I’m not sure if vegan food in the UK really is as lacklustre as I think it is or if the problem is I have eaten in incredible restaurants that have made me hyper-critical, but I am getting grumpy about second rate options in this country.
There are moments of deliciousness and innovation, but overall I find the UK vegan food scene to be desperately in need of a revolution.
Take VBites Brighton as an example.
On paper this should be incredible. In reality, it is pedestrian.
I wanted and expected this place to be impressive. I adore a huge amount of products in the VBites range and a week doesn’t go by in our house where we don’t consume at least a few items from their massive selection.
It is actually their vegan chicken pieces that I eat the most regularly at home and it was this product that was the strangely the cause of the biggest let down in the cafe. The BBQ Chicky burger I ordered featuring these pieces was on the cold side of warm when it arrived and didn’t taste of a whole lot. I left it on the plate after eating a third.
The roast dinner got a mixed response from our table. Josh told me he thought some of it was tasty but added that he would never order it again. I was completely uninspired. Watery gravy is not to my liking, neither are flavourless vegetables that taste as though they have been sitting in a warming tray for a while.
I will also never understand why many people in this country think a milkshake needs to have the consistency of water. Make them thicker, people!
On the good side?
The cafe is owned by a vegan. There is a huge selection of VBites products to purchase. The cafe is 100% vegan, one of only a handful of true vegan eateries in the country. The people working the counter were very friendly. There is a large display of pantry and grocery items available. The cafe sells vegan cupcakes.
I don’t think I personally would return to the cafe in it’s current form to dine but would check it out again if I heard the menu had changed for the better. When in Brighton, my preference for comfort food will always be the infinitely superior Loving Hut. Their menu is exactly how this sort of food should be done.
What do you all think? Have you eaten with VBites and enjoyed the food? I would love to hear if you’ve tried something on the menu that you loved.
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