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Thu Jan 28 2010
Step through Riverside Vegetaria’s entrance, and you step back in time. To an era of hearty hotpots and comfort casseroles, and a decor of brickwork, fake arches, wooden chairs with colourful seat cushions and posters of Indian guru Sai Baba. This venerable outpost of meat-free cooking celebrated its 20th year in 2009. The riverside terrace appeals; it’s small and crammed, but any closer to the water and you’d be swimming. The lengthy menu tours the globe, from India (masala dosai) and Sri Lanka (string hoppers), via Indonesia (gado-gado), the Middle East (falafel, houmous) and the Caribbean (spicy Jamaican stew). Two-thirds of the dishes are vegan and wheat-and gluten-free, and many of the wines are organic and vegan. Portions are huge; red lentil and avocado kedgeree (delicately perfumed with cardamom) came with a large pile of salad plus a sliced avocado and a side dish of potato and tomato curry (rather bland). Stuffed avocado was drowned in a salad of tomatoes, beans, olives and mushrooms. Service was off-hand, but that seemed in keeping with the laid-back vibe.
Riverside Vegetaria 64 High Street