Finally I got to try the most famous vegetarian restaurant in London! Mildreds opened in 1988 and hosts an impressive selection of internationally inspired vegetarian food from dumplings to burgers. For a restaurant that has been around for three decades and constantly has queues, I came with very high expectations.
I arrived at the Soho restaurant tucked away on Lexington Street around 12pm for lunch with a friend and we were seated straight away. Luckily we escaped queuing which I’ve heard is usually quite a long wait. It became a lot busier and noisier within half an hour during peak lunch time.
The Soho restaurant doesn’t take reservations so its first come first served, however the Camden branch does. Mildreds has a large menu of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes with a variety of flavours so there is something for everyone. There is also a specials menu.
The restaurant is long, narrow and quite cramped. You walk passed the bar where you can have a drink while you wait for a table to enter the main dining area. The service is great – prompt and very friendly staff.
Decision making is painful here. I don’t usually go to restaurants where I can eat every single item on the menu so this made it quite difficult, especially for an indecisive person like me who hates suffering from food regret. We finally narrowed it down to a few dishes which we shared:
Kale, cucumber, apple and lime juice – Very good and refreshing.
Smashed avocado and blue corn chips – This was tasty and fresh, especially with a squeeze of lime for a zesty kick.
Pumpkin, ricotta, sage tortellini in wild mushroom, marsala cream – Exquisite. This was my favourite dish. The cream was bursting with flavour and the dish was presented very well.
Sun blushed tomato, mozzarella risotto cake – This was ok. I probably wouldn’t get this again as I thought it was quite sickly and the cream had a similar taste to the marsala cream used for the tortellini.
It’s worth leaving space for dessert because there are lots of mouth-watering options available, such as the peanut butter brownie or crumble. There are also gluten free and vegan desserts. If we weren’t so full we definitely would have tried more.
Baileys cheesecake – So so good. The hint of Bailey’s was just right and not overpowering. Delicious chocolate biscuit base and perfectly soft cream cheese top.
Summary: An established vegetarian restaurant with branches in Soho and Camden. Extensive internationally inspired menu of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes. Mildreds is a great place for vegetarians and non-vegetarians to try. It successfully demonstrates the variety of flavours vegetarian dishes have to offer. Small and slightly cramped with tightly packed tables but worth the wait for the delicious food and great service. Love a restaurant that can do vegetarian food well!
Reservations: No reservations at the Soho restaurant. For Camden bookings call 020 7482 4200.
Locations: Soho and Camden
Perfect for: Lunch or dinner, ideally in a small group.