderson’s and with plenty of people who aren’t even vegetarian, which shows you just how great the food there is. The bistro and deli boosts a wide range of dishes including lighter meals like vegetable wraps, soups, and grilled sandwiches. And there’s the dinner menu with plenty of options like curries, stews and pies on offer. They also have some vegan ice cream available if you’re still not full after all that.
It was voted as one of the top 5 vegan-friendly cinemas in the UK by PETA, so it’s no surprise that the café at The Filmhouse is a must see for all vegan film fans in the city. The soup of the day is always vegan friendly, and there’s a great selection of light bites with pick from. The café itself is open until 10pm, so it’s an ideal place to go after work before you catch a movie.
Real Foods is without a doubt, the one stop shop for all sorts of vegan supplies in Edinburgh. With two stores across the city, and a website full of products, it has everything you could ever want. There are the usual kitchen staples, and then through the back of the store there are shelves full of chocolate, biscuits, sweets, and the most delicious caramel shortcake you could ever taste. There are also freezers stacked with meat substitutes, frozen fruit and dairy free chocolate ice cream.
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