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By Alex Dopp
As a relatively recent Vegan myself, I know how popular the plant based diet has become, especially in the last year or so. And, with the recent closure of Liverpool’s Give Kitchen, an eatery which not only championed a menu containing vegan takes on classic dishes, but would donate a meal to those less fortunate, for every meal bought, I thought that now is an apt time to tell the lovely readers of The Guide where their rumbling bellies can be tamed…vegan style.
5 – White Wolf Kitchen & Yoga
A fairly new arrival in Liverpool, located directly opposite the Slug & Lettuce on Cook Street, White Wolf boasts a very small café area with some big ideas. The same can be said about the menu. Relatively small when compared to other places, but what it lacks in quantity, it sure makes up for in quality. They make their own seiten on site, and I highly recommend the Seiten Steak Baguette. The one downside would be that it is not exactly cheap, however, it’s not extortionate and, as I said, you really do pay for the quality of the food, as well as the gorgeous surroundings.
4 – Yuet Ben
Yuet Ben has allowed me to enjoy a Chinese takeaway with my friends as much as I used to, without having to just get ‘mixed vegetable everything’. They have a specific vegetarian/vegan menu, which includes delights such as the “Three Delicacies” (Braised Tofu, Bambooshoot and Shitake Mushrooms) and the steamed Aubergine in Blackbean.
The price is very reasonable as well, so no problems splitting the bill with your mates at the end of the night. One tip, make sure that you tell them that you want the vegan version of whatever dish you order. We didn’t realise this was the case and got a little telling off, albeit very gently, as some of the dishes come with egg if you don’t specify.
With a new restaurant opening in the business district of town, I couldn’t leave this Bold Street modern classic out. Although not strictly vegan, the vegan menu that they do offer is a personal favourite of mine. The décor is relaxed, yet somewhat chic, meaning that you could go just for lunch in your ripped jeans or, dressy for an evening out. The Tiffin Boxes mean that you get whatever the chef fancies cooking you, a concept for which I am a sucker, especially when you know it is all strictly vegan. You get two curries, a side and some carbs (rice, potato, that sort of thing). Having been multiple times, I’ve ordered the Tiffin Box every time and not once been disappointed with a single part of it.
2 – Host
Another personal favourite of mine, Host offer something very similar to Mowgli, a vegan branch off the regular menu. The Pan-Asian setting is only out classed by the food. The Karee Yellow Curry introduced me to tempeh as a delicious alternative to always having tofu with oriental dishes, and for that I am eternally grateful (although I still love you, tofu old boy). The menu also includes dairy and gluten free branches, meaning that you can enjoy a dessert as well after a meal out, which is harder than it sounds as an avoider of the animal product. Unless you fancy a particularly lavish lunch, I would save this one for an evening out, that way you might be able to appreciate the cost a little more. Similar to White Wolf, not cheap, but not expensive.
1- Egg Cafe
Well, there could only be one place that tops this petite chart, and that is the classic, Egg Café. This is somewhere that has firmly rooted itself in to the Liverpool scene, being a choice for me even before I partook in the vegan lifestyle. This is because, not only do they offer a wide array of mains and desserts for vegans, but they also do the same for vegetarians and people whom avoid gluten and diary. It is a very homely place with interesting artwork on the walls, all available to purchase, should you feel the urge. Sometimes one might feel the cold creeping in through the authentic, rustic windows, however this is soon forgotten as the nut roast arrives, warming every part of your body, and, to top it all off, vegan custard. You’d be amazed how many places offer desserts with no cream, ice cream or custard to go on the side! Dry, sir…very dry.
So, there you have it! My favourite vegan places in Liverpool at the moment. I may have left out some places such as Green Days café on Lark Lane, and places that offer one particularly nice vegan option on the menu, however, I believe, that these eateries combine choice, price, quality and setting perfectly. With an old Liverpool favourite sitting on top spot.
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