A new little gem in Ormskirk

A new little gem in Ormskirk

Chia Chia supermarket and eatery.

Here at Scouseveg headquarters we were delighted to be invited up to the lovely market town of Ormskirk to sample the delights of the new Chia Chia independent run café and supermarket.

The alluring and spacious eatery is a plant based and vegetarian café with a good selection of lunch meals, breakfast and hot drinks. We opted for the vegan breakfast which was a generous helping of beans, sausages, toast, spinach, hash browns and mushrooms which was delicious. We washed this down with an almond milk coffee.

Adjoining the café is a superb shop selling locally sourced organic vegetables, a wide selection of gluten free and dairy free produce, and all the usual vegetarian and vegan groceries you would expect to find.

The nice thing about Chia Chia is that you are supporting an independently run business in the heart of Ormskirk, away from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool City Centre! You can treat yourself to one of their specials (veg chilli, chickpea curry, cottage pie), wash it down with a lovely coffee or smoothie and then get all your daily essentials from the well-stocked shop.

So next time you fancy going someplace different take a trip out to Ormskirk, you won’t be disappointed.

A new kid in Speke

A new kid in Speke

Wagamama Speke

Here at Scouseveg HQ we were delighted to receive an invite to the Bloggers Night at the newly opened Wagamama Speke Restaurant. So what is happening in Speke?

Well, the long established New Mersey Retail Park has received a bit of a face lift, with lots of exciting newly opened restaurants, including our favourite Wagamama!

On approach, the restaurant looked bright and welcoming. Inside, the layout is similar as you would expect to find with this type of dining experience, lots of small tables, some booths at the side and long tables of very happy customers enjoying some really innovative dishes.

If you haven’t been to Wagamama before. It has its own vegetarian and vegan menu, bursting with a wide choice of dishes and proudly registered with the much loved and trusted Vegan society logo.


In addition to our last visit, you can now find some new and very tasty dishes. These included, the new mixed mushroom and panko aubergine hirata steamed buns, now without mayonnaise. This was one of our personal favourites and the vegatsu, which is a beautiful blend of crispy coated seitan covered in an aromatic curry sauce. This by far was my own personal favourite dish of the evening.

We also sampled the new harusame glass noodle salad which featured gorgeous chunks of tofu mixed with glass noodles, kale, edamame and a variety of vegetables topped with fresh mint and crispy fried shallots, this dish felt healthy but satisfying.

We also enjoyed our old favourites of salty edamame beans, wok-fried greens, a raw salad and the extremely tasty Kare Burosu Ramen. All the above was washed down with some craft beers, fresh juice and some lovely refreshing green tea. Oh and not to forgot the firm Scouseveg favourite of pink guava and passion fruit sorbet, who doesn’t love a good sorbet to clean the pallet?

So why try Wagamama? Well, the staff are always very helpful and extremely friendly. The food is always of an exceptionally high standard and satisfyingly tasty. The atmosphere is always great, whether it’s a romantic meal for two or a big party outing!

The new Speke Restaurant is also ideal, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It’s easy to get to and there’s always plenty of parking right outside.

If you haven’t tried Wagamama, it’s a great place to take your friends, whether your veggie, vegan or just fancy something a bit different! Get yourself down to New Mersey Retail Park for a bit of retail therapy and some amazing food, you won’t be disappointed.

Niki and Pete James, Scouseveg.

Wagamama
Wagamama logo
New Mersey Shopping Park
New Mersey
Speke Road
Liverpool
L24 8QB

ScouseVeg Eating In: Green Kitchen

ScouseVeg Eating In: Green Kitchen

By Niki O’Leary, roving reporter for Scouseveg.

Liverpool has become the place in the North West for vegetarian/vegan only and veggie/vegan friendly restaurants. There are so many choices now. But what if you can’t be bothered with all that going out. What if you want to just stay in and watch some telly ? We sent out – or rather told our Niki to stay at home and try a vegan friendly home delivery service.

Green Kitchen…for those cosy night’s in!

There’s nothing better than treating yourself to a mid-week take-out. Especially, safe in the knowledge, that your Vegan diet is being well cared for. That’s what Pete, Ray and I decided to do one, rainy Thursday evening. For those of you that haven’t tried Green Kitchen before, you are in for a bit of a treat, not only do you get a satisfying Chinese meal but one with a different ethos than most!

The Green Kitchen’s menu is constantly evolving. Their offering is jam-packed full of fresh ingredients, which is also well-balanced and nutritional. Their menu has many differences, over your ‘run-of-the-mill’ local take away. You can truly be happy to share with friends or family, a wide variety of guilt-free meal options, bursting with vegetarian and vegan options. So what’s the main different about Green Kitchen?

Firstly, they don’t use MSG, which is a big plus for me (as I’ve been known to react badly to it in the past!) All their ingredients are fresh, this means that you get restaurant quality dishes at take away prices. Their customer service and delivery was also super friendly! Oh and I loved the containers they came in, separate little sections for each part of the meal, which are great for lunch carry outs and recycled by me time and time again.

But most importantly, the best bit you’ve all been waiting to hear about. What about the food?

Well, we had quite a feast and opted to share a multitude of dishes. Being a big fan of tofu we tucked in the special tomato sauce tofu. This was light and very tasty. Then we munched our way through the home style tofu, which was perfectly fried without being too greasy. Accompanying the tofu dishes, we shared the stir fried spicy cabbage, stir fried broccoli, cabbage and the spicy sour shredded potatoes to name but a few! In fact, I think we had a full tasting of all most of the main vegan menu, which is all labelled as such.

I think the surprise of the evening was the Sweet Potato Bao, with its almost pastel shade, light and foamy texture with a sweet centre in the middle. Surprisingly, it was gorgeous. I suppose my only minor criticism of the website is that, it’s only the main dishes that are marked vegan. However, this could be easily rectified and given that you would be hard pushed to find a takeaway even bothering to mark their dishes, vegan, you can’t really go wrong with the Green Kitchen team.

So, next time, you get the urge for a takeaway. I would highly recommend, if you haven’t tried them already to give these guys a go, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Details:

Website: www.greenkitchen.co.uk
Twitter: @greenkitchenuk
Facebook: GreenKitchenUK
Tel: 0151 922 2665
Email: contact@greenkitchen.co.uk

Wagamama…from Bowl to Soul

Wagamama…from Bowl to Soul

By Niki O’Leary, roving reporter for Scouseveg.

We are proud here to support all the locally owned independent vegetarian/vegan establishments which have sprung up. But what about the chain restaurants ? They’ve noticed the increase in popularity with being veggie or vegan and are taking steps to accommodate. But how good are they ? Our Niki went to try one of these places out…

What better way to spend Saturday evening than to get together a few Scouseveggers and head down to explore the delights of Liverpool One. This, by the way offers a multitude of cuisine and nightlife to enjoy. The lovely folk at Wagamama, invited us to try their vegan offerings so myself, Pete, Ray and Steve headed down to the bright lights of their Liverpool restaurant, which is nicely situated on the Leisure Terrace.

We entered a very busy, but, highly organised restaurant and took our table to enjoy Asian cruise at its tastiest. It’s been some time since I have been to Wagamama. So, naturally, I was quite excited to try their new offerings, especially their new vegan desserts.

Our waitress for the evening showed us around the menu, guided us to what was vegan, but also explained what could be adapted. We went for a selection of starters and main courses, choosing from the menu, Yasai Ramen, Yasai pad-thai, Wok fried greens and Edamame in chilli salt. Some of the dishes were slightly adapted for the vegan diet for us, but all delivered rich textures and flavours.

As described by Steve his side order of Wok fried greens was absolutely delicious. Large succulent pieces of tender stem broccoli and Bok-choi in a delicate garlic sauce. The Yasai pad-Thai, with its delicate pieces of tofu and vegetables with rice noodles, which came in a light tamarind sauce with beansprouts, leeks, chillies and red onion. The dish was beautifully garnished with fried shallots, peanuts, fresh herbs and lime. It was wholesome, delicious and filling.

The favourite vegan dessert of the night by far, was the delightful Lemongrass and Lime sorbet, gentle on the palate but bursting with flavour. If you are looking to refresh your palate this sorbet is a must after an evening of taste and spices.

Now Liverpool is awash with vegetarian and vegan places to dine out and about time too! Lots of independent restaurants have popped up with amazing vegan offerings, meaning, the more popular chain restaurants can sometimes be overlooked. So, next time you’re heading into Liverpool for either a romantic meal for two or gathering with a group of friends. I would highly recommend if you haven’t been already to give these guys a go, you won’t be disappointed.

Details:

Wagamama Liverpool

Liverpool ONE
14 Paradise Street
Liverpool L1 8JF
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