Being vegan in London must be punishing. Every other opening sees the capital’s carnivores licking their lips in anticipation at more ribs from a new street-food pop-up or another addition to the city’s army of fancy hot dog and dirty burger joints. Even breakfast haunts are dripping in, well, dripping; while bone marrow is trending apparently.
And that’s where Karamel comes in. Tucked away in a quiet, residential bit of Wood Green, this restaurant-cum-bar-cum-gallery space is a haven for north London’s meat- and dairy-shunners.
With its vaulted ceilings and basic furniture, Karamel is unpretentious and slightly reminiscent of a village hall, which is no bad thing; at least you could never accuse it of prioritising style over substance. Visiting just before Christmas, we were treated to festive fare. A cheeseless French onion soup was pleasingly sweet and happily arrived without a gloopy substitute (which usually bears more resemblance to plastic than Gruyère). The main course was an uninspiring nut-roast Wellington with all the trimmings – red cabbage went some way to perking up the plate, but the stars of the show were the garlic roasted carrots and parsnips, grown by Karamel’s owners. Pudding, though a trifle underwhelming, was coconut-creamy and fruity, and still managed to round off the meal nicely.
Despite the food not exactly setting our taste buds alight, I would go back. Why? Because Karamel is one of the friendliest, most welcoming places I’ve been to in London. I don’t recall any of my evenings prior to this one ending with me talking to an Iranian philosophy lecturer about Rumi, more’s the pity.
With a decent selection of organic wines and craft beers – which of course come with the vegan stamp of approval – and the likelihood of chatting to somebody genuinely interesting, Karamel is absolutely worth a visit.
|Venue name:||Karamel London N22|
Karamel London N22
Chocolate Factory 2
4 Coburg Rd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu-Sat 10am-late, Sun 11am-10pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Wood Green|
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Average User Rating
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Wood Green is not where I expect to head for excellent Live music but last night Karousel staged a three-act line up as good as you would hear in any central London club. Very impressed by The Black Feathers, a folk duo with tons of personality. Malory Torr is an attractive 20 year old singer / songwriter with a good voice and engaging stage presence. She is a name to watch out for. The final set was Ralegh Long who has just released a new album on Vinyl. His stripped back set with keyboard and steel guitar was absorbing, but I rather wish I had seen his whole band. I feel there is something special happening there.
The venue is a cafe, serving a vegetarian menu and organic beers. Staff are friendly. The place feels Bohemian and the clientele looks the same. I will certainly return. I loved the setting and the music. A discovery.
Vegetarian Menu, Organic Beer, Quirky but very friendly atmosphere. I like this place a lot. I attended an evening of new music presented by Karousel. It was an excellent three artist line-up. http://www.karouselmusic.com . I will be back.
Super friendly bar, amazing vegan food and drinks with fantastic live music, events and exhibitions!
Tasty, lovely food and great entertainment, check out the Society of Imaginary Friends Soiree on the first Friday of each month at Karamel... Fantastic!!!
Was so excited to find a local vegan place , and overlooked the non vegan display of leather ballet pumps that were prominently displayed on wall... Met friendly staff initially but disappointed with over zealous jazz band crew who were very rude to us. Food was okay but nothing mouthwatering... sausages chips vine leaves ... that sort of thing.
Great music, much of which is free on prime Fridays and Saturdays! And the prices of drinks represent exceptional value for money for a venue. The best vegan Sunday Roasts in London, and great themed night foods on a changeable menu combine well with the fabulous atmosphere in the venue, decorated with local artistic talent on display from the Chocolate Factory Studios. Asian Fusion music on the last Weds of the month, Jazz Thursdays, singer/songwriters on Fridays, this place heaves with such talented and highly acclaimed musicians!
Ah, Karamel, what's not to love about it! The food is plain amazing. Enough said. Their mouth watering vegan burgers will leave you drooling for more. Even the chips taste better and more real than anywhere else. The atmosphere is amazing. You are guaranteed a friendly welcome and good service throughout your stay. The DJ nights with Robb Masters will sure make you move. Now the best part, it's an ethical restaurant and not only because it's vegan. These people are true activists who run various events collecting money for various causes, not just animal rights. Vegan or not, you should support. We don't have many of them around and we need Karamel to stay.
Have just discovered this very genuine restaurant.
The food is very hearty and portions substantial. Prices are very reasonable and definitely value for money. You will not leave hungry and that is after only one course.
Staff are friendly and welcoming. We were there for a late lunch, so it was very quiet. Quite a quirky place, no frills, but the food is great and very wholesome, with big fat chips.
Like home cooking only its better...
Great venue, with a simple but appealing restaurant menu, good drinks on tap and with great live music, poetry and comedy.
Karamel is a wonderful vegan restaurant and arts venue. It has great live music and poetry performances with djs after. This is all while enjoying the amazing selection of vegan beers, wines and mouthwatering vegan cuisine. Don't miss the vegan white Russians.
As a Vegan I find eating out difficult and often disappointing. I was delighted to discover Karamel, with its alternative feel and delicious Vegan food. They are open both at lunchtime and in the evening and have lots of live music in the evenings. It's also easy to park there!
Friendly and relaxed venue hosting a wide range of events , delicious food and great range of drinks, its always an interesting visit
Affordable and very tasty vegan food, great atmosphere and music, stand up comedy and art exhibitions
Karamel has so much to offer - the food is wonderful, showing how tasty and healthy vegan food can be, the cakes are yummy. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff and always something happening arts or music-wise to entertain.
best venue in town to experience genuine art and music which is original and non-corporate. Food is delicious and reasonable prices and staff are all like a beautiful family of warm-hearted souls. Love it.
I love their weekly singing class for babies and toddlers - they are very community minded - and so nice to stay for a coffee afterwards with friends :)
This venue does the best Vegan Sunday Lunch which is delicious, and served in a relaxed, cool cafe bar culture with the most friendly staff and an ethos which inspires you. Using locally sourced ( as far as possible) ingredients the food served is not only vegan,but th all beers and wines are too!!!.... The food is delicious and made with love. Brilliant Sunday Chill !!!!!
Love the vibe, the wonderful vegan food and the fantastic music. This secret gem has become almost a second home over the last two years.
Brilliant vegan restaurant with lots of extras. Great jazz and other social events. Go and enjoy the vegan food and beer @@
This is a great venue as well as a relaxed place to eat or drink, day or night. The raw vegan cakes are delicious, and they serve a range of mains, with daily specials - from soups and stews to a hearty vegan shepherd's pie or falafel. Out of the way, in Wood Green's hidden 'cultural quarter', it's worth seeking out.
Really good food. Menu often changes but they are always willing to help if you want to order off menu. All the food is vegan. For Gluten Free meals they often have a lot you can eat and are always willing to change a meal to accomodate your dietary requirements.
A hidden gem! Great food and a great variety of live music events. Lovely atmosphere created by staff.
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