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Temple of Camden (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Vegan Camden Town
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Temple of Camden

Time Out says

A second outpost of London’s first vegan ‘chicken shop’.

Please note, this branch of Temple of Seitan has now closed because the restaurant has moved to a new site in Camden, which is open. Time Out Food editors, MARCH 2020. 

Vegans and the vegan-curious: rejoice. Temple of Seitan – known for its meat-free ‘fried chicken’ – has done us all a favour by hatching a second outpost at the Camden end of Regent’s Canal. Key differences from the Hackney original? Indoor seating (albeit classroom-style plastic chairs) and a bright, grease-free dining space.

The menu is still focused on the gluten-based meat substitute seitan, battered and served as a fillet, in a bap or as bite-sized nuggets, plus vegan sides. Chewy chunks of popcorn ‘chicken’ came coated in a moreish, peppery batter – and, as a bona-fide omnivore, I’d happily choose these over the real deal.

But the best thing here, surprisingly, is not the famous faux chook. Enter the Temple Deluxe, a substitute beef burger, an epiphany of soft brioche bun, tangy burger sauce, convincing ‘facon’ (bacon, geddit?), thick-cut pickle, plenty of lettuce and a squishy-middled, crispy-edged patty that was like a homemade beef quarter pounder seared to medium rare on a sizzling grill.

Temple of Camden may be a touch on the clinical side, but there’s still a lot to like. I’ll be signing up for regular worship.

By: Megan Carnegie



Address: 103a Camley Street
Transport: Tube: Mornington Crescent
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £30.
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3 out of 5 stars

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Calling Gordon Ramsay

As a vegan I made a special visit to Camden after reading about the Temple of Camden.

I placed my order, gave my name, took a seat and waited – and waited and waited.

While waiting I couldn’t help noticing the very leisurely pace of the workers and manager, all oblivious to the line of people waiting for their orders to be taken.

After some 30 minutes I approached one of the staff to inquire about my order. I was told that my name doesn’t appear on any of the orders. I then turned to the manager (so-called), one Daniel, and was met with total apathy. I demanded my 14 pounds back, which I was then given, but was not given any kind of explanation or apology.

Sorry, but that is completely unacceptable, not to mention unprofessional.

The owners would do well to take a close look at their shoddily run establishment.


Vegan fast food, right on the canal, sure beats huddling in the cold or queuing for the meagre tables outside the original location. Good stuff.

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