Business Dinner: Best places to take a vegetarian client in London
If you’re looking to impress a client, dinner at one of London’s buzzing restaurants is an ideal way to make a great first impression…but where do you take them if they are a vegetarian?
We’ve researched our favourite vegetarian dinner spots for entertaining clients in London. Client entertainment can be expensive but with a prepaid business card you don’t need to worry about being out of pocket at the end of the month. Thanks to its centralised dashboard, Soldo looks after the budgeting so that you can look after the client.
The brainchild of Camilla Fayed, the philosophy behind Farmacy is simple; this is food as medicine, acknowledging the healing powers of a plant-based diet. But when it comes to the food, it’s all about comfort eating. There are sourdough pizzas with vegan cheese, plant-based burgers and plenty of light and tasty bowl options. Healthy, delicious and nutritious, Farmacy is a smart choice for dinner with any vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian client.
The Gate Restaurants
The Gate have been delivering delicious vegan and vegetarian food to their customers since 1989. This is plant-based food with a fine dining twist. There are tasting menus with matching vegan wines plus menus focused around seasonal ingredients. You can even enjoy a vegetarian Sunday roast with all the trimmings!
Wild Food Café
The founders of Wild Food Café have a mission, to create delicious food with minimal damaging effects to the earth. Dishes are simple, getting the very best out the seasonal ingredients. From sharing platters to super salads, this is food that looks good and does you good. But remember to capture your receipt for smoother expense reporting, that way you can enjoy your meal without worry.
222 Vegan Cuisine
Ben Asamani is an internationally renowned vegan chef who cooks nutrition-rich dishes that are low fat, low salt and non-OGM. There are also some delicious mains including pumpkin noodle salad, stroganoff and the traditional African dish Egusi. 222 has offered diners a unique vegan eating experience since first opening its doors in 2004.
Mildreds has always been at the forefront of vegetarian and vegan dining in the Capital. Starting in Soho in the 1980s, this iconic restaurant takes its inspiration from a range of cuisines. Offering diners everything from gyoza dumplings to Polish bean burgers, and Roman-style artichokes for a menu that’s as eclectic as it’s delicious.
The team behind Vanilla Black started a restaurant because they were tired of the veggie options in mainstream eateries. Now they produce set lunches and 5-course tasting menus of elegant and sophisticated vegetarian and vegan food packed with an array of unusual ingredients. Enjoy celeriac profiteroles, cep fudge and Branston pickle toffee. Vanilla Black was the first contemporary vegetarian restaurant and continues to innovate. Be sure to have your prepaid company card at the ready as this place is a little on the pricey side!
You can eat well at Ethos all day, from breakfast through to afternoon tea and dinner. Located in the heart of Fitzrovia, this casual self-service restaurant serves some of the best plant-based and meat-free cuisine in London. With a unique ‘pay by weight’ charging system for lunch and dinner, diners can serve portions as large as they please!
Itadaki Zen is an organic and vegan Japanese restaurant offering classics such as sushi and tempura alongside delicate noodle dishes and bento boxes. Everything is prepared by hand when you place your order to ensure the freshest and healthiest results. The kitchen works towards being zero waste, so your dinner is ethical as well as delicious.
Award-winning Manna, founded in the 1960s, offers a total vegan eating experience from lunch bites to evening dining. This venue is great for clients who don’t drink as they offer delicious mocktails and energy-packed protein health drinks. Menu options include a mouthwatering Caribbean sharing platter and much more. Diners are sure to enjoy an evening at Manna.
This South Indian restaurant has branches all over London and is rated highly among lovers of vegetarian Indian food. Packed with vibrant flavours that are both familiar and yet subtly different, this is plant-based food with a punch. Choose from the extensive range of starters and don’t miss the generously stuffed Dosas or the delicious Uthappams – a kind of Indian lentil-based pizza.
Just make sure you’re paying attention when the bill comes to log your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT.
If you want a side order of fun with your healthy plant-based food, head for by CHLOE. Choose from the European menu packed with gorgeous salads, Thai and Greek-influenced dishes through to the US menu with its dirty burgers and the amazing carrot hot dog! Wash it all down with a healthy juice or signature smoothie and finish with gluten-free ice cream.
Wulf and Lamb
Under the guidance of head chef Franco Casoli, ex-Vanilla Black chef, this Vogue-recommended restaurant bills itself as one of London’s best plant-based restaurants. Diners can enjoy the signature spicy Wulf Burger, or enjoy 100% plant-based takes on classics including Wulf Pie and Chili Non-Carne. Clients from the US will love the classic Reuben sandwich. There are also superb sourdough pizzas and mouthwatering home-baked treats, making Wulf and Lamb the perfect spot for lunch if you’re in West London.
Whether you are entertaining clients, potential business partners or employees, it usually doesn’t come without a cost. Managing your company’s entertainment expenses doesn’t have to be a nightmare with smart solutions like Soldo. For helpful advice on managing business expenses, check out our complete guide on entertainment expenses here.