Review – The Gallery Cafe

I hadn’t been to The Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green for a number of years after an incident with a frozen hash brown, but I thought enough time had passed for me to try it again – sadly I was disappointed.

I ordered the vegan nut roast, a soya matcha latte and a piece of carrot cake. After queuing and paying I returned to our table. I looked at my receipt and I had been charged £9.95 for my nut roast when the menu board stated it was £8.50. I went back up to the till to rectify the error, the server said it was the board that was wrong but gave me the difference back and then corrected the displayed price.

I sat down with my matcha latte and after a few sips I thought it tasted a bit funny. I took it back up to the counter to make sure it had soya milk in it. The barista apologised profusely as she had put dairy milk in it and made me a fresh one. The other server told her that matcha lattes always have soya milk but apparently she didn’t know. When I sat down with my correct drink it was lovely. If matcha latte is available I will always choose it!

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My mum went for the Ethiopian stew, which had chickpeas, peanuts, apricots, raisins and vegetables. It was served with brown rice, vegan yogurt and salad. I had a little taste and it was really good.

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I appreciate food can come out at different times but my Mum was on her last bite when my nut roast made an appearance. So effectively I watched her eat and then she watched me eat! The serving of nut roast was huge and had a crunchy crust on it. It was a bit difficult to get into but I think that was more due to a blunt knife than the nut roast itself. The roasted new potatoes were crisp and peppery. I enjoyed the asparagus and the greenest but unfortunately the runner beans were very stringy and practically inedible. The other issue I had was as the meal had been served in a dish rather than on a plate I round it difficult to cut up the food.

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Lastly, the carrot cake! I was given this when I paid at the till and it had been sitting on the side of my table looking at me for a long time by the time I got to eat it! It was lovely and moist and the frosting was tangy and sweet. The only negative was that it wasn’t as spicy as I would expect but it was still a lovely cake.

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The cafe was packed, so it’s obviously very popular. Have I just been unlucky with my food the couple of times I have been here? I went with my Mum both times and she didn’t have an issues!

Have you been to the Gallery Cafe? What did you think?

Plumes x

Review – The Gallery Cafe

Round up of the week’s food 160417

I’ve had a really good week despite the weather and feel really upbeat!

I had seen a photo of some miso baked aubergine on instagram and thought I’d give it a go as I had some miso paste in the fridge. I served it with roasted veg and chickpeas, it was a really wholesome meal!

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On Tuesday I stopped by CookDaily to have a quick bite to eat. You can see my full review here.

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On Wednesday my Husband made me burger and chips using Fry’s Traditional Burgers. You can’t beat a good burger, especially one that’s loaded with mustard, ketchup, onions and pickles!

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On Thursday I enjoyed an Italian meal with my friend Jo, you can read my full review here.

On Friday I wanted to use the aquafaba I had from the chickpeas I had eaten on Monday so I made some mini quiches using this recipe (I left out the spinach). I haven’t cooked with aquafaba before but I was really pleased with the results!

The recipe called for a third of a cup of coconut milk so I enjoyed the rest of the can with some pineapple juice to have a virgin pina colada.

I went to Tesco this week, (I usually shop in Sainsburys) and picked up some items from their free from range. I really love these banana fromage frais with my breakfast and I’ve had to ban my Husband from nicking my dairy free ice creams!

Yesterday I made myself a cooked breakfast using some more the mini quiches, I had a big day out at the Anti Austerity March so needed the sustenance!

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As that was all I had eaten in the day I decided to treat my Husband and me to an Indian takeaway. I had spinach with lentils, chickpea curry, aubergine and potato, veg samosa and a roti.

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Today I visited the Museum of Childhood with my Mum. We ate at the nearby Gallery Cafe beforehand and I’m going to write up a full review later.

I’m definitely going to sleep well tonight after such a busy week and weekend!

Hope you’ve had a good one too!

Plumes x

 

Round up of the week’s food 160417