THE BEST VEGAN FRIENDLY PLACES TO EAT IN GLASGOW By Sarah-Louise (@secretvegangirl)
SOUL FOOD KITCHEN
These guys are based on Sauchiehall Street in the heart of Finnieston… they serve a beautifully presented 100% plant based menu and have a passion for health and wellbeing.
What we loved:
Stepping out of our taxi we spotted Soul Food Kitchen under the Argyll Hotel, with the winter sun shining down on the newly decked outdoor space and the simple and eye catching signage, you instantly get a feel for the cool, friendly and laid back vibe.
We were instantly wowed by the stylish design, crisp white walls and cool yet inviting space… we immediately caught a glimpse of the delicious raw cakes glistening through the display fridge so already had our heart set on these for later.
There is a focus on health and wellbeing and the team are super friendly and very knowledgeable. Ingredients are responsibly sourced and local where possible and all of the packaging 100% compostable – big thumbs up!
We enjoyed the Roasted beetroot and coconut soup, Fancy avocado with “bacon”, Mac and Cheese and Chocolate mousse buckwheat pancakes, cashew cream sauce and seasonal fruit. Expect generous sized dishes oozing with flavour and goodness and be sure to arrive on an empty stomach so you have room to try one of the heavenly raw cakes!
The menu is full, varied and totally indulgent. I think if we lived in Glasgow we’d be back each week to try something new. We LOVE this place.
A bustling, super cool, exclusively vegan fast food hang out right on St Enoch Square! Food to take away but they have tables to eat in too. Crazy selection of yummy guilt free (animal-free) dishes and options to choose from.
What we loved:
Arita and her team have carefully planned this menu to attract vegans and non-vegans alike. With a menu full to the brim with comfort food at it’s best!
We went for the “Sweet Home Avocado” burger which was oozing with melted cheese and caramelised onions (and avo of course!), which was insane!! Expect envious eyes ordering the same once they catch a glimpse of your burger!
The Mac & Cheez is served up with nooch & crunchy bacon bits (fake bacon obviously!). This dish is a total yumfest.
Don’t leave without trying a crepe… The “Gloreos” on the sweet menu is a MUST HAVE! If you’re feeling too full up, rope a few friends in and share.. Or take one home, that’s an order! Oreos, fresh strawberries, chocolate syrup and squirty cream! Yes, do it and thank us later 🙂
The wall art is super cool too – we love this place.
Contemporary casual dining in an elegant yet cosy venue on West Campbell Street.… fabulous inclusive menus for vegan and gluten free diners alike. Exciting vegan twists on traditional Scottish dishes.
We had the pleasure of meeting with John Quigley, Owner & Chef of The Red Onion. John has led an extremely exciting career including time as a private touring chef for stars such as the legendary Bryan Adams!
Vegan Options / Vegan Friendly
What we loved:
John and his team are lovely and super friendly! Diners tend to stay a while as they enjoy an unrushed dining experience, perfect ambiance, fabulous drinks and delicious food.
You’re totally spoilt for choice with the fully inclusive Vegan Menu that boasts a fabulous selection of dishes from Haggis bon bons to Bang bang avocado salad with a spicy peanut dressing on the starters to Root vegetable korma and Roasted ratatouille on the mains!
John’s creativity with flavours and presentation is just spot on! Bang Bang avo is delicious (with the peanut dressing)… The Root vegetable korma, crispy onions, coconut rice salad and roti paratha is out of this world and as for the Haggis bon bon starter… all the flavours you could wish for and more.
With the help from Drygate Brewing (a local Glasgow Brewery), John has created his own Amber Ale called “Quigley’s Red”… All vegan of course and definitely worth checking out! There’s plenty of vegan options on the drinks menu and the team are extremely helpful if you need a recommendation or two.
Make sure you leave room to check out the desserts! We had the crumble which was the perfect balance of taste and texture – the crumble and custard perfectly complimenting the tartness of the fruit, just delish!
A hugely successful pizza joint on St Vincent Street that really understands it’s diners! With other venues in Belfast and Newcastle, it’s a relaxed but funky hang out, packed out most nights of the week.
Vegan friendly options.
What we loved:
As you walk in you immediately sense the super awesome vibe, great beats from different genres, neon signs, slogans and funky furniture… great for a mixed party or even just the 2 of you.
There’s a vast selection of toppings to choose between or you can trust the team and go for the “FAKE MOOS” off the standard menu, which is by no means “standard” – with red sauce, vegan cheese, veggie sausage, veggie haggis, potato and oregano, it’s bursting with flavours and a total taste sensation! We’ve heard there’s an exclusively “plant based” toppings menu launching soon too so expect BBQ jackfruit, vegan haggis and every topping you could dream of.
Friendly team to help with recommendations… they really are very good!
Although this isn’t exclusively vegan, these guys know how to cater for the vegan junk food lovers! Apparently over half the take out pizzas ordered are vegan!
The vegan brownie thickshake, topped with squirty cream, gooey brownies and Oreos… load up on napkins, trust us and 100% just try it! Yummy!
ROSE & GRANTS
Find Rose and Grants on the Trongate at the edge of Glasgow’s Merchant City and in Bearsden too. We visited Rose and Grants Trongate. Wide shop front with big windows and a fabulous bright, airy and relaxed vibe.
What we loved:
The super friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The fresh home cooked food and the support for local makers and producers – Such fabulous and tasty treats.
We stepped in off the streets on a grey morning, the warmth and brightness of the venue instantly cheered us up even before the great coffee (with all the milk options you could wish for).
The separate exclusively vegan breakfast and brunch menu is great, expect amazing dishes such as the epic tasty Vegan French Toast served with Maple Syrup, we added SGAIA bacon rashers too, so tasty and mouth watering. The Vegan Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Bagel is divine and definitely worth checking out and will leave your non-vegan friends very confused as the team here have perfected the vegan version of smoked salmon! The Vegan Breakfast is hugely popular too, featuring Rose & Grants famous “square sausage” and some rather yummy vegan haggis (When in Scotland hey?!…)
There’s a fabulous selection of cakes, pastries, sandwiches, bakes and salads on offer… if you’re lucky enough to visit when they’ve got the raw Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tart available, don’t leave without one. We LOVE LOVE LOVE this.
The relaxed, comfortable sofas and informal seating is welcoming for all… apparently most of the food ordered here is meat free, no surprise really as the fab team really understand their audience as can be seen with the varied and exciting vegan dishes on offer.
Mono opened its doors on Kings Court in 2002 as one of the first exclusively vegan spots in Glasgow and has become hugely popular over the years, not only for great food but also great music… they share the space with Monorail Music so you can buy music pretty much under the same roof. There’s a stage set up for live music so check out the calendar for the bands they’ve got lined up!
What we loved:
The freshness of the home cooked menu.
The TO-Fish and Chips with delish tartar sauce made with seaweed, great for your non-vegan friends too!
The totally creative and varied menu offering great adaptations of traditional non-vegan dishes, everything from “Mushroom Pate” to Vegan Style Fish and Chips – All totally mouth watering and delicious!
In Mono’s own words “Over our first decade, we developed a reputation for good beer, good vegan food, good gigs and good times” – this really is a fab place to add to your list!
Head to Mono for somewhere to eat delicious grub, drink and enjoy good times.
The Hidden Lane Tea Room
A popular tea rooms situated in a cute spot in what’s known as “Argyle Court”, surrounded by a mix match of colourful buildings. Get to The Tea Room via Hidden Lane just off of Argyle Street. Loved by locals and tourists alike, this is a great spot to stop off for a sweet or savoury treat, tea or fabulous relaxing afternoon tea.
Vegan friendly with a fabulous selection of vegan options.
What we loved:
There are over 30 delicious loose leaf teas to choose from, served in beautiful vintage tea pots and cups and saucers.
The Vegan Afternoon Tea is divine and definitely one for vegans and non-vegans alike (great if you’re travelling with friends with mixed dietary requirements as taste is definitely not compromised for vegans!). Expect a selection of scrumptious sandwiches and rolls, including the yummy homemade haggis filling. We were in heaven with the selection of cakes and scones, the lemon and poppyseed cake a definite favourite!
The upstairs mezzanine is bright and airy with a rustic mix of tables and chairs, the perfect place to relax and unwind as you enjoy a delicious spread and plan your Glasgow adventures.