Alter is one of London’s hidden gems. Situated on the top floor of the Leman Locke hotel in Aldgate, this restaurant offers something truly innovative for the London restaurant scene.
To reach Alter, guests climb the super-Instagrammable pink staircase and reach the Tokyo-inspired dining room which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the City of London.
The menu is pan-Asian and fusion but the twist is that it’s all completely plant-based. This is an innovative menu that truly challenges perceptions of veganism. There are no meat substitutes available, instead everything is naturally plant-based. As well as making the dishes exciting and intriguing, this approach also supports the restaurant’s ethical approach which sees it adopting eco-friendly and zero waste initiatives.
Previously of Som Saa and Andrew Wong, chef and founder Andy Goodwin has shifted the focus in vegan cooking from using meat and dairy substitutes to concentrating on the wider perspective of veganism and getting the best flavour out of plant-based produce.
On the new menu, diners can expect sharing plates with big flavours. Dishes include shitake & yellow bean dumplings served with kelp broth; izakaya pickles. 1:1:1 chilli relish, charred jordan cabbage served with kolae coconut curry and khao-soi noodle laksa with oyster mushrooms.
Of course, the menu would be incomplete without the famous pizza dish – a favourite of comedian James Acaster who called it his favourite bread course of all time on the Off Menu podcast. The ‘pizza’ is served with ajo blanco and basil dip and is a dish that has to be tasted to be believed.
To complement the delicious dishes on offer, Alter offers a selection of natural wines and classic cocktails with an East Asian twist. Highlights include the yuzu sake negroni; a blend of yuzu sake, vault vermouth and Campari, while the Tokyo Manhattan is a refreshing mix of scotch whisky, plum sake and vault vermouth.
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