There’s never been a better time to eat out in Dundee, and with an increasing number of restaurants and cafes comes greater choice. Whether you have a full-time plant-based diet or just like to participate in Meat-Free Mondays, there is an impressive choice of vegan and vegetarian food in the city.
The Parlour was at the forefront of Dundee's culinary renaissance, offering inventive takes on standard menu items and giving vegetarians more than just a cursory nod. Lunchtime favourites such as sandwiches, salads, soups and tarts are seasonal and fresh. There is a spot of indulgence, however, with an array of cakes beckoning from under their cloches.
58 West Post, DD1 5ER 01382 203588
Avery & Co Ltd
With a full vegan menu available, there’s no close examination of the choices required to see what’s suitable. There’s also a separate gluten-free menu, and dairy-free options are also available. Vegetarians are also well catered for here, as are carnivores with Avery & Co managing that delicate and difficult balance of being able to satisfy all palates.
34 South Tay Street, DD1 1PD. 01382 201533
Everything here is made from fresh, so apart from a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options, if anything on the menu appeals but there’s a meat element, just ask how they can adapt it to suit. And that’s not discriminating against the meat-lovers. If a veggie option looks good but could be improved by a little chicken, that’s possible too!
20 Exchange Court, Exchange Street. DD1 3DE. (Up a side street – look out for the car park and metal staircase) 0800 029 1750
The Flame Tree Café
Also found on one of Dundee’s best foodie thoroughfares, this is the place for the right balance of healthy option and a little indulgence. A lovely healthy soup should always be followed by some cake! Most of the menu here is vegan, with the vegan BLT a particular favourite.
20A Exchange Street DD1 3DL 01382 204200
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Indian food is well-known for being friendly to those who prefer to avoid meat. For a little indulgence, try the stylish Dil’Se, which has been offering authentic Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine for 14 years now. Most of the dishes can be made with vegetable substitutes – they have a fine way with an aubergine!
99 Perth Rd, Dundee DD1 4JA. 01382 221501
For many West End residents, Pacamara filled the need for a great breakfast and brunch destination. It has quite a reputation for its coffee but it’s the brunches that fill up quickly so get in early. The menu offers loads of vegan and vegetarian options and a great selection for those who need to avoid gluten.
302 Perth Road DD2 1AU
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