Don’t be misguided by the name – everything at this North End Road eaterie is 100% vegan, and even raw foodists are welcome. A high ceiling and pretty lanterns are the only features to a cramped dining area: the niche food is the attraction, which is enough to entice a crowd of young, groovy diners every evening.
Bean and tofu pancake to start was as light as the starchy ingredients would allow, but tasted bland and needed accompanying swigs of (good) organic English lager. For mains, though, a tropical mix of raw pumpkin and courgette noodles with fresh coconut and zingy lime sauce soon won us back, especially when coupled with such smiley service.
It’s hard to escape pungent dairy substitutes for pudding; the chocolate gateau was too far removed from the gooey loveliness non-vegans are used to. Maybe try the intriguing ‘raw’ spice island pie instead, a multi-textured cashew cream cheesecake on a crumbly coconutty base.
The best dishes are those that champion fresh ingredients, and don’t rely on substitutes. Near-£6 is too expensive for a lacklustre starter, but the all-you-can eat lunchtime buffet is fantastic value.