There is a new vegetarian restaurant in town but I’m too busy overeating at home in front of the Hollyoaks omnibus to check it out, so Josh has kindly offered to review it for you.
I didn’t want to like Ethos. Why? Because London has enough bloody vegetarian restaurants already. We need VEGAN restaurants and lots of them. This city is shamefully under-represented when compared to places like Berlin, Paris, NYC, etc. Anyway, a vegetarian restaurant near Oxford Circus where vegan items are labelled and you pick what you want and pay by weight… sounds familiar right? It’s impossible not to compare it to nearby tibits!
So, what’s it like? Well, it’s actually quite good.
There were lots of vegan options in the savoury food section and the presentation of the dishes was visually pleasing. The food itself was tasty, fresh and well-crafted. It’s great to see a London restaurant using seitan and the Seitan Stroganoff (it’s hidden somewhere on my plate) was particularly tasty. The Seitan BBQ Ribs were a bit chewy and tasteless, disappointingly so as it was one of the dishes I was most looking forward to trying. The salads were of a high standard but a word of warning… it ain’t cheap. My plate (pictured below) was over £17! Now, I know I was a bit greedy and filled it up but it still wasn’t worth that amount.
The dessert selection was a little paltry. They could have done with a few more vegan selections. Although I had my doubts, the carrot cake with strawberry icing turned out to be a enjoyable flavour combination.
I would go back to Ethos, but not in a hurry. Given the proximity and similarity to tibits, I would probably head there instead as the decor and vibe is a little more relaxed and welcoming. The brightness and openness of Ethos doesn’t lend itself to sitting around and enjoying a glass of wine after you’ve finished your meal.
Has anyone eaten with Ethos? Do you agree with Josh’s take on the restaurant or do you have a different view?
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