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Restaurants, Vegan Old Street
3 out of 5 stars

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.


Address: 320 Old St
Transport: Tube: Old St
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60
Opening hours: Monday - Friday: ​12pm — 10:30pm Saturday: 10am - 10:30pm Sunday: 10am - 5pm
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