Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Veganuary with Vegans Of Leeds

For the month of VeganuaryVegans Of Leeds put together a fantastic discount card with a huge list of participating venues across Leeds:

Bahn & Mee
Belgrave Music Hall And Canteen
Filmore & Union
Funky Shake
Global Tribe Cafe
Grub And Grog
Humpit Hummus
Hyde Park Book Club
I Am Doner
Kerala
Manjit's Kitchen
Northern Monk Refectory
Pinche Pinche
Roots And Fruits
The Old Red Bus Station
Twisted Burger Company (at The Yard)
Wildcraft Bakery


At the start of the month, I tried my hardest to plan how we would visit all of these fantastic places. January has been a busy month, but we managed to fit in 6 of these establishments - and we have added the rest to the list of "must-try" places in Leeds!

Bahn & Mee

Bahn & Mee is a lovely little Vietnamese Street Kitchen that can be found in the food hall at Kirkgate Market. They offer a number of vegan options, and the staff were happy to point out which ones those were. I opted for "Mama Tran's homemade tofu Bahn Mi", as I'm a sucker for sammiches. This was so tasty! The salad was lovely and fresh, the tofu had a great texture, and the sauce was really flavourful. I'll definitely be going back!



Global Tribe Cafe

I love Global Tribe Cafe but I have yet to have a sit-down meal there. I usually go for the takeaway sammiches (sucker - told you) and cake (YUM) and take it back to my desk, or eat it outside. There is a discount for getting take away, but the prices are pretty reasonable anyway - I'm just paranoid about not having time to get back to work. We will go for a proper meal there sometime soon! Anyway, this is my go-to sammich - the TLT (Tofu, Lettuce, Tomato). I always think I should try something else but this one just has something special about it and I can't tear myself away. (The cake isn't pictured as it didn't survive transit very well - but it tasted great!)


Hyde Park Book Club

This place is much further outside of Leeds than I can get to on my lunch hour, but a couple of our friends were playing a gig a ten-minute walk away so we decided to go here for tea first. We ordered one of each of the Vegetarian Butcher chicken and beef wraps, and then ate half each. They were great! The fake meat texture was different to what we've had before, and we both really enjoyed it. The woman working there was also lovely, and it was a really cosy atmosphere. We'd happily go back again next time we're in the area. Oh, and they had vegan brownies too!




Manjit's Kitchen

Manjit's Kitchen is another of the food stands in the Kirkgate Market food hall. I've heard great things about Manjit's Kitchen for ages and have been meaning to come down but... you know how it is. Anyway, I'm really glad I made the effort, as it was great! I went for the 3-curry thali, so I got a portion of 3 types of curry plus some rice. My Vegans Of Leeds discount card meant I could choose either a free chai or a free portion of pakora. I chose the pakora - YUMMY!! Again, I will definitely be back. I NEED to try their Dosa!


Roots And Fruits

This is another cafe that we've been to before, but not for quite a while. The Beanball Sub sounded so great that we both picked the same - I chose sweet potato fries and Mr Hatter chose regular. I also got a little pot of homemade mayo to dip them in! This sub was fantastic. It was so saucy and tasty, and so filling. Honestly, it was HUGE! Also, Roots And Fruits have decided to extend their Vegans Of Leeds discount every Tuesday for the rest of the year! (Excluding special events.) How fab is that!?


Twisted Burger Company (at The Yard)

We went to The Yard for burgers last year for Mr Hatter's birthday, and liked it so much we thought we'd go for my family meal there this year. I got the Drop Dead Twisted Vegan Burger (Double vegan "meat" patty, Vegan "cheese" slice, BBQ jackfruit, Dead Twisted BBQ sauce), which was as big as it sounds. We were so full afterwards. I was a bit disappointed that The Yard are no longer offering the full Twisted Burger Company menu (I really wanted one of their milkshakes) but they are apparently phasing them out and focusing on developing their in-house menu. They said that they would be keeping vegan options on there, so we'll see what they come up with. If I'm honest, I would probably have chosen somewhere else if I'd known that they weren't offering the full TBC menu - one of the option they usually offer is the Mixtape, where you can essentially build your own burger. And milkshakes, as I mentioned.



We have had a wonderful time using our discount card throughout January - I'm just sad that we didn't manage to get around to everyone! But the rest of the year awaits us...

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