Veggie Republic – Vegan cuisine at its best…

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Veggie Republic Liverpool

Veggie Republic Liverpool

The lovely folk at Veggie Republic invited us down to sample their new exciting menu! It’s been a few months since we last visited the restaurant, so I was really keen to sample the new, unusual but always delicious looking options available here.

For those folk that haven’t been yet, Veggie Republic is a hidden gem in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. Although, in a very central location, the restaurant is nestled in an adjoining side street, offering a small haven of peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of this part of the city!

On entering Veggie Republic, we noticed immediately, the friendly atmosphere and energetic Friday night buzz and atmosphere about the place. The large below street level dining area is cosy, with a modern twist. There is ample seating for groups or those simply dining in pairs for a romantic meal.

So for starters, Pete opted for ‘chicken’ fried jackfruit with the sriacho bang bang sauce. I’m a big fan of jackfruit, but I’ve never had it this way before. It was really tasty, especially dipped in the sauce. I went for the Cajun ‘Crabless’ cakes, wow! These blew my socks off!

Staying on the ‘fish’ type dishes. I also, opted for the Asian ‘fish’ and chips. This breaded banana blossom was amazing and was complemented with broad fat chips on a bed of onions, peppers, baby corn and spring onion tossed in a salt and pepper seasoning with a side of pak choi in an Asian sesame dressing.

Pete opted for the Mac Daddy Burger, which is one huge burger which he loved. In fact, there are so many different burgers to choose from, ranging from Big Mac Daddy to the classic KFC ‘chicken’ burger, pretty much something to suit everyone’s tastes buds, vegan or not.

What I like about the menu is the immense choice, you can have your meat type substitutes, if that’s your thing, if not you can opt for pizza, lasagne, burrito, curry, Asian broth and even a range of really interesting salads. There is even a kid’s menu and plenty of gluten free options on offer.

As you can imagine we didn’t leave much room for dessert. Which is such a pity as I do have a bit of a sweet tooth, as there were so many yummy looking desserts on the menu. Pete and I decided to share an Affogato, which was two scoops of vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso, finished off with a sprinkle of walnuts, what’s not to love about that?

The meal was washed down with a beautiful bottle of vegan red, this is one of the bonuses of going to an all vegan restaurant, not only are you guaranteed no cross contamination with meat, but there is a plenitude of fine vegan alcoholic beverages to choose from!

Veggie Republic has worked very hard to bring you a varied and exciting winter menu. it’s by far the biggest choice around and most definitely worth a trip to Liverpool for, you won’t be disappointed.

Niki and Pete James, Scouseveg

Details:

Veggie Republic


16 Cook Street
Liverpool L2 9RF

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Wagamama – More bowl to soul

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By Niki O’Leary, roving reporter for Scouseveg.

Here at Scouseveg HQ we were delighted to be invited back to the lovely Wagamama in Speke to sample some of the new dishes on offer and enjoy some of our old favourites. So what’s new on the menu?

Well for starters, they have a delicious crispy fried tempura served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce, the hirata steamed bun (my personal favourite) which has had an upgrade and is now served with vegan sriracha mayonnaise. We also enjoyed the bang bang cauliflower, with its firecracker sauce, what a tasty start to our meal.

For our main dishes, we went for a different dish each. We had the new yasai nikko curry which is a fragrant, citrusy, coconut, lemongrass and turmeric soup with chunks of gorgeous tofu, our old favourite the vegatsu and the very special avant gard’n dish with its vegan egg, yes an actual vegan egg!! (a very clever mix of coconut and sriracha mayonnaise) and barbecued glazed seitan.

Thankfully, the fun doesn’t stop there! Wagamama have kept their yummy sorbets, but now, have also added a mango and matcha layer cake. Which is a light vanilla sponge with a layers of matcha cream, yuzu cream, mango and passion fruit puree, topped with a raspberry compote. Delicious.

What we love about Wagamama is the full vegan experience, not only do they have starters, mains and sides, they ensure you get a fair choice of desserts and a whole array of both soft and alcoholic beverages. We opted for prosecco, a craft beer and a cheeky red wine.

If you haven’t been to Wagamama before. It has its own vegan menu, bursting with a wide choice of dishes and proudly registered with the much loved and trusted Vegan Society logo. So why not try Wagamama if you haven’t already? 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 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 either Speke Retail Park or Liverpool City Centre for a bit of retail therapy and some amazing food, you won’t be disappointed.

Niki and Pete James, Scouseveg.

Details:

Wagamama Speke


Unit l7, New Mersey Retail Park Speke,
Speke Rd, Speke, Liverpool L24 8QB
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Stamps in Crosby

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A few months ago we assisted a bar in Crosby. They were looking for a veggie chef and were planning on expanding their menu. They finally found somebody and they’ve now created what is a smaller, introductory vegetarian-friendly menu to try out. This will evolve and develop depending on the interest and uptake of the items. You can help them by visiting and leaving some feedback though.

Firstly a bit about the bar, called Stamps:

Stamps Bar is based in Crosby Village just 6 miles North of Liverpool City Centre. We opened in 1996 and are now firmly established as one of the leading Real Ale pubs in Merseyside, having won the CAMRA LocALe award in 2010.

Since then we have progressed on to opening our own Micro Brewery based up the road from Stamps in Kirkdale. We continue to support other local breweries such as Melwood, Southport and Liverpool Craft to name a few and always try and source beer and food produce from and around the local area.

Our slogan at Stamps is “Real Ale, Real Music and Real Food” and we live by this in everything we do here at Stamps. We put on hundreds of Real ales throughout the year promoting what many consider as Real Beer in that it isn’t processed in any way. We have the same attitude when it comes to music and food also, putting on Live bands every Saturday and Sunday and only using fresh, often locally sourced food produce in our kitchen.

They are located at:
4 Crown Buildings,
Coronation Road,
Crosby,
Liverpool L23 5SR
Tel: 0151 286 2662

Here’s a pic of their veggie friendly menu. Click to enlarge:

Stamps veggie menu

On the food menu on their website it also has a few veggie items, such as a jacket potato with homemade vegetarian Quinoa chilli, but it’s not on the above. Maybe the website menu is older and needs updating. Either way when you go there you’ll be able to see for yourself.

If you do visit then leave a comment below on your experience.

New Veggie/Vegan Restaurant: Bej – Hoylake

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There’s a new vegetarian and vegan restaurant just opened over the water that’s worth a trip out…

Bej Restaurant

BEJ RESTAURANT is at 20 Market Street, Hoylake and is only a couple of minutes from the train station.
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As mentioned they are vegetarian and vegan only. They have separate lunch and dinner menus with extensive choices.
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Sample menu below:

Bej lunch menu

This gourmet establishment has already been visited, tested an approved by some of our ScouseVeggies.

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Have you tried this new place recently ? Post your thoughts about them on the Eating Out page.