New Vegan Menu at Ask Italian

Ask Italian have recently introduced a vegan menu, which includes bruschetta, baked dough balls, pizzas with a range of toppings (sadly no vegan cheese), and three different pasta dishes. There’s also a salad which sounds nice and filling, with avocado and butterbeans, plus sorbet for dessert.

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You can check out the full menu here, selecting your local restaurant from the drop down menu at the top, or ask for a copy in the restaurant.

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It’s great to see so many chains introducing vegan menus and clearer labelling.

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Ask Italian Unofficial Vegan Menu

UPDATE 2017: Ask Italian now offer a full vegan menu, including vegan mozzarella. Check out the Ask Italian vegan menu here.

Ask Italian doesn’t offer much in the way of vegan options, but you can still enjoy a tasty meal here. Their pizza bases and sauces are vegan, and can be ordered without cheese + with extra veggie toppings. There’s also a tomato pasta option – not that exciting, but still nice. Check out our full unofficial vegan menu below:

Starters

Rosemary and Sea Salt Bread

Italian Olives

Dips

Olive Tapenade Dip

Spicy Tomato and Basil Dip

Sides

Zucchine Fritte

Roasted New Charlotte Potatoes

Mains

Verdure Pizza (ask for no cheese and add extra toppings)

Spaghetti al Pomodoro (ask for no cheese)

Desserts

Raspberry Sorbetto

Mango Sorbetto

Kids

Top Your Own Pizza (ask for no cheese and choose veggie toppings)

Broccoli

Plum Tomatoes

Fruity Ice Lolly (Tropical or Strawberry)

Apple Juice (Orange Juice marked as non-vegan)

If you’d like to see more vegan options at Ask Italian, or better labelling/a dedicated vegan menu, why not contact them and say so? Many other high street restaurants have started to offer more vegan dishes, and it can’t hurt to let others know that the demand is there.

You can view the full Ask allergen menu here.

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Check out our other guides to eating out vegan in the UK: Pizza Express, Wetherspoons, Las Iguanas, Zizzi, and Nando’s. More coming soon!

Las Iguanas Vegan Menu

Las Iguanas is a Latin American chain restaurant which offers a handy vegetarian and vegan menu, with lots of great vegan options. Vegan options are marked with a green for V, or ‘ask for V’, for dishes which can be made vegan.

Highlights include the three mushroom fajita, veggie chilli and taco sharing tray. All the salads can be veganized, and look tasty and filling. There are three vegan suitable desserts – more than most chains in the UK offer. Pick from sorbet, coconut pudding, or Mojito jelly!

View the menu below, or click here for the PDF version.

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If reading this has put you in the mood for Mexican food, check out our easy taco recipe here. You might also enjoy browsing our Mexican Cooking section – loads of meal kits are accidentally vegan!

Have you tried the vegan options at Las Iguanas? Let us know what you think in the comments.

 

Zizzi Release Vegan Menu featuring Vegan Mozzarella Pizza

Zizzi, the high street Italian chain restaurant, have launched a new vegan pizza, featuring vegan Mozzarella cheese, and your choice of vegetable toppings. This puts them ahead of Pizza Express, who allow you take in your own vegan cheese to be added to their pizzas, but don’t offer it themselves.

If you don’t fancy pizza, Zizzi also offer a tomato pasta dish, which can be customised with extra vegetables. There are a few sides to choose from, and several flavours of sorbet or gelato for dessert. The majority of their wines are vegan friendly, too. Check out the full menu below (click to view a larger version!)

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It’s great to see more and more chains starting to cater to vegans. You can follow Zizzi on Twitter – let them know what you think of the new vegan menu! If you’d like more info about eating out vegan in the UK, check out our selection of UK Vegan Menus (official and unofficial.)

Vegan Pizza Express Menu 2016

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Pizza Express is a great choice if you’re looking for vegan options. As well as serving a totally vegan pizza, they allow you to create your own with a range of toppings – all of their bases are dairy free.

Several other dishes are vegan, or can be made vegan, with a few simple alterations. Check out the wide range of choices below.

Intros

Olives Marinate

Marinated green pitted olives with garlic cloves and pink peppercorns

Roasted Tomatoes

Slow-roasted tomatoes marinated in garlic and oregano

Starters

Dough Balls (ask for garlic oil in place of garlic butter)

A PizzaExpress classic served with garlic butter

Sides

Mixed Salad (ask for this without dressing)

Seasonal mixed leaves, tomatoes and cucumber with our house dressing

Mains

Leggera Superfood Salad (ask for this without cheese or dressing)

Our Leggera salad is high in nutrients but low in calories. Baby spinach and seasonal mixed leaves, Tenderstem broccoli, beetroot, light mozzarella, avocado, pine kernels, red onions, cucumber, lentils and fresh basil, finished with our light house dressing.

Bosco (ask for this without cheese or dressing)

Warm garlic chestnut mushrooms, light mozzarella, avocado, roasted tomatoes, spinach, rocket, balsamic syrup, honey & mustard dressing and dough sticks

Pianta Pizza

Spinach, chestnut mushrooms, pine kernels, artichoke, tomato, chilli flakes and garlic oil finished with rocket and extra virgin olive oil and fresh parsley. No cheese

Giardiniera Pizza (ask for this without cheese or pesto)

Artichoke, mushrooms, red peppers, tomatoes, red onions, black olives, pesto, tomato, mozzarella and garlic oil

Personalized Pizza

Pizza Express say, “If you are unable to find one of your favourite recipes, please just ask; if we have the ingredients we will happily make it for you.”

Dessert

Leggera Sorbet (Raspberry)

Two scoops of dairy-free raspberry sorbet, served with a chocolate straw and fresh mint.

Piccolo (kids) Menu

Starter

Baked Dough Balls with Side Salad (ask for this with oil and balsamic syrup)

Baked dough balls with your choice of Garlic Butter or Olive Oil and Balsamic Syrup. Served with a fresh salad of red pepper, santos tomato and cucumber.

Pizza

Create your own – pick your own toppings and ask for no cheese.

Dessert

Piccolo Sundae (ask for without the cone)

Choose one scoop of dairy-free raspberry sorbet and finish with chocolate or fruit sauce. All topped with a baby cone.

Drink

Cawston Press Kid’s Blend

Apple & Pear or Apple & Mango (with no added sugar)

As well as offering a completely vegan pizza, Pizza Express give you the option of taking in your own vegan cheese, which they will add to a pizza of your choice.

Here’s what they say:

All of our pizzas are made by hand so and can be ordered without the toppings that otherwise make them unsuitable for vegans.

Our pizza bases are completely free of animal and dairy products. Our famous passata sauce is made from tomatoes, salt, pepper, fresh basil and oregano.

Introduced in spring 2014 is our first ever dairy free, vegan friendly pizza, the Pianta; fresh and earthy in flavour, combining spinach, chestnut mushrooms, pine kernels and artichokes, on a spicy Arrabbiata base.

Unfortunately we don’t have a vegan cheese but you can ask for any of our other pizzas to be made without cheese.

You are also welcome to bring in your own vegan cheese to top your pizza, provided that it is in a sealed pack, in date and the date is clearly visible on the pack. Our pizzaiolos can either return to you the rest of the pack or dispose of it. It cannot be brought in/kept at the restaurant for repeat use.

Pizza Express also offer several gluten free options, see here for info. To see the full allergen menu, click here.

Update 2017: Pizza Express now offer vegan cheese which can be added to any pizza, and a dedicated vegan pizza, the vegan Giardiniera.

 

Nando’s Vegan Menu UK

Surprisingly, Nando’s has a good selection of vegan options, and products that can be made vegan with minor alterations. All of their bastes are vegan, and non-meat products are basted and grilled separately from meat. The kids’ section of the menu offers some great options, and can make a perfectly filling meal with an extra side or two!

Check out the guide below:

Mains

Veggie burger/pitta/wrap (ask for no mayo/yoghurt)

A spicy soya and tomato burger seasoned with spring onion, green chilli and cayenne pepper.

Portobello Mushroom and Grilled Halloumi (ask for no halloumi/mayo/yoghurt)

Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Grilled Halloumi Cheese team up to a defeat hunger.

Add: Pineapple, Chilli Jam, 1/4 Avocado, or Portobello Mushroom.

 

Salads

Mixed Leaf Salad

A mix of five leaves and piccolo tomatoes. Simple.

Quinoa Salad (ask for no cheese)

With sweet potato and avocado chunks, piccolo tomatoes, cucumber, crisp salad leaves and a good sprinkling of feta cheese, sesame & roasted seeds

Mediterranean Salad (ask for no cheese)

Piccolo tomatoes, cucumber, celery, sweet peppers and mixed leaves in paprika dressing. Sprinkled with olives and feta cheese.

Add: 1/2 Avocado

Appeteasers

Houmous with PERi-PERi Drizzle

Pour smoky PERi-PERi oil over creamy houmous and dig in with strips of warm pitta.

Spicy Mixed Olives

Co-starring garlic, pepper, mushroom and chilli.

PERi-PERi Nuts

Fiery almonds, cashews and macadamias – crunch with punch!

Garlic Bread

Tasty toasted Portuguese Roll with garlic and a touch of chilli

Sides

Chips

Garlic Bread

Corn on the Cob

Peri-Salted Chips

Mixed Leaf Salad

 

Fino Sides

Chargrilled Veg

Chunky mixed peppers, red onions and courgette in a spicy tomato concasse.

Add: Peri-Peri Drizzle

 

Desserts

Passionfruit Gelado

Nando’s twist on ice cream. Light, creamy and dangerously moreish.

Chilly Billy Lolly

From the ‘Dino Desserts’ section.

 

Dino Mains

Veggie Strips

Spicy soya and tomato strips seasoned with spring onion, green chilli and cayenne pepper.

 

Dino Sides

Chips

Garlic Bread

Corn on the Cob

Little Tomatoes

Sweet Potato Wedges

 

Nando’s official answer to the question: Is There Anything On Your Menu Suitable For Vegans?

Nando’s are not a vegan restaurant, but we do offer non-meat products on our menu which can be seen here. You can filter by dietary requirement on the left hand side to only display the vegan options we offer. We’d recommend our Veggie Pitta, but you need to specify “no mayonnaise” as mayo is a standard ingredient containing egg. Our bastes are all meat, egg and dairy free, so you can choose which ever you want. Though we are not a vegetarian restaurant, we do take specific steps to segregate our non-meat products from our meat products: We choose a specific part of the grill for cooking only non-meat product, Separate utensils are always used with non-meat products, Separate bottles of the Nando’s bastes are used exclusively for basting the non-meat products. Full ingredient listings are available in all of our restaurants, just ask the duty manager to see the Food and Menu Specification Folder when you visit. We’d recommend telling the restaurant team when you order that you’re vegan, just to ensure they’re extra careful!