Vegan takeaway food has never been more in demand. Online food delivery company Deliveroo says orders of plant-based dishes on its app rose by a massive 163 per cent in the 12 months to January this year.
The number of vegan restaurants signing up to its service has also more than doubled in the last year, reflecting a huge increase in choice for plant-powered consumers.
So if you’re self-isolating, or simply want a delicious vegan feast delivered to your door, here’s our pick of the best vegan takeaways from major food chains:
You won’t be stuck with a few second-thought, token veggie options at Wagamama. With a commitment to make 50 per cent of its menu meat-free by the end of 2021, the restaurant has plenty of mouth-watering choices for vegan eaters.
It has created plant-based versions of some of its most iconic dishes, including vegan versions of its best-selling katsu curry, pad thai and maki soba udon noodle dish, and even the chilli squid.
The food chain has just teamed up with London’s only tempeh factory, Club Cultured, to offer three new plant-based dishes. Tempeh is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans, but it can also be made with any bean, seed, nut, grain, or legume. It’s a popular alternative to meat thanks to its firm texture and nutritional profile.
Tempeh typically offers 19g of protein per 100g, compared to tofu’s 8g for the same serving.
The home of peri peri chicken might not be the first place vegans might think about for a vegan meal, but the chicken chain also offers an impressive selection of plant-based food.
The Great Imitator ‘chicken’ wrap, made with the restaurant’s plant-based PERi-PERi chicken alternative, is made completely from pea protein. Nando’s says it tastes so much like the real thing, it will challenge you to tell the difference. It also carries half the carbon footprint of the chicken original.
There is also the Great Imitator Burger, which is accompanied by Nando’s award-winning vegan PERinnaise. Be aware, though, that the wrap and baste contain trace amounts of shellac, a resin secreted by the lac bug.
If you’re craving a juicy burger without the meat, Smashburger – finalists in the National Burger Awards 2021 – says “you can have it all” with its range of vegan burgers, chips and sides.
Choose from the Classic Smash Cheeseburger with vegan cheddar, vegan mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion served on a vegan Smash bun; BBQ Cheddar Burger with BBQ sauce, vegan cheddar and onions on a smash bun; and an Avocado Club with fresh avocado, vegan mozzarella and vegan mayo on a multigrain bun.
High street favourite Pizza Express offers a good range of vegan starters, mains and desserts, including its classic dough balls, pizzas (as well as its vegan selection, it says many of its pizzas can be made vegan if you ask) and a chocolate and amaretto parfait dessert. It also offers a Vegan House Light Dressing to liven up your salads.
5. Go Falafel
Go Falafel boasts a 100 per cent vegan Middleeastern menu of wraps, salads, juices and smoothies. So plant-loving customers can browse its menu in total confidence that none of the ingredients have come into contact with animal products.