Mama Plumes and I arranged to spend our pre-christmas day out at the Winnie-the-Pooh exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Mama Plumes had an offer for a £10 three course lunch from Timeout so we decided to head there before the exhibition. If you’re not already signed up to the Timeout emails I would recommend you do as they regularly have offers from veggie and vegan restaurants.
So Pure Café is a veggie café situated in Triyoga on the second floor of Kingsley Court. I wasn’t previously aware of Kingsley Court which sits between Regents Street and Carnaby Street. The space was really nice and looks like a lovely place to just hang out and have a hot drink. As it’s off Regents Street this is very handy if you are attending the Canada Goose protests.
For starter we both went for the tomato, chickpea and coconut soup which was so tasty and lovely and warming on a cold day.
For main I went for the smashed avocado on toast (the only vegan option) and Mum had the tart. Both were really tasty and I loved the seedy bread.
We both went for the matcha and spirulina protein ball out of the three available for dessert.
Our meal also came with a Nix and Kix carbonated drink and we both chose the peach and vanilla which was great and only 50 calories. This whole lunch was very virtuous and I’d really recommend you go there if you are in the area.
Have you visited So Pure or the Winne-the-Pooh exhibition? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
I had two days of Christmas company do’s in a row and after the abysmal display from Ipswich Town FC (basically just a plate of vegetables for both lunch and dinner) I knew things could only improve when we went to Bill’s in Shoreditch for our team Christmas meal.
I had pre-ordered the 3 vegan options for starter, main and dessert, no choice but better than some years where you have to ring up in order to negotiate a vegan option.
To drink I had a hot elderflower cordial. I’ve been suffering from a cold the past couple of weeks so this was really nice.
For my starter I had ordered mushroom soup, unfortunately mine and my colleague’s soup were both cold so they had to be sent back. Once they returned the soup was lovely tasting and the bread with it was great too.
For main I had the vegan roast, again the vegetables weren’t incredibly warm. I enquired about a vegetarian gravy and the waitress took so long I was almost finished by the time she came back. The roast was really moist and flavourful though and I think a lot of effort has been put into that.
For dessert I had the rice pudding brulee. The sugar had a good crack but the rice was a bit claggy and didn’t have much sauce. Saying that I did manage to finish it.
I think this dinner looked really nice on paper but was decidedly average on eating. I’ve never eaten in a Bill’s before and this just may be the pressure of the Christmas period and all the work meals going on. It’s not the worse Christmas meal I’ve had as a vegan but no where near the best.
Have you been to Bill’s? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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.
When my friend Mitsu told me The Vurger Co were holding a pop up at Lululemon in Spitalfields market I knew I had to get down there one lunchtime. As yesterday was my last day in the office this week I thought I would treat myself and go down there.
I went for the aubergine burger called the Auberger with fries and a banana caramel milkshake. I drank the shake as I walked back to the office so I didn’t take a photo. It was thick, creamy and delicious. The burger was huge and little difficult to eat, I should have cut it in half really. I really enjoyed all the fixings, the cheese, the cabbage, the mayo. The actual burger was not what I was expecting I couldn’t really pick out the aubergine and it also had a kick I wasn’t expecting.
They are going to be doing a Christmas burger from 1st December so I’ll have to get down there again before they wrap up on 22nd December.
Have you tried out The Vurger Co? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
I really enjoyed the first Vegan Nights event at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane which I wrote about here so I had to go back for part 2. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time as we were leaving for our weekend away straight after so I dashed in grabbed some food and dashed to the station to meet my Husband.
I had looked online as to who was going to be there and was glad to see there were some new additions. I’ve been wanting to try Shakey Shakey Fish Bar for a while but thought the chips would get cold on the walk back to the station so I’ll have to get down to the boilerhouse one weekend to try their deep fried Oreos!
I was excited to see the Japanese stall from Hai Dozo so I went for their okonomiyaki which is an omelette filled with vegetables. They also had lots of sweet treats which I’ll have to try next time.
I also had to get a Santa burger from Pomodoro e Basilico which came with mashed potato, Brussel sprouts and cranberry sauce. I didn’t get a good picture as my Husband had already taken a bite before I could snap it!
No vegan meal is complete without cake so returned to my faves Venezuelans Dani and Vane at Vida Bakery and got some peanut butter chocolate cake, caramel vanilla cake, pumpkin spice cupcake and chocolate orange cupcake. We enjoyed these once we arrived at our holiday cottage. I loved the pumpkin spice which reminded me of carrot cake.
So that was my whirlwind visit to vegan nights, I was in and out in 20 minutes. If you go to a future event I would recommend getting there as early as possibly as the queue to get in only gets longer!
Did you go to vegan nights 2? What did you eat? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Yesterday I spent a fabulous day with my dear friend and former university housemate Samarra. We went to see the Balenciaga exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum (which runs until 18th Feb 2018) which I would highly recommend and as we were out west decided to grab some food at Pickywops which I had heard great things about.
The shop is quite small and in the back of the “shopping palace” so we missed it when we first went past. There is one big table which seats six and then a bar with a few stalls.
The guys at Pickywops are proud of the flours they use which are less processed than those usually used in pizza. You can choose from multigrain, tumeric, burnt wheat, spirulina or kamut. They also offer three cheeses, Violife (made with coconut), Mozzarisella (made with rice) or their homemade cashew cheese.
I chose a veg loaded pizza on burnt wheat base with cashew cheese and Samarra went for a classic Margherita on multigrain with cashew. Yet again the Husband couldn’t go without so I took him home a seitan sausage and mushroom on multigrain with Violife and some garlic bread.
The pizza bases were thin and crisp although some of the water from my vegetables sometimes made mine a bit soggy. The vegetables were really flavourful especially the olives. I’m not in this part of London much but I would return here although I would say I prefer the pizza I had at Fed by Water which I had earlier in the week which was a similar price. Also we found that the garlic bread, although having a lovely texture didn’t taste much of garlic.
I also snagged a couple of Kizzy’s Cookies to take home and now visit to West Kensington is complete without visiting GreenBay where I picked up some gyros a Rudolph round up and a can of rhubarb Cawston.
Have you been to Pickywops before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
My friend Jo and I returned to Fed by Water after about 2 years when we first started our monthly dinners. (I have been in-between with others).
Fed by Water is a fully vegan Italian restaurant in Dalston, just a short bus ride from work.
I remember last time being very full from a starter and main so as I wanted to try their dessert menu we skipped the selection of homemade cheeses and went straight for the pizzas.
I had a sempre verde (always green) which came with cashew mozzarella, olives, capers, smoked tofu, rocket and lemon. Jo went for the Vulcano which had soy mozzarella, walnuts and pears. We both went for the charcoal base which doesn’t taste any different but does look pretty! I was very happy with my pizza and the pear on Jo’s added a lovely sweetness without being overpowering as it just thinly shaved.
For dessert Jo chose the chocolate mousse and I went for the matcha and an espresso martini. It was all delicious!
I couldn’t leave without a little something for my Husband so I got him some garlic bread to take away.
I really enjoyed our visit, the staff were lovely and it was a really relaxed atmosphere. It was quite quiet when we arrived as we had come straight from work but it soon started filling up and was jam packed by the time we left at 7.40.
Have you been to Fed by Water? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.