7. Beyond Sushi, New York, USA
Beyond Sushi is a fully vegan eatery where the focus is on creating the tastiest vegetarian sushi using only the freshest locally sourced, seasonal produce. There are a handful of Beyond Sushi locations all over New York, allowing diners to enjoy the menu’s inventive and colourful offerings. Must-try items include any of their sushi rolls, rice paper wraps and noodle soups.
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8. Cafe Gratitude, Los Angeles, USA
With a few locations around the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas, Cafe Gratitude specialises in gourmet plant-based food, with an ethos built around the tenets of sustainability and health for both the individual and the environment. Only the freshest, most wholesome and vibrant food items are included on the fully plant-based menu which features perennially popular plates like the Humble Indian Bowl (red lentil dal, spinach, roasted garnet yams, coconut mint chutney, spicy tomato jam, brown rice or quinoa), Mucho Mexican Bowl (black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa verde, cashew nacho cheese, romaine, brown rice or quinoa) and the Pulled Mushroom Sandwich. For something sweet, enriched with the power of superfoods, opt for the Vivid Açai Superfood Bowl.
9. The Hungry Herbivore, Cape Town, South Africa
From humble beginnings as a vegan food stall at some of Cape Town’s most popular food markets, The Hungry Herbivore has blossomed into a full-fledged sit-down vegan eatery. Located just off the city’s main foodie thoroughfare of Bree Street, the Hungry Herbivore offers diners a delectable range of 100 per cent vegan items. The kimchi and lentil burger, served either on a bun or on a bed of salad, is a winner as is the raw pizza slice, served with salad. The restaurant also serves smoothies and freshly pressed juices, which are delicious when paired with the other items off their menu, namely the selection of raw vegan desserts like cheesecake slices, cupcakes and chocolate and pineapple bars.
10. Anastasia, Tel Aviv, Israel
Anastasia is a sidewalk cafe in the heart of the city with a menu as nutritious as it is delicious. Here, you can enjoy a plant-based meal either indoors or on their outdoor deck, allowing for a distinctly relaxed, yet cosmopolitan dining experience. If you visit the cafe for breakfast or brunch be sure to order either the Open Table or Shakshuka, two tasty vegan takes on famous Israeli breakfast dishes. Additional highlights off the menu would have to include the phenomenal range of different drink options, from a variety of coffees and hot beverages (like Indian chai and the superfood-enriched Chocolatte Bianca) to the freshly prepared green and veggie smoothies, and delightful almond and coconut milk-based shakes.
11. Suruchi, Delhi, India
In the Indian capital, Suruchi is a vegetarian staple and often rated the best vegetarian restaurant in Delhi. Regional delicacies from Gujarat and Rajasthan are the flavourful stars of the vast Suruchi menu, with a Gujarati or Rajasthani thali being excellent choices for those wanting to enjoy an authentic and aromatic dining experience.
12. Sanchon, Seoul, South Korea
When in Seoul, head to Sanchon, a tranquil establishment owned by a former Buddhist monk, Kim Yun-sik. Inspired by the vegan food from his days in Buddhist temples, Kim has created a vegan dining experience of zen-inducing proportions. Sanchon’s set menu features regional Korean delicacies and dishes made using fresh produce and wild plants. Geotjeori (non-fermented kimchi), kimchi, twigak (fried kelp chips) and seasoned deodeok (root vegetables) are all highlights of the Korean tasting menu, with lunch service costing 33,000 won (US$31) and dinner service charged at 45,000 won.
– TEXT BY SAUL LIPCHIK
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