This has to be one of the worst meals I have had in London, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. It almost was uncomfortable to be sat there, the staff had good intentions but were all incredibly meek, as were the other customers. The food took ages, the place was aesthetically pretty drab and after about half an hour there I could feel the life energy being sucked out of me. Don't bother going here unless you are already miserable, in which case you will feel very at home. It was a relief to make it out of there alive :)
222 Veggie Vegan
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 17 2012
Don’t be misguided by the name – everything at this North End Road eaterie is 100% vegan, and even raw foodists are welcome. A high ceiling and pretty lanterns are the only features to a cramped dining area: the niche food is the attraction, which is enough to entice a crowd of young, groovy diners every evening.
Bean and tofu pancake to start was as light as the starchy ingredients would allow, but tasted bland and needed accompanying swigs of (good) organic English lager. For mains, though, a tropical mix of raw pumpkin and courgette noodles with fresh coconut and zingy lime sauce soon won us back, especially when coupled with such smiley service.
It’s hard to escape pungent dairy substitutes for pudding; the chocolate gateau was too far removed from the gooey loveliness non-vegans are used to. Maybe try the intriguing ‘raw’ spice island pie instead, a multi-textured cashew cream cheesecake on a crumbly coconutty base.
The best dishes are those that champion fresh ingredients, and don’t rely on substitutes. Near-£6 is too expensive for a lacklustre starter, but the all-you-can eat lunchtime buffet is fantastic value.
222 Veggie Vegan 222 North End Road
- Venue phone:
020 7381 2322
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-3.30pm, dinner served 5.30-10.30pm daily
Tube: West Kensington tube or West Brompton tube/rail or 28, 391 bus
Main courses £7.50-£10.50. Set lunch £7.50 buffet
222 Veggie Vegan
- 222 North End Road
- 020 7381 2322
- 222 North End Road
- 222 Veggie Vegan
Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:2
I went on a Saturday evening and it was honestly one of the worst dining experiences I have had in London. Two staff were not enough for a crammed restaurant. Even then they still kept squeezing people in by asking existing customers to squeeze up. The food took AN HOUR AND A HALF to arrive. I appreciate any restaurant can have a bad night, but we were not given any explanation or apology by the staff. In the end all tables were complaining about the long wait for food and no one had a smile on their face. The food itself was ok, nothing special at all and certainly not worth the wait or price. An oily salad was a particular low point. Maybe this was down to the strain of a busy night (although that is not an excuse). After all this, we were presented with a bill for nearly £50 for 2 people. There are so many better vegan/veggie restaurants in London. AVOID.
This is one of the best vegan restaurants I have ever visited.I can see a damning negative feedback here but the wirter doesn't even seem to know the difference between vegan & vegetarian cuisine. This is NOT a vegetarian restaurant, although by default all vegan dishes are vegetarian as well. I don't think this writer has ever coooked a vegan meal at home, else she woulld have known that how difficult it is to get the right flavours whilst cooking vegan. And right flavours that's what you always get at 222. She goes on to write "the bun huge & dry...and salad on the side boring". Lady you sound very constipated, do you ever get happy in life, talk about flavours if you really want to write.
The above review is unfair. I have had the same starter many times and it was anything but bland. To my mind, 222 has certainly the best vegan food in London and among the best in Europe. It also excellent value, unlike some other more pricey vegggie places which disappointingly can never make vegan puddings. The puddings and cakes at 222 are absolutely scrumptious, dairy substitute or not.
Really lovely food. I am a non veggie and I love the food at 222. This restaurant has been a great introduction for a non veggie meat eater like me, introducing me to new foods and really good flavours.
The food really is delicious and filling - also very experimental, so you are really getting authentic dishes. The ambience is great! I love 222!!!!!!!!!!!
222 is a great place for delicious vegan vegetarian food. I have tried many different restaurants in the UK and abroad, but 222 remains in the top range of my list.