Young Vegans

Restaurants, Vegan Camden Town
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A street food-styled, 100 per cent vegan pie and mash spot.

Among London’s countless veganified dishes, pie and mash probably isn’t on most people’s ‘must-scoff’ list. But there’s a lot to be said for an animal-free version of that humble combo, when done well – and Young Vegans does it very well.

Occupying a cosy corner of the Camden Market street food metropolis, Young Vegans serves up a small selection of pies, sides and cakey desserts. If you’re wondering, vegan pies aren’t (always) filled with kale, lentils and longing; the two we sampled were crammed with interesting, tasty stuff that will easily appeal to meat-eaters, too.

Like the ‘all-day breakfast’: scrambled tofu, seitan sausage, caramelised onions and homemade smoked beans. A lot of ingredients to shove into a single pie, yes, but some individual flavours do shine through, particularly the pepperiness of the flavoured tofu and seitan, given a gentle crunch by the crispy onions on top.

Pie number two was a simpler steak and ale, containing some of the meatiest mock-meat we’ve tasted. Succulent and rich, these absurdly steak-like chunks of marinated seitan could fool plenty of carnivores. And the thick ale sauce did its job perfectly.

More unusual fillings are available (katsu curry, ‘chicken’ parmigiana), and as for other pie ’n’ mash essentials, the pastry, gravy and mash were all spot on. Oh, and the mac ’n’ cheese side was better than some main-dish vegan mac ’n’ cheeses you can get out there.

It’s sensibly priced, too. You can happily get by with pie, mash and gravy for £7, though you won’t regret shelling out a few more quid for sides and a dessert. Get the peanut butter mud pie: spongey, salty and indulgent, it’s exactly what you should be eating after pie and mash.

Young Vegans has given the great London dish a 21st-century update without getting fancy. These aren’t great vegan pies – they’re great pies, full stop.

By: Tristan Parker

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Venue name: Young Vegans
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Address: 60 Camden Lock Place
London
NW1 8AF
Transport: Tube: Camden Town
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £25.
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tastemaker

I’ve been obsessing with Young Vegans for months, even before they got their shop in Camden and somehow never found time to try the famous pies.

Imagine my excitement when I finally made their wait to Camden. I ordered pie and mash with 2 sides- mac and cheese and cheesy fries. Yaaas queen!!! It was –A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.


The reason why I’m excited is, because I could easily give up meat and dairy, if all the vegan options would be as tasty as this one. I could honestly not tell there is no real cheese in mac&cheese, or that the cheese on fries was plant based. Gravy was just as tasty as regular one and pie was full of flavor. Even my carnivore partner loved it. It was delicious and I felt less guilty eating it.
Keep up the good work and please, publish book, I want to know the secret to this deliciousness!

tastemaker

What a pie! Seitan and Ale Pie with mashed potatoes, gravy and salad... I want more! Young Veganz do a brilliant job creating comfort food for Vegans (and non-vegans). I wish I had that pie now. Full of flavour, flaky and moist pastry and a counter of additional sauces puts me in vegan food coma. Located in Camden Lock Place, they have a tight space so make sure you get there before the lunch rush or nab a seat outdoors to enjoy. Cant wait to go back! you can find them at Hackney Vegan Market on Saturdays as well. 


Very inspired and tasty pie n mash and it is all vegan! Was such a nice find. Totally recommend it. 

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