By Chloe - Various Locations
Updated: Oct 15, 2019
By Chloe - is the relatively new to the UK vegan fast food joint from the USA. The Greenwich branch is the newest, and the one I decided to visit, but so far they also have branches in Covent Garden, Tower Bridge, and Oxford Circus. It's a little hard to find inside the shopping centre, but the staff there were friendly and helpful.
In terms of menu, service, staff uniforms and food presentation it is very akin to a vegan McDonalds, but they have actually set it up in a very classy way and presented really well.
Everything looks clean, fresh, trendy and bright. They have benches outside on astroturf for sunny days, plus individual swing chairs around the windows, I wouldn't want to attempt eating a burger in them, especially with the inevitable spectators from outside, but it looks cool and fun!
It is pricey, most definitely pricey. For what you get for your money you could go to a proper sit down restaurant, and this is essentially a fast food outlet. They win points on how enthusiastic and friendly staff were, how much seating was available, and how clean it was, but most definitely lose them again for providing too much disposable packaging, even for food that gets eaten inside (plastic individual sauce pots, plastic cups, paper sheets for trays and paper food wraps).
Brunch (Saturday - Sunday until 1600):
quinoa, flaxseed, steel cut oats, and fresh berries
A B&B TOAST
raw almond butter, banana, pure maple, and 7 grain toast (available GF)
THE EARLY BIRD
scrambled tofu, spinach, maple sausage, walnuts, market greens, and 7 grain toast (option to add avocado, available GF)
scrambled tofu, spicy seitan chorizo, black bean salsa, avocado, tofu crema, and whole wheat tortilla
QUINOA HASH BROWNS
with tofu sour cream, smoked paprika and scallions (GF)
with whipped maple butter (option to add coconut whipped cream)
KALE CAESAR SALAD
shredded kale, chopped romaine, shiitake, bacon, avocado, almond palm, maple-wheat croutons, and caesar dressing (available GF)
QUINOA TACO SALAD
chopped romaine, spicy seitan chorizo, black beans, sweetcorn, avocado, tomato, tortilla strips, tofu crema, agave-lime vinaigrette
SPICY THAI SALAD
shredded kale, chopped romaine, apricot sriracha glazed tofu, almonds, quinoa, edamame, scallions, crispy wontons, and peanut dressing (available GF)
THE GREEK SALAD
chopped romaine, chickpeas, cucumber, tomato, kalamata olives, fresh basil, and dijon vinaigrette (GF)
chopped romaine lettuce, chickpea tuna, grape tomato, green beans, red potato, kalamata olives, and red wine vinaigrette (GF)
DETOX KALE SALAD
shredded kale, quinoa, red cabbage, edamame, carrot, cucumber, red pepper, dried cranberries, almonds, and sesame vinaigrette (GF)
THE CLASSIC BURGER
tempeh-lentil-chia-walnut patty pickles, onion, beet ketchup, special sauce, and potato bun (available GF)
THE GUAC BURGER
black bean-sweet potato patty, corn salsa, onion, guac, tortilla strips, chipotle aioli, in a whole grain bun (available GF)
PESTO MEATBALL SUB ROLL
italian meatballs, marinara, sweet peppers, basil, pesto, cashew mozzarella, and almond parm
SMASHED AVOCADO TOAST
with seasonal veggies, almond parm, on 7 grain toast (available GF)
shiitake bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, chipotle aioli, and 7 grain bread
MAC N' CHEESE
sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce, shiitake bacon, and almond parm (available GF)
AVOCADO PESTO PASTA
with grape tomatoes and almond parm (available GF)
FISH N' CHIPS
crispy tofu, chips, mushy peas, and tartar sauce
BACON, EGG AND CHEEZE
shiitake bacon, scrambled tofu, cheeze and a potato bun
chickpea tuna, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and 7 grain bread
sea salt roasted celery root, glazed carrots, green beans, thyme potatoes, yorkshire pudding, and rosemary gravy
They have a buzzer system to collect food when it's ready, and the food was quick! I ordered a guac burger, fries, an iced coffee, and a vegan cookie
The burger was good, the sweet potato patty was delicious, the vegan cheese a great compliment, the salad was fresh and crunchy. They put such a gigantic lump of plain guacamole on the top, so that by the centre you have a wedge of avocado as thick as the burger to munch through. Great addition!
The fries were pretty standard in taste, but the dips that they have to go with it were super unique and tasty, they have them on dispensers at the side and there is a choice between a tangy beetroot ketchup and a spicy, creamy chipotle aioli, of course I tried both!
The cookie was soft and sweet, gooey enough so you can bend it for a long time before it breaks, it tasted fresh and delicious.
They also do cakes which I didn't try but that look delicious!
The staff were very enthusiastic, friendly and obviously having fun, but this is a new branch and I suspect this may not linger to the same degree forever. I really can't fault them for now though, and there were always people about cleaning and interacting with the customers. All in all I had a great experience there, I just wish they were a bit cheaper and a bit more conscious of their plastic usage.
Value for money: 2/5
Address: ICON at the O2, 1 Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
Opening Times: Monday - Wednesday 1000 - 2000; Thursday - Saturday 1000 - 2200; Sunday 1200 - 1800
As always these posts are based on places I've listed on www.myveganradar.com - the London Vegan Food Map based on Tube Stop.