ALTER

4.8
157 reviews
£26 to £40
Vegan
Founded by Andy Hogben (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.’

Experiences

  • New Year Eve at Alter

    £45.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    This year, make it with Alter to enjoy the best of Andy’s signature dishes in a very exclusive New Year Eve menu. watermelon martini. kung pao cracker. rice-fermented mustard green miang laos. izakaya pickles. 1:1:1 relish. bibim guksu. cold soba noodles. kimchi. charred jordan cabbage. kolae coconut curry. chengdu street tofu. bamboo sauce. fermented green tea som tam salad. khao-soi noodle laksa. oyster mushrooms. kesar mango. sweet sticky rice. thai basil.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 157 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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BenH
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dishes I tried were incredible, looking forward to returning

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CCCC
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really bold flavours, interesting textures and good choices on the menu. Had 5 dishes and two non alcoholic drinks between us totalling to £55. Left feeling very full and didn’t have room to try desserts! Will be coming back to try those

JP
JP888
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food from start to finish, impeccable service would highly highly recommend this restaurant to vegan and non-vegans. Can't wait to return!

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome drinks, outstanding food flavors

OT
OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, lots of flavour

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Kiki
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous bar in a buzzing location. Lots of spicy and tasty dishes complemented with well crafter cocktails and wine. Plant based and so delicious!

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joannek
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing early doors fixed menu. Staff, flavours, balance of menu really exceptional. Thank you

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CharlieE
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the food at alter, quite appreciated the chill vibe. The hotel entrance was a little odd.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress (Swedish) was amazing. She picked our dishes thoughtfully and took really great care of us.

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Just didn't live up to the hype for me. Enjoyable food, but not as complex or exciting as I'd imagined. I think more hefty options are needed across the menu (I'm a vegan so not at all suggesting anything about there being a lack of meat) as although tasty, lots of the options are just a) not that big and b) not that satiating.

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Navneet
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious vegan food and cocktail would definitely go again and recommend to others.

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Emma
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely incredible and unique food. Can't fault it and will definitely be returning

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really nice restaurant. Prices were a bit high for some of the food - rice and mango pudding for £8 recommended as sharing was disappointing, and knife-cut noodles were little bit tasteless and tasted like fetuccini. Starters and pizza were really nice though and filling too. Overall nice experience, will come again :)

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albertf
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. A combination of small bites and larger bowls perfect for sharing. All had amazing flavours!

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Mitch
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible and the team were great at accommodating a group of 10 of us (which I kept adding to!).

It was also fantastic to meet Andy and appreciated him coming out to speak with us all.

The only downside was we felt the main male host wasn’t as attentive as he should be at a venue like this (the female waitresses however were brilliant) There were just a few occasions that didn’t feel warm or attentive.

Still one of the best meals we have had in london and will definitely be coming back again.

JW
JazzW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Near-perfection in every dish, all of which appear to have improved as time has gone by. A dining experience that never stops giving led by a team that never stops improving.

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EviLFazZ
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic (animal friendly) plant based food, outstanding staff (lovable in fact), and with a sexXxy venue to match 😻

My only advise would be to improve the visibility of your menu or have a QR or NFC menu on the tables, music that can be heard a fraction more (we actually can not even remember if any music was being played) and for us lovers of Sake, maybe include a variety, as will as a bottle/carafe, that would also offer better value. We bought a total 8 tiny servings that cost me £40, which is typical in London, but surely that would pay for the bottle for the table of three? Maybe I'm just old and wrong though 👴🏾

Lastly, ever thought about taking cryptocurrencies as payment ? Although I paid with crypto using an intermediary, it would benefit everyone if you accepted directly. Just a thought 💲

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Ross
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasting menu that allowed us to try a good range of the dishes on offer. Every dish was incredible so difficult to highlight only one or two dishes!

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Marg
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The food was lovely, although I found most dishes salty - despite the waiter telling us they’re not salty. Slightly disappointed with the service - Although we made the mistake of not realising our table was only booked for 1.5hrs, the waiter came up to us and told us we had to leave as someone was waiting for our table, which is understandable, but we were already packing up, and the table next to us was empty. So we didn’t leave with a nice feeling.

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DuchessL
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect vegan dinner even for those who aren’t vegan - amazing range of very filling, perfect seasoned food. Will come back!

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ZiAd
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food! It's a busy place. Staff was way to helpful for my taste as I felt pushed to order more. But I can see how other people could appreciate that helpfulness.

JW
vipJohnW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, lovely surrounds, and attentive, friendly staff.

Only trouble was it was hard to find

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GeorgiaT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, decor and service, amazing food.

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MurielleC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m not a vegan and I enjoyed the entire meal. The dishes were full of flavours, cocktails were delicious, the staff super helpful. A really nice evening!

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LucasC
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A magical experience. The food, the flavours, the presentation are so inventive! Exceptional! Thank you to the chef and the amazing staff for a beautiful evening!

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EmilyS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unpretentious, soul warming food and environment. The staff were very helpful and some of the loveliest I’ve come across. Would highly recommend!

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Helen
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t stop think about how much I was in my ‘happy place’. Incredible food, drinks and super accommodating and friendly staff. Will be back very soon - recommending to everyone I know!

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Yujin
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great hospitality! :) Will come back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food, as always.

RF
RF1993
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and friendly service. Insanely delicious food, cannot recommend this spot enough - plant based or not!

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Feme
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was outstanding. The food was really great, very tasty and flavorful. The service was amazing, we were very happy with the level of attention we got from the waiters, they were all really nice, fast, and helpful. Would definitely recommend

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LizzieS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing venue, amazing service. Can’t wait to visit again!

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Frankie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious plant based menu with plenty of variation. Really tasty and interesting!

KA
KashmiraA
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal again. All the dishes so very tasty. Music a little too loud. Will be back for sure x

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vipGary
London
185 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very imaginative and tasty Asian style vegan food. Possibly a little bit expensive for what you get re portion sizes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing and original food and the staff is so lovely!

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PhilipB
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cocktails were delicious. Food was interesting and tasty. Some dishes a bit more spicy than expected, but we hadn't thought to ask in advance! The service was excellent and the staff very helpful with describing the dishes and suggesting how to order.

SP
SeanP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding place. Food is divine. Would hugely recommend

JA
JamieA
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food I’ve had in London, can’t recommend enough

SG
SonG
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food that has to be tried and the staff helped us in understanding the menu and sizes of dishes and how to order. The only negative was that it was very busy and it seemed they were not going to turn anyone away so the people before us were rushed off their table to allow us to have our booking and we were rushed off for the people after us.

FAQs

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

ALTER is rated 4.8 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.