Being one of the top destinations in the world for vegan travellers, tallying up all the vegan restaurants and takeaways to try in London was easy as pie! Mildred’s seemed to be at the top of the list for many foodies on the internet, so when I found myself in the area on my last day in London I checked out what all the fuss was about.
Part of the reason why I hadn’t gone earlier, even when I had the chance to check out Mildred’s in Brighton, was because I thought it would be a bit too upscale for solo dining. I wasn’t until a lovely (vegan/vegetarian) couple in Brighton assured me that it’s not too fancy at all that I decided I’d try it if I found myself near one during the rest of my time in London.
I was quite proud of myself when I mustered up the courage to step inside the robin-egg blue shop front on my own, through a small but growing crowd of diners on the Thursday evening. The restaurant was already 98% full when I walked in, but the perks of dining alone is that you never have to wait long for a table for one.
The main dining area was an open area, brightly lit by the overcast English sky through this enormous skylight in the picture above. I particularly liked the touch of green the vertical garden brought to the space, I almost wished it’d rained (heavier) that evening so I could watch the rainfall as I tucked into my delicious vegan meal.
I started off with this delicious roasted miso aubergine with ginger and spring onions. The savoury-sweet miso glaze complemented the roasted eggplant perfectly and the sesame, ginger and spring onion garnish made for a very well put together starter.
But the real star of the show was this wood roasted mushroom and ale pie with minted mushy peas and fries. I’ve never had anything quite like this and I would definitely order it again if it’s still on the menu next time I’m in town. The mushy peas were adequately mushy, unlike the peas I had at Norman’s Coach & Horses which were… just peas. These minted mushy peas were actually mushy, minted and seasoned well.
The chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. But the pie itself, oh my goodness… the flaky pie crust and the hearty mushroom filling were absolutely divine.
Writing this post has made me miss all the vegan fare in London 🙁
If you have a chance to check out Mildred’s, I highly recommend it! Grab a couple of friends though, so you can share a greated variety of dishes!