What I 8: Best Vegetarian eats in London with @vegetarianinlondon

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Vegetarian food is so much more than green salads and liquid diets. Jhalak of @vegetarianinlondon is here to show us that Plant-Based dishes can also be as insanely good as their meaty counterparts.

Jhalak you have been doing amazing things within the world of Vegetarian food. What’s the key to growing a great food account, and give us a tip for taking a good shot of your favourite food.

I think it is very important to have a niche for your account, that is what will make you really stand out and gain genuine followers. Additionally consistency and interactions are key, I think posting once a day is a sufficient amount along with posting stories that involve your viewers. This really helps you stay connected with them and understand what content they particularly enjoy.

You are an absolutely incredible cook and you share all of your creations with the full recipe on Instagram. How’d this all come about for you and why is Plant-Based cooking important to you?

I think during the lockdown all of us really missed the whole dining out experience as well certain dishes which we always associated with restaurants. I personally love cooking and with the excess time, I found it being a great way to try to recreate some of those dishes. A lot of my followers began to try my recipes and send pictures which kept me motivated in posting more. I think Plant-Based cooking is a way to show everyone that you can still indulge in some of these wonderful dishes without causing any harm to animals or the environment. The misconception that Plant-Based food is boring, is something I’d like to clear.

Within the world of Veggie or Vegan cuisine, what is your favourite food category and tell us what you look for when you’re looking for the best there is in that category

Choosing only one category is truly difficult but my favourite foods include pizza, sushi, burgers, and milkshakes. I think the quality of ingredients and seasoning are what can make or break a dish. The authenticity of the dish is key too.

List the top 5 places you’ve eaten that dish or food, with a little insight into why each one is great. 

Homeslice has the Best Wood-fired Pizza in London with some crazy but incredible toppings.

Pizza Pilgrims has some great Sourdough Pizzas and they have multiple branches which makes it super accessible. Their dessert pizzas are a worthy indulgence!

Gourmet Burger Kitchen GBK has a delicious Bean Burger which I know some of my non-veggie friends also like. The Milkshakes there are phenomenal too! A total feast.

Temple of Seitan has incredible Vegan Burgers which are so flavoursome, I guarantee you will be shook.

Sticks n’ Sushi has really upped its veggie and vegan game. I absolutely love all the Sushi I have tried there. 

What is something you’ve eaten that just blew you away because you did not expect it to be that good? It might have been an out of the way place or an unexpected flavour combo.

I am usually pretty basic with my pizza toppings but the first time I tried the Ricotta Pizza in Homeslice with pumpkin seeds and balsamic glaze, I was shocked. It sounds like such an odd combo, but it comes together like a dream.

London Quick Bites:

Best Dessert? Tinseltown’s Milkshakes

Best Breakfast? Half Cup

Best Meat-Substitute? Temple of Seitan

Best Side? Baos from Shoryu

Best Pizza? Homeslice

Best Drink (alcoholic or not!) Bubbleology’s Bubble Tea

Which other foodies do you love to follow. Give us at least three to check out.

@Londonfoodbabes

@London.Foodguide

@Vegansofldn

What’s on your hit list? Can you give us five Plant-Based dishes you have to eat in the future that we can expect a post on? Even if you have to wait for travel bans to lift!

I think it will be a lot of Pizza, Dim Sum, Sushi, Fondue, and Milkshakes!

If that didn’t make you hungry, I don’t know what will. Check out my Best Place For list of all of those dishes I mentioned above, and follow me @vegetarianinlondon for more mouthwatering dishes.

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