VEGAN FAST-FOOD THAT PROMISES TO TURN ANY CARNIVORE INTO A PLANT-BASED EATING MACHINE.
WHERE: Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5HA, London (plus there’s a second location in Tower Hill).
Tube: Covent Garden.
THE DEAL: Vegan fast-food straight from NYC.
THE FOOD: Brought to you straight from America (who else?!). If you haven’t yet tried the hyped up vegan fast food joint by CHLOE. (which finally crossed the pond to open its first two European sites in London), then it is a visit worth making. All the seats are leather and wool free, and, of course, the menu is vegan, made up of carnivore classics with a twist. First up, the mac’n’cheese with sweet potato cashew cheese sauce, shiitake bacon and almond parmesan, is creamy and gooey and sans that fake vegan cheese taste. Fish’n’chips is made of crispy, hot tofu with chips, mushy peas and a tangy tartar sauce - a fun take on the British classic. A pesto meatball sandwich offers up meatballs made with meaty Portobello mushrooms and vegetables, served with marinara, sweet peppers, basil pesto, cashew mozzarella and almond parmesan in a potato sub roll. Those with a lighter appetite will appreciated the salads options - particularly the quinoa taco that combines spicy seitan chorizo, black beans, sweet corn, avocado, tomato, crispy tortilla strips, tofu crèma and agave-lime vinaigrette in a bowl. And of course the menu wouldn’t be complete without burgers. The Classic burger comes in a tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut patty with pickles, onion and beet ketchup. The famous Guac burger is one of by CHLOE.’s signature favourites. A black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty with corn salsa, onion, a generous portion of guac and tortilla strips with chipotle aioli sits in a whole grain bun. Rather fitting for the “Guac save the Queen!” bright neon sign you’ll be eating it under. If you want fries (sweet or regular), you’ll have to order them as a side because they don’t come with, but they aren’t the best fries you’ll ever taste, so we say save yourself for the main burger event. At the weekends, by CHLOE. also offers up a breakfast - brunch menu consisting of all the usual suspects including quinoa oats with berries and almond butter, smoothie bowls, avo toast and scrambled tofu and veg. Wash whatever you order down with a coffee, or kombucha or try out one of their house juices. Go health hard-core with the “Junkie” with kale, spinach, wheatgrass, cucumber, parsley and lemon. Otherwise “Penny Lane” with carrot turmeric, apple, lemon and ginger is more paletable and still packed with all those micros you’re after.
We know what you’re thinking. You’re all about that healthy eating life and please don’t push us over to the dark side to eat so-called “healthy” fast food. Like any vegan will tell you, “just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean it’s healthy”. But then again give a fuck?! Eating well most of the time means that chowing down on a good old vegan dirty burgers or mac n cheese with fries won’t kill you. You might even enjoy it.
THE PRICE: Mac n Cheese (S) £4.8, Fish n’ chips £7.8, Quinoa Taco Salad £9.95, Burgers £9, Pesto meatball sandwich £9.6, Fries £4. Brunch: Oats £5.4, Smoothie bowl £8.4, Tofu Scramble £9. Drinks: Flat white £3.5, Kombucha £4, Juice £5.
PAY BY: €ash and card.
BEST FOR: When you’re craving fast food but don’t want to hurt the planet.
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