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ALTER, London,

ALTER

4.8
4.8
310 Reviews
£26 to £40
Vegan
Founded by Andy Goodwin (ex Dabbous, Som Saa & Andrew Wong), alter exists to challenge the common perceptions of vegan food by drawing inspiration from global street food cultures rather than working with meat and dairy substitutes.

Despite offering a solely vegan menu, alter is not just for vegans, it’s for everyone, an inclusive eating and drinking space that transports guests with upbeat dishes that focus on what is gained, not lost by being part of this global movement.

Andy says: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to bring Alter to East London. This is the big one. It’s the fullest realisation yet of the Alter I saw in my head when I first started. A place where everyone can have everything on the menu, vegan or not. It’s never been about preaching to people. I just want everyone to feel excited to discover new things in a setting that feels part Thai backstreet noodle joint, part inner city Tokyo dive bar.’

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vegan, Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00–17:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    07912 194965

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    CHEF ANDY GOODWIN

  • Area

    Aldgate

  • Cross Street

    Commercial Street

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    NEAREST TUBE STATIONS: Aldgate East (1min Walk), Aldgate (3mins Walk), Liverpool Street (15mins Walk), Tower Hill (15mins Walk)

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 310 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • London

    Vegan

  • City of London

    Best Overall

  • City of London

    Best Food

  • City of London

    Best Service

  • City of London

    Best Ambience

  • City of London

    Best Value

  • City of London

    Fit for Foodies

  • City of London

    Healthy

  • City of London

    Romance

  • City of London

    Special Occasions

  • City of London

    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. C

    C2l90

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, the staff is very friendly and the drinks are delicious!!
  2. S

    Swapna

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the food we ate was terrific. The mango with rice dessert was divine!!
  3. K

    Kris

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice and attentive service, food was great and very tasty, we recommend this to anyone who likes asian food with a twist
  4. KT

    KaylaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super creative vegan dishes and the service staff are very friendly! Absolutely loved my experience there - all my friends agree it was the best vegan meal experience they've ever had too.
  5. J

    Jonah

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    UNBELIEVABLE! You must must must go. No where better for taste at that price in East London. Not a paid review just an astonishingly impressed customer. Staff are also FABULOUS!
  6. ML

    MirandaL

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an exceptional meal, every dish was bursting with flavour and they all complimented each other really well. The service was also amazing, we’d love to come back again. The only issue is it’s a little hard to find!
  7. DM

    DarshanM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food as always, 6th visit this year! Thank you Alter team and chef Dee :)
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding flavours. Super welcoming and friendly staff. Highly recommend and I’m definitely coming back soon!
  9. L

    Laura

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Love this place, the food is lovely. It does not match up with how good it was previous visits sadly, the simplification of the menu is not to my preference and meals aren’t explained as they used to be. Food is still good but we chose options that weren’t as tasty as previously experienced. Best dish was the crackers.
  10. VD

    VictoriaD

    Warwickshire

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great meal at alter! The food was amazing, we particularly loved the cabbage dish. We can’t wait to revisit.
  11. PR

    PeterR

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WOW - what a great spot for a vegan meal! get the curry!
  12. M

    Mahi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked a table for 8.30pm on a Wednesday evening & the place was buzzing!! The atmosphere was great and the food and cocktails were spectacular. The service was wonderful and every staff member we interacted with was lovely. Would absolutely recommend this place for a delightful meal. It might be worth mentioning that I’m not even Vegan, if you’re not either, please don’t let this minor detail stop you from enjoying the incredible flavours on offer here! Great value as well, we had dinner and cocktails and it was very reasonably priced, we will certainly be back!
  13. JI

    JulieI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This is a great vegan place. The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend.
  14. KS

    KristineS

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal that even the non-vegan enjoyed. Amazing service and a great night.
  15. RM

    RebeccaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience, a journey through epic flavours and colourful dishes, all delicious!!
  16. G

    Globallady

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One word- awesome - was worth our going out of our way. We let our server be our guide and she did not disappoint. Easy walk from Aldgate East if you dont live in the area. Highly recommend.
  17. c

    carolinef

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cocktails and delicious food - we keep coming back for more!!
  18. VK

    VKLDN

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best vegan I’ve been to in the UK, absolutely fantastic and well priced.
  19. E

    Emache

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Mostly Asian fusion food, tasty but nothing exceptional or moorish.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktails, creative dishes. Highly recommend the pizza and dumplings.
  21. B

    Benji

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always tricky to find somewhere to eat with my vegan sister, but was recommended Alter by a fellow meat eating friend who described it as "excellent food" not just "excellent for vegan food". Definitely agree with him, the food here was way better than most restaurants that serve meat. Which makes it an awesome choice if you are a vegetarian group or mixed like we were.
  22. HR

    HarryR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely meal at Alter. The gluten free menu was excellent, lovely staff and even better cocktails.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal! Highly recommend
  24. K

    Katherinertia

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried to book same day and, predictably, there were no slots available for our preferred time. Cheekily, we turned up early but the staff could not have been more accommodating. I was seated at the bar and got a fantastic cocktail before the friendly and efficient waiter seated us earlier than our booking. Portions were generous and each dish was delicious and interesting. They are obviously very insagrammable but that was backed up with great flavours. The whole experience was top notch. We will definitely be back to this absolute gem
  25. EA

    EllieA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a Tiktok find and did not disappoint, the food was unique and flavourful and the staff was exceptionally nice and was able to help us with the selection! Would recommend to anyone, vegan or not!
  26. M

    Megg

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful as always! Great service and fantastic food.
  27. u

    ubidubi

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was incredible! We had a lovely waitress that would help us decide about what to order. She would explain us what the menu was because we weren‘t familiar with it. It was her first day but she still managed it for us to be an excellent experience at Alter. The menu is extraordinary and tasty. All vegan who would imagine! It‘s just a special food experience. My girlfriend and I are big foodies and we enjoy ourselves eating tastefully food. We are very picky and had high expectations which alter reached! Would recommend 10/10!
  28. C

    Cheyenne

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and Friendly staff really enjoyed my time here.
  29. GS

    GrantS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful, fresh and tasty vegan food. Relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere and lovely staff!
  30. LM

    LaurenM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous presentation, incredible, bright flavours, lovely servers and a great vibe. Can’t recommend highly enough!
  31. JO

    JOEL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The very best vegan meal I have eaten. The flavours and textures were so clever, inspiring & combined with the fantastic cocktails & faultless service a meal I will never forget.
  32. K

    Khush

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu looks underwhelming and hard to understand but once the food came my boyfriend and I were stunned! It all looked as amazing as it tasted. Can't wait to go back.
  33. JR

    JessicaR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the most amazing food and service. Can't wait to come back again.
  34. JB

    JazB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Would definitely go again, the crackers and the kelp broth were my two favourites! Also the knife cut noodles were amazing!
  35. O

    Owskaa

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely spot! Great selection of boozy and non boozy drinks. Outstanding food- my personal fave was the fermented green tea salad, whereas my mate was incredibly impressed with the dumplings in broth. Oh and the peanut baos as a perfect way to finish! Both waitress and bartender super nice, attentive & knowledgeable. Knowing exactly how to explain navigating the menu and have a fun experience. Will definitely be back to try the sake negroni!!
  36. N

    Novice1980

    London

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The vegan menu was a bit off putting for someone who is not vegan but this food was amazing. We had starters and a drink and we were going out later but would definitely go back and sample their mains and desserts. If you like being adventurous with food this one is for you.
  37. IT

    IsabelleT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely had a lovely dining experience here, everyone HAS to try the pizza it is OUTSTANDING and something we’d never experienced anything like before! We’ll definitely be back!
  38. LR

    LucyliaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall the food was great. The pizza dish was the best. Our least favourite was the Korean ssam bap leaf wraps and the peanut sugar baos (the dough wasn’t great). We also had the dumplings, xian style noodles and laksa (the flavour and condiments for both the noodles were great, but the noodles were both severely overcooked). And we really wished they offered rice as there were a few dishes we wanted to try but didn’t because there weren’t rice to go with it (ie the cabbage and street tofu). Overall the flavours were all great, just a few pitfalls. Would still recommend this restaurant as it’s vastly different to all the vegan places I’ve been in London so it’s a good experience. I would go back just to have the pizza dish.
  39. IG

    IsabelG

    Puebla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, will definitely be returning!
  40. EJ

    EmmaJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and some really unexpected dishes! Friendly and warm service throughout the evening, and we will definitely be going back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

ALTER offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 07912 194965.

ALTER is rated 4.8 stars by 310 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for ALTER

15 Leman Street, London, E1 8EN

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Commercial Street

  • Area

    Aldgate

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00–17:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Vegan, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Public Transit

    NEAREST TUBE STATIONS: Aldgate East (1min Walk), Aldgate (3mins Walk), Liverpool Street (15mins Walk), Tower Hill (15mins Walk)

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    CHEF ANDY GOODWIN

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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