You would think that between Harry Potter, Sherlock, and Game of Thrones, I would be used to these British-induced feels. I’m not. Seriously, guys, I had a couple of touch and go moments in London. Even though England isn’t known as a foodie destination, the Brits have come a long way since their bangers and mash days. England’s national food is now curry thanks to its large Indian population (over 61 million and counting). Although standard pub fare is still popular, vegan options surprisingly abound.
Besides a major Indian influence, England’s cuisine has also been invaded by the Middle East; and I’m not complaining. There are enough halal food places that you could literally line the Tower Bridge with falafel and still have enough left over for lunch. Safe to say, I pretty much died indulging in all the awesome ethnic food. It’s no secret that British people aren’t the best cooks, but who actually asks them to? Between all the Thai, Lebanese, Japanese, Meditteranean, and Portugese restaurants, the actual natives are flying solo with their tea and crumpets.
Unfortunately, I never made it to any of London’s over 900 Indian restaurant because my travel mates and I are poor college kids pressed for time. Still, I did discover the wonders of Nando’s, a Portugese peri-peri restaurant that offered three different meat-free alternatives. There was a portobello mushroom, veggie burger, and beanie burger, of which I chose the latter. Made of chickpeas, lentils, corn, etc. and seasoned with a mango and lime sauce, the beanie burger satisfied both my taste and nutrition needs. I really enjoyed this veggie option because a) I don’t like processed meat substitutes and b) I have chickpea needs.
- If you are in the UK and need veggies options try Nando’s
- One if the tons of the ethnic restaurants.
- Also fast food places, had vegan friendly options.
Obviously, veganism reigns supreme in England, possibly dictating the lives of its citizens even more than the personal preferences of William and Kate.