Veggie Hot Dogs at Dirty Bones

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Rating: 7.5 / 10

Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus (Bakerloo/Victoria/Central Line)

Service Time: 20 minutes

Address: Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, W1B 5PW

Website: http://dirty-bones.com

There are a wave of new fast food joints that are popping up across London. You would be forgiven for thinking these places are traditionally associated with meat, but they have been serving up some surprisingly innovative vegetarian options that have caught our attention. One such establishment is Dirty Bones, a chain of gourmet hot dog eateries across London that also serve burgers and other gentrified fast food. Modelled on the American diner; the atmosphere is informal, the music is loud, the crowd is young and the staff are friendly.

We started with the Deep Fried Mac Balls which were served with a sweet chilli sauce. This really was the star of the show – flavoursome, crunchy and sufficiently cheesy! We then proceeded to The Asian Veggie Dogs, a soya ‘dog’ with kimchi ketchup, wasabi Mayo, crisp seaweed, ginger and sesame seed. Whilst I think the soya was a tad rubbery, the toppings were great and overall the combination of flavours worked well. We also ordered the Coleslaw and Dirty Fries, French fries covered in chilli cheese sauce, bbq sauce and cactus salsa. The latter of which was particularly good and is highly recommended should you pay this place a visit.

In summary, a fun place for a food and cocktails where veggies don’t have to miss out on the fun as there are plenty of great options. We will certainly be going back, even if it’s just for the Deep Fried Mac Balls and the Dirty Fries. Oh, and they also do brunch!

Bill for 2 people:

1 x Mac Balls = £5.50
2 x Asian Veggie Dogs = £16.00
1 x Dirty Fries = £5.50
1 x Coleslaw = £3.00
1 x Ginger Beer = £2.00
1 x Root Beer = £3.00
Service charge @ 12.5% = £4.37

TOTAL BILL = £39.37

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Dinner at The Yellow House

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Rating: 8 / 10

Nearest Tube: Surrey Quays (DLR) / Canada Water (Jubilee Line)

Service Time: 30 minutes

Address: 126 Lower Road, Surrey Quays, London, SE16 2UE

Website: http://www.theyellowhouse.eu

We were recently invited out by (non-vegetarian) friends to have dinner at a place that they had been raving about for some time. They promised that we, as vegetarians, would be well catered for and that was certainly the case. The Yellow House is an independent Italian restaurant with a modern feel. Everything is homemade by the owner who is also the head chef. The food is unfussy and well-priced, the staff are friendly and accommodating.

Whilst it is famous for its wood fired oven artisan pizzas, they also offer pastas and traditional meat dishes. Having heard so much about their pizzas, we opted for a Margarita (adulterated at a small cost with garlic, chilli and mushrooms) and a Wild Mushroom & Truffle Oil pizza. Both were generously sized, thin and crispy, flavoursome and made with quality ingredients.

Even though we had very little room after rambunctiously devouring our enormous pizzas, we forced ourselves to have dessert. Given that we were in company, it would’ve have been rude to have refused! We shared the Petit Fours (homemade fudge, shortbread, biscotti and a chocolate truffle) and the Creme Brûlée (served with shortbread). Once again we weren’t disappointed, but we must confess that it was difficult to fully absorb the flavours after having eaten so much pizza, the real showstopper. It was nice to have the choice of different sizes of dessert depending on how much one thinks they can manage.

Overall, it’s very difficult to fault this restaurant. Lots of thoughtful and delicious vegetarian options providing reasonable value for money. They even do a loyalty card for regulars!

Bill for 2 people:

1 x Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia = £3.95
2 x Pizza = £25.00
1 x Petit Fours = £3.95
1 x Creme Brûlée = £5.50
2 x Organic Apple & Ginger Juice = £5.90
1 x Fresh Mint Tea = £2.00
1 x Decaf Coffee = £3.00

TOTAL BILL (excl. service) = £49.30

Brunch at New London Café

 

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Rating: 9 / 10

Nearest Tube: Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line)

Service Time: 15 minutes

Address: 216 St. Paul’s Road, London, N1 2LL

Website: http://newlondoncafe.co.uk

If I had to give an award for London’s best value brunch, without a shadow of a doubt, it would be to New London Cafe. Everything about the place is great – fresh tasty food, mostly organic ingredients, polite and well-trained staff and very reasonable prices.

Whilst this isn’t an exclusively vegetarian establishment, it caters extremely well for veggies with a number of good brunch options, and is therefore a great place to go with non-vegetarians. The physical space is small and quite intimate with a relaxed atmosphere. It is wonderful in the summer as they have a reasonably sized terraced seating area at the rear.

We usually drop by on a Saturday afternoon for a veggie fry up or a savoury pancake. On our last visit, we had the ‘Eggs vs. Avocado’ with a side of mushrooom (two poached eggs on toasted with sundried tomato and avocado on toasted bloomer which comes with a side salad of rocket and tomato). We also had the Veggie Melt Savoury Crepe – usually grilled vegetables with cheddar cheese and maple syrup, but I added scrambled egg and avocado as well which the kitchen were happy to incorporate (sounds like a strange combination, but it was truly delicious). Given how obliging the staff are, I’m sure they would be happy to make a crêpe with pretty much any filling of your choice – providing they have the ingredients to hand, of course! The crêpes are close to perfection – a flavoursome mixture and light texture. The café also serves fresh juices and smoothies as well as a good selection of teas and coffees.

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In summary, New London Café is a rare find and there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t give this place a try, whether you’re vegetarian or not. A winning combination of excellent service, quality food and fair prices. The coffee and walnut cake also looks incredible, but unfortunately we’ve never had room for it after our main courses! If it’s as good as everything else here though, it’s bound to be amazing.

Bill for 2 people: 

1 x Organic Jasmine Tea = £1.95

1 x Organic Green Tea = £1.95

1 x Veggie Melt Crêpe with extra avocado and scrambled egg = £8.65

1 x Eggs vs. Avocado with a side of mushroom = £7.50

TOTAL BILL = £20.05