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#149 Lovely dinner in Primrose Hill: vegan resto Manna, London

restaurant review #149 – Manna is a vegan restaurant in London and has recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary! It is located just north of Primrose Hill, where one has a lovely view over the city (see photos below). After a steep walk uphill (in my case a roll, which went much better downhill than up ūüėČ ),¬† we went for some drinks to a nearby pub, and then had dinner at Manna. It is actually also very close to Camden, so it could easily be combined with a trip to Camden market. We had some drinks. All wines were said to be vegan (also mentioned on the menu card). This is what we had for dinner: basil ceshew cheeze croquettes (¬£8) vegetable tempura (¬£8) bangers and mash (¬£14) chef’s special: nut roast (¬£14) mezze dessert: cheesecake, sticky coffee pudding, raw timbal tart, and sorbets and icecream (¬£23 for two) Although we were quite stuffed, we didn’t want to miss out on dessert and ordered the mezze dessert (shared platter for two). We got this. OMG! …

#142 Light lunch at vegan resto Redemption, London

restaurant review #142 – Redemption is a vegan restaurant in London, on the upper east side of Hyde Park. We had visited the Museum of Brands and Packaging that morning, which is not so well known, but very worthwhile (see pic below)! Everyday products and packages from 19th century life till present day. Really fascinating! After a stroll down Portobello Road in Notting Hill where the famous (and very touristic) Portobello market is (too crowded, too much noise) we headed towards Redemption. Redemption is a bright space with large windows and lots of light coming in. Nicely renovated (modern, but still classic and sober). Tables are not so closely placed together, so one can enjoy lunch or dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. There’s also a terrace in front, but the restaurant is located at a busy bus stop, so it did not seem very enjoyable to have our lunch outside with busses driving on and off. Redemption also offers take away. Everything is not only vegan, but also wheat free, sugar free and the restaurant …

#139 Hustle and bustle in Soho. Dinner at Mildreds, London

Restaurant review #139 – Mildreds is a vegetarian restaurant in London, and has four locations: Soho, Camden, Kings Cross and Dalston. We went to the one in Soho during our short trip to London this Summer. It is in the south side of Soho, near the very busy Piccadilly Circus. We could not make a reservation, as the restaurant has a no booking policy (which we do find quite annoying, and has left us avoiding certain places in the past). But we had no other dinner plans for that first evening in London, and the restaurant was not too far from out hotel, so we headed there early hoping to get a spot. We arrived a bit before 6PM, and luckily, there was still space. Vegan options are clearly indicated on the menu and the wine list also clearly indicates the vegan wines (I think they were all vegan). We were served free water, which was nice! Glass of wine was ¬£5,5. This what we had for dinner: Gyoza dumplings, ¬£6 Hummus, ¬£6 Wood roasted …

#136 Gastronomic dining at The Gate, London

restaurant review #136 – The Gate is vegetarian restaurant in London. It has three locations: one in Islington, one in Hammersmith, and one in Marylebone, which is the one we went to. View this post on Instagram Very nice dinner at The Gate! #london Vegetarian restaurant with vegan options. Review will follow on ūüĆŅūüĆŅ brugesvegan.com ūüĆŅūüĆŅ #veganlondon #london #gastronomic #vegansofig #vegansofbelgium #gastronomical #culinairy #seymourplace #restaurant #vegan #vegetarianrestaurant #thegatelondon @gaterestaurant A post shared by trudi_brugesvegan (@trudi_brugesvegan) on Aug 13, 2017 at 2:01am PDT The Gate in Marylebone is located in a calm street, quite a contrast with the hustle and bustle of nearby Oxford Street. It has a large terrace in front, and two restaurants rooms (one on ground floor, and one in basement). It is a more fancy, ‘restaurant like’ place, with gastronomic creations. Vegan options are clearly indicated on the menu. The winelist also mentions which drinks are vegan. This is what we had for dinner: Artichoke terrine, ¬£8, truffle & hazelnut infused artichoke, homemade sundried tomato & basil salsa, crispy bread¬† Tofu Tikka, …

Lovely vegan Icecream and waffles at Yorica! London

shop review#38 – Yorica is a vegan icecream shop in London. There are two locations, one in Notting Hill, and one in Soho. Upon our arrival in London this Summer for a short city trip, the one in Soho was our first stop, as it was just around the corner from where we stayed! All the products sold at Yorica are not only vegan, but also free from nuts and gluten. You can buy icecream, waffles and pancakes to take away, or to eat at Yorica’s itself, although there is not that much space inside (some bar stools inside and a bench in front of the shop). One orders at the counter and the order is immediately delivered. After the order is handed to you, you can add some sprinkles on top if you wish. We were a bit overwhelmed by all the possibilities on the menu (not being used to having that many options ūüėČ : several flavours of icecream, frozen ‘yoghurt’, waffles, and pancakes. There was some queuing up to the counter, but …

#96 Lovely dinner at raw vegan restaurant Nama Foods, London (UK)

Restaurant review #96 – Nama Foods is a raw¬†vegan restaurant in the city of center of London. It is¬†located in one of the quieter streets of Notting Hill. After after having spent all day at Vegfest London¬†on Saturday, we phoned to make a reservation and shortly afterwards headed to the restaurant. We were seated upstairs which is the ground level (there’s also a downstairs in the basement) We didn’t¬†order an appetizer because we had already tasted several lovely vegan foods at¬†VegFest. Update¬† – see below For drinks we had a glass of (vegan of course) prosecco (¬£7) and a freshly pressed juice ‘Internal radiance’ (carrot, orange, peer, lemon, turmeric, sea buckthorn oil) (¬£6). We ordered the vegan sushi (¬£14) and a specialty of the day being a terrine (14,50). The desserts looked very appetising so we could not resist. We had the pie of the day and the hazelnut moccha torte (each ¬£7,50) and a capuciono (¬£3,2). All the food was presented very nicely and tasted very good! The staff was very friendly and welcoming …

#59 Fastfood lunch at the Loving Hut in Brighton (UK) ***

Restaurant review #59 – I‚Äôve already posted several reviews of the restaurants we went to in Brighton during our mini break there this Summer (there is¬†still one¬†more to come!). Brighton has a large collection of vegan eateries and restaurants with vegan options. There are also two Loving Huts in Brighton, vegan restaurants that are¬†part of an international chain. One of those Loving Huts is¬†located in Gardner street, which is in the main shopping area of the city. And it is right across from the shop ‘Vegetarian Shoes‘, which I blogged about here. We were in the shopping area of Brighton on a Saturday, and the street was made¬†into a pedestrain zone, with terraces in front of caf√©s and pubs. The weather was beautiful, so it was a nice atmosphere! We sat outside on the terrace of the Loving Hut¬†to have¬†a fastfood lunch! This was the menu: This is what we had. To start with, we shared a mixed platter: some soy chunks, spring rolls, … (¬£6,95). The special of the day was a pie with …

#56 ‘Fish n Chips’ at The Gourmet Girls vegan Pop up restaurant, Brighton, UK ***

Restaurant review #56 – Last Summer,¬†we spent some days in and around Brighton, in the southeast of England (UK). Brighton is a vibrant but also quite touristic place. Brighton is known to be a hub for vegans, with several vegan and vegan friendly restaurants. That is also the main reason why we choose to go there this Summer! I already posted some reviews of the restaurants we went to in Brighton, but there are still some more to come! One of the¬†places we went to was the pop up restaurant of the Gourmet Girls (from Titbits catering), which is held every Friday evening. It is located at an organic store ‘Fanny’s of Hanover’, which is a 15 minute walk from the train station of Brighton. I¬†just noticed on their website that the last pop up restaurant will be on December 18, 2015, so be quick if you still want to check it out! You do need to make an advance booking. The menu of the pop up restaurant of the Gourmet Girls is always built …

#51 Nice lunch at vegan Fortify Caf√© in Maidstone (UK) ****

Restaurant review #51 – On our route¬†from Dover to Brighton, we stopped in Maidstone for lunch. When looking at a map of the south east of England, Maidstone isn’t exactly in between Dover and Brighton, but it is very close to the M20, which¬†turns out to be a faster and easier route to Brighton than driving through¬†the small coastal towns (which can also be nice, we did this a couple of years ago). It’s a small town, and the city center is easily accesible from one of the parkings at the edge (oh, and there’s even a Lush! shop with vegan toilteries and care products). Fortify Caf√© was recommended to us in one of the vegan FB groups,¬†when we asked for suggestions to eat on route to Brighton. Perfect¬†stop: about half way in our journey, and we arrived just after noon. UPDATE SEE BELOW As the name suggest, it’s not really a restaurant, but¬†more a bistro/caf√© style place,¬†with also take away option, and some seats outside. We had some orange juices (¬£3) to drink. Which …

#50 A quick bite at vegan caf√© VBites, Brighton (UK) ****

Restaurant review #50 – VBites is a vegan caf√©¬†in the center of Brighton (south of England, UK), near the seaside and the famous Brighton Pier. UPDATE see below. There’s also a small store with a selection of vegan items in the caf√©. VBites is also a UK brand of vegetarian and vegan food products. Brighton is known to be a hub for vegans, with several vegan and vegan friendly restaurants, and VBites often pops up when asked for vegan recommendations. A couple of weeks ago, we spent some days in and around Brighton. Brighton is a vibrant but also quite touristic place. I will put¬†a more general post about our visit to Brighton up later. I have already put up several restaurant reviews from our meals in¬†Brighton, and there are still more to come, as we definitely ate a lot! So on the last day we went to VBites. The place was quite empty when we were there for lunch (around noon on¬†Tuesday). We decided to go¬†sit upstairs. It was very relaxed and nice music …