Siri Hampapur explores the many and varied vegan food hotspots of Manchester. So, whether you’re in the mood for a takeaway, fine dining or even just dessert, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Published on 19 Oct 2018
Stock Up on Supplies
Unicorn Co-Operative Grocery Store is the place to go to fill up your fridge with all-organic and local produce. You can find everything in your weekly shop from fresh fruit and veg to bodycare, beer and wine, gardening products and cupboard staples. Black Cat Bakery provides them with freshly baked sweet treats. Unicorn even has its own ready-to-go deli, which has soups, salad and fresh bread.
Mod’s Veggie & Vegan Cafe at The Thirsty Scholar
New Wakefield Street, off Oxford Road
Set up in 2006, Mod’s cafe was the first of its kind to provide Manchester with vegan pub grub. It’s most popular for its all-day breakfasts and brunch, including a full English with a generous plateful of two sausages, fresh mushrooms and tomatoes, hash brown, vegan black pudding, baked beans and toast — you won’t be left hungry!
The traditional pub ‘chicken’ burger, paired with hand-cut twice cooked chunky chips, appeals to herbivores and omnivores alike. It’s clear how varied the menu is, with the crispy tofu noodles being another favourite among customers. Mod’s famous funky cupcakes are a sweet way to polish off your meal. The chef, Martin the Mod, is more than willing to create and adapt new dishes for those with special dietary requirements, so it really is a place for everyone!
95 Mauldeth Road, sanskrutirestaurant.co.uk
Indian cuisine is traditionally known for its abundance of tasty vegetarian dishes, but Sanskruti restaurant in Manchester goes the extra mile by continually adapting more and more recipes to be vegan. This restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional foods from all over India. From North Indian-style street foods, such as Pani Puri (bite-sized crispy Puris filled with seasoned potatoes and mint water), to South Indian breakfast foods, such as Idhli and Sambhar (steamed rice dumplings with lentil and vegetable stew), Sanskruti provides a fully traditional Indian food experience.
Why not treat yourself to a three-course meal? They have a mango and raspberry vegan ice cream, which is a great way to cool down your palate after one of their hot and spicy mains. The Veg Seekh Kebab is a must-try when visiting the restaurant; the aromatic blend of soya mince, herbs and spices will have you coming back again and again!
Mowgli Street Food
Mowgli, 16, 37 Corn Exchange, Manchester, M4 3TR, 0161 832 0566 www.mowglistreetfood.com
Mowgli serves flavoursome Indian street food and their vegan options include the renowned Mowgli chip butty, called a ‘flavour grenade’ on the menu! This tasty creation of fenugreek kissed turmeric fries and chilli pickle, served on a roti wrap is a favourite and there’s a choice of curries and dhals too. Don’t miss the bhel puri and the vegan Indian school tiffin.n
1c, 160-164 Wellington Road, Withington, iceshack.co.uk
If you have a sweet tooth, then look no further than Ice Shack, Manchester’s fully vegan dessert parlour. Whether you’re in the mood for ice cream, sorbet, cakes and pastries, cookies, doughnuts, waffles, chocolate bars or truffles, you are in for a sweet treat because this place has it all, and with plenty of flavours to choose from.
Their salted caramel ice cream is big seller, but they also offer many creative flavours such as apple pie, chocolate peanut butter cookie, rainbow sugar rush and even rosemary and licorice. Their cake selection also offers a plethora of options: the Oreo cake is a customer favourite, but they also have cinnamon latte cake, berry vanilla cake and strawberry Oreo cake if you’d like some variation. As a cruelty-free confectioner, your dessert will really be guilt-free!
V-REV Vegan Diner
2-26 Edge Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1HN www.vrevmcr.co.uk
V Rev is Manchester City Centre’s first and only 100% vegan eatery, established in 2011. V Rev specialises in creating really decadent junk food vegan dishes, like burgers, hot dogs, sarnies, loaded fries to show that anything you can make, they can make a vegan version of it. The dishes all come with hilarious names included.
Allotment, 6 Vernon Street, Stockport SK1 1TY, 0161 478 1331 www.allotmentvegan.co.uk
This vegan restaurant in Stockport has been making waves and Chef Matthew Nutter has a flair for inventive recipes, such as courgette scallop with sweetcorn chowder, and salt baked pineapple with basil sorbet. Try the taster menu to sample an array of dishes, or choose from main courses including peppered confit aubergine steak with roast garlic and sage pomme purée.
They take vegan cuisine to the next level with dishes like their cauliflower hot wings with aioli, an irresistible spin on the classic American diner favourite, which involves frying cauliflower in a secret blend of spices. The cheeseboard of cultured nut cheeses makes a delicious alternative too.
354 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, zads.co.uk
Looking for something to satisfy your takeaway craving? Zad’s, in Chorlton, is the place to be. Run by vegan activists who understand the struggle of finding good vegan takeaway, they opened this spot last year and have already seen a huge demand for their healthy take on classic junk food.
Their selection of pizzas has something for everyone: the Cheesy Feast ‘for those who just really love cheese’; the classic Hawaiian pizza for people who like pineapple on pizza; and the new customer favourite Fiery Zadras, which is a soy-based pizza marinated in a fiery Madras sauce. Zad’s also offers delicious vegan sides such as the popular cheesy fries, cheesy garlic bread and nuggets. A new addition to its menu is the ‘ZFC’, which has “blown everyone away and needs to be tasted to be believed”!
7 High street Places With Good Vegan Options:
- Go Falafel, 3 Newton St
- Leon, Station Approach
- Pret a Manger, 1 Portland St
- 1847, Chapel Walks
- Pizza Express, Piccadilly Gardens
- Bella Italia, 11-13 Piccadilly
- YO! Sushi, Manchester Arndale
Take a Class
The Vegetarian Society in Manchester offers many vegan cookery courses including skill-based pasta making, vegan cheese making, exploring world cuisine, and even junk food. Learn how to make vegan-loaded mac and cheese, delicious jackfruit kebabs and vegan patisseries to impress your friends with. Look for more courses at vegsoccookeryschool.co.uk.