There's a lot of stigma around veganism. Jokes and myths and stereotypes fly around. But rather than dwell on politics and other's judgments surrounding the life choices of individuals I thought I'd curiously wonder into the realms of the vegan foodie world as the red carpet (or in this case, checkered table cloth) was rolled out for me in the direction of a vegan restaurant menu debut!
Ready, set, ve-GO!
Tucked away past Princes Street is a little restaurant that was hosting an event full of big ideas. A collaboration of Nova Pizza, Sgaia vegan mheats, Shire snax and Affogato was a treat too tempting for my curious foodie future flatmate Saskia and I to resist. So we booked on and headed down to check out what these ideas tasted like.
First things first: The menu
Both Saskia and I never been creamy cabonara chicks, so we opted out of the inventive pizza twist and both went for the Pizza Amatricana.....
So how did it rate?
It had that take-away vibe. 5/10.
..Despite this low score, I had no regrets on choosing this menu option, as the critique of the cabonara pizza from my fellow diners made me feel a little reassured. With it's cabonara base they said it was a little too rich- but tasty nonetheless!
But will i turn my back on Vegan cuisine?
Heck no! One slightly 'not-quite-to-my-taste' pizza is not anough to close my mind...especially considering it's...
I love chocolate, I love coffee, I love icecream and I LOVE DESSERT! But given the limitations of egg-free, dairy-free, butter-free and animal exploitation-free veganisms, how was I supposed to get my sweet kicks?
Shire snax and Affogato. That is how.
To chose from was:
Steam punk'd esspresso mocha cake with Hazelnut Soy gelato
Raw vegan brownie with chocolate-orange soy gelato
Not ones to want fomo, we shared half and half of each, and this is where the heavenly ways of veganism showed.
Rich and ganache-like: 9/10
Biscuit base: enough subtle crunch for this base hating gal- 7/10
Coffee bean crunch and taste- a bitter sweet blend- 7/10
Texture; Nutty and dense, a bit like a giant Nakd bar- 6.5/10
Flavour; Not so chocolatey or sweet with a datey fruity chirstmas pudding like feel- 6/10
Overall- It's dessert-but-healthy vibe and nutty density saw it rise to a solid 6.5/10
In a vegan world where cows roam free, keeping their milk to themselves and their cow families, there is still a gleaming light for all ice cream lovers out there. The light is shed by Affogato soy gelato.
The chocolate-orange scoop evoked merry Terry's choc-orange memories of the festive season (but without that post chocolate sickliness)
The Hazelnut scoop was like a cloud of refreshing nutella-like silk that glided over the palette.
Overall: the masterfully melty- smooth texture of both were far superior to any scoops I've previously encountered. Ever.
I guess the karma of the happy cows has bestowed great blessings to the vegan icrecream making gods that are Affogato and I soon hope to venture to their ice-creamery to get the latest scoop.
10/10- (would score higher but only had one scoop.)