Mildreds – vegetarian in Soho

Thoroughly enjoying being a tourist (and staying in central London) while G was in town earlier this week, we were out and about in Soho and more than ready for brunch by 11.30am on Wednesday.

Mildreds seemed like an ideal place to go to (G being vegetarian, and it having been on my hit-list for a long time) although we had to do a few laps around the block (Carnaby Street, so not a problem) as it doesn’t open until 12 noon.

Waiting for Mildred’s to open – brewing up a storm

We were the first in but then it filled up very quickly (it’s quite small – probably under 50 covers) and the take-away salad bar was immensely popular too.

First in – to the comforting sound of rain falling on the roof glass

We both ordered a fresh juice made of carrot, apple, beetroot and ginger @ £3.75 (so good we both slurped through our straws ’til our glasses were completely dry).

Juice (no, not that kinda Juice)

For a starter we shared Thai tofu fritters with mango, coconut and chilli sauce @ £6.25 (excellent; an equal alternative to my usual choice of Thai tod mun fishcakes when ordering Thai starters).

Thai tofu fritters + gorgeous mango, coconut + chilli sauce

For main course, G had a large mixed salad plate @ £7.95 (a selection of salads from the fresh salad bar) and I had a black bean burrito with red pepper and green tomatillo rice, topped with tomato salsa and cheddar with iceberg, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo @ £10.25 (again – excellent, and pretty spicy too).

Mixed salad plate – from the fresh salad bar

Black bean burrito + tons of guacomole and salsa too

Neither of us could finish our plates (disappointingly). The total bill for two came to £30.88, including service, which seemed very reasonable.

Mildred’s menu

The verdict: Excellent service (chipper waiting staff), really good menu choices (I was spoilt for choice and didn’t miss meat at all, even though I’m not a vegetarian) and excellent, freshly prepared food. I’ll be back. Hopefully soon.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4.5 / 5
~ Type: Vegetarian
~ Address: 45 Lexington Street, London
~ Postcode: W1F 9AN
~ Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus
~ Website + menus: Mildreds website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Mildreds
~ Location: Mildreds map

More Soho dining:
~ Andrew Edmunds
~ Kettners

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Veg as you go – Tachbrook Street Market

I can’t rave enough about the falafel sandwiches from the happy chappies at Veg As You Go, Tachbrook Street Market.

Tachbrook Street Market runs Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm

There’s usually a bit of a queue as it’s a popular stall but it moves quickly. And it’s not unusual to be given a hot, fresh piece of falafel to nibble on while you wait for your sandwich to be made.

Popular Veg As You Go stall

First, decide whether you’d like chilli sauce as well as houmous on your wrap (it’d be foolish not to – it gives a gorgeous, subtle kick; their chilli sauce isn’t too hot by any means).

Fresh ingredients go into each sandwich

Then, all the veg, salad and pickles will be piled on to the wrap, along with more sauce (sesame seed/ tahini) and plenty of falafel. The rolled up, filled wrap is heated through and squashed/packed in, on the sandwich grill (blending all the flavours together).

Sandwiches are *packed*
– full of cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, pickles, sauces + yum falafel:



It may only be a sandwich but it’s a well-crafted sandwich with substance. Simply the best.

Huge + very filling Veg As You Go sandwich


~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Middle eastern
~ Address: 42 Tachbrook St, Pimlico, London
~ Postcode: SW1V 2JS
~ Nearest station: Victoria, Pimlico
~ Website + menus: n/a
~ Veg As You Go facebook page: Veg as You Go on fb
~ Tachbrook Street Market facebook page: Tachbrook Street Market on fb
~ Photos on flickr: images of Veg As You Go food
~ Location: Tachbrook Street Market map


Nearby dining:

~ Pimlico Fresh
~ Seafresh
~ Taquitos Mexican Grill


A small vegetarian cafe on Berwick Street, Beatroot offers a selection of hot and cold food which changes daily.

Main dishes are likely to include spinach and ricotta flan, moussaka, shepherd’s pie, lasagne and curry of the day, along with interesting side vegetables and salads such as grated beetroot and sesame seeds, taboullah or mixed beans and beansprouts.

A popular lunch time cafe, it’s usual to have to queue a short while (that it’s busy is a good indicator of the food quality) and you can fill a take-away lunch box (three sizes: small £4.20, medium £5.20 or large £6.20) with any combination of hot food and salads to get a really tasty, nutritious and filling meal.

The picture below shows the contents of a medium box – spinach flan and salads – which more than fills a dinner plate.

Beatroot – medium lunch box contents

One of the best things about Beatroot lunch boxes is having a really good, hearty (pig out) meal safe in the knowledge that it’s all really good for you! I’ve had many lunch boxes from Beatroot over the years and look forward to many more.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Vegetarian
~ Address: 92 Berwick Street, London
~ Postcode: W1F OQD
~ Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road
~ Website + menus: Beatroot website
~ Location: Beatroot map

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Sagar – vegetarian Indian restaurants

Humongous masala dosa

Sagar, a vegetarian South Indian restaurant off Tottenham Court Road, serves cheap and cheerful food with amazing masala dosas! The size definitely has novelty factor.

There’s a great menu offering southern Indian dishes such as idli (lentil dumplings), vada (doughnuts), uthappams (lentil pizza) and thali platters but masala dosas are the speciality with over ten types to choose from.

Lardbutty ‘masala dosa of the century’

We fell into this restaurant as it was raining very heavily last night and we wanted to eat as close to the pub we were drinking in (on Charlotte Street) as possible. While it was an accidental find, I’d like to go back to try one of the lentil pizzas. I’ve a feeling it may be a handy resting point after a shopping spree on Oxford Street another day…

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Indian, south Indian, vegetarian
~ Address: 17a Percy Street, London
~ Postcode: W1T 1DU
~ Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road
~ Website + menus: Sagar website
~ Location: Sagar (Tottenham Court Rd) map

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