Our guide to eating vegan this Belfast Restaurant Week and all year round
3 February 2020
Veganism and plant-based diets have seen a surge in popularity over the last couple of years. Citing health and environmental concerns as well as animal welfare reasons, more and more of us want and expect plant-based and animal-free options on the menu when we dine out.
The eateries of Belfast have responded! Most places will either have at least a vegan-friendly option or options, offer vegan-adaptable dishes, or are willing to cater for vegans on request. Some have full vegan menus available and a notable few have proudly incorporated them into their permanent main menus – a bold statement that plant-based offerings are here to stay at these establishments.
Make sure to check out the restaurant week menus or contact the restaurant directly to find out what’s available.
Known for their tapas and al fresco dining, 2Taps has a full vegan menu available, including starters, tapas and even desserts.
44 Hill Street
Vegans are very well catered for here, with imaginative options on the tapas menu, as well as bruschettas, a vegan board, vegan mains including a tasty burger and pasta dishes, and a vegan chocolate cake in the desserts!
This is the licensed training restaurant at The Ulster University on York Street, so you’ll be eating food cooked and prepared by the superstar chefs of the future! As it’s a training restaurant, they are limited in what they can produce if you just walk in and tell them you’re vegan. However, give them 24 hours’ notice and they will be able to create something vegan-friendly. They reopen in October for the Autumn term.
Bert’s Jazz Bar
Another of the much-loved bars and eateries at The Merchant, Bert’s offers a vegan menu – which includes the all-important vegan dessert option!
Buba brings the flavours and rich cultural mix of the Eastern Mediterranean to Belfast’s buzzing Cathedral Quarter. The colourful layout showcases an open kitchen where the chefs cook up modern-day Eastern Mediterranean-inspired food. They offer a full Vegan menu which is comprised of lots of small plate dishes, designed to share, including nibbles of Baklava Stuffed Medjool Dates and Chilli Hummus with Hazelnut Dukkah, a choice of Flatbreads such as Chermoula Roast Mushrooms & Confit Garlic. There is even a choice of vegan desserts, such as Baklava or Chocolate Brownie, Raspberry Sorbet.
Coppi restaurant is Belfast’s first cichetti bacari and restaurant, inspired by those found in Venice and named after cycling legend Angelo Fausto Coppi. It offers a great selection of Italian and Mediterranean inspired vegan dishes alongside their main menu.
Vegan cichetti include beetroot, balsamic and walnut baby gem cups and polenta scraps with red pepper ketchup. Other starters include ratatouille bruschetta or pizzetta of truffled mushroom with rocket and onion. For mains, try the homemade pasta dish, roast butternut squash tortellini with tomato pesto, broccoli and hazelnut. With vegan desserts, wines and beer all on offer, it ticks all the boxes.
Traditional Irish cuisine with a modern twist – and this includes a couple of really tasty vegan dishes, including bean and mushroom ‘meat’ balls and a basil ratatouille.
The Merchant – The Great Room Restaurant
The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant now offers a vegan afternoon tea for when you’re looking for that special treat. You can find the menu here.
Novelli at City Quays
They have a dedicated vegan a la carte menu, offer vegan alternatives to some dishes on their prix fixe menu, and they offer the all-important vegan desserts!
Taylor & Clay – Bullitt
At the heart of Taylor & Clay lies its bespoke Asador grill and they serve an all day vegan menu, why not have a tasty vegan bullitt bowl for lunch or a sweet potato, squash and coconut curry for dinner! Even their side sauces are vegan based!
If you are looking for fresh, tasty and homemade vegan food alongside vegan wine and beer then look no further! Home offers the perfect menu to satisfy your appetite and your lifestyle choice!
If you fancy Asian-inspired vegan / vegetarian cuisine then Jumoñ has you covered, serving delicious plant-bases and clean dishes for you to enjoy which are also good for the soul!
At Mumbai Milano they’ve created a beautiful, authentic dining experience by taking the best of Indian and Italian food culture to create a delicious fusion menu. Chef Jainal and Chef Luigi work hard to ensure their recipes cater for a wide range of healthy options as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes.
EDŌ brings you a relaxed dining experience where you can enjoy the tastes of the best ingredients from around Europe! The menu includes tapas and sharing plates allowing you to tuck into vegetable paella, batatas bravas and classic tortillas!