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Best chain restaurants to visit in Veganuary

If you’re already vegan or you’re taking part in Veganuary, you might want to check out our list of chain restaurants that offer great vegan menus.

All Bar One
All Bar One has launched a brand new Veganuary menu, which will only be available from January 2nd to February 28th. The small plates include crushed avocado and tomato bruschetta; padron peppers; chilli non carne tacos and mushroom tempura.
For the main plates, there is a rainbow wrap (beetroot hummus, artichoke and avocado); a burger in a grain bun; a superfood quinoa salad (think kale, pomegranate, pineapple and seeds); a miso rice bowl, seasoned with sriracha and soy; greens and grains; a supergreen laksa (vermicelli noodles in a spiced coconut sauce); and a lentil and cashew dahl. There is also a choice of dessert: raspberry sorbet or coconut and vanilla rice pudding with a blueberry compote.

Zizzi
Zizzi is already popular with vegans, which has a lot to do with them being the first to offer dairy-free ‘mozzarella’ but may also have been down to the garlic bread made with smoked garlic oil. There is a choice of vegan pizzas on the menu or you can create your own, and there is also spaghetti pomodoro, green goddess salad, and lentil ragu. They also offer a vegan dessert calzone filled with fruits, honeycomb (no honey!) and a sticky chocolate praline torte, both served with a coconut and chocolate ripple gelato.

Las Iguanas
This South American chain of restaurants has its own vegetarian and vegan menu so be sure to request it when you arrive. You’ll find a really good range of vegan choices from the chips and dips or guacamole appetisers, to the coconut squash tacos and the fiesta ensalada. Moving nicely into the main event, choose from the palm heart and coconut curry, the mushroom fajitas, the chilli made with sweet potato and butternut squash or the flavourful salad of beetroot, avocado and cranberries.
For dessert, a refreshing mango sorbet or the beautifully-presented Tembleque – a creamy set coconut pudding with mixed berries and mango purée.

Wagamama
Wagamama has always been pretty good for vegans but in the past you had to know what to ask for. Now, they have created their first vegetarian and vegan menu. Six flavour-packed main meals, four sides and two refreshing desserts. The dumplings (yasai gyoza) remain a firm favourite, but you can also kick off your meal with salted edamame or a fresh raw salad with pickled mooli and a soy dressing. For the main event, there are ramen, rice noodles in a spicy soup, udon noodles with veggies and pickled ginger, and a warm chilli salad. For dessert, there is a choice of sorbet – pink guava and passion fruit or lemongrass and lime. Even the vegan beers and wines are labelled.

Ask Italian
Here is another Italian restaurant flying the flag for vegans! Aside from the lovely olive, bread and piccante nuts to nibble on, there are three starters – a new Tuscan bean soup, dough balls and bruschetta. You can ask for three toppings for your pizza and they offer a dairy-free mozzarella to go on top. There are also four delicious pastas to choose from: spaghetti al pomodoro; fettucine with courgettes and chilli, topped with olive tapenade; aubergine fettucine; and a new spaghetti bolognese (a mixed vegetable and lentil ragu). There are some lovely sides too, including a mixed grain salad and roast charlotte potatoes. They even do a kids’ starter, pasta and pizza making it a great family choice.

Carluccio’s
The range at Carluccio’s has expanded and if you haven’t been for a while, you’ll be in for a treat. Snack on focaccia and olives, or order bruschetta with plum tomatoes and basil, crostini with mushrooms and kale, or a verdure board to share that has with loads of delicious goodies, including caponata, mint and garlic marinated green beans, poponcini peppers and marinated artichokes.
There are two new vegan pasta dishes – spaghetti con polpette di pane (tomatoes, capers, olives and basil with ‘balls of bread’ – intriguing!) or orecchiette al cavolfiore (a cauliflower sauce, with sautéed kale, chilli and capers). If you’d rather steer away from pasta, try the new zucca con verdure arrostite – roasted butternut squash with roasted veg and pine nuts and a herb-garlic breadcrumb topping. There are vegetable side dishes too and a choice of sorbets for dessert – melon, passionfruit and lemon.

JD Wetherspoon
It’s most certainly a sign of the changing times when Wetherspoon’s has a dedicated vegan menu. It starts with a breakfast, which can be cooked (tomatoes, mushrooms, beans and hash browns) or a bagel or fruit. As a main meal, there is a choice of sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry, quinoa salad, five bean chilli or teriyaki noodles, and there are side dishes of samosas, onion bhajis, vegetables and – of course – chips. Nachos can be ordered without cheese and sour cream, to make beer-time snacking a pleasure.

Turtle Bay
This Caribbean restaurant has a lovely range to offer the hungry vegan. Start with trini doubles (puffed-up flatbreads with curried chickpeas and chutney) or sweetcorn fritters, made with scotch bonnet peppers and Indian hot sauce. Then perhaps choose one of the one pot meals – Ital Rundown (beans and veg in a coconut sauce) or the sweet potato and aubergine curry, both served with rice and roti. There are also fries and sweet plantain and Caribbean slaw and various salads.

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