Mildreds Dalston

Mildreds in Soho is an institution. Opened in 1988 they were serving vegetarian and vegan food long before it was trendy. In the last couple of years they have been setting their sights on world domination, first by opening branches in Camden and Kings Cross and just this week they’ve opened a branch in Dalston, which luckily for me is just a bus ride from work!

When I heard they were opening Dalston I knew I had to go, so I invited my friend Jo who I have a monthly dinner date with. It also helped that they are having a 50% off promotion for the first two weeks! 

The restaurant is really light and modern with huge windows, we arrived just before six so it wasn’t too busy yet (by the time we left there was a queue of people waiting to be seated!)

We started with drinks, I went for a Turkish Rose which had almond syrup, pineapple and cranberry juice and Jo went for a Kumquat Mojito.

We chose a few small plates for starters. I love miso glazed aubergine so that was a must! We also had some vegetable dumplings and houmous and flat bread. It was all so tasty!

For mains I carried on the Far Eastern theme and went for the Vietnamese Mock Duck noodle dish. The duck was well flavour and had a good texture and I loved the fresh vegetables and dressing that came with it.

It was a drizzly, wet evening so Jo went for the Mushroom and Ale pie with chips and mushy peas. The mushroom filling was really rich and we both felt this would have been better paired with mash rather than chips.

We were starting to feel a bit full, but when there’s vegan desserts you just have to go for it! I went for pandan panna cotta with lychees which was just stunning. Lychees are my favourites so as soon as I saw them in the menu I knew that was the one for me. I also love the subtle flavour of pandan.

Jo went for the vegetarian (rather than vegan) Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake, she said it was quite sharp but had no issues polishing it off!

We were looked after splendidly by our server Theo and I would never have guessed they had only opened the day before.

We had a fabulous time and I’ll definitely be heading back.

Cheers!

Plumes x

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Mildreds Dalston

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I’ve lost a bit of my blogging mojo over the last few weeks. This hasn’t been helped by the issues I’ve had with WordPress losing my posts or only publishing them in part. Hopefully I’ll find some inspiration and start posting a bit more! I’ve been having some fabulous food that’s definitely not the issue!

Bolognese or chilli is an easy dinner for us if there’s not much left in the fridge. There’s usually a ropey pepper and a few mushrooms and I always have chopped tomatoes and beans in the cupboard and usually veggie mince in the freezer. I used the leftovers for lunch on Tuesday in jacket potato from the canteen at work.

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On Tuesday I had my monthly catch up with my friend Jo. We took a short bus ride to the Ethiopian Andu Cafe in Dalston. I’d read good things online about this little vegan cafe and we weren’t disappointed. We shared a platter of dishes made of lentils and vegetables served with injera. It was all delicious and filling and a steal at £12 for the whole lot! Afterwards we stopped by a ice cream parlour and I had a gorgeous blueberry and mango sorbet cone.

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On Wednesday I went to do some market research in Holborn, as I had a bit of time beforehand I stopped by Poetry Cafe for some food. I had some summer vegetable soup and a slice of banana and walnut cake. Simple things, done well.

With the incentive I earned doing the market research we had a takeaway on Thursday. I went for a couple of starters with satay tofu skewers and deep fried aubergine balls with sweet and sour sauce. I love these dishes and our local Chinese takeaway never disappoint.

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On Friday and Saturday I just had little bits and pieces, although I did visit the Asian supermarket so I’ve got a few bits for future meals.

It was my Grandad’s 87th birthday in the week so we had a get together at my Aunt’s house on Sunday. My vegan Sister-in-law and I were well catered for. We had Indian spiced chickpea burgers from Linda McCartney with harissa roasted vegetables, couscous, rice and salad. It was all really lovely and I didn’t need much in the evening to keep me going!

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I’m off work this week and going to visit a friend for a couple of days before we have guests ourselves so it’s going to be a busy one!

Have a good week!

Plumes x

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