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Arancini Brothers - Various Locations

Updated: Feb 3

Fast food vegan Italian place, 'Arancini Brothers' is famous amongst vegans for their cheesy risotto balls which filter into every part of their extensive menu. They have a few locations, but I checked out the one in Old Street. It was small with a few seats, modern fast food style! Other branches are in Dalston, Kentish Town, Brick Lane, and Bermondsey.

The inside looks a little simple with no fuss, typical of modern fast food eateries, there's also a sense of community there with local leaflets about vegan events about. Whilst I was browsing the menu above the counter, they checked if I knew how the menu worked and gave me ordering tips. It's easy to see how it's efficient and fast service attracts office workers who turn up in droves. Staff were friendly and efficient and chatting to customers.



The menu is pretty extensive considering it is all based on their risotto balls, and they manage to make a number of cool varied options based on the same concept.


Menu:


Breakfast:

MUSHROOM BREKKIE WRAP

with roast tomato, rocket, risotto balls, crispy onion, and breakfast mayo

CHORIZO BREKKIE WRAP

with roasted tomato, rocket, risotto balls, crispy onion, and breakfast mayo

VEGANS RECOVERY BREKKIE WRAP

with baby spinach, tomato and aubergine sauce, mushroom, maple syrup, risotto balls, crispy onion, and breakfast mayo

ROAST MUSHROOM BREAKFAST BAP

with chimichurri and special mayo

ROAST TOMATO BREAKFAST BAP

with cheese and special mayo

SPICY CHORIZO BREAKFAST BAP

with cheese, roast mushrooms, and special mayo


Main Menu:

RISOTTO BALL WRAP

with chutney and mayo

VEGANIST WRAP

with aubergine, risotto balls, tomato sauce, onion jam, salads and crispy onion

MUSHROOM, CHIMICHURRI & SPECIAL MAYO WRAP

with risotto balls, salads and crispy onion

CHICK'N, CITRUS DRESSING & MAYO WRAP

with risotto balls, salads and crispy onion

ORIGINAL SALAD BOX

3 risotto balls, seeds, salad, mayo, and chutney (GF)

ROASTED MUSHROOM SALAD BOX

3 risotto balls, seeds, salad, mayo and chutney (GF)

CHICK'N SALAD BOX

3 risotto balls, seeds, salad, mayo and chutney (GF)

NUDDY SALAD BOX

3 risotto balls, seeds, salad, mayo, roast mushrooms, onion jam, aubergine tomato sauce, and chutney (GF)

BUTTERNUT LENTIL AND SPINACH STEW

with risotto balls, rice, rocket, chutney and seeds (GF)

CHICK'N SPINACH & LENTIL STEW

with risotto balls, rice, rocket, chutney and seeds (GF)

CHEESE BURGER

mushroom, courgette risotto patty, with cheese, special mayo and crispy onion, in a organic bap

SMOKEY CHORIZO BURGER

mushroom, courgette risotto patty, with cheese, crispy onion, chili sauce, and mayo, in an organic bap

ONE TASTY VEGAN BURGER

mushroom, courgette risotto patty, with tomato aubergine sauce, onion jam, crispy onion, and fresh tomato, in an organic bap

FGV BURGER

mushroom, courgette risotto patty, with double cheese, pickles, crispy onion, ketchup, and mustard, in an organic bap

THE MICKEY BURGER

mushroom, courgette risotto patty, with pickles, crispy onion, ketchup, and mustard, in an organic bap

BBQ MUSHROOM BURGER

mushroom, courgette risotto patty, with cheese, rocket, tomato, and crispy onion, in an organic bap


It was hard to choose from so many options but in the end went for the mushroom salad box, which was incredible, and also tried the 'Smokey Chorizo Burger'.

It was just completely gorgeous, so many layers of fresh, healthy and different salads, beans, butternut squash, seeds, leaves, salsa, and mushrooms. It was also topped with the most delicious creamy thick vegan mayonnaise, which tasted authentic and didn't have that weird tangy aftertaste that you can sometimes get with vegan mayonnaise.


The risotto balls are definitely worth the hype, they were fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and so cheesy, indistinguishable from their non vegan counterparts.


The burger is basically a huge arancini ball but in a burger shape, it was cheesy, fresh, and perfectly crispy. It's overbrimming with vegan cheese and cheesy sauce, which gives a satisfying cheesy hit without feeling overly greasy.



It is also packed out with crispy chorizo bites and salad. The chorizo bites are more of the texture rather than the flavour of meat but added spice and crunch, the salad again was really fresh. The fries were slightly too salty for me but the portion size was so generous!


Overall Ratings:


Staff: 4/5

Setting: 2/5

Taste: 5/5

Atmosphere: 2/5

Presentation: 5/5


I'd definitely go back, I think that this place is offering up something unique and different with their delicious risotto balls and fresh accompaniments. Plus, it was so delicious!


Address: 42 Old Street, London, EC1V 9AE


Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 0900 - 1600; Saturday - Sunday: Closed


As always, posts are based on places listed on www.myveganradar.com and are of my own opinion.


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