CookDaily

Restaurants, Contemporary Asian Shoreditch
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Wonderfully rustic vegan café in a shipping container.

The menu here is comprised of a series of ‘bowls’, each of which is colourful enough to resemble a rainbow. They can be customised with tofu – or for something a little bit ‘meatier’, fake chicken – and rammed full of colourful vegetables (even the rice is half cauliflower). Each generously sized portion is served in a bowl made from recycled cardboard, and you eat with a wooden fork. Cook Daily must be one of the most unpretentious restaurants in the capital.

Owner and head chef King Cook has Laotian heritage, which is reflected in his cooking. There are lots of Southeast Asian flavours here, with his mum’s green curry and the yoga fire bowl (chilies married to coconuts) standout favourites. For under a tenner you get a healthy, genuinely satisfying, rainbow in a bowl. This isn’t rabbit food, it’s unicorn fare.

By: Miriam Bouteba

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Venue name: CookDaily
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Address: Unit 55
Boxpark
2-10 Bethnal Green Rd
London
E1 6GY
Transport: Shoreditch High St Overground
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tastemaker

Shoreditch definitely has a reputation for being hip and trendy (two things I am definitely not), but typically it feels like everything is exactly the same as the rest of London, but with a 'trendy' price tag. That's not the case for CookDaily. The food tastes fresh, healthy and interesting; the staff are friendly and happy to give suggestions; and the price is good (I think it was around £8 for a very filling portion). When they're busy it takes a while to get your food, but it's worth waiting. It's a very small venue, so there's not much space to sit down, but that works out really well because they're situated in the BoxPark, so if you're going with friends you can all sample food from different boxes. 

Tastemaker

Boxpark Shoreditch has long been home to some of London’s hottest and feistiest food and now, in Cook Daily, it’s also home to some of its most popular vegan dishes too. Don’t be put off by it’s rather definitive vibe if you worry it’s not really ‘you’ – the staff are approachable although it pays to check out the menus on the wall before approaching as my order was taken at the speed of light in a way that left me little time for reconsidering anything!


The Noodle Bowl is a plentiful serving of vegan udon noodles stir-fried with mixed vegetables, beansprouts and a roasted chilli oil that’s set-your-mouth-on-fire delicious. It comes topped with ‘char sui’ crumbs and a fat wedge of lime for a great blend of textures and sharp, sour, fiery flavours. I added the vegan chicken to mine out of curiosity – it was fine...not oh-my-god good to be honest but not oh-my-god bad to be sure and a pretty acceptable way to bulk out the meal.


Jerk vegan chicken was also really well flavoured - these guys undoubtedly know how to handle a spice rack - and looked bold, confident & satisfying. A mountain of nutty brown rice & crunchy coleslaw set off the heat of the ‘meat’ nicely and if you were after a vegan version of something that seemed more of a Friday night treat, I’d hazard a guess you’d be pretty happy with this.


I’m not one of life’s ‘natural vegans’ but I’m always interested in trying new things and quite often find the vegetarian or vegan options on a menu to be twice as exciting as the standard meat-and-two-veg. As an actual meat lover – sorry to the non-carnivores reading this – I’m not sure I’d trade in a night at Honest Burger for one here but I know where I’ll be sending vegan friends the next time hunger strikes.

tastemaker

Delish, even for non vegans the 'chicken' is pretty damn good. The High Grade is a standard favourite lunch option for me - perfectly cooked stir fry veggies with smokey sweet BBq sauce. Liked it so much I bought their high grade sauce to take home. The portions are very generous; and the meal is piping hot with delicious dollop of quinoa to soak everything up. Great comfort food. 

tastemaker

Spicy sweet 'n' sour pravn (spell this way as it is vegan) noodles, what a flavour sensation! Cook Daily offers authentic Asian flavours at Shoreditch's Boxpark. A large variety of vegan dishes to drool over, it's so hard to choose! My dish was a large serving of noodles, the right amount of spice and sweet with perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables including Okra. Cook Daily know how to serve up amazing vegan food that I could easily have daily! A new favourite and one eatery I will keep going back for more. Well done team.

Tastemaker

Been wanting to try this place for a while now and on a sunny day made the trek out to the land of beards and tight trousers. I passed a kid in Doc Martins and shorts, who also donned classic flannel with a lovely Canadian toque. I immediately felt old in my attire which better fit the weather (sensibility over style is the war cry of the 30 year old). Now full disclosure: I enjoy my meat products, I was nearly tempted by nearby Porky's but held my ground as I wanted to try somewhere new. I can thankfully say I was not disappointed. 


I ordered the vegan noodle bowl with tofu and was served a pretty decent portion of noodles, served with delicious crunchy greens. I ordered it medium at the discretion of the employee, I found it very nicely spiced and not very challenging (e.g. gasping for milk). That being said it definitely left residual heat, so note to self: bring gum. 


Every food item on the menu was £9, which considering I was not hungry till hours later I cannot fault (considering what people pay at the coffee/cafe chains). Also I am pretty sure the whole clean eating/vegan-ness of the products adds to the price. However, Ice tea was a staggering £3.50. Considering I can get pretty delicious bubble tea downstairs for the same price... I found that quite an atrocious amount. 


Still- full props for flavour and taste. If you are a vegan/veggie or know someone who is-- definitely give this place a shot!

Tastemaker

Amidst the Shoreditch-as-dystopia surroundings of Boxpark, Cook Daily offers quick, filling, healthy, and cheap-ish food. Not a place to linger given the cramped shipping container itself or the bleakly futuristic seating just outside, but good if you like internationally inflected vegan food.