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

» Map/Directions

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
» Map/Directions

Simply Vegan Magazine

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Simply Vegan Magazine - Liverpool

We were very happy when the folks from Simply Vegan Magazine dropped us a note asking if we’d write something about the Vegan restaurants in Liverpool.

Naturally we got our chief (alright our only!) reporter Niki James on to the job and now very happy to announce that the latest issue of Simply Vegan Magazine (#10 – March 2019) has a feature on Liverpool & Merseyside.
As a bonus you can read it below:

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Some more info about the mag (available on all good newsagents naturally) and where to get it online:

About Simply Vegan Magazine:

This brand new magazine is aimed at making veganism easy for the everyday vegan. Covering food and lifestyle, it is packed with easy, accessible recipes that don’t require odd ingredients or take too long to prepare, as well as supermarket taste tests, reviews of high street restaurants and cafes, plus beauty reviews, high street fashion, and nutrition basics –it’s everything a new vegan needs to get through life with ease!
Put off by recipes featuring ingredients that you can’t pronounce? All of our recipes contain ingredients you’ll find in the supermarket. Want to know where you can find nice vegan shoes on the high street that won’t cost a fortune? We’ve got it covered.

» You can subscribe via the publishers website
» You can grab the digital version here
» Simply Vegan Facebook

A new kid in Speke

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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

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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

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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
» More info/reviews

Featured ScouseVegan blogger: Piece of Vegan Cake

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Please say hello and welcome Hollie, who runs the Piece of Vegan Cake aka Simple Choices blog.

Hollie is from Liverpool and became vegetarian at around 15/16 and then gradually moved to a vegan diet.
(Read more on the About page.)

Her blog is about food. Obviously. It offers tips and advice about living and cooking vegan. There are many recipes such as Quinoa Scones and this one you must try: Homemade vegan mixed fruit crumble.
These are just two of the many you can find via the Recipe Index.

Also there’s some local interest with Hollie’s visit to The Old Hardware Shop and a few other places.

Please take time to visit and read Piece of Vegan Cake and all the other Scouse Veggie/Vegan blogs.

Niki reviews: Crust, Bold Street

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If you didn’t know already, ScouseVeg is a social group for vegetarians and vegans in Liverpool and Merseyside. The group is looked after by our very own Niki O’Leary, TV star (one episode of Come Dine With Me) and full time vegan.

A new place: Crust had just opened on Bold Street and they contacted the website to let us know about themselves. They told us that they cater for veggies & vegans and invited us to come along and try it out, so we sent our best person to investigate…

Crust has the edge…….

By Niki O’Leary, roving reporter for Scouseveg.

crust

What better way to spend a damp Thursday evening than to explore the delights of Bold Street. Which in my opinion, has become one of the best places now to enjoy a wide variety of world cuisine. Crust is all about celebrating Italy’s best loved dishes, pizza and pasta. Crust delivers that in a very authentic way. As a vegan couple, it’s always very exciting trying a new place to eat, but at times this comes with some apprehension. Veganism is much better understood now but not always delivered well.

On entering Crust we noticed the friendly atmosphere with a kind of weekend buzz about the place, spacious but cosy with a modern twist. Ample seating for groups or those dining in pairs, all situated at the front of the restaurant with a lovely open kitchen towards the back, boasting a very special wood fired pizza oven. We were greeted by a host of friendly waiters and on asking which dishes were suitable for a vegan diet, we were informed that most dishes could easily be adapted to our delight.

For our starter we opted for a simple Bruschetta. A classic one topped with fresh tomatoes that were gently washed down with a beer. Crust has an impressive range of beers from around the world and locally sourced speciality beers. For the main course, it was a difficult choice. We are both big pizza fans and having eaten pizza in Italy, naturally our expectations were very high.

Crust boasts four types of pizza bases, from original, five grain, organic and black dough. Not one to go with the norm, Pete and I opted to share a black dough pizza alongside a pasta dish. The Pizza arrived and was scrumptious. It’s delicately chargrilled topping and the smoky flavoured freshly made dough complimented each other perfectly. It was soft, melted in the mouth and was contrasted by a rich charcoal taste. Crust offers a vast array of toppings, so we opted for the classic Marinara with extra vegetable toppings.

As well as the pizza we also decided to try a pasta dish from the menu. We liked the look of Kamut Organic Pasta. However this normally comes with prawns. We were informed this could be adapted to suit our dietary needs. This dish actually blew my socks off, which doesn’t happen often with other restaurant pasta dishes! The fresh flavours of the yellow cherry tomatoes alongside the balance of the crisp orange zest just tickled our taste buds. In place of prawns we had chopped asparagus which complimented the sharpness of the sauce nicely.

Barely leaving any room for our desserts we opted for the handmade Italian strawberry ice cream. This was light and fruity and resembled a sorbet which cleansed the palate perfectly. Finally, we washed this down with a shot of Limoncello liqueur, when in Rome, hey!

Towards the end of the meal we chatted to Paolo, the co-owner of Crust, who enthusiastically talked about the restaurant and how important it was to them to cater for everyone. We were most impressed to hear that they even have a completely separate kitchen downstairs for gluten free food, which is testament to how this restaurant stands out above the rest.

What we liked about Crust, well for me. It was the atmosphere, modern décor but with warm Italian feel. The impressive choice of four completely different hand prepared and cooked crusts, especially the uniquely flavoured black dough. I liked that fact that most dishes can be adapted to our diet so we are not limited to just a few special dishes and knowing that I can dine here with my gluten free friends is definitely a plus. Since our visit, I have heard they are now stocking vegan cheese, so it won’t be that long until we return again, not that I need an excuse for pizza!

Crust is a fabulous new restaurant, reasonably priced and has an excellent range of beers served by friendly smiley staff. So if pizza, pasta and a vast range of local and worldwide beers is your thing with a big taste of Italy thrown in for good measure, then head down to Crust. Veggie and vegans are more than welcome and thankfully catered for extremely well.

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Featured Blogger: Braless and Bananas

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There are Scouse veggie/vegan bloggers out there. We like to highlight them here and encourage you to visit.

This featured raw vegan blogger doesn’t just blog, she posts vlogs as well. A vlog is a video blog and Jennifer, who runs Braless and Bananas has created quite a number of them. These vlogs are very professionally produced and worth a watch. They are posted on her blog and via her YouTube channel.

Braless and Bananas

Bio:

I have been a raw vegan since February 2014 and this has changed my life considerably. My main aim in life is to travel all over the world and keep going until I finally decide to settle down.

We’ve just missed her taking a trip to Thailand, she’s back home now but you can catch up on her videos via the above links.

– Last year Jennifer did a video Q & A about being raw vegan:

Additionally: Just recently Jennifer posted a vlog where she talks about dropping her Scouse accent ! Should have to hand in her scouse membership for that but we’ll forgive her.

Website:

Braless and Bananas

The Vegan Venue in Warrington

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So you find yourself in Warrington… Don’t know why you would ever want to leave the glorious people’s republic of Liverpool, but if you really had to leave and you found yourself in Warrington – you’ll need to find a good place to eat. Luckily there is such a place and that place is The Vegan Venue.

They serve everything from (vegan) soup, curries, burgers, cakes, pies, baked goods, cakes, wraps, cakes, sandwiches…cakes… Did I mention cakes ? All of it is homemade and at very, very affordable prices.

As well as all the scrumptious food the Vegan Venue is also a cafe and of course they have beverages, coffee, tea, juices, etc.

Below is a gallery of just some of things they’ve served there:

The Vegan Venue is easy to find. They are at 133 Marsh House Lane, Padgate, Warrington:

Nearest train stations are Warrington Central and Padgate (they are in between the two).
They are closed on Tuesdays now, but will be open every Sunday from Dec 13th onwards.

UPDATE: They are now under new ownership. They will be open every day from 8am-6pm.

If you ever visit, leave a review on their listings page here on ScouseVeg:
https://www.scouseveg.co.uk/eating-out/the-vegan-venue-warrington/

» Their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/theveganvenue/