Wagamama Noodle Lab

Tonight we were heading out to see comedian Sofie Hagen at the Soho Theatre, so as the theatre is directly opposite Wagamama’s noodle lab we knew where we were having dinner.

The lab is where they test new dishes on the public to receive feedback and decide whether to roll them out to the rest of their branches.

I had seen on other people’s feeds they had seitan katsu curry and panko breadcrumbed aubergine and mushroom buns which sounded fabulous. I took a look at the lab’s menu online to see what other treats there were.

We both had the seitan katsu and shared the steamed buns and pumpkin onigiri. My Husband isn’t a big fan of Seitan although he is always willing to try. He ate all of this dish but he wouldn’t get it again. I really enjoyed it my only advice would be that it could do with more sauce.


I’ve had the buns before which have a great texture, the non-vegan version comes with a wasabi mayo and I definitely think you miss a sauce as this is just omitted rather than replaced with a vegan alternative. I cannot fault the onigiri, these were gorgeous fried balls of deliciousness with a sweet dipping sauce. I could eat these all day!

For dessert I had the mango and matcha millefeuille. This was a really delicate little cake and I loved the sticky mango sauce. I thought this needed a bit more matcha as I am a huge matcha fan and struggled to find it underneath the strong flavour of the mango.

At the end of the meal we were given a tablet to answer a survey to give our feedback. I really like that Wagamama are incorporating their customers into the menu creation process and wish more companies would do similar.

I hope all these dishes make it onto the main menu. The lab changes its experimental dishes every few months so there’s always something new to try (hopefully vegan!) 

Have you been to the noodle lab? If not, what would you like to try from the menu above? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Wagamama Noodle Lab

A Vegan Meal @ Toby Cavery

You wouldn’t think a cavery would be the most vegan friendly restaurant but Toby Carvery may surprise you with its 4 vegan mains and an additional veggie main. As a vegan you must remember to ask for separate steamed veg as the regular stuff is glazed with butter.

Our waitress was fabulous and bought our mains of Portobello mushroom tart with steamed veg and roast potatoes so we didn’t have to go up to the buffet counter at all. We enquired about the stuffing and she clarified this was also vegan and brought us a plate of it out. We just had to go to the sauce station for clearly labelled vegetarian gravy and I added on some mint sauce.

I really enjoyed the mushroom tart, the pasty was crisp and the filling was very tasty. All the veg was nicely cooked although there was so much I couldn’t finish it all!

For dessert there is a clearly marked cherry and chocolate torte for vegans.

This was great too. It’s nice to see a proper dessert available rather than a fruit salad or sorbet, to make it 10/10 I think they could serve with some vegan ice cream or cream.

I think Toby Carvery have gone to a lot of effort to make sure vegans are included and this is a great option when you are eating in a mixed group of vegans and non-vegans like we were today in a large family group. 

Have you eaten at Toby Carvery as a vegan? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

A Vegan Meal @ Toby Cavery

Blue House Yard Vegan Market 

I saw this event on Facebook and thought I would give it a go. Blue House Yard is situated in Wood Green. I have never really visited there so it was nice to see a vegan market popping up in a new area. I jumped on the Picadilly line and I was there in no time.

The market was smaller than I was expecting, but there’s only so many vegan burgers and cakes you can eat! There were also a number of shops housed in sheds which are a permanent feature. There was a stationary store, a plant store, a vintage clothings store, a cake shop, a wood engraving and sculpting store and a craft beer store. 

I got there just as it was starting and the main food people were setting up so I started with an apple drink which was lovely, sweet and hot.

I then stopped by Viva La Vida to pick up some bits. I love their stuff and chose a badge, patch and zipper pull. I can’t wait to put the patch on the top pocket of my jacket.

For food I decided on Jake’s Vegan Steaks as I’ve seen them at lots of events but never tried them myself. They were serving a dish called “The Christmas Cracker” which came with mayo caramelised onions, Brussel sprouts and crisps parsnips on a ciabatta roll. The steak has quite a neutral flavour but I think this lends itself to lots of different toppings like this Christmas one. 

For sweet treats I went for a couple of cookies from Kizzy’s Cookies, these are seriously the best cookies I’ve had, nice and soft. I also bought a chocolate cherry cake from Vegan Sweet Tooth to share with my Husband as it was huge! I always pick something up when I see these guys at fayres and markets. 

There were another couple of stalls I haven’t tried from before Pig Out and Nanny Bills which I look forward to trying in the future.

I had a look at the Blue House Yard Facebook page and it looks like they have regular craft markets here with occasional themed ones like this vegan one. If this is local to you I’d definitely check it out or if you’re visiting the area for the day.

Have you tried any of these vendors? What did you think? Have to been to Blue House Yard before? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Blue House Yard Vegan Market 

A Vegan Dinner @ Pizza Hut

I was due to have a catch up with my friend Louise who happens to work as a vet in a practice on a retail park that contains a Pizza Hut and as they have just announced that following a successful pilot in a handful of branches they are rolling out vegan cheese nationwide I thought it was a great opportunity to try it out.

It has been many, many years since I have been to a pizza hut restaurant. I have had delivery minus the cheese but that has been a while now as I have an independent takeaway pizza place near me that I can trot down to with my own vegan cheese that they’ll put on for me. I really liked the look of the restaurant, its sort of like an American diner and even the toilets were kitted out with bulbs all round the mirror.

I went for the veggie pizza which comes with mushroom, sweetcorn, peppers and onions and I added olives. The cheese they are using is Violife which is coconut based. You also get unlimited salad bar with the pizza which was a nice starter and reminded me of Harvester.

My friend ordered the veggie with dairy cheese so I had a direct comparison. The vegan version definitely looked less cheesy and for some reason the cheese seemed to be on top of the toppings rather than underneath. 

The pizza was really tasty and I love the deep pan base which is sometimes what you need rather than the thin Italian style you get in Pizza Express or Zizzi’s. Next time I will definitely be asking for more cheese though!

I also enquired about dairy free milk for hot drinks. The waitress said they haven’t changed their machines so currently can’t do dairy free but she thought they would be looking to offer it in the future.

As my friend has a taste card we got our pizzas on a BOGOF deal so I’ll definitely be heading back as you can’t complain for £5.50 each! Some people have mentioned they don’t agree with the £1 premium for vegan cheese but I think if they get enough requests for it this might change. I also hope they decided to roll this out to their takeaway branches as well.

Have you tried the new vegan pizzas at Pizza Hut? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

A Vegan Dinner @ Pizza Hut

Animal Aid Christmas without Cruelty 2017

On Sunday I attended the 25th (can you believe?!) Animal Aid Christmas without Cruelty fayre at Kensington town hall. I have been attending this event ever since I became vegan 5 years ago and I think it’s my favourite event of the year. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you get the opportunity to really talk to the stallholders. I also bumped into a few familiar faces which was really nice starting with Polly and Phil from LDN vegans who have also posted a video about the event on their YouTube channel. I had arranged to meet my Sister-in-law and as we arrived at lunchtime we needed some fuel before we hit the stalls! We both went for lasagne with salad which was nice and hot and full of veg to balance out the snackage we were about to partake in!

Here is a pic of my little haul and I’ll talk through everything I picked up.

My favourite chocolate ever has to be Solkiki. I have previously interviewed their founder Bob when I reviewed their chocolate earlier in the year here. I could listen to Bob talk about chocolate all day long and I was pleased to try some of their new flavours. I bought their peanut and coffee bar and their bright pink raspberry bar which I’m going to try and make as long as possible! 
My Husband’s favourite cake of late is Battenburg and as I’d rather him have a vegan version than Mr Kipling’s I picked him some up from The Vegan Cakery. I’ve had their cakes multiple times in the past and they are always delicious.

I bought a vegan take on a pork pie made with beetroot and a smoked houmous centre, wowzers was this good! I scoffed it with my lunch today and I wish I had another for tomorrow!

I also picked up some cakes from The May Bakery who I was previously unaware of. I picked up a carrot cake and black forest Viennese whirl which I enjoyed with a cup of coffee later in the evening. These really hot the spot and I’ll be seeking them out at future events.

I also picked up a couple of bits for my Sister-in-law’s Christmas presents that she picked out. A fab pair of dog socks from Greek Animal Rescue and a T-shirt from Black Star (don’t worry I also have a couple of surprise presents for her!)

Last but by no means least we have the obligatory Lush bath bombs but this time we got to make them ourselves and they were free! It was great fun making them and even better it was a free gift!

I spoke to the lovely owner of Greenscents who really sold his products and company, they are natural and organic cleaning products. I’m stocked up at the moment but I was interested to hear they are available at Ocado where I usually get my shopping from. Here’s some more information from their literature.

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Another great T-shirt company were Simple Animal and I really commend you check out their designs on their website.

I’ve been thinking about where to get my next trainers from once I wear out my current ones so I was interested to see Freet which are supposed to help you feet move more naturally, it’s my birthday in February so these might be going on my list!

We tried some delicious chutneys from Cheeky Food Co and some sprinkles my Sister-in-law tried on her soup, I’ll definitely be checking these out to go with my vegan cheese at Christmas.

I also bumped into Ian from The Vegan Option. I met Ian many moons ago at a London Vegan drinks event. Ian presents a podcast which charts the history of veganism, I’m a few episodes in and I’d definitely recommend you give it a listen.

Did you attend the fayre? Did you get any great treats, eats or Christmas presents? Are you planning on going to any other vegan Christmas fayres in the next couple of weeks? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Animal Aid Christmas without Cruelty 2017