What is Veganuary?
Veganuary? Huh? What does that mean? London has taken it’s monthly challenges to a whole new level. When I heard this is what people are doing to jump on the Vegan train I was pretty impressed. Veganuary is a charity inspiring people to try to go vegan for January and potentially throughout the rest of the year. There are a number of UK chain restaurants that are all following in on this trend and showing people it isn’t that hard to go Vegan. I was actually invited to a supper club at All Bar One Waterloo to try out their new vegan-friendly menu and wow was it delicious!
Many of you might not know this about me, but I was a Vegetarian and then a Pescatarian for about 6 years of my life. I watched the movie Earthlings in University and it turned me off of the eating meat for years. Back then it was very hard to be vegetarian, let alone vegan. The only meat alternatives were soy-based or tofu. Times have definitely changed. All Bar Ones’ Vegan-friendly menu has been made to show everyone that being vegan doesn’t have to be just boring vegetables, but can be just as tasty if not tastier than a meat-eating diet.
Starters and Small Plates
All Bar Ones’ Veganuary Menu has everything from Padron Peppers to Chili Non-Carne Tacos, to crushed avocado Bruschetta, and of course my personal favorite the mushroom tempura. I absolutely loved every bite of the starters. My favorite was the mushroom tempura because it was crispy and had an amazing dipping sauce. The Non-Carne tacos were a close second. I was so amazed that each of the starters was so filling. When thinking of vegan food most people, including myself, have the misconception that the food will not be filling. I was so wrong, I was full after just tasting the starters, but of course like at all events hosted by @ADWAIZ, the food never ends. Each starter only cost £6.75. Which is a great price for a quick bite to go along with a drink after work.
For my main dish, I ordered SuperGreen Laksa. I have very high standards for Laksa as it is one of my favorite Asian soup. What drew me to order this one of the menus was the spiced coconut sauce base. Even though I am not the biggest fan of bean sprouts, the coconut sauce in this dish made me feel like each bite wasn’t actually vegan because it was so creamy!
For the other main plates there is a Rainbow Wrap (beetroot hummus, artichoke, and avocado); a superfood quinoa salad (kale, pomegranate, pineapple, and seeds); a miso rice bowl, seasoned with sriracha and soy; green and grains; and a lentil and cashew dhal. I didn’t get to try all the mains, but my favorite main had to be the Vegan Burger. It was so filling and the patty itself was covered with a beetroot hummus and fire roasted peppers. It was so delicious and had to be my personal favorite of the night. The main dishes all start from £7.50 so another point that being vegan doesn’t have to be pricey.
Have you tried the vegan menu at All Bar One yet? If you haven’t yet, don’t worry. The Veganuary Menu is going on throughout January and February. All Bar One is also offering a Veganuary special of two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £14.95. Such a great deal! Oh, I almost forgot that there are Vegan wines, soft drinks and desserts as well. So hurry down to your closes All Bar One and check it out!