If you’re in King’s Cross and looking for some crackin’ vegan food, head straight to Mildreds and/or Itadaki Zen! We hit Mildreds for brunch and it was absolutely buzzing, whereas Itadaki Zen was the perfect intimate dinner spot (it lived up to its ‘zen’ name).
Mildreds only take advanced bookings for parties of 10+, but don’t let the wait put you off. It’s entirely worth it. We were guided to the bar and necked back some of the best Bloody Marys I’ve ever tasted before ordering a sharing starter of vegan gyoza dumplings with sweet chilli sauce.
The dumplings were perfection – they absolutely nailed the filling to wrapper ratio and I could’ve easily wolfed down several more plates.
I then went on to order the vegetable stir fry, which I couldn’t recommend enough!
It was made up of a bed of brown rice and was topped with vegetables stir fried in shiitake, mirin, chilli, coriander garlic and ginger. All I’d say is make sure you’re hungry, because damn it’s filling!
As a Japanese food fanatic, the entirely plant-based Itadaki Zen is my idea of bliss. Its menu strikes the perfect balance between sharing food and individual meals, meaning that you won’t miss out on tasting a little bit of everything.
We decided to order one of the sushi set menus and a few side dishes.
The set menu consisted of 8 sushi rolls made with seasonal vegetables, seaweed, and sesame, Harumaki (spring rolls), marinated peanuts & the daily side dish. Everything was delicious but perhaps a little on the salty side.
We then went for green beans in sesame sauce, spring green rolls with an okara and vegetable filling & another side dish which I can’t for the life of me remember the name of…
However, the third mystery dish was the highlight of the meal – order it straight away if you decide to go (the menu has pictures so it’ll be easier to identify).