Fruit and Veg

A chef's guide to a plant-based Christmas

Written by Tom Moggach
November 19, 2019

Across the capital, creative chefs and caterers are experimenting with new vegan and plant-based festive menus. Here's a mouthwatering selection...

Panzer's Food Hall, St John's Wood

At this leading delicatessen, innovations include a festive squash bagel served on a limited edition cranberry bagel.

Panzer's head chef Juan Carlos says: "We've noticed a steady increase in requests for vegetarian and vegan twists on our range. For this special bagel, I switched turkey breast for sage roasted squash, and added a whipped stilton cream cheese, rocket, cranberry sauce and crispy onions."

Fruit And Vegetable Market Chefs Guide To A Plant Based Christmas Bagel Panzers

Gauthier, Soho

Chef Alex Gauthier is one of the most creative chefs in the capital and embraced plant-based cuisine many moons ago.

His fixed-price vegan Christmas menu includes a Suffolk carrot tartar with tomato, shallot, preserved lemon, shiso and sorrel paste and Melba toasts. Or, how about a whole roasted parsnip with caramelised sweet potato, tarragon puree and a rich thyme and garlic broth?

Club Mexicana, Hackney

This wildly popular, 100% vegan Mexican restaurant now has branches in Hackney, Shoreditch and Covent Garden. In December, Club Mexicana is offering a roast dinner with 'faux' turkey, vegan bacon, deep fried sprouts and all the trimmings.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Chefs Guide To A Plant Based Christmas Faux Turkey Club Mexicana

Cafe Forty One, Bayswater

Based in La Suite West Hotel, Café Forty One sets out to offer “delicious and inspired plant-based cuisine”. Over the festive period, they will be serving a menu including a main course of gnocchi with walnuts, porcini, sage, cashew parmesan and herb oil.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Chefs Guide To A Plat Based Christmas Cafe Forty One Gnocchi

The Gate

The Gate, established 1989, describe themselves as "plant-based pioneers" who want their customers to "share the infinite possibilities of experiencing and enjoying plant-based food". They now have branches in St John’s Wood, Marylebone, Islington, and Hammersmith.

Their festive menu includes a mushroom and leek wellington and this Christmas rotolo filled with spiced butternut, leeks, cranberries and sage. This is served with thyme and lemon roasted fennel and a madeira sauce.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Chefs Guide To A Plant Based Christmas Rotolo The Gate

Percy and Founders, Fitzrovia

Percy and Founders is a thriving British-European restaurant. Vegan dishes include stuffed aubergine with spinach, wild mushrooms, cashew nut cream and truffle and a winter vegetable tart with butternut squash, red cabbage, spinach and parsnip.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Chefs Guide To A Plant Based Christmas Percy And Founders

Texture Restaurant, Marylebone

Texture is a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its Scandinavian influences. The vegan tasting menu this month includes dishes such as English baby beetroots with pesto and walnuts and this creation - artichokes with aubergine, broth, olives and rocket.

Fruit And Vegetable Market Chefs Guide To A Plant Based Christmas Texture

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