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Masala Recommends: Bangkok’s plant-based restaurants that are salad gold

by Aiden

Check out these vegetarian and vegan eateries just in time for veg season.

By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales and Tom McLean

Gone are the days where finding purely vegetarian or vegan restaurants in the city went literally against the grain. Now, plant-based options are popping up like mushrooms, with mushroom for more. With Navratri and Tesagan Gin Jae coming up this month, we’ve curated a list of eateries that’ll make keeping veg soy very easy. 

Nature’s Charm Café
The story of Nature’s Charm goes all the way back to 2014, when they created and started selling the world’s fi rst sweetened condensed coconut milk. Now that they’ve opened a café, you can also go coconuts over their Instagrammable walls and décor. Head on down to Nature’s Charm Café, which was founded with the intention of re-creating classic dishes from minimally processed, plant-based ingredients – without compromising on flavour. Their signature Nature’s charm fish & chips is a must-try, encapsulating the restaurant’s ethos and highlighting their creativity. Likewise, their Chick’n pop & slaw with mash is a unique take on comfort food staples, going to show that with enough determination and talent, anything can be vegan-ised.
Tel: 02 258 5860
Facebook: @naturescharmcafe
Instagram: @naturescharmcafe

Self-styled as “the ultimate vegan destination in Thailand,” Veganerie boasts over 150 plant-based menus that are sure to leaf nothing out, from all-day brunch, to burgers, pastas, smoothie bowls, and our personal favourite, desserts. Pop by any of their multiple branches throughout Bangkok, including their newest concept in Sukhumvit Soi 11, to try their signature V-baked cheese spinach casserole, or any of their sweets that will have you going bananas. We recommend the Fruity delight waffle with vegan ice-cream for a berry sweet time.
Tel: 087 443 3728 or 089 628 8803
Facebook and Instagram: @veganerie

Focusing on plant-based whole foods that are unrefined and minimally processed, Plantiful serves Instagrammable creations that both your camera and you can devour. With their vision of “health is the ultimate wealth,” their breadth of options are backed by scientifically-researched ingredients, pumpkin you full of nutrients while delivering on flavour. Don’t miss out on their Baked zucchini eggplant lasagne and Pumpkin spinach burrito, or for more of a kick, check out their Spicy kimchi soba noodle.
Tel: 091 715 5247
Facebook: @plantiful.bkk
Instagram: @plantiful.bkk

When you’re craving Italian fare but want to avoid meatier options, make sure to try out Govinda, a long-established Italian vegetarian eatery in the heart of Phrom Phong. From homemade breads, to all your pasta favourites, to 20 varieties of pizza, any meal there is sure to leave you satisfied while contemplating the pasta-bilities of your next meal. For mushroom fans, we recommend the Porcini risotto, while their house special spinach Ravioli is, in our opinion, not to be missed.
Tel: 026 634 970
Instagram: @govindapizzeria

Cacao & Love
For a guaranteed sweet time, head over to Cacao & Love, a relatively new bakery that specialises in vegan, keto, and paleo desserts. Started with the vision of creating a space where people of all dietary requirements can indulge in sweets, the café offers over 90 dessert products sure to put you into a food coma for the entirety of Navratri. Make sure to try their best-selling Vegan choc chip cookies and their Keto carrot cake while you’re there, or, for those wanting to avoid the (sugar) rush, order the desserts online.
Tel: 098 479 4979
Instagram: @cacaoandlovebkk

Sorriso Italian Vegetarian & Vegan
Take your taste buds on a trip to Italy at Sorriso Italian Vegetarian & Vegan. Located directly above Saras, Sorriso is a contemporary vegetarian bistro that prides itself on the authenticity of their Northern Italian cuisine. Specialising in vegetarian, vegan, and even Jain interpretations of traditional recipes from Veneto, Liguria, and Lombardia, resident chef Matteo personally sources the ingredients for all dishes, ensuring top-tier quality and taste. Be sure to try their Jae Festival menu, which features delectable fare like Ravioli porcini, Penne truffle sauce, and Tiramisu.
Tel: 084 433 0020  
Facebook: @Sorriso.Veg.Rest

Saras Veg Food
Featuring vegetarian cuisine from different regions of India, Saras Veg Food follows a simple but enticing concept: eclectic street food served in a casual dining atmosphere. Variety is definitely the spice of life for them, with the restaurant boasting an extensive menu of over 200 dishes. Head on over this Veg Festival season for their seasonally-appropriate dishes, such as their specialty Navratri thali available this month, or classics like Moong daal dosa and Daal pakwan
Tel: 084 433 0020  
Facebook: @SarasVegFood
Instagram: @SarasVegFood

Vistro and Vizza
For classic Thai and international favourites that will leave you wondering, “wait..that was vegan?” Vistro and its sister restaurant, Vizza, are your go-tos. Inspired by the owners’ travels and multicultural background, this charming bistro is perfect for a guilt-free brunch with your crew. Make sure to catch their specialty brunch menu from 10am to 2pm, which includes that Millennial classic, Avocado tempeh toast, or visit any other time for their newest creations, the chick’n cutlet Katsu curry, and their Plantiful tacos. Special shoutout to the Krapow pizza which was our unanimous favourite, living up to their slogan of, “what can we turn vegan today? Let’s make it next level.”
Tel: 066 5998 2201
Facebook: @vistrobkk
Instagram: @vistrobkk

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