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Redemption

Restaurants, Vegan Old Street
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A healthy-eating bar, free from alcohol, dairy, sugar and wheat.

Redemption Bar feels like a healthy-eating restaurant and bar built for the social media requirements of a millennial. Its glowy angel mural provides an Instagram opportunity before you even get inside; the cocktails are showy enough for any digital feed (they’re alcohol-free, by the way); and, of course, there’s free wi-fi for tweeting through your visit. And the food looks good enough to eat, too.

Which isn’t to say the food is purely about aesthetics – some dishes tasted great. Like the tart yet creamy can’t-believe-it’s-not-dairy rhubarb fool. Other dishes held their own: the veg and quinoa sushi was nutty and had a nice crunch, although a dose of wasabi wouldn’t have gone amiss, and the black rice risotto was substantial and nicely vinegary. But there were dishes spoiled by their apparent need to be photographed. A grilled aubergine was delicious at first, but because it was drowning in sauce it quickly became cloying. Similarly, the lime in the cheesecake was decimated by a raspberry sauce artfully scribbled all over the plate.

But hey, if your Instagram feed is hungrier than your belly, you’ll probably be pretty happy eating here.

Redemption says
Why should socialising be at the expense of your health? Spoil yourself without spoiling yourself! Open all day for delicious, nutritious brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Daily specials, our new Temple of Ten bowl (all your 10-a-day veg in one dish) and our new 'pulled pork' jackfruit.

Details

Address: 320 Old St
London
EC1V 9DR
Transport: Tube: Old St
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60
Contact:
Opening hours: Monday - Friday: ​12pm — 10:30pm Saturday: 10am - 10:30pm Sunday: 10am - 5pm
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Users say (5)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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tastemaker

I am unsure about this place. It would not normally appeal to me but I thought there are some interesting dishes here to try and so we decided to have a go. The room is slightly small and even light chatter seems to bounce of the wall efficiently making the whole place a little too loud. Outside seating is available. More empty spaces than tables but I doubt the traffic of Old Street would be quieter for a calming meal. 


We had the aubergine dish though was nice, did not feel like a proper main dish - like we were told. It was nice enough to be a sharing or side dish. The Jackfruit Rendang had a pleasant sweetness from the coconut but not rich in spices as the rendang curry would suggest. It is also very mild. Easy to appeal to a wider public. We were unsure if the menu was purposefully a deception to make a dish sounds like it has a variety of flavours on the plate or being elaborative with as many foodie words to make it appealing or simply confusing.


Service was friendly but we didn't feel that dining in Redemption was quite satiated.

tastemaker

I was so impressed with Redemption! Its true what they say, "all good things come in small packages", as the restaurant is very small but wow the food is so tasty, healthy and fresh! The menu has a bit of everything, ranging from mushrooms on toast, to salads, pastas and burgers with fries. However, the best part of it all is you don't feel guilty one bit as its all made from the healthiest of ingredients and leaves you feeling stuffed too! Their drinks menu is also commendable, I really loved the beetroot latte, definitely give it a try! Overall, its reasonably priced as the portions are quite large! My only tip for this place would be to book in advance as it gets very busy on most days!

tastemaker

It's achingly Shoreditch but with a restaurant who's selling point is that it's alcohol free, refined sugar free and vegan you were probably asking for it. The food was incredible: good sized portions (which is not something I was expecting), delicious, varied and filling. They have an amazing selection of mocktails too, for the love of god try the espresso remolacha, an alcohol free take on the espresso martini - thick and creamy and worth the visit even if you only go for that. The service was very friendly, perhaps a little too familiar at points - when the waiter starts telling a story and the whole table has to politely turn to listen we might be taking the attempt at friendliness a bit far. Overall a great experience, already booked my next visit. 

Tastemaker

I thoroughly enjoyed the food at Redemption. I visited with 3 friends on a Tuesday night after a particularly big weekend, so I was looking for something healthy, and the alcohol free element definitely appealed! It was our first experience at Redemption and we were impressed with the freshness and quality of everything we ordered. The desserts in particular were incredible!

The two male waitstaff who were working in the restaurant were very friendly and accommodating.

But the waitress who served us for most of the night treated me as rudely as I have ever been treated in a restaurant. 

I understand we were a bit indecisive and asked for a lot of advice when ordering. But the menu at Redemption is quite different from other restaurants, and we had never been before, so it's hardly unreasonable that we wanted advice regarding what to order. In addition to this, the restaurant wasn't even busy at that time.

Yet, the waitress became ruder and ruder to us throughout the evening, and the way she looked at and spoke to me when I asked for a recommendation regarding the selection of teas was absolutely appalling and made me feel totally insecure and embarrassed.

I emailed the restaurant after we left that evening to complain, and the CEO wrote back straight away apologising and offering a round of free desserts should I want to return. However, there's just too many good restaurants in London to justify returning somewhere that was such a negative experience. Unfortunately, Redemption is now a restaurant that neither myself nor my friends feel any desire to return to.

Tastemaker

I first ate at Redemption in its original location in Notting Hill, with mostly good results. I swung by the Shoreditch location as I was hoping to try a new menu, as the manager in the NH location told me the Shoreditch menu was slightly different... uh it's not =/. The online menu for Redemption is incorrect as well. 


Oh well. I ordered the courgette pesto (pricey at 15 pounds) for this outing, as well as the sweet potato with coconut yogurt and sumac (it's bloody amazing and it comes with tons of sweet potato pieces). The pesto portion was huge and very filling. I had to take half as takeaway. I also tried the green drink on the menu, which went by way too quick =(. A fiver for such a small drink is a sin.


The waitress was smiley if a little slow, typical London. The managers seemed to have an issue with the music; at some points turning it up way too loud and then at other times, having the volume just right. 

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