Monday, 17 April 2017

Green Kitchen

I was so stoked when I first heard about Green Kitchen, totally vegan cafes aren't the easiest to come by - most of Brighton's best brekkie spots are veggie with vegan leanings - but what makes this spot stand out even more is it's location. You'll find Green Kitchen just beyond Preston Circus on Preston Road which is a first for a veggie eatery let alone a completely vegan one. 


I visited on a Saturday morning and the place was busy with an eclectic clientele and a frankily mind boggling amount of Deliveroo orders which was only annoying due to the fact that the drivers kept leaving the front door wide open ruining the cosy atmosphere and letting in the chilly March air.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Mae Deli, London

I'd been contemplating a visit to Mae Deli for a while but when a reader from Taiwan got in touch to let me know that she'd love to see a review before her trip to London I headed there as soon as me and Randi could make our schedules line up. The Mae Deli is definitely a healthy spot and I was surprised to discover that it isn't entirely vegan or even vegetarian. I was under the impression that the whole Deliciously Ella brand was plant based but they serve chicken and fish at both Mae Deli locations. That being said they are sides and everything else was vegan when I visited. I was also under the impression that Ella was all about clean eating (insert rage emoji here) but the staff said that they try to avoid that term preferring to call the food honest and healthy which are two things that I can get behind; as someone with allergies it was so nice that the staff were able to tell me exactly what was in each dish as soon as I asked - that definitely doesn't happen everywhere!


Lunch and dinner are set up canteen style and you make your plate by choosing four of the options on display. The choices are all healthy fare ranging from veg dishes like Asian Broccoli and Bok Choy to leafy green salads, and from grain filled options like the Olive and Sundried Tomato Quinoa to the Courgette and Sweet Potato Stew that comes with brown rice.

Monday, 3 April 2017

LARDER

Larder is the most recent addition to Gardner Street's impressive roster of vegan and vegan friendly eateries. They went vegan for vegnuary and due to the popularity of the dishes decided to stay that way for good. SO COOL! 


I visited on a Saturday afternoon and they were steadily busy with all sorts of people, vegans and non vegans, looking to try out their plant based fare. I was waiting for a friend so I had a little time to peruse the menu before she arrived and I enjoyed a can of Cawston Press whilst I was waiting. The rhubarb is my favourite but cloudy apple comes a close second.


I'd basically decided on a toasted sandwich with avocado, beets, coriander, and red onion chutney when I realised that they had mac and cheese balls on the menu! I think I'd ignored the Mac and Peas balls assuming that I'd be allergic to the BBQ sauce (correct!) but as it comes on the side I was able to switch it for mayo.


These were pretty epic and could only be improved by the addition of a little extra cheese inside the balls which would give them more of a melty gooey centre. I would also suggest sharing them alongside your proper meal because despite the fact that they're deep fried and calorie full they aren't really a substantial meal. My friend Justine's baked potato on the other hand? That's a proper meal! They do sweet or regular potatoes and she chose the vegan chilli and mayo as her topping. Other toppings include BBQ Beans, dhal, and hummus and the side salad was a little fancy with some fresh herbs and a nice dressing which I like.


I'd say that the toasted sandwiches and jacket potatoes are some of the best value eats in the North Laine area, they're filling and flavourful as well as being healthy and vege-full. This is the perfect place to eat if you're over Brighton's more mock meaty options and want to get back to good old veggies, beans, and grains.

I spotted this Speculoos cake on Larder's instagram and I knew that I'd need to grab a slice as soon as I arrived. What if it sold out?!


Not only was this slice of cake totally delicious but it also had the perfect cake to frosting ratio and it was the perfect size for someone who was planning to eat multiple desserts that day and let's be honest, isn't every vegan visiting Brighton planning to do this?

I would highly recommend visiting Larder as soon as you get the chance, anywhere that switches from regular cafe to vegan business deserves your support and with food this good there's no reason not to go. If you'd like to share this on social media to spread the word about Larder's vegan switch that'd be delightful. Thanks friends!
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