Modern European, Vegan, Vegetarian·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Mallow

Bronze Award

When vegan food is compared, like-for-like, to its meat and dairy-based counterparts, it can get a bad rep. But really, vegan fare should be considered as a cuisine in its own right, which is exactly what Mallow has set out to do. The Borough Market opening comes from the team behind cult veggie restaurant Mildreds - big shoes and all that - so does the food live up to its credentials?  

We were led upstairs to the Floret dining room, where walls are decorated with sweeping floral murals and warm, globe-like lampshades hang from the ceiling. The giant pink painted flowers weren’t really to our taste, but they had managed to achieve a calm and cosy vibe via mellow lighting and fake foliage, which we appreciated.  

The menu comprises small and large plates that are designed to be shared. For those who balk at the words ‘sharing menu’, Mallow have artfully designed each plate to be easily split down the middle, offering generous portions for a pleasingly reasonable price. We kicked off with a caramelised wedge of hispi cabbage, which was smoky, laced with heat and bejewelled with tahini, chilli bean oil and clusters of candied seeds. While three plump mushroom croquettes were gorgeously rich and, although paired with leeks and aioli, could have easily stood alone on the plate. 

The menu transports you all over the world with its flavours, which we did via mushroom tacos and a squash lattice with gravy. The tacos took the top spot for us, where two homemade flatbreads were topped with meaty padron oyster mushrooms, sweet pineapple chunks and a nutty mole. It was back to blighty with dessert - a carrot cake sticky toffee pudding with ‘cream cheese’ mousse – that delivered all the sticky sweetness it needed to. A glass of merlot from its low-intervention wine list paired nicely.  

We’d go back to Mallow in a heartbeat. The restaurant was packed and buzzing, the staff relaxed and the vibe sophisticated but easy.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Food Hygiene Rating


From the team behind veggie and vegan institution Mildreds comes Mallow (although try not to get them mixed up), an all-day concept serving fresh, colourful and globally-inspired plant-based cuisine. Opening up in Borough Market opposite Southwark Cathedral, Mallow is a little different from its sister restaurant and is designed to be an extension of the market (it even sources lots of its ingredients from Borough Market – which makes sense).  

The restaurant sits across two floors: on the ground floor guests can enter into the Roots Room which features an open kitchen for diners to get a glimpse of the action, while the first floor is home to the Floret dining room and Petal Bar for guests to enjoy cocktails and small plates. Overall, though, the restaurant offers a relaxed and comfortable dining style where seasonal and sustainable produce take centre stage.  

The low-waste menu has been designed by Head of Food Development at Mildreds (ok, so there might be some crossover) and promises to make as much as it can on site, including its very own vegan feta, labneh and flatbreads. Hero dishes include cauliflower chaatt with coriander yoghurt, porcini truffle croquettes, leeks and aioli, shiitake dashi, udon, mushroom sesame tempeh and daikon, banana blossom tacos with smashed peas and a flavoursome plant chicken burger. Meanwhile, a selection of vegan desserts includes things like a chocolate hazelnut financier with white chocolate mousse and kumquat lemon meringue pie.  

This is an all-day spot remember, so guests can swing by for breakfast throughout the week or brunch at weekends - the porcini truffle croque monsieur sounds like a winner. It’s also a fantastic place to grab a drink from its vegan wine list, or perhaps a signature cocktail made from local and seasonal ingredients. We think the Market Martini or Burnt Butter Old Fashioned sound very good. 


1 Cathedral Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DE

020 7846 8785 020 7846 8785


Opening Times

All day
Mon 08:30-23:00
Tue 08:30-23:00
Wed 08:30-23:00
Thu 08:30-23:00
Fri 08:30-23:00
Sat 09:00-23:00
Sun 09:00-22:00


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2 Reviews 


24 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Beautiful intimate vegan dining experience.

gordon F

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

i love the fantastuc tastes and texture of this vegan restaurant

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