Embrace Veganuary at Borough Market’s first fully plant-based restaurant

If you’re a fan of renowned vegan restaurant Mildreds then you’re in luck, because they’ve recently  opened their brand new sister restaurant, mallow. Situated right in the heart of Borough Market, opposite Southwark Cathedral, the new plant-based eatery has been designed by the pioneering team behind Mildreds, which has built up an impressive reputation for its plant-based cuisines since 1988.

mallow offers an elevated all-day dining concept, serving fresh, colourful and internationally inspired plant-based cuisine. The menu has nods to Mildreds’ own iconic plant-based menu, with a strong focus on sustainability, seasonality and provenance. Head of Food Development for Mildreds, Sarah Wasserman is behind the menu creation, which has been designed to have as little waste as possible through carefully sourced ingredients, and innovative cooking techniques. mallow promises to make as much of its own ingredients on site as possible from vegan feta, labneh and flatbreads to garden pickles, jams and spice blends.

The stars of the small plates include Cauliflower chaatt with coriander yoghurt and Porcini truffle croquettes, leeks and aioli. Personally, I’d recommend the son dumplings with kimchi and gochujang dip. They’re deliciously moreish bites. 

Large plates feature Shiitake dashi, udon, mushroom sesame tempeh and daikon, Banana blossom tacos with smashed peas, pistachio mole and pink grapefruit and a flavoursome Plum plant chicken burger. It’s the burger that’s an absolute must from me. It’s packed with flavour, it’s filling and with the chilli sesame mayo and fries it comes with, it ticks all the boxes. 

All desserts are handcrafted on site featuring signature dishes of Kumquat lemon meringue pie, Chocolate hazelnut financier and white chocolate mousse, and a Campfire marshmallow. The financier is out of this world good. I knew I was in for a treat when the waitress told me it was the best financier she’d ever had – and she wasn’t kidding. It’s superb.

In addition to the main menu, mallow also serves breakfast daily Monday – Friday until 11am and brunch (9am-4pm) throughout the weekend. Plant-based lovers will get to choose from a selection of delicious options including, a Full English with scrambled tofu, maple baked beans, mushroom, potatoes, sausage, kale and sourdough toast. Lighter options will be available with Apple cinnamon pancakes and date butterand Labneh, roast pumpkin, date molasses on toasted sourdough. 

Sam Anstey, Managing Director says, “We are thrilled to finally be opening mallow, after first coming up with the new concept we have been working hard to create a truly unique offering for the Borough Market location. Working with the local community and suppliers has been a big focus for us which we hope to expand month on month. We hope mallow will showcase the joys of plant-based cooking and become a much-loved destination within the iconic Borough Market food scene.”

mallow’s drinks menu has been carefully designed to offer an explosion of flavours, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients and vegan wines. The wine list has been carefully selected to feature a range of interesting growers who are renowned for their impeccable quality produce and respect for nature. Mallow will also be working with the likes of Sapling Vodka who plants a tree for every bottle of vodka sold. From fruit trees in London to hazelnut trees in Suffolk, local communities’ benefit from the planting of these trees and the initiative helps to protect our environment.

Amazingly, since Borough Market was established in its current location in 1756 there has never been a fully plant-based restaurant offering. The opening of mallow marks the start of a new era for the area with an innovative 100% plant-based destination. The restaurant sits across two floors. On the ground floor guests will be welcomed into the ‘Roots Room’ with an open kitchen for diners  to get a glimpse of the action, whilst the first floor impressively encompass the ‘Floret dining room’ and ‘Petal Bar’ for guests to enjoy cocktails and small plates.

Whether you’re looking for a new coffee spot, brunch destination or an altogether new and bold dining experience, mallow will offer fresh and inspired plant-based dishes to suit all occasions.

For more information visit mallowlondon.com