Mildred's

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45 Lexington St (at Soho), London, England, W1F 9AN

Small veggie food restaurant with a changing menu. Gets crowded, expect a wait. Accept cash or debit card. Sits between Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus & Tottenham Court Road underground stations. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, International, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British

177 Reviews

First Review by Stevie

Hands-Down Best Meal in London! - Edit

I have been stalking Mildreds and planning my order since we booked our flights ten months prior to our trip. My husband and I went to the UK to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, timing our stay so that our actual anniversary day was spent in London proper with an upscale dinner at Mildred's in Soho.

The thing about Mildred's is that there is often a very long wait, as they don't take reservations, and there is hardly any room to stand and gawk at the outcoming dishes. I'm here to tell you, it was worth every waiting minute.

We began our meal with the Grilled Artichoke Crostini, perfectly cooked artichoke hearts drizzled with lemon over chargrilled rustic bread. However, the star of the show was the labneh, a yogurt-based cheese that they have veganized. It was so creamy and fresh I nearly licked the plate! That and that alone would have been worth it!

For our entree's, I choose a Katsu Curry Chick'n, served with forbidden rice and sensible green vegetables. My husband enjoyed the burger, along with a sizeable serving of sweet potato fries.

While we waited, I was so excited and eager to be there that I chatted up the hostess after she kindly remarked on my sequined dress. Though Mildred's is upscale casual, that wasn't going to stop me from glamming up for our anniversary night! I told the hostess how much I had been looking forward to our dining there, and that it was our anniversary, and after we sat she brought us two glasses of bubbly as a bit of an anniversary gift! It was so very sweet of her!

Mildred's absolutely lives up to the hype. They are worth every bit of the street cred they get from vegans and carnie's alike, and my only complaint is that they are not in Las Vegas where we live. It was a life-changing dining experience!

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Our favourite vegetarian restaurant in London - Edit

We have had 2 wonderful dinners at Mildred's. The menu is all vegetarian and many items are vegan. The service is very good. The atmosphere is busy and buzzy. The menu is varied. We particularly like the Asian influenced items. There is a good wine list. No reservations, unfortunately, but the busy bar is a good place to wait.

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Nice for a dinner - Edit

Good menu, with tasty burgers

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Delicious food - Edit

The restaurant is really cozy, the person so friendly and the food is absolutely delicious! Recommend!!! There’s something for everyone. 🤩👌🏼

Pros: The food!!, Lots of different options

Cons: Small restaurant, you might have to wait

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Soho staff too rude these days - Edit

My husband and I have been visiting Mildred's in Soho and King's Cross for years, but after the last two unpleasant visits in Soho, we decided that given the amount of good restaurants in Soho, we won't return to this location again. (If we return to Mildred's in future, it will only be to King's Cross, which is more beautiful and spacious anyway.) The staff in the Soho restaurant, especially the woman who I believe was the manager, were so rude and unfriendly on the last two occasions that we were actually left embarrassed as we had taken my foreign in-laws there as a treat, and instead were met with unfriendly staff and an insanely long wait for food. The appetizers arrived 35 minutes after we ordered. The mains arrived 30 minutes after the appetizers were cleared. We felt that maybe they were just having a bad day, but on a second visit six weeks later, we had a near identical experience. We've since enjoyed Pho and a few other vegan-friendly places nearby instead.

Updated from previous review on 2018-04-24

Pros: decent food, great lunch bar

Cons: rude staff in Soho, cramped setting (Soho), long waits for food

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great food - Edit

Food is so good here, just a shame you have to stand in the tiny, crowded bar drinking overpriced drinks for an hour while you wait for a table as they don’t take bookings.

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Nice food, off-putting vintage pornography - Edit

I know SoHo has a colorful history, but I’d rather not sit in a room lined with graphic and demeaning vintage paintings and photos of prostitutes when I’m dining with my young daughter. At our request, the staff moved us to a room that had just one topless lady and no spanking, bondage, or sex!

Having set all that, the food was lovely. The main courses were a better value than the starters (6 pounds for 4 cubes of tofu!). The shared tables were less delightful. Most restaurants solve this problem tables that can be pushed together or apart.

Pros: Nice flavors

Cons: Demeaning, pornographic wall hangings, crowded, shared tables

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Good but nothings special - Edit

I don't really get the hype around this place. I mean, it was so crowded that there was a waiting list to be seated. I got a coconutty mocktail which was very good, and then the sri lankan curry, which was just a curry. Good, but nothing special or outstanding. Not worth the wait.

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A must visit for Vegans in London - Edit

This restaurant is pretty small and they dont do reservations so make sure you get there early or make some spare time to wait at the bar. But it is worth the effort.
Went for lunch and had the Polish Burger, which was pretty good but not spectacular.
But we also orders a bunch of small dishes, which were really great. Broccolli was perfectly cooked and really well dressed. Grilled artichokes were a surprise delight, complemented well with the creamy sauce they came with. I would reccommend the side dishes as to anyone who wants to try out lots of different things for a really good price.
Staff were a bit grumpy and the place can feel quite cramped and stressful, but as far as the food goes, its really a "must-eat-at" if you're ging to London.

Pros: Tasty and variable menu, Not overly pricey, Free water

Cons: Not great service, Cramped and loud atmosphere

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Favourite restaurant in London - Edit

Definitely one of my favourite places in London. Gets very busy so best to go off peak times if you want to get in. Food is great and most of it is either vegan or can be made vegan. I do find the starters and desserts are a bit expensive and not particularly spectacular but the mains are really worth it. The curry and the ale pie are particularly nice, and very good portion sizes. Always leave very satisfied.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Little seating, Often long waits for tables

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Omg! I LOVE this place! - Edit

Quirky American girl behind the bar was lovely. cute cosy place! Really intimate. Waited around 45 mins for a table but boy it was worth it! Some of the staff were a little grumpy but most were friendly and welcoming. The food was beyond delicious, I salivate even now thinking about it! 🙊

Cons: Sitting almost elbow to elbow with strangers (if t

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great food, too many tables - Edit

Great food but they shove way too many people in the space that they have

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Tasty but busy! - Edit

Great atmosphere due to so many people - they don't accept bookings so you have to wait for a table, which was fine for us as we enjoyed one of their amazing cocktails! (I had the salted caramel espresso martini which was gorgeous). We nearly didn't stay initially as there was no space to even stand and drink, so be prepared for that!
We had a lovely meal - we both had homemade sausages (tofu, fennel, white bean, dill), with cider jus, mash and cabbage, which was lovely, and then for dessert I had a great brownie with ice cream and salted caramel sauce, and my partner had plum, apple and blackberry polenta crumble. staff very friendly and attentive! Very fair prices.

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Crowd pleaser! - Edit

Good food and good value. Been at all branches multiple times with many different friends. Always pleased.

Pros: Big menu, Good value

Cons: No bookings

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Good food, quite crowded, slow service - Edit

I've been to Mildreds several times - one time on each of several visits to London, and I'm surprised that I never wrote a review before! The food is good, but not the best in London, and the restaurant is very busy with tables too close together. The service is on the slow side - it seems they are overwhelmed by the crowd, and we did not go at a time that one would think is so busy. We went for a quite early dinner. The menu tends to be too heavy on the carbohydrates (lots of dishes come with potatoes, for example), so that I had fewer selections and ended up getting two starters and no main. My spouse can eat it all, and he was therefore much easier to please.

Pros: good food, vegan options, pretty good location

Cons: crowded and too close together tables, slow service

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Better Atmosphere than Other Branches - Edit

Having been to Mildred's in Camden several times and always enjoyed the food, I went here with a friend when I was in the area. The food tasted great, as always, but came out warm rather than hot, and the restaurant was so busy that no-one came over to ask if everything was okay, and again because it was so busy, there was no-one we could get ahold of to ask as all the staff members were immensely rushed already.

To illustrate how busy it was there was a queue out the door by the time we left, which was early lunchtime on a Monday! Even so there was a great atmosphere, much better than the Camden branch, which I have found a little generic and soulless whenever it hasn't been packed full.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Tasty food , Convenient

Cons: Food not hot, Overworked staff, Long queue

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Good food, overpriced - Edit

The meals we got were tasty and generous, but I don't need to pay that much for a simple lunch. I would recommend it for a meal where you'd like everyone present to be satisfied though!

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Drenched in oil not flavour - Edit

I went here for a meal on my trip to London. I know England is known for their oily food, but I didn't expect it to be THIS bad. My boyfriend and I both ordered a vegan burger. I am very sorry to say but there was nothing redeemable for it.

The fries were drenched in oil with very little potato. There was only white bread available. Which is alright but the fact that the oil in the bun soaked my fingers was even worse. Both our buns were so oily. The burger itself was nothing special either.

If you are not used to eating fatty foods then avoid this place or at least the burgers.

Pros: Fair pricing for the area

Cons: Extremely oily, Small seats

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very crowded, very rushed, food okish - Edit

We were a bit underwhelmed by the food (it was okish, and all in all fair value for money, but not spectacular).
The meringue in the dessert was chewy.

The atmosphere totally killed it though. Tables are so close to each other you can practically eat from your neighbour's plate.
Very busy, very loud. Could hardly understand each other speak.
Service was very rushed, not so friendly (they seemed stressed) jumping around. Seeemed like they wanted us to leave as quickly as possible.
No booking policy, which I find very annoying.

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Updated from previous review on 2017-11-16

Pros: food is fair value for money

Cons: too crowded, cramped, busy, LOUD!, no booking policy, not so friendly

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Amazing especially the lunch salad bar - Edit

Mildreds is tiny, busy, and a bit pricey. But you keep going back! And that's because the food is just so good. While it's crazy busy, the staff are efficient and friendly, and service is good. The a la carte menu is fantastic, with tonnes of vegan options and a large variety from burgers to curries to salads. The dessert section is great, as are the drinks. A personal favourite is the lunch salad bar though, which they will make vegan upon request.

It does get very busy, so if you're in a big group either expect to wait a long time to get seated, in a cramped area, or maybe go to one of their other and larger branches.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Location, Very busy, Price

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Always a winner - Edit

I think I have frequented this restaurant the most out of any vegan restaurant in London. Consistent quality, great buzzy atmosphere, nice and attentive staff. I do love this place.
If I had a complaint it's that the seating is a bit close together but that is no major issue at all.

Pros: Dependable , Delicious, Efficient

Cons: A little overcrowded sometimes

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Delicious! - Edit

Great menu options. Has labelled what is vegetarian, vegan or can be made vegan. Decent size restaurant. I had stir fried vegetables and really enjoyed it!

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just wow - Edit

Would say this is one of the best vegan restaurants I've been to. Would highly recommend the tofu burger and the chocolate brownie.

Pros: everything

Cons: so popular can be difficult to get a table and can

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The curry is amazing - Edit

Mushroom pie is delicious and the curry is out of this world :D

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Tasty food that non-vegans will enjoy!, Close to Veggie Pret :D

Cons: Busy, sometimes have to wait for a table, Not cheap (£12 for a main)

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Great restaurant - Edit

Mildreds has really good vegan food, we tried the quinoa salad with avocado, and the vegan burger with sweet potato fries, then we tried the vegan brownie with salted caramel sauce which was really lovely!

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yum - Edit

My favourite place in the whole of London, massive portions, incredibly tasty and fab ambience with super friendly staff.

Pros: amazing food

Cons: sometimes difficult to get a table

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Amazing food! - Edit

Since I was in the UK, I really wanted a pie. Mildred's did not disappoint. I ordered the wood roasted mushroom and ale pie with minted mushy peas and fries and it was delicious.

My non-veggie mate ordered one of the vegan burgers and was also impressed.

We both ordered the chocolate brownies and it was divine.

I highly recommend this place but be prepared for a wait.

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