I love to eat. There, I said it! I’ve been a vegetarian since my second year of university (over 7 years) and in recent years have started to transition to veganism. Since then I’ve been on a mission to prove that eating plant-based doesn’t = boring.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my 5 tips for going vegan, and today I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite vegan-friendly restaurants in Birmingham. Some of these are national chains so you may be able to find them in a city near you!
81-91 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BL
If you love cocktails and spicy food, then this is the place for you. I usually order the spinach, aubergine & sweet potato curry with a side order of plantain and sweet potato fries, but I’ve also tried the chickpea and mushroom wrap which is very nice.
However the main reason to go to Turtle Bay is the cocktails. They have happy hour from 12 to 7pm, then again from 10pm until midnight, so it’s worth taking advance! It’s always busy, so if you’re visiting on a weekend I’d definitely recommend booking a table in advance.
Waters Edge, 66 Broad Street, West Midlands, Birmingham B1 2HL
There are actually three Wagamam’s in Birmingham, one in the Bullring (next to the outdoor market), one on New Street and one in Brindley Place. I’ve been to all of them and haven’t found much difference in terms of quality. However the one in Brindley Place has a lovely view of the canal if you get a seat in the window!
Since Wagamama’s released their dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu I’ve found it so much easier to pick out something to order. I usually go for the yasai yaki soba or yasai pad tai. The guava and passion fruit sorbet dessert is also deliciously refreshing!
14T, Brindleyplace, The Waters Edge, Birmingham B1 2JB
Of the two Handmade Burger Co.’s in Birmingham City Centre, the one in Brindley Place is my favourite. I actually went there two years in a row for my birthday! It’s a great option if you need to find somewhere that both meat eaters and vegetarian/vegans will enjoy.
Their selection of vegan burgers is the best I’ve found. I usually order the Sweet Potato and Bean burger with a side order of seasoned chips
or and sweet potato fries.
Orion Building Navigation St, Birmingham B5 4AX
Conveniently located in between New Street train station and the Mailbox, tamatanga is a relatively new Indian restaurant which opened late last year. I tried it for the first time a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it!
I was greedy and ordered the saag aloo and chickpea curry, with a side order of chips and a tandoori roti (#somuchfood). Both were delicious and full of flavour. I’d definitely order them again! The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the cocktails, as they tasted a little weak and watery. Next time I’ll probably stick to beer.
115 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BE
Pizza + cider = my kind of restaurant! I really like the picnic-table-style benches, and the atmosphere always feels really chilled out and relaxed. They sometimes have live music too. I’ve not actually tried any of the pizzas off the vegan menu (yet) however I’ve tried their veggie pizzas many times and they’re amazing.
The last few times I’ve visited I ordered “The Billy the Kid” (which is vegetarian). “The Hazel Nutter” on the vegan menu looks pretty similar, so I reckon I’ll try that one next time I go! It’s also worth knowing they do a cider tasting board (five 1/3 pints of cider) for only £7.50, which I think is a total bargain.
Just a word of warning, it is ALWAYS busy here, especially on a weekend. Book in advance to make sure you get a table.
14-16 Temple St, Birmingham B2 5BG
Another place which serves delicious cocktails (are you noticing a pattern yet?) The Botanist have just announced they’ve released a new vegan menu, which I’m really excited about! I love the sound of the sesame coated falafel and the banana, peanut butter and chocolate ice cream dessert. I’m planning to visit soon so hopefully it lives up to expectations!
54-57 Allison St, Birmingham B5 5TH
Now I’ve only been to the Warehouse Cafe once, and it was a few years ago now, but I felt it deserved a mention as I can still remember how delicious the food was! Unlike the places I’ve mentioned above, their menu is 100% vegan and vegetarian (no meat in sight). Their menu changes seasonally, but they serve everything from burgers and curries to salads and soups. They also have delicious vegan desserts, including chocolate brownies and soy ice cream.
Have you been to any of these restaurants yet? Which was your favourite?