222 Veggie Vegan is an entirely vegan restaurant based in West Kensington, London. Over the years, I have developed quite a skill at sniffing out these little vegan beauties and 222 showed that I hadn’t yet lost my prowess.
Sids and I ventured to 222 on a Thursday night a few weeks ago when we were in London. We had read a lot of reviews about the place, some good, some bad and thought we might as well give it a try as all-vegan restaurants can be hard to come by (and we like to support them). We arrived early at about 6:30pm and had no issue parking but on approaching 222 I wasn’t convinced that we had come to the right place. The shops that lined the street were a bit on the feral side and we stood out the front of 222 and thought, is this it? Oh my lord, shame on me. I’ll never judge a book by its cover again. The modest and unassuming facade of 222 Veggie Vegan hides an absolute belter of a restaurant.
We walked through the door and were hit straight in the face by some holy-delicious smells coming from the direction of the kitchen. As we made our way to our table, I could feel a growing pool of saliva forming under my tongue and I had to fight with all my might to try and contain the fountain of dribble about to cascade down my chin. As I looked with bulging eyeballs at some of the meals on tables around me, I knew the 222 experience was going to be better than…. anything?
The 222 atmosphere is very relaxed and the interiors are kept simple to ensure the sole focus of your experience is on the unbelievable food. The staff are friendly and the menu is enticing, making choosing a meal incredibly difficult. We wanted it all! Vegans can browse the menu question-free and don’t have to worry about looking for the lonely ‘v’ symbol, common in carnivorous restaurants. All the food is GM free, low-salt, low-fat, predominantly organic, incredibly fresh and dishes are served made-to-order in ways that preserve the nutritional value and taste of the food. There is also a mouth-watering selection of dishes for raw foodies and a great drinks menu with organic beer and wine.
For our 222 experience, we started off by ordering the Bean and Tofu Pancake with tomato and vegan cream sauce and a serve of the warm, organic wholemeal Pita Dips with hummus, pimento and avocado. Both exceeded our expectations and were well presented, which always shows to me that the chef is proud of what he has plated. Good start.
Bean and Tofu Pancake
For our mains, we ordered the 222 Tofu and Veggie Mince Burger which came with home-made tomato sauce, oven-baked chips and a fresh leafy green salad and also the Ben’s Special, a stir-fry made with organic wheat-free noodles, season vegetables and seitan. I could have drank the home-made tomato sauce it was that good and the Ben’s Special was so deliciously fresh and delicious I needed a bobcat digger to shovel it into my mouth. I couldn’t get enough of it on my fork and when you are fighting with a 6’2, 90kg man for food, time is of the essence. There are only so many, ‘Oh my god, look at that over there!’ stunts I can pull before he catches onto my game plan.
At one point during my main, I saw the waitress walk by with a dessert for another table and I started frothing at the bit. And it was all over from then. We ordered three desserts. Yes, I confess. Guilty. Three desserts. You are not reading that wrong. Three. There was too many to choose from! And I was having a skinny day, so deemed it acceptable to shovel another portion of extra-delicious food straight onto my thighs (when food is as delicious and nutritious as this, calories don’t count. Just like they don’t count on your birthday). The raw, wheat-free and gluten-free vegan Spice Island Pie was a slice of heaven, but it was overshadowed by the other two desserts we ordered. The Apple Crumble with vegan vanilla ice-cream and the 222 Wholemeal Pancake with warm chocolate and vanilla sauce. Again, both were phenomenal and left us wanting more of what 222 had to offer. We want more, god damn it, more!
Apple Crumble with Vegan Ice-Cream
I highly recommend a visit to 222 Veggie Vegan if you are ever in London. It is rather small so if you are going for dinner, I advise you either book or get there early to ensure a table. It is an absolutely fantastic restaurant and undeniably one of the best completely vegan restaurants in London, if not the world. You will leave crippled due to the amount of food you consume, but you and your tastebuds will not be disappointed. Just make sure you leave room for dessert. It will blow your socks off.
Advice? Go hungry. And order three desserts.
222 Veggie Vegan
222 N End Road,
London, W14 9NU