Down by the river
There are some restaurants I feel you should do anything to get to, some I think you should avoid completely and others that are to be recommended only if you are passing.
The latter is how I feel about Riverside Vegetaria in Kingston.
Walking into this restaurant is like stepping back into the 1980s. The decor recalls an episode of The Golden Girls which saw the group dining out at a local trendy restaurant. Think lots of exposed brick and yellow-tinged lighting.
The step back in time doesn’t end with the decor. The menu is straight up old school vegetarian. Not to say that it isn’t tasty and filling, but there are certainly no fashion forward moments to be had. Food items in Riverside Vegetaria often border on camp, such as the lemon sorbet served in a hollowed out lemon.
My garlic bread consisted of thickly cut wholemeal bread, the sort of dish you would create at home if you had nothing else in that evening. My main was satisfying, but the salad nestled next to my potato curry dosa was anything but thrilling. Sure, it was all ‘nice’ but that’s where it ends. And for ten quid, I wouldn’t rate my main as exceptionally good value.
Riverside Vegetaria is the sort of place that will get you out of a bind if you are ever stuck in Kingston with nothing to eat. They also sell ready meals to take home, handy if you live in the area. Other than that, the only reason I can offer to make the journey to this vegetarian-with-lots-of-vegan-options eatery is the river view.
Only if you’re passing.
Visit Riverside Vegetaria online
Riverside Vegetaria is open 7 days a week from noon until 11pm.