Nine places to eat out in Ipswich if you are vegan
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Being vegan is not the social nightmare it once was.
As more and more people are choosing to follow a plant-based diet, restaurants are starting to recognise the need to offer meat, egg and dairy free alternatives - and not just the token three-bean chilli.
While Ipswich is not quite on a par with say London or Brighton, there are still plenty of places that serve a decent vegan dish.
Here are nine vegan-friendly eateries in the town:
A new arrival at the revamped Buttermarket Centre, Wagamama has several vegan options that are full of punch and flavour.
Bang Bang Cauliflower, Miso Soup, Wok-fried Beans, Yasai Surendra’s Curry and Yasai Pad Thai are just some of the animal-free dishes on offer.
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Other mains can be veganised by switching the egg noodles and leaving out the fish sauce.
2. Museum Street Cafe
The Museum Street Cafe has been producing vegetarian lunches in Ipswich since 2009.
Operated in a canteen style, there will nearly always be vegan offerings, including cake.
As the name suggests, it can be found in Museum Street.
With a dedicated vegan menu available on request, Zizzi is a top choice.
It is probably one of the only restaurants in Ipswich that will do a pizza with special dairy-free cheese, AND ice cream.
It is located in St Nicholas Street.
4. Passage to India
Curry and veganism is a match made in heaven.
The main ingredient in many curries is coconut milk, tomatoes, lentils or spinach - all vegan-friendly.
Passage to India, in Fore Street, has a wealth of vegetable-based dishes, featuring chickpeas, green beans, aubergine and mushroom.
Hailed by some as the best Chinese restaurant in town, Trong’s is always packed with guests.
It has a plethora of non-meat delicacies, with a section dedicated to bean curd - or tofu - dishes.
Located in St Nicholas Street, the diner is also not afraid to get creative with plants, offering sautéed mange tout, lotus root sautéed with hot bean paste and stir-fried white mushrooms.
6. Cosy Club
The beautifully decorated Cosy Club also has a separate vegan menu.
There’s food for morning, noon and night, from a fried breakfast to a falafel, hummus and avocado sandwich and a spicy quinoa burger.
It is another new addition to the restyled Buttermarket Centre in Ipswich town centre.
7. Toby Carvery
If it’s a roast you are looking for, then Toby Carvery is the one.
Diners can choose to have a lentil cottage pie, butternut squash crumble or spiced carrot and chickpea wellington alongside steamed vegetables and meat-free gravy and stuffing.
The only problem is, it’s a bit of a drive away from the town centre in Ravenswood.
Known for its spicy chicken, Nandos also has a good range of vegetarian food that can be made vegan.
Located at Cardinal Park, the restaurant has a soya and tomato burger and Portobello mushroom burger.
On top of that, it sells some great salads, and pita bread with hummus.
9. Pizza Express
Unlike curry, pizza and veganism is not a match made in heaven.
However, Pizza Express - at the Waterfront or in Lloyds Avenue - does a cheese-free pizza called Pianta, with spinach, mushroom, pine kernels, artichoke, tomato, chilli flakes and garlic oil finished with rocket.
As the food is made fresh for each customer, chefs are sometimes willing to make other pizzas vegan.