It’s almost spring, and here at KHACHILIFE, we’ve got healthy eating on the brain. A few weeks ago we published an exclusive interview with Dr. Joel Kahn, a holistic cardiologist whose GreenSpace Café is bringing delicious vegan fare to Metro Detroit. Now we’re turning our attentions to the rest of North America and Europe, rounding up some of our picks for the best plant-based dining experiences.
Read on, herbivores (and curious carnivores!) for your new go-to spots. The options are plentiful; there are so many great vegan restaurants out there, in fact, that we couldn’t fit them all in one article! Be sure to visit us later this month for part two.
Redemption Bar (London)
“Why should socializing always be at the expense of your health?” This is the question that Catherine Salway and Andrea Waters found themselves constantly asking. The businesswoman and restaurateur, respectively (Salway is also a chef and raw vegan), joined forces and created Redemption Bar. Now with two locations in Shoreditch and Notting Hill, the team lives and works by the motto: “Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself.”
There isn’t an unhealthy choice on Redemption’s menu; even the cocktails are alcohol-free. Waters creates dishes that attempt to challenge the idea that health food is boring and bland. The menu contains a mix of foods that one would perhaps expect from a vegan restaurant: a Probiotic Booster Bowl and Brown Rice Penne Pasta, for instance, along with guilt-free twists on pub fare like Pulled Barbecued Jackfruit with Superslaw and a Buff Burger, featuring a patty made from black beans, shitake mushrooms, and ruby beets.
Our favourite item on the menu is the Grilled Aubergine and Tahini. Slices of eggplant are glazed with miso and sesame, baked, and served with creamy lemon tahini, toasted pine nuts, micro basil, and sweet pomegranate seeds. To accompany your meal, go for the Activated Charcoal Martini, a combination of fresh lemon, maple syrup, and charcoal topped with aquafaba.
Nosh Eatery & Tap (Saskatoon, SK)
Established in 2014, Nosh Eatery & Tap has withstood the test of time in a city known for its rapid restaurant growth (and the same amount restaurant fallouts). Boasting fresh and whole foods that range from vegan and celiac preferences to a selection of locally sourced meat and fish dishes, Nosh is located in one of Saskatoon’s most cultured and historic neighbourhoods. It’s also one of the few restaurants in the area that provides a street-side patio. The evolving menu is full of delicious options, and our favourites are the spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos and the B.L.T (made with crispy shiitake bacon). The 2oz cocktail menu is another great reason to visit Nosh; pair a drink with a vegan cheese plate and you’re guaranteed to leave a satisfied customer.
Located in Berlin’s trendy Mitte district, Kopps isn’t your ordinary vegan restaurant; this is vegan fine dining. The restaurant was recently chosen by Electrify Mag as one of the eight most innovative vegan-friendly restaurants in the world. This establishment is where the connoisseurs of the Berlin foodie scene gather in style and comfort; each day, the restaurant hosts an event known as ‘Come Together.’ From 5 to 7 pm, guests can partake in a personalized three-course menu, enjoyed in the chic, rustic-meets-modern atmosphere.
Later in the evening, this elegant establishment forgoes granola bowls for a prix-fixe menu that features plant-based versions of traditional German fare. Charcuterie, wine pairings, and seasonal cuisine are the name of the game at Kopps, with choices ranging from the chef’s three-, four-, or five-course menu. The restaurant also serves a brunch buffet that offers a wide array of delicatessen-inspired vegan meats and cheeses, tofu scramble, fine breads, and hot and cold delicacies.
The Coup (Calgary)
If you’re in downtown Calgary, you’re in the right spot for some amazing vegan fare. The Coup is a modern vegetarian and vegan restaurant with an incredibly upbeat atmosphere. The menu doesn’t change much, but if you’re a creature of habit, then you’ll definitely be happy here. Salads, rice bowls, hot pots, and wraps cover the lunch menu. Breakfast and dinner are also amazing, but what keeps us coming back again and again is the incredible dessert menu and after-hour digestifs. Try the Coconut Rum Chai Latte and the Plantation (an espresso and coconut dulce de leche pot de crème). The Woodland and the Coconut Berry Fog are also excellent. It’s these decadent, dreamy desserts that’ll make you a repeat visitor.
Doug McNish is the vegan restaurant maven behind Mythology’s menu. This restaurant is the latest in a string of vegan eateries and shops to open in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbuorhood; Mythology sits just next door to Doomie’s, a vegan comfort-food hotspot with lines that tend to snake out the door on weekends. Known for his hearty fare at the popular Toronto vegan establishment Public Kitchen, located in North York, chef McNish recently brought his talents a little closer to downtown with Mythology.
The establishment features both a diner-inspired atmosphere and menu. Bright red stools and black-and-white-checkered walls give the space a retro vibe. The dinner menu consists of classic starters like calamari and a blooming Vidalia onion. The mains are plant-based twists on diner staples: meat loaf, a Reuben sandwich, fish and chips, and Salisbury steak are so ingeniously concocted by McNish that even the most diehard carnivores might be fooled.
When it comes to cocktails, guests can expect an herb-infused approach to the classics: a Moscow Mule crafted from house-made rosemary syrup, a Spicy Basil Mescal Margarita, and an Old Fashioned seasoned with maple bitters.
Located on a quiet corner in the otherwise lively quarter of Munich’s west end is Bodhi, Bavaria’s first vegan tavern. The vast menu is modelled on staple pub favourites with a vegan twist. Bodhi caters to traditional German cuisine by offering vegan schnitzel and a lovely currywurst (customarily a boiled hotdog covered in curried ketchup). Our favourites are the Chilli-Cheese Nuggets and the Rosti Burger (with apple chutney and fried onions) — with a side of weiss beer, of course! Cozy up on the sidewalk terrace with a vegan latte and observe all the comings and goings of the busy streets.