Shoreditch is one of London’s hottest vegan areas, stuffed with vegan eateries. If you’re looking for a mix of healthy vegan salads and comforting fast food (think burgers, nachos and sides) then hit up Genesis vegan restaurant. This funky space on Commercial Street – as well as its stall in Spitalfields Market – is the perfect place to satisfy your vegan cravings.
About Genesis vegan restaurant
Genesis opened in 2018, describing itself as a ‘plant-based alchemy restaurant concept’. The bubble gum-pink walls of the Shoreditch restaurant match the diner-style booths and there’s a contemporary feel with neon signs, arty menus and a mural above the bar. Genesis offers fast and casual dining and aims to appeal to both vegans and carnivores.
Choose from a vegan menu of high-quality dishes, influenced by street food from all over the world, from tacos to Middle Eastern salads and Korean BBQ wings. Although there are plenty of junk food favourites on the menu, including burgers and hotdogs, there’s also the option of healthier salads and smoothie bowls. Everything is GMO-free and organic, plus there are well-labelled, gluten-free options.
How to visit Genesis
Genesis has two branches, its main restaurant in Shoreditch and a stall at Old Spitalfields Market. You can also order food from Genesis on Ubereats and Deliveroo. Here are the contact details for visiting Genesis:
Genesis restaurant Shoreditch
- Address: 144 Commercial Street
- Getting there: the closest tube is Shoreditch High Street
- Opening times: Monday to Saturday: 5pm – 10.45pm
Genesis Old Spitalfields Market
- Address: The Kitchens, Old Spitalfields Market
- Getting there: the closest tube is Liverpool Street
- Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
What’s on the menu?
You can view the full Genesis menu online but it is broken down into sections for starters and sharing, sides and fries, bowls and salads, burgers and sandwiches, smoothies and bowls and desserts. Portions are large and made using organic produce, taking inspiration from cuisines from all over the world. Check out the reviews of Genesis on Tripadvisor and Happy Cow for more information and recommendations.
We chose three dishes to share, which was easily enough to fill our bellies:
- Nachos (8.95) – a good helping of corn tortillas loaded with guacamole, sauces, cashew cheese and jalapenos.
- Caesar Salad (£9.50) – this deep bowl of lettuce and kale, tomatoes and cucumbers came smothered in a cashew and umeboshi dressing topped with cheddar-style cheese and crunchy croutons.
- Tender stem Broccoli (£6.95) – great for a hit of greens, this perfectly-cooked broccoli came dressed with soy sauce, spring onion, chili and sesame seeds.
The starters and sharing options are great if you’re coming as a group and range from £5.00 to £8.95. Order a few for the table and throw in a few sides, which range from £3.00 for guacamole to £6.95 for Kimchi fries. Starters include:
- Tacos (jackfruit or fried avocado, smoked chorizo) – £5.00 or two for £8.50
- Korean BBQ wings – £7.75
- Aubergine fritters – 5.95
More substantial mains come in the form of bowls, salads and burgers and sandwiches, priced from £8.95 to 12.95, including:
- Middle Eastern Salad – £8.95
- Mayan Dog – £12.95
- Fried Chicken Sandwich – £10.95
- Yucatan Street Bowl – £12.50
- Genesis burger – £10.95
If you’re looking for something sweet and healthy, opt for the £8.95 Acai Bowl, or smoothies for £6,00. The main desserts cost between £4.95 and £9.95 and include ice cream scoops and more substantial options like:
- Eton Mess – £6.95
- Ice cream sundae – £9.95
Genesis also has a range of drinks on the menu, from Kombucha and milkshakes to fresh juices and coffee and tea. If you’re looking for something alcoholic, choose from their selection of vegan wine, beer and cocktails.
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What I love about Genesis vegan restaurant London
I first came across Genesis after stuffing my face at What the Pitta, which is just around the corner in Boxpark Shoreditch. Genesis drew my eye as I walked past with its unusual décor and the buzz of a crowd outside drinking and snacking in the summer sunshine. The inside of the restaurant is uniquely-decorated in pastel pink and the music and friendly service culminate in a relaxed dining experience.
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I loved having the choice of typical vegan junk food goodness in the form of burgers and fries or lighter, healthier salads and smoothie bowls. We opted for sharing nachos, the Caesar salad and tender stem broccoli, all of which came out very quickly and was lavishly presented. Every dish was perfectly seasoned and generously portioned, great for sharing and I left feeling satisfied but not uncomfortably full as you might from other fast-food vegan restaurants in London. Next time, I’m definitely going to try one of the sundaes.