Veganism in today’s society is big business. More people are embracing the plant-based diet, giving rise to a surge of vegan eateries sprouting up across the UK. One in particular had my taste buds tingling in anticipation since its opening.
Wulf & Lamb opened its doors on Pavilion Road a hub for artisan foodie traders near Sloane Square in September 2017. So, my eyes lit up when Angie from Silverspoon London suggested the restaurant for our recent meet up.
The innovative vegan menu created by Chef Franco Casolin previously from Vanilla Black is short, but full of casual, comfort eating classics.
On entry the restaurant is modern, bright and welcoming with seating on two levels. The downstairs has a café feel and the upstairs is more restaurant like. I did find the ordering system slightly odd. Once seated upstairs we had to order our food at the counter downstairs and thereafter normal table service resumed.
Angie and I picked an array of dishes from their Just veg, with edge lunch and dinner menu. We’d both heard so much about the chilli ‘non’ carne (£12.95), we had to see if it lived up to the hype. The smoky chilli made up of spiced mushrooms, lentils and kidney beans came with basmati herb rice and a dollop of cashew sour cream, lime and coriander cress. Packed full of flavour it certainly hit the spot, I can tell you the stories are all true!
The Tex mex salad (£10.95) complimented the chilli really well. Full of black beans, avocado, sweet corn, baby gem, cherry tomatoes and salsa with a savoury pecan crunch. Angie and I couldn’t get enough of the coriander and cashew cream dressing which accompanied the salad. Literally scraping every last drop out of the bowl.
A dish which unfortunately didn’t live up to its name was the spicy veg burger (£14.95). It looked amazing, all juicy in a brioche bun topped with tomato, baby gem, pickle, red onion, cashew aioli and plant-based cheese if you desire. The flavour, however, decided not to join the party on this occasion, we found the actual burger bland and claggy in texture.
We couldn’t resist the sound of some of the sides either. The chargrilled broccoli (£5.95) sprinkled with umami crumbs cooked al dente went down a treat. And an extra portion of roasted wedges (£4.25) with regular and sweet potato coated in rosemary and thyme were obviously a must. Especially when you’re dining with a potato fiend!
Next our attention turned to the sweet stuff. The dessert menu is small, but you can also choose from an array of baked goods from award-winning vegan baker Ruby of London.
We ordered the tiramisu (£7.95) made from raw almond cream on a chocolate and nut base, topped with coffee meringue, brandy and vanilla cashew cream. Angie and I both agreed the texture didn’t feel right and the taste let it down too.
The mango and passionfruit cheesecake (£7.95) on the other hand was light, fresh and bursting with flavour. The dairy free cheesecake is on a base of macadamia, pistachios and sesame seeds, topped with raspberry crumble and mint. The tiny pink melt-in-the-mouth meringues were a great touch too.
Being vegetarian I can’t champion plant-based restaurants enough. It’s incredible to walk in, look at the menu and be able to eat EVERYTHING!
So, even with our mixed bag experience would I recommend the new vegan restaurant on the block? You know, I think I would. Why? Well, the dishes we did enjoy were delicious and there’s plenty more on the menu I’d still like to try. Wulf & Lamb is certainly a welcome addition to Pavilion Road and the plant-based foodie scene.
Have you been to Wulf & Lamb? Would you consider dining at a vegan restaurant as a non-vegan? Let me know in the comments box below.
Wulf & Lamb | 243 Pavilion Road | London | SW1X 0BP
Disclaimer: Our meal was complimentary, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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