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Genesis review

If you're looking to try a 100% plant-based restaurant that serves comfort and fast food then Genesis is the place for you.

Based in Shoreditch, Genesis only use organic and healthy ingredients and have a wide range of cuisines. From Malaysian to Mexican, they have gluten-free options and use avocado oil to cook with.

To try out their menu, I went with Jam and we ordered a starter, two mains, a side and dessert. For the starter, I chose the fried avocado taco, which comes with panko avocado, refried beans, pico de gallo, sour cream served on top of a soft corn tortilla. The panco avocado was delicious - crispy and golden with a piece of ripe avocado in the middle. The sauces and garnishing really created and captured those true Mexican flavours that you'd expected in a taco. The only thing that I would have liked is more of everything! For £4, the portion size was quite small and there was only one piece of panco avocado but a lot of sauce.

For my main I chose the Mayan Dog. Serv…

Peacock Alley review

To celebrate my birthday early and because I love the sound of a vegan afternoon tea, I booked a table at Peacock Alley. 

Located inside the Waldorf Astoria is a beautiful seating area with a high ceiling and elegant decor. We were shown to our table, which was centred underneath the sky dome window and perfect lighting for photos! 
They kindly let us order a traditional afternoon tea for my friend and a vegan version for myself. I was so excited about finding a vegan afternoon tea so I didn’t have to worry about my allergies.

When it arrived, everything was beautifully presented. Our waitress kindly explained what each piece was which was helpful as it didn’t match what was on the vegan menu I was given. I was also kindly greeted by Hans whilst dining and he said he would pop back to find out how everything was as I was yet to try the scones and cakes. Unfortunately they had run out of jasmine, chai and another tea but as they had a large range of teas to choose from it was easy finding…

Rascals review

Tempted by an offer on Timeout, a friend and I decided to go for dinner at Rascals in Shoreditch. With a pretty-in-pink interior and decorated with faux green plants, it's very instagrammable. Our £10 offer included a main, a side and drink, where we could choose from a range of meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

For drinks, my friend ordered the Yuzu Pretty. Made from white brandy, white rum, yuzu, matcha, limes and whites this green cocktail sure does pack an alcoholic punch in a martini glass! As I'm a fan of yuzu but not the alcohol, the waitress and bartender kindly created the most delicious mocktail using yuzu and frozen raspberries and even adjusted the sweetness to my liking. It was fabulous!

For our mains, we chose the Lobster Mac n' Cheese and Crispy Cod. When the cod arrived, it was cold and the smell was so pungent and similar to stale fish that I had to notify the waitress. She kindly let me change it for the Sticky Pork Belly, which was much better. Both our d…

Vegan Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Looking for a chocolate dessert without the guilt? Here's one you can enjoy throughout the summer!

If you haven't heard of Fullgreen before, they specialise in making healthy, nutritious products. They use non-GMO vegetables to create naturally low calorie and carbohydrate vegetable rices. All of these are free from trans fats, gluten and are allergen free.

After finding The Veggie Daddy's recipe on Instagram, I decided to give it a go using Fullgreen's steamed sweet potato rice. As their sweet potato rice is already steamed, this dessert can be made within minutes! This simple, vegan recipe can be enjoyed with any of your favourite toppings, including chocolate chips, Oreos, roasted nuts or fruit.

You will need a blender for this one.

2 packets of Fullgreen's sweet potato rice
180ml of oat or almond milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder (sifted)
3 tbsp maple or agave syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract

How to make
Place all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

Viet Eat review

Just a short walk from Holborn station, you will find Viet Eat. Having had been to the sister restaurant Pho & Bun, I was curious to compare the two. 

For £23.95 you can enjoy a four course set menu with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. There is also a vegetarian menu with vegan options to choose from. With five starters to choose from, the choice is made a bit easier as you can choose two. My friend Emily and I opted for fresh summer roll with tofu, vegan mango salad, pork and crab spring roll and chilli salt and pepper squid. 

The summer tofu roll was filled with lots of thinly sliced vegetables but only a small slice of tofu. I did enjoy the crunchy peanut dip that came with it. Made with julienned, crunchy mango, crispy tofu pieces, lettuce and coriander, the vegan mango salad was refreshing and perfect for this hot weather. Served with a light dipping sauce, the spring roll had a golden, crispy exterior and as it was filled with minced pork and crab, it created a different …

Falafelicious review

One of the advantages of working near Old Street station is being 10 minutes away from Shoreditch Boxpark. Based on the first floor is the most delicious falafel place where everything is vegan. 

Once you’ve chosen between a pitta bread or salad box, you can then pick from the large variety of salads. 

From bulgar wheat to babaganoush, there are lots of different dishes to choose from and you can help yourself to as much as you want of each (or as much as you can fit in). 
My favourite is the sweet chilli cauliflower, which has a light, crispy, golden batter and covered in the tastiest sweet chilli sauce. If that tray isn’t empty - you’ve gone at a good time! 

The falafels are golden, crunchy and seasoned with lots of herbs, making them  extra tasty. Some people skip the pitta bread but they are really soft and quite light. 
And finally, if you wish to enjoy your falafels with a drink, you can choose from a range of soft or alcoholic beverages from the fridge. 

Boxpark is a great place to c…