Vegan Menus I’m Diggin’ At Non-Vegan Spots..

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Eating out is something I sadly (lol) have to do quite a lot so finding great places to grab food when I’m on the go has become just as much a part of my job as making breakfast! 

Now, I love a completely plant-based spot as much as the next vegan but they aren’t always close by so it’s always great to find a ‘normal’ restaurant that has more to offer than a dodgy bean burger or falafel and hummus wrap and recently I have found a couple of gems that I think you should know about so I thought I’d share the love.

 

Here’s 2 places you need to check out and why..

 

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Senzala – Brixton Village

Brixton Village is just a few minutes walk from Brixton’s underground and overground stations and is full of cute little restaurants and cafes.. So full and busy though that sometimes it can seem a little overwhelming and, if you are anything like me, that’s when the bad restaurant choices happen! Picking the emptiest place is not always beneficial and logically, the people go where the good food is which is definitely the reason Senzala is always jam packed!

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If good food and buzzy, colourful atmospheres are your thing then you need to get down to Bricky and try out some of Senzala’s ‘french crepes with Brazilian flair’. They do two different bases for the pancakes, the vegan version being  buckwheat, which I love!!
Such a great texture, super good for you and so filling.. pancake perfection right thur.
From the three vegan choices on the savoury menu I have tried the ‘Dujhan’ and the ‘Rosa Squash’. They were both delicious but the Dujhan was most definitely my favourite and totally dreamy! It had loads of flavour and was so much more than your average crepe. Also, if you like an extra kick to your food then you can always add some of their own brand hot sauce that they have on the tables. Highly recommend!

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After the mains I was pretty full but when we were then presented with the possibility of having the sweet version too.. well it would be rude not to, right?!

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That’ll be a yes from me then

So, we went for ‘The Sweetie Vegan’ and ‘The Coco Loco’ with dark belgian chocolate and without the ice cream. The desserts were really good and because they were the same size as the mains I nearly had to roll out of there! I didn’t enjoy the sweet as much as the savoury but his may be down to the fact that I was already stuffed and it was a lot of buckwheat in one go. Maybe next time I will start with dessert and work backwards just to be sure!

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Overall: Senzala is a great choice for lunch, casual dinner, just dessert or a first date. It has a great atmosphere and awesome choices of food whether you are vegan or not (although word has it that they are opening a completely vegan creperie not far from this one very soon!) Definitely somewhere I will go back to and one to stick on your list of places to visit.


Ask Italian – The o2

My mum and sister had been raving about the food at Ask Italian and the fact it had a complete vegan menu for about a month before I managed to get there so I was already excited to see if it was as good as I had heard. Wedding anniversary no.3 was coming around quickly and we didn’t really want to do anything too full on as we have both been so busy so we decided to go and check out our nearest Ask Italian, at the o2.

We arrived around 8pm, the restaurant was dimly lit and quiet with a really relaxed vibe – perfect for the chilled evening we wanted.

Firstly, I have to mention the incredible service we received from the manager, Cameron. He went out of his way to cater to us (without being overbearing) and he really knew the menu and offered awesome suggestions when we were stuck for choice. Undoubtedly the best service I have received in a long time. Thank you!

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We started with cocktails, olives and bruschetta. Both of the starters were big enough to share and still be filling but I, of course, went ahead and ate all the bruschetta to myself as Jovel had ordered something else.. Probably should have just eaten half, the next course was extremely filling too!

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For my main I had the Vegan Fettuccine Con Verdure which was flat ribbon pasta with courgettes, oven-roasted tomatoes and spinach, seasoned with chilli and garlic, and topped with olive tapenade. It needed a little bit of salt but it was really good. They also have other pastas, pizzas and salads on their vegan menu, as well as a list of vegan wines for those liquid lunches. Definitely worth going back to try everything at least once!

I was super impressed that there was a full vegan menu (and full vegan kids menu too!!). Not having to sit looking through the regular one trying to pinpoint what I could have and whether they could make things without cheese or not was pretty liberating in a non-vegan restaurant. Having a separate menu also took away the awkwardness of having to explain what you can and can’t have to the waiters, knowing all the work had already been done and I could just pick whatever I fancied – LOVE that.

I was super impressed that there was a full vegan menu (and full vegan kids menu too!!). Not having to sit looking through the regular one trying to pinpoint what I could have and whether they could make things without cheese or not was pretty liberating in a non-vegan restaurant. Having a separate menu also took away the awkwardness of having to explain what you can and can’t have to the waiters, knowing all the work had already been done and I could just pick whatever I fancied – LOVE that.

Not content with already being full to the brim, I was determined to have dessert.. because, I could have dessert!
Do you know what I REALLY dislike? Always being offered a bloody fruit salad. It really annoys me.. Get creative! I did not get all dressed up to go out and finish my meal with effectively what I eat all week long. No no, sir. Bring me your finest Blood Orange & Chocolate Tart!

It was really good. Super rich. Far too much after everything else I had eaten plus half a bottle of wine, but it was exactly what dessert should be.
Indulgent.

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As if I could physically fit anything else in my body, the lovely manager Cameron, came back over with 2 glasses of Frangelico for us.
This beautiful hazelnut liquor, served with ice was the perfect end to a lovely evening..
and I was most definitely tipsy!

Overall: Ask Italian is great for lunch and dinner. Whether you are popping in on your lunch break, having drinks and food with friends, taking the family out for a meal or for date night. Thoroughly enjoyed it here.

 

Let me know if you have been to either of these restaurants and what you thought!

Bex X

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