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Liverpool’s best veggie fest?

Head over to the Dock and celebrate World Vegetarian Day

Looking for some of Liverpool’s best veggie food? Look no further… October 1 marks World Vegetarian Day, so we’ve taken the chance to champion some of the Dock’s favourite vegetarian dishes. There’s so much to choose from that it took us a little while to work through all of the recommendations, but we’ve narrowed it down for you.

If you’re heading for a meal out in Liverpool – whether you’re veggie, want to try eating less meat or are thinking about how you can do more for the environment, then head down to the Dock. 

 

Get over to Gusto

Gusto always promises an extravagant Italian welcome, with a rich variety of flavours. We’ve spent plenty of time over the years sampling the delights of the Gusto menu and these vegetarian creations always stand out.

Choose your starters from goats’ cheese gnudi with aged balsamic and beetroot – gnudi, if you weren’t sure, is a goats’ cheese ball rolled in semolina and fried lightly – or a warm salad of pearled spelt, tomato and artichoke – that’s also vegan. The rainbow vegetable parcel main course is packed with roast beetroot, aubergine, squash, courgette, red peppers, all on a light, flaky goats’ cheese filo parcel; the heritage tomato panzanella salad is a classic Italian dish, using gluten-free ciabatta bread with capers and red onions, while the Gusto vegan burger features a Moving Mountains burger, packed with beetroot juice, plant proteins, mushrooms, herbs and spices.

Rice noodles and summer rolls at Rosa’s Thai

Rosa’s co-founder and chef Saiphin Moore grew up on a mountain farm in Thailand, so she knows a thing or two about cooking with veg, she says. Rosa’s curry pastes don’t contain shrimp paste or fish sauce, and are created from Saiphin’s own recipes. These four were made to make our mouths water...

Fresh Summer Spring Rolls © Fresh Summer Spring Rolls
Butternut & Cashew Stir Fry © Butternut & Cashew Stir Fry
Rosas Fried Rice © Rosas Fried Rice
Rosa's Butternut Red Curry © Rosa's Butternut Red Curry

Rosa’s fresh summer rolls are made of soft rice paper, rice noodles, fragrant herbs and mixed vegetables rolled inside, served with tamarind sauce with crushed peanuts. For a main, pick your pad Thai with veg and tofu. One of Thailand’s best-know exports, the stir-fried noodle dish comes with mixed vegetables, tofu and eggs, served in a homemade tamarind sauce and topped with crushed peanuts. Rosa’s fried rice always proves a colourful concoction, with mixed veg, tofu, vegetarian stir-fry sauce, eggs, cherry tomatoes, onions and bright spring greens. Or, if you’re looking for something with a bit of spice, try the butternut red curry. It’s Saiphin’s signature curry and laced with sweet basil and butternut squash.

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Revolution De Cuba’s jackfruit chilli

Revolution De Cuba brings a tropical twist to the Dock’s eating options, with starters, small plates and mains introducing a taste of the Caribbean to the shores of the Mersey.

Jackfruit is the latest veggie trend and gives these jackfruit chilli nachos a great meaty consistency, alongside manchego cheese sauce, mango salsa and guacamole. The spiced beet burgers are a real mouthful, featuring a beetroot burger with coriander and mint, topped with lettuce, tomato, guacamole, white bean purée and pickled onions (also vegan). If you’re in the mood for cheese, you can resist the squeakiest of them all? Halloumi tacos are on the small bites menu, coming lightly coated in chilli jam glaze with butternut squash and courgette. Or seek out a smoky veggie quesadilla, with veg bound in a a smoky Capia pepper pesto with tomato salsa, sour cream and stringy mozzarella.

Lunch in style at Lunyalita

Lunyalita excels itself with specialist vegan menu and we frequently head over there with our vegan visitors. Not only does it devote a full section to olives, capers, cornichons and chillis, but brings a laid back Spanish twist to many classic dishes – you may well need a siesta after this!

Cauliflower buñuelos are roasted cauliflower and cumin fritters, served with a Canary Island mojo picón sauce; escalivada is chargrilled peppers, aubergines, onions and courgettes on toasted sourdough, with Romesco sauce. But the one we try each time we lunch at Lunyalita is the classical woodland mushrooms – pan-fried in flavoursome Arbequina olive oil with asparagus. Irresistible.

Pop in to Peaberry Coffee House and Kitchen

Peaberry opened its second eatery on the Dock, having already made a name for itself just a little further up the waterfront with its delicious locally-sourced, homemade menu. With a wide variety of veggie dishes, these will keep you going from breakfast to nightfall...

On the brand new autumn menu, you’ll find mouth watering options like the buffalo halloumi and aubergine burger, served with cured coleslaw and skinny fries, or the falafel flatbread with harissa hummus, roasted beetroot and a soya mint yoghurt dressing. Breakfast options are numours, and include a taste treacle and sunflower seed rye with halloumi and spinach, or granola topped with roasted nuts, berries and greek yoghurt. For a truly indulgent option, we don’t think you can go far wrong with the banana and nutella pancakes.   

Middle Eastern magic at Maray

Maray is known for its exquisite flavours and mostly vegetarian menu inspired by the Middle East. We reckon 97.6% of people in Liverpool have tried its signature ‘Disco cauliflower’ dish, but you’ll find a full array of tasty veggie choices too. Head over to try the whipped goat’s cheese and crostini starter; an awesome aubergine shawarma with crispy shallots and pickled chillies or Maray veggie tacos, filled with butternut squash and tangy feta. Delicious! 

Rough Hand Made

We love Rough Hand Made for a quick, on-the-go option, and its mouthwatering menu of pastries, sandwiches and sweet treats. You could try the pitta sandwich, filled with aubergine, hummus, red cabbage and spinach omelette. Or munch on a meat-free spinach and pepper pastry with feta. But hurry – Rough Hand Made bakes fresh every morning, so once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Spoilt for choice? It may well take you more than just World Vegetarian Day to sample them – but we all know we should be eating less meat now, so here’s a tasty way to give it a try…