vegetarian restaurant

THE TIPSY BLACK SHEEP | VEGAN IN BECKENHAM

The Tipsy Black Sheep is a veggie catering company run by two lovely girls: Hayley and Ruth. They currently have a pop-up shop in Beckenham and I was so excited to have the opportunity to check it out last week.

Hayley and Ruth were so kind and welcoming, and it was really lovely to meet two people who are so genuinely passionate about what they do. Their creative menu has such a great variety of options and is so reasonably priced, meaning we definitely had a difficult time when deciding what to order.

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MAINS ▷▷▷

After much deliberation, I decided to order the Red Lentil Burger with coleslaw and sweet potato chips on the side. The burger patty was bursting with flavour and was accompanied by the perfect combination of delicious toppings.

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My mum ordered the Yellow Lentil Curry with green rice and was a big fan. She (reluctantly) let me try a little bit and I agreed that it was absolutely delicious.

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DESSERTS ▷▷▷

Both the chilli-me-sofly chocolate brownie and the banana cake looked amazing so we decided to order them both and share. Topped with caramel sauce, they were both so sweet, delicious and moist. My mum said that they are the best vegan cakes she’s ever had, and in fact, we loved them so much that my mum decided to buy another 2 of each to take away with us!

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The warm and friendly atmosphere in the shop, coupled with the amazing food makes The Tipsy Black Sheep pop-up a must visit! So, if you find yourself near Beckenham make sure to check it out – I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as we did!

Update: unfortunately the pop-up shop has now closed but The Tipsy Black Sheep still do private catering and will soon be offering a delivery service (which I’m super excited about). You can read more about that here: http://www.thetipsyblacksheep.com/catering-menu/

Exploring Brighton + eating at VBites vegan restaurant

Last week my friend Anna from the Ukraine came to stay with us for a few days and we spent our time exploring London, Kent and Brighton. Anna and I have so much in common, including our love for photography, animals and eating copious amounts of delicious vegan food; so as usual, we had such a great time, took crazy amounts of pictures, hung out with some adorable rescue animals and ate as much delicious vegan food as was humanly possible!

♥ BRIGHTON ♥

One of the highlights of Anna’s visit was our girly road trip to Brighton with Alfia, Maria and Natalie. We spent the day chilling out on the beach, shopping in the little boutiques by the seafront, and eating at the awesome VBites restaurant.

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By the time we arrived at Brighton after an early start and a loooong car journey filled with contact lense dramas (more deets in the vlog ;)), we were all feeling pretty hungry/some of us even a little hangry; so we decided to head straight to VBites and stuff our faces with delicious vegan food.

Natalie and Maria both ordered the Bean Burger, Alfia went for the Marinated Chicky, Anna got a Hotdog and after much deliberation (everything looked so good!) I decided to go for the Hickory Chick burger. We all absolutely loved our meals and would definitely head back to VBites next time we’re in Brighton!

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Photoshoot ▷▷▷

Anna is an insanely talented photographer, so after we’d stuffed ourself with food and chilled out by the beach, we decided to pretend we were models for the day, take advantage of the beautiful scenery and do an awesome beachfront photoshoot for my clothing line. Here are some of my favourite pictures from the shoot that I’m so excited to share with you all.

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All of these jumpers are available on my online store jadegreenvegan.com/shop.

♥ VLOG ♥

As well as taking crazy amount of pictures, we also made a vlog of Anna’s entire trip, so if you guys would like to see everything we got up to and all of the awesome vegan cafés/restaurants we visited be sure to watch our vlog ▷▷▷ 

xo Jade

Las Iguanas Vegan Menu

Las Iguanas is an awesome chain restaurant that serves deliciously authentic South American food. A friend recently told me about their extensive vegetarian and vegan menu, and after having a read through I knew I had to check it out!

The vegetarian menu has lots of vegan options (marked with a v), as well as dishes that can be made vegan upon request (marked ‘ask for v’); so if you order one of the veggie dishes, be sure to ask for the vegan version.

Our waiter Tony was super friendly and happily chatted us through the veggie menu, as well as letting us know that Las Iguanas currently has an all day, every day happy hour to celebrate their 25th anniversary, which meant 2 for 1 cocktails all night long! As if 2 for 1 cocktails aren’t enough to make for a fun evening, Tony also showed us some pretty cool magic tricks, like how to balance a spoon, fork and toothpick on the tip of another tooth pick stuck in a pepper shaker (wow that was a mouthful!). I won’t show you how it’s done as I don’t want to ruin the magic, but needless to say our attempt wasn’t exactly magical…

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STARTERS ▽▼▽▼▽

Matt and I are both big nacho fans, so to start we ordered two of the corn chip side dishes to share – holy guacamole and totopos.

The totopos (aka salsa dip) was delicious but holy guacamole was the guacamole amazing!! It was creamy, flavourful, and tasted amazing alongside some onions, tomato and salsa on a corn chip!

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MAINS ▽▼▽▼▽

For main, we were torn between all of the vegan options but finally decided to share the three mushroom fajita and the veggie chilli.

The veggie chilli is made up of sweet potato, butternut squash and chickpeas, and is served with spring onion rice and tortilla wraps. It was absolutely delicious; however, the three mushroom fajita was a definite favourite for both of us! It is cooked with onions and peppers in a delicious sauce that is the perfect amount of spicy and tastes amazing wrapped up in a tortilla with some guacamole and salsa.

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DESSERTS ▽▼▽▼▽

Dessert was definitely my favourite part of the meal, as I ordered the tembleque and it was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten! The creamy set coconut pudding is topped with mixed berries and a mango purée and tastes heavenly!

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Matt ordered the mango sorbet and judging by the fact that there was none left by the end of the meal, I’d say he was a big fan!

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The restaurant’s fun and friendly atmosphere coupled with amazing food and lovely staff meant we had a great evening! I will definitely be heading back soon for some more of that delicious guacamole and one (or maybe two!) of the coconut puddings!

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!

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▹▸▹▸ 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!

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▹▸▹▸ 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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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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 ;).

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

Vegan at Prezzo

When I was a vegetarian Prezzo was one of my all time favourite restaurants and until last week, I hadn’t been back since going vegan. When I saw that the allergen menu on Prezzo’s website said that the Bruschetta was suitable for vegans, I thought it was too good to be true… aaaand after a little chat with our waitress, turns out it was too good to be true – the pesto contains parmeasan. Our lovely waitress was so helpful and explained to me all of the things which were suitable for vegans (including the pizza dough). So I decided to get creative and combine two of my previous favourite starters to make the ultimate vegan starter: Bruschetta with garlic oil in lieu of pesto, with a salad garnish and pomodoro sauce (usually served with the Mozzarella in Carrozza). Combining my two favourite starters was a great shout because it was yummy!

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For my main course, I went a bit more mainstream and ordered ‘The Vegetarian’ pizza without cheese but with extra mushrooms and red onions (my two favourite pizza toppings). Although I enjoyed it, the pizza was nowhere near as good as my starter so I think next time I visit Prezzo I will be ordering two vegan Bruschettas!

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Despite Prezzo’s website blunder, it turns out they have some great vegan options so it’s definitely worth asking in the restaurant what they can whip up for you! If it’s anywhere near as good as my Bruschetta, I’m sure you’ll be a happy bunny!

Bistro 1847

This weekend, my boyfriend Matt and I visited Bistro 1847, a Birmingham vegetarian/ vegan restaurant. It has been voted the best vegetarian restaurant outside London; so needless to say, as a vegetarian and a vegetarian/ wannabe vegan we were very excited to try it out!

The restaurant is small and intimate and is conveniently located in the Great Western arcade near to Snowhill Station. The staff are so friendly and helpful, and the restaurant has a great, chilled-out vibe. Then of course, there’s the amazing food. Everything looked so good, so we decided to go all out and get 3 courses!

For starter, we both ordered the vegetable tempura with sweet chilli sauce and it was delicious! The broccoli was my favourite and it was complimented perfectly by the chilli sauce.

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For main, we both ordered the vegetarian/ vegan ‘fish and chips’… are you noticing a pattern here? We don’t always order the same thing! This is a vegetarian dish as contains halloumi cheese; however, it can be made into a vegan option by trading the halloumi for tofu, so this is what I did. The variety of sauces made for a unique infusion of tastes, and we both absolutely loved this dish!

Bistro 1847 - tofu and chips

Although we were full up after our amazing starters and main courses, we of course managed to make a little room for desert. Once again, we ordered the same thing… the apple crumble, and it was a good choice. The apple was really sweet and was the perfect way to finish the meal.

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We had such a great evening and can’t wait to go back and try out the rest of the menu; I’m particularly excited about having the afternoon tea, as this is my all time favourite! We are also planning on attending some cooking classes with 1847’s incredible chef so are very excited for this!

As you can see from the pictures, the presentation was impeccable, and the food was equally great. It is clear that everyone who works there is so passionate about what they do and this translates into a great dining experience for everyone who visits Bistro 1847.