With more people moving towards a plant-based diet, it’s only fitting that we round up a few of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafés in the city. We’ve also included some eateries with some impressive vegetarian and vegan options on their menu that are worth trying. They’re so good, they’ll have many a carnivore getting more than a little confused…
Land is pretty new on the scene having opened last year, but it certainly doesn’t blend in the background when it comes to vegetarian and vegan food. The restaurant focuses on using seasonal vegetables to create brightly coloured plates where the vegetable is the star of the show, proving meat isn’t the be all and end all. The décor and food are both elegant but in terms of the price tag dishes remain reasonably priced, with a two course meal costing £20 and a three course one at £25, or if you’re feeling peckish, 5 courses for £35. The menu alters with the seasons but currently you can enjoy plenty of root vegetable dishes such as Vadouvan roast carrot or celeriac with barley, soubise and a yeast broth. The team also weirdly combine veg in their desserts such as aerated chocolate with butternut squash and cherry or a sweetcorn and blackberry tart, but somehow the flavours work well in harmony.
26 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, B2 5HU
Located in the impressive Grand Central Station, Yakinori brings an exciting taste of Japan to the heart of Birmingham. For all you veggie and vegans out there (or if you just fancy hitting your five a day), this restaurant has some tasty meat-free offerings. For starters, you can have a katsu curry in miniature form by devouring some pumpkin croquettes coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs and served with a tonkatsu sauce. Yakinori also offers veggie curries, noodle dishes, ramen, salads and sushi variations so you can enjoy the flavours of Japan without the meat. You can even get a bit of everything if you can’t decide by ordering their veggie bento box.
Unit 14, Grand Central Station, Stephenson Place, B2 4BF
Hookway’s serves up some of the best gourmet kebabs, wraps, and salads to the people of Birmingham. They also spent over a year perfecting their falafel recipe! This Middle Eastern-inspired salad and sandwich bar’s options pack a punch. Their salads are both colourful and flavoursome such as one with green lentils, kale, roasted aubergine, pepper & cherry tomatoes. They also serve a salad of Moroccan roasted carrot, golden sultanas, dried Apricot, crispy chickpeas and mixed leaves in a citrusy Ras el Hanout dressing. They also do insane wraps filled with either vegan tikka, falafel or halloumi, plus sides of feta or halloumi fries. Or why not simply dive into a massive portion of hummus with deliciously soft flatbread?
7 Minories, B4 6AG
Another health-conscious eatery and neighbour of Hookway’s is Plant and Pulse which serves snack boxes of plant-based food. Their menu is ever changing, with the falafel box and the gut health box a permanent fixture, but with a few variables within the box. Plant and Pulse also have a street food box, which is altered fortnightly. They have served dishes such as squash katsu curry, noodle salad with tempura mushrooms, a Christmas box, a Caribbean white curry with jerk carrots. They also aim to use seasonal and local ingredients where possible including their falafels which are made from British grown fava beans. Plus, on Fridays they offer an alternative menu which includes vegan burgers, chips and other decadent sides.
9 The Minories, B4 6AG
The Warehouse Cafe is said to be the oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Birmingham. It serves a wide range of vegan dishes, including bean and vegetable burgers, cakes and pastries, as well as a selection of locally brewed vegan wines and beers. Their Dirty Kebab Burger sounds mouth-wateringly good- a seitan burger loaded with sauerkraut, plum and apple chutney, jalapeños, vegan mayo and sriracha, plus served with creamy coleslaw. Their chip selection also looks and tastes incredible! Try their loaded skin-on chips which are topped with oozey cashew cheese, sriracha mayo, seitan, pickles and seasonal veg. You can see why they have been around for so long!
54-57 Allison St, B5 5TH
6. Cafe Soya
Although Cafe Soya’s meat-based dishes are great, it’s their vegetarian and vegan options that really stand out. You’ll find plenty of meat-free dishes to choose from. Highlights include sweet and sour hot pots with fresh pineapples, onion & peppers and stir-fried mixed vegetables with garlic served in crispy lettuce wraps. Cafe Soya also offer an array of soya-based ‘mock meat’ (hence the name) to create chicken, duck, beef and prawn alternatives. Even as a vegetarian or vegan you can still enjoy the a crispy aromatic duck with the classic line-up of pancake wraps, salads and hoi sin sauce. Cafe Soya manages to recreate meaty favourites with their delicious, texture soy-based mock meats without any compromise, and their dishes pack as much flavour as their meat version.
Unit B106 Arcadian Centre, B5 4TD
Jyoti’s is the only vegetarian Indian restaurant in Birmingham and it has an extensive menu, boasting a massive choice of 15 starters and 72 main courses. The restaurant also contains an Indian sweet shop, with 30 different options to choose from, some of which are vegan. Plus, there is so much paneer on the menu that cheese-loving vegetarians might want to move in and live there forever.
1045 Stratford Road, Hall Green, B28 8AS
8. BA-HA Vegan
Last but not least is BA-HA. If you’re looking for a meat-free junk food alternative, BA-HA is the one. Although usually located in Churchill’s Bar and Restaurant, BA-HA is currently being served at The Stag in Digbeth. They are also doing a pop-up tasting menu at the Little Blackwood in Moseley for a limited time, so you’re never too far from your veggie junk food fix. BA-HA is conjuring up inventive Sunday roast dinners such as their on Jack McGuinness slice, made to a secret recipe and served with creamy herb mash, roast potatoes, homemade stuffing balls, sautéed greens, cauliflower cheese, mixed vegetables and red wine gravy. Plus they have plenty of your junk food favourites sans meat such as cauliflower wings, chilli hot dogs, dumplings and jackfruit burgers. This is a great choice for friends and family as there is bound to be something for them all, plus the desserts are pretty incredible too. Did someone say apple crumble doughnut balls?
Churchills, The Mailbox, 171-172 Wharfside Street, B1 1RL
Stag Digbeth, Courtyard Unit 2, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, B9 4AA
Little Blackwood, 145 Alcester Road, B13 8JP