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InSpiral in London

I was in London last week to go to a gig at the Jazz Cafe in Camden (wonderful group called We Were Evergreen – I’d highly recommend them), and there was a bit of time beforehand so we went for some food. I wasn’t massively hungry since I’d eaten out at lunchtime but I knew that InSpiral was close by and I knew it was vegan or vegetarian. On close inspection of their website it seems they are vegan apart from the cow’s milk they have as an option for drinks.

When we got there I really wished I hadn’t eaten out at lunchtime! The range of food looked awesome. I decided on cake and a small smoothie 🙂

terrible photo! but it was delicious!

This cake was beautiful. I asked the guy who served me what he’d recommend and he said this one. Wow. And the smoothie was awesome too.

I definitely plan to go back there sometime when I am hungry! The staff were lovely and there was a lovely atmosphere, and the range of food (including lots of raw food) was great.

Here’s the useful info:

Website

250 Camden High Street

London

NW1 8QS

  • Mon – Thu: 9:00 – 22:00
  • Fri – Sat: 9:00 – 2:00 (late)
  • Sun: 9:00 – 23:30

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Yesterday I went to Saf Restaurant in Shoreditch, London with my (omnivorous) friend. We were meeting other friends in the Brick Lane area so when I saw Saf was a reasonable distance from there I definitely wanted to try it! I’ve tried some of their takeaway bits from Wholefods (High Street Kensington) before and really enjoyed them.

Not the best photo!

Saf is completely vegan, and much of the menu is raw; the website says that it “specialises in gourmet plant-based and raw food”. Click here to see the menu. As you’ll see from the menu, this place isn’t cheap! But everything is so fresh and made with such great ingredients, it’s fine for an occasional treat.

They do a range of fresh juices, and I thought about trying a green one (which doesn’t have anything sweet in it) and just wasn’t brave enough. So I went with this:

The "CBK" - fresh pear, carrot, pineapple, ginger, fresh chilli

The juice was really delicious. Next was the starter, which we shared:

Cheese trio - Smoked paprika, olive & pesto cheeses served with tomato jam & raw crackers

I really enjoyed this – the crackers were lovely and crunchy, and the cashew cheeses were full of flavour. It also had interesting touches like a big slice of dehydrated tomato, and a fig in some kind of balsamic vinegar.

For my main course, I decided to go down the raw route…

Zuccini Pappardelle - Strips of zuccini tossed in rustic marinara sauce, caper berries, olives, dehydrated parmesan & arugula salad

Thoroughly enjoyed this – it was so fresh and light, it felt really healthy but I was nicely satisfied at the end of it.

My friend had this:

Rustic Farinata - Slow roasted seasonal vegetables and mushrooms in chickpea crepe topped with a tarragon aioli

I was really glad she did, because I was interested to see a farinata crepe! I’ve made farinata myself but it was really different, and I definitely plan to try this way. And she thoroughly enjoyed her meal, she said she was very impressed.

And as usual, since there was dessert on offer (lots of options too!), I had to have one. And I’m glad I did!

Tiramisu - Layered Saf mascarpone & coffee-walnut savioardi

Oh my, was this good!! Perfect end to a great meal.

To see reviews on Happy Cow, click here

152-154 Curtain Road,

Shoreditch,

London,

EC2A 3AT

Nearest tube station: Old Street

Phone: 020 7613 0007

I would have usually put the opening hours on here, but they appear to be wrong on the website. It reckons they open at 11.30 on a Saturday, and yesterday they didn’t open until 1pm, and that’s what it said on the door of the restaurant.

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