New Roots CafeThis new vegan and vegetarian social enterprise and café arrived on the slopes of Cally Road earlier this year, and is in support of Highway House, a charity in north London.
There’s real Indian chai, hand-roasted filter coffee and mint tea, plus meat-less breakfasts, and lunch with locally grown produce from non-waste food agencies.
It’s also open for dinner with starters around a fiver and simple mains including butternut squash moussaka, tagine or noodles with veg in coconut and lemongrass at under a tenner. Mon-Sat 8am-4pm, Wed-Sat 5:30pm-10pm, 346 Caledonian Road N1.
Mildred’sThe Soho original may date back to the late 1980s, but longstanding meat-swerving Mildred’s has only recently opened an airy outpost in King’s Cross.
As well as takeaway salads – super-healthy mixed boxes of purple sprouting broccoli, carrot salad, roasted winter veg and shiitake mushrooms, say – there are imaginative small plates and surprisingly filling beetroot, white bean and dill burgers.
Things we rate? Moreish sweet potato fries with chipotle ketchup; gyoza dumplings with chilli sauce; and chargrilled cauliflower with a tahini lemon dressing and tangy pomegranate seeds. Starters from £5, mains £12. 200 Pentonville Road, N1
HawramamAnewish addition a mile or so north on Chalk Farm Road, Hawramam is named after the Kurdish region its owners are from (previously they ran long-established neighbouring vegetarian My Village café for many years).
A House Vegan Plate is a multi-textural delight: raw slivers of crunchy radish, angular arcs of carrot, crisp leaves and curls of cucumber drizzled liberally with a zesty salsa verde around a mound of carefully cooked bulgar wheat. Further contrast is provided by smokey baba ganoush, as well as a bowl of warm roasted aubergine topped with spring onion. It’s a substantial plate in all, costing just over a tenner (£10.45). Open daily except Monday, 38 Chalk Farm Road NW1