I have a short trip to London coming up and would love some input on places to eat.
The catch is that I'm a vegan and my husband is not. He's happy to eat veg most of the time, but does like to have a meal with meat every now and then. We've been on a few trips to London recently and we have some favorites, but we're staying in Canary Wharf this time around (it's a business trip we're stretching into a vacation) and haven't spent much time in that area. I'd like some input on veg restaurants as well as ideas for places that serve meat and also have proper vegan options. We like pretty much all cuisines but aren't big on the Chinese/Thai buffets that seem like the most common veg option. Price is not really an issue, but we're not looking for fine dining experiences, just everyday restaurants (up to 40 pounds per person at dinner is fine and we're not big drinkers). We're very willing to travel around the city, but would also appreciate some suggestions in and around Canary Wharf.
For veg restaurants, does anyone have particular recommendations for all-veg South Indian? I've been to one of the Rasa outposts (which I thought was pretty good) and Sagar (underwhelming), but I'm sure there are better options that I'm not aware of.
How is Vanilla Black? It looks like it might be interesting, but also very cheese focused. How does it compare to Saf? Would Itadaki Zen be a better choice for a nice veg restaurant?
Has anyone been to the all veg Coach and Horses? It seems to be new and I haven't found much about it on the internet.
As for restaurants/markets that serve meat but also have vegan options, we've enjoyed Tas, Otto Pizza (actually we love it!), and Borough and Whitecross Street Markets.
It would be great to get recommendations for good Turkish or Lebanese restaurants since Tas can't possibly be the best option. Are there any interesting Ethiopian or other African restaurants we should check out? Modern British options would also be appreciated - we went to The Larder in Clerkenwell on our last trip and thought it was pretty mediocre, but a lot of the better-rated places don't provide a vegan option. Would the Corner Room be a good choice (assuming they cater for vegans with advance notice)?
My husband will also be eating quite a few meals without me in the Canary Wharf area - any good non-vegetarian splurges he should be sure to try?