Veggie restaurant reviews

Manna restaurant review

I know I’m ridiculously late with this post, like over a month late, but there has been so much going on and it wasn’t until I was looking through photos on my phone the other day that I realised I still hadn’t told you guys about the insanely good birthday dinner Matt treated me to at Manna!

Manna is a beautifully elegant restaurant in Primrose Hill that offers a 100% vegan menu. How incredible is that?! As it was a birthday dinner, we decided to go all out and order starters, mains and desserts, and every single course was delicious.

Apologies in advance for the poor quality photos, Manna had some major mood lighting going on!

▹▸▹▸ STARTERS

The falafel slider starter was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had; it was so good that I could have eaten 3 or 4 okay 5 of these burgers for a main course! The burger was delicious and perfectly complemented by all of the toppings and the wholemeal bun. Matt was also obsessed with fluffy  yet crispy potato wedges it was served with!

falafel slider

▹▸▹▸ MAINS

For main course, I ordered the spaghetti and veatballs and it was delicious! The spaghetti was cooked to perfection whilst the tomato sauce and veatballs were incredibly flavoursome.

Matt ordered the bangers and mash and judging by his entirely empty plate at the end of the meal, I’d say it was a big hit!

mains at manna

▹▸▹▸ DESSERT

Whilst the starters and mains were both delicious, the highlight of the meal was hands down the birthday cake dessert. The vice cream & cookie semi-freddo was honestly the best dessert I have ever eaten. EVER! We’re talking crumbly cookie dough filled with layers of ice cream topped with berries – OH MY GOSH! It was absolutely insane.

dessert at manna

I can’t wait for our next trip to Manna, mainly but not exclusively so that I can order a vice cream & cookie semi-freddo all to myself!

Vegan afternoon tea at La Suite West

As a belated birthday treat, my lovely friend Maria surprised me with…

▹▸▹▸ VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA AT LA SUITE WEST

I have always absolutely loved afternoon tea. There’s just something about the tiny little sandwiches that make them taste so much better than regular sandwiches. And the scones, oh the scones. Then, no matter how full you are, there’s always room for delicious, bite-sized cakes because who doesn’t love cake?!

Since going vegan, this was the first time I’ve had an afternoon tea that wasn’t home-made, so to say I was excited would be an understatement and this afternoon tea definitely did not disappoint.

vegan afternoon tea at la suite west

▹▸▹▸ SANDWICHES

The selection of sandwiches was absolutely delicious. There was such a unique mix of flavours which made for a lovely twist on traditional afternoon tea sandwiches. My favourite was definitely the kimichi coleslaw with red pepper, whilst Maria unsurprisingly loved the summer herb pesto with tomatoes. I say unsurprisingly as she has a serious pesto addiction, we’re talking pesto pizza with pesto pasta for dinner on a pretty regular basis at uni (which I may or may not have participated in)!

vegan afternoon tea sandwiches

▹▸▹▸ SCONES

The scones were hands down the best scones I have ever eaten in my entire life, bar none! The combination of warm scones, coconut cream and strawberries was just heavenly!

scones at la suite west

▹▸▹▸ CAKES

Even though we were both completely stuffed by the time the cakes were served, we of course managed to squeeze them all in, because I mean, look how yummy!!!

vegan afternoon tea cakes

All three courses were absolute perfection and I will definitely be returning to La Suite West for more delicious afternoon tea ASAP.

Tibits vegetarian and vegan buffet, London

I absolutely love sharing all of my favourite places to eat out with you guys, as whenever I’m looking for a cool new place to eat out, I always check other bloggers recommendations. As well as reading a menu on line, I find it’s also so helpful to hear which places other people love and for what reasons! So, today I am gonna share with you guys one of my favourite places to eat in London ▷►▹▸

Tibits Veggie/Vegan buffet located just off of Regent Street

Ever since we discovered Tibits around 6 months ago, it has become mine and my BFF Alfia’s go to place to hang out and eat at after work. All of the food is veggie, most of it is vegan, and everything I’ve tried so far is delicious.

tibits buffet

Tibits operates a pay by weight system, meaning that if you’re a big carb lover like Alfia and me, it can end up being fairly expensive but in my opinion, totally worth it!

Not only is the food delicious (the okra in breadcrumbs are my fave and we both love and tofu & sundried tomato pasta) but the atmosphere is also super chilled making it a really fun place to hang out. The outdoor seating area is surrounded by fairy lights which look SO pretty on a warm summer evening; whilst inside, the dimmed lighting and modern decor makes for a super cosy atmosphere.

tibias vegan restaurant

For desert, we always share the lemon cake. And when I say share, I mean Alfia says she’s full but starts eyeing up my cake as soon as it arrives and inevitably ends up eating half of it, so now I always ask for two forks whether Alfia admits she’s gonna make room for some cake or not ;).

tibits vegetarian buffet

If you love great food and a cool atmosphere, I would definitely recommend checking out Tibits, it is one major party in your mouth!

Ethos Foods, London

One of my favourite things about working in London is checking out lots of different veggie/vegan restaurants in the evenings. Last week, my veggie friends and I dragged 2 of our meat-loving friends to Ethos – a meat-free buffet near Oxfords Circus – for a big veggie night out. Not only was the food a big hit with everyone, but I’m also told by my carnivore friends that the vegan wine was on point.

The restaurant has a pay by weight system, which if you’re a major carb fan like me, can result in it being a little pricey; or in the case of one of my non-veggie friends, mean that one non-carbed-up plate isn’t enough to prepare you for a big night out ;). Nevertheless, the food was delicious and I was also obsessed with the incredible decor; we’re talking indoor trees, fairy lights and marble tables. So. Cool.

Overall, we all really enjoyed our visit, so if you love eating great food in restaurants with a really cool vibe, I definitely recommend you check Ethos out.

ethos oxford circus

Our table feat. vegan wine aka a carnivore in a vegan restaurant’s bff △▲△▲△

ethos london

Cauliflower in Tahini dressing to die for!△▲△▲△

ethos desserts

Delicious desserts (the raw chocolate and peanut slice was my fave) △▲△▲△

Have any of you guys visited Ethos before? Where are your favourite veggie places to eat in London?

New Horizon, Exeter

In the four years that I have been studying at the University of Exeter, I must have walked past The New Horizon Cafe countless times but had never given it a second glance. However, a couple of weeks ago, a sign saying ‘most of our dishes are vegetarian or vegan‘ caught my eye, and I decided I had to check it out. Two weeks later and it is safe to say I am now a regular.

Their menu is filled with a range of delicious Mediterranean food which is available to eat in or to takeaway. My favourite dish is the Mèze plate, as it is the perfect combination of flavours.

new horizon

The falafel pita is also amazing, especially for those days where you fancy your lunch on-the-go. The falafels are cooked to perfection and the pita is stuffed full of salad and seasoned with a delicious mixture of sauces.

new horizon cafe

The Cafe’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes it the perfect chill out spot. This is definitely one of my favourite places to eat in Exeter and I can’t recommend it enough.

Sunday Lunch at Bistro 1847

You guys know from my previous review how much I love Bistro 1847. It’s a really cool vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Birmingham city centre with a chilled vibe and incredible food. As it is one of mine and Matt’s favourite places to eat out, after a long weekend of packing (*cough* procrastinating packing by watching The US Office – seriously though, I’m addicted) we decided to treat ourselves to one last meal there (it’s actually so awesome that we ended up going back again on Tuesday but that’s besides the point ;)).

Bistro 1847

We normally order our favourite battered tofu and chips which is absolutely delicious, but this past Sunday we decided to mix things up and try out the new menu. The result? Oh. My. Gosh. This meal turned out to be one of the best Sunday lunches I have ever eaten, and what Matt later proclaimed to be his favourite vegan meal yet! This food was seriously good. Oh and btw, did I mention that their presentation is majorly on point? It’s basically art on a plate and a party in your mouth.

On to the details of the menu ▷▻▷▻▷

Vegan sunday lunch

For starter we had the polenta chips with oyster mushrooms and tomato relish. This combination is a match made in heaven and the only possible way it could be improved is by serving 5 plates full instead of one.

polenta chips bistro 1847

For main course, we had the spiced squash filo balotine with new potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and ale gravy. I absolutely loved this original twist on a traditional Sunday lunch, especially the veggies which were all cooked to perfection.

vegan roast dinner

The entire dining experience, from the service to the food, was amazing as always; and I couldn’t recommend Bistro 1847 highly enough.

Where are some of your favourite vegan restaurants? Have any of you been to Bistro 1847 before? Also, is anyone else obsessed with The US Office?! Seriously though, Dwight is life. Hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Vegan Restaurants in Paris

Last Sunday Matt and I visited Paris for the day; we had so much fun hanging out in some of our favourite places in the city, as well as checking out two amazing vegan restaurants. I have always found it a little difficult to find a lot of veggie options in France, so was extremely excited when Matt did a little research and found not one but two vegan restaurants: 42 Degrés and Hank Burger. I’m so excited to share the details with you guys as they were both great in different ways and are definitely worth checking out if you find yourself in Paris.

42 Degrés

42 Degrees is a raw vegan restaurant within walking distance of Gare Du Nord, and one of my favourite places in the entire world – Mont Martre! The lunch buffet includes a green juice, a hot drink of your choice & an amazing variety of everyone’s favourite foods in raw vegan form.

42 degres paris

Both Matt and I loved everything we tried from the buffet and went back for a second (and third) serving! Matt’s favourite was the rocket and mushroom pizza (soooo good), and I was absolutely obsessed with the mini falafel burgers in a mushroom ‘bun’ – how cool are they ▽▼▽▼▽?!

raw vegan food in paris

There was also a great selection of deserts; however, I unfortunately did not have the self control to take a picture of my dessert plate before wolfing down the 3 slices of chocolate cake. Needless to say, they were delicious. The lunch buffet was awesome, and I would definitely love to go back to try out the evening menu.

Hank Vegan Burger

Okay wow. Hank burgers are seriously the bomb. I’m pretty sure even the most carnivorous people would find them hard to resist. The restaurant has a really cool vibe and the menu is so varied to cater for everyones’ burger tastes.

Hank vegan burger

Matt and I both decided to go for L’Allumé with chips and lots of vegan mayonnaise (which by the way was the best vegan mayonnaise I’ve tried yet) and finished off our meal with a cookie for dessert. It was all absolutely delicious; so delicious in fact that we bought six cookies to-go to eat as train snacks on the Euro Star home. That purchase definitely got us some strange looks but was so worth it! Next time I’m in Paris, I will definitely be eating at Hank Burger; whether you’re vegan or not, it is a must visit.

hank vegan burger paris

Have any of you had any great food in Paris? Do share, I’m always looking for great new places to check out!

Vegan in Vegas Baby!

Part two of our trip around North American was in LAS VEGAS!!!! We had so much fun & crammed a crazy amount into our 4 days there; from pool parties, to burlesque shows, to a helicopter ride, to gambling (and losing) a ton of money, to of course, eating lots of yummy vegan food! It was an amazing 4 days and now I  can’t wait to go back. Here are some of the food and other highlights of our trip  ♥

Helicopter Ride over the Grand Canyon (coolest thing ever!)

grand canyon helicopter ride

We had some big wins on the slots 😉

vegas slots

Veggie noodles whilst chilling by the pool

Veggie noodles

Night at Hakkassan 

Night out at Hakkassan

Slice of Vegas

The food highlight of our time in Vegas was checking out an awesome vegan-friendly restaurant: Slice of Vegas. They have an extensive vegan menu, with too much to try in one sitting, so of course we went their twice in our 4 day visit!

For appetisers, we had the ‘Not Your Mama’s Garlic Bread’ as well as the ‘House Shoestring Fries’. Both were great choices & so filling!

slice of vegas fries

For main course they have a varied vegan menu, including but not limited to, lots of Daiya Mozzarella pizzas. We seriously need to find a way to get Daiya cheese to the UK as it’s just insanely good. There must be a petition or something? If not, I’m starting one. Anyway…

jennifer lawrence where's the pizza meme

Enough of my rambling, back to the Pizza. We decided share a half and half; Matt had the meatless meatballs (that’s a whole lot of alliteration there!) and I had mushroom and onion. Both were a-m-a-zing.

slice of vegas vegan pizza

Finally, for desert we had the best, and i mean BEST dessert I’ve eaten in my entire life: these yummy zeppolis! I am so excited to try to recreate these now I’m home, as I have been majorly craving them since we left Vegas.

slice of vegas zeppolis

In summary, Slice of Vegas rocked my world. If you’re in Vegas, you have to go check it out, you won’t regret it!

Cruelty-free in NYC

In the past month, Matt & I have both turned 21 and to celebrate we decided to go on a 2 week trip around North America! First stop was New York City, and to say I was excited to try out the vegan food scene in one of the vegan food capitals of the world would be an understatement!

The  trip got off to a great start with this yummy vegan plane food courtesy of Virgin Atlantic. I get way too excited about plane food, and this vegan curry and potato salad did not disappoint!

virgin vegan plane food

Moving on from my weird plane food fetish, let’s get down to all of the amazing food we ate in NYC. On our first morning we found an awesome bagel shop right around the corner from our hotel. They had a varierty of delicious tofu cream cheeses that were so good that we found ourselves there every morning of our entire trip!!bagel express NYC

Turns out tofu cream cheese bagels also make the perfect picnic snack in Central Park alongside a fresh fruit smoothie from a street vendor.

vegan tofu cream cheese bagels in Central Park

As well as eating a lot of bagels, we also visited some cool vegan/ vegan-friendly restaurants. Candle 79 – an entirely vegan restaurant – was my absolute favourite, so much so that we went their twice in our short visit. The servers were so friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was chilled and elegant, and the food was insanely good! We ordered way too many dishes both times we visited, but somehow managed to eat it all! Below are pictures of our favourite dishes…

Angel’s Nachos

nachos candle 79

Grilled Portobello Steak

Grilled portobello steak candle 79

Seitan Piccata

Seitan Piccata

Black bean-pumpkin seed burger (my favourite meal of the trip!)

candle 79 vegan burger

Another great restaurant that we visited with a varied vegan menu was Pala Pizza.

We both ordered the Funghi E Salsiccia Pizza and it was definitely a great choice (sorry for the poor quality photo – it was really dark in  there!!) The veggie sausage had such a great flavour, and Matt & I fell in love with daiya cheese. I really wish we could get it in the UK as it is the best cheese alternative I’ve tried.

Pala Pizza Funghi E Salsiccia

Despite being full, when we saw the table next to us eating this delicious chocolate cake we decided we could make a little more room for it. And boy am I glad we did, as it was one of the nicest vegan deserts I’ve ever had.

pala pizza vegan chocolate cake

On the last night we found an awesome juice place, Juice Generation, on the way to Times Square. Their mango juice made a perfectly refreshing snack on a warm NYC evening.

juice generation

They also had a great selection of vegan muffins; my personal fave was the pineapple + coco one. I wish we’d found this place sooner as I’m sure we would have been back to sample the rest of the gluten free, vegan bakery.

vegan muffins juice generation

We had an amazing 4 and a half days in NYC, and the vegan food scene definitely lived up to my expectations. Until next time NYC xo NYC vegan

P.S. A BIG thanks to Matt for all of the arty photos for this post ♥, the rest of the sub par phone photos are courtesy of me – sorry guys!

Amsterdam Vegan Guide

Wandering around the streets of Amsterdam city centre on a hot Saturday afternoon, my Pret fruit salad and Hotel Chocolat airplane snacks seemed like a distant memory and the hanger was starting to set in. This is why I was so excited when we stumbled across Maoz Vegetarian, an international food chain serving falafel and other freshly made veggie food – yum yum yum! I ordered the whole wheat falafel pita topped with lots of yummy salad from the self-service salad bar and a shared a side of chips with my mum. It looked and smelt so good that I couldn’t resist taking a quick bite before snapping a picture – sorry guys! With numerous locations across Europe and the USA, this is the perfect on-the-go lunch for a travelling vegan; I know I will definitely be hitting up Maoz when I visit NYC later this summer.

Maoz vegetarian Amsterdam

After seeing the 2 hour queue outside Anne Frank’s house on Sunday afternoon, we decided to have a wander along the canal and find somewhere to eat lunch. We stumbled across a little pub overlooking the water and I ordered this delicious humus and roasted veggie sandwich. It was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had and I will definitely be trying to recreate this sandwich in the near future. Side note: Anne Frank’s house is such a moving experience and well worth a visit; we went back at 7 in the evening and the queue was much shorter so avoiding peak times seems to be the way to go!

humus and roasted veg sandwich

Last but not least of my vegan Amsterdam eats was my Sunday night dinner. The Tempura of vegetable spaghetti from the Skyy Bar at the top of our hotel was my favourite meal of the trip. Just looking at this picture is making my mouth water! The dish was crispy on the outside but soft on the inside and perfectly complemented by the bed of seaweed on which is was served, just yum.

vegan tempura vegetable spaghetti

Not only was the food amazing but like the rest of our hotel, the bar atmosphere and decor were uber cool too. If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam, I would definitely recommend staying in our hotel, or at the very least a visit to the Skyy Bar! How freaking cool is that ceiling?!

Skyy bar amsterdam

On top of lots of yummy food, we also had an awesome time exploring Amsterdam. We were really lucky as we visited on gay pride weekend which meant that there was even more atmosphere and activity than usual!  Here are a few of my favourite pics from our trip…

Lemon water in Amsterdam

THE AWESOME MARKET STOOLS

Lunch by the river

Gay pride