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Where to Eat: Vegetarian Indian

28 January 2019 Billie Manning

Spotlight On: SpiceBox
Located on the fast-developing section of Hoe Street that already plays host to a Yard Sale and a Clapton Craft, SpiceBox is a Walthamstow’s new vegan hotspot, serving up plant-based Indian food for the masses. Founded by Grace, who swapped the tech dream in California for the restaurant dream in London back in 2016, this is the restaurant’s first permanent incarnation, previously having been run as a pop up from Grace’s front door (and becoming Young British Foodies Street Food finalists).
 
Pakora, bhaji and samosas all make an appearance on the menu, alongside the main attractions: creative and innovative-sounding vegan curries which range from a fiery jackfruit jalfrezi (to which you can add some cooling raita if you so wish) to a creamy coconut vegetable sabzi. The prices are certainly affordable, with curries between 6 and 7 quid – add a couple of quid for your rice or naan, and faux chicken for another £2 if you fancy it. There’s a respectably restrained dessert offering (mango sorbet, of course) and there are some truly Indian delights on the drinks menu, where you can find quintessential Indian cola Thums Up alongside Limca lemon and lime pop. And if a mango lassi’s too tame for you, try the rum-spiked Mango Lashi (geddit?).
 
Delicious, affordable and fun: we can’t wait to try it. And even if you don’t end up making a visit, go ahead and click through to their website anyway for some surreal aubergine-themed design delight.
 
Just opened, 58 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4PG

SpiceBox vegetarian veggie Indian food waffles
Image: SpiceBox via Facebook

The Best of the Rest:
Dishoom: not totally vegetarian, we know, but there’s a reason for all those long lines outside – Dishoom’s food and atmosphere are rarely beatable
Multiple locations in Covent Garden, Shoreditch and more
 
Diwana Bhel Poori House: Lauded – nay, famous – for its chaat and dosas, and BYOB to boot
121-123 Drummond St, London NW1 2HL
 
Indian Veg: Chapel Market’s go-to place for cheap as chips vegetarian joy, with all you can eat for just £6.50
92-93 Chapel Market, London N1 9EX
 
Rasa: Pink-walled, long-established and well-loved, this was the restaurant that began the nationwide Rasa chain
55 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AR
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