Buddhist-run vegan café that’s small on smugness and big on curries, cakes and smoothies
Those who turn up to Earth expecting greasy pizzas and fried chicken really need a good lesson in symbolism. Unsurprisingly, this Buddhist-run vegan café has a strong focus on healthy eating. In fact, it’s got a two-page food policy on the topic.
Naturally, there’s a salad bar – and there’s none of that stale, wilted stuff you get at supermarket counters. Combinations aren’t crazy – you can expect staples like tomato and chickpea, or red onion, black olive and mixed pepper. They’ll pile this high for you, alongside one of their hot dishes for less than £6. And don’t miss the mung bean curry – it’s as tasty as it is healthy. Desserts are good too and there’s an ever-changing cake counter; try the pistachio if it’s available.
Soft drinks come courtesy of Whole Earth and Purdey’s, but it’s the juice bar you should really take advantage of here. If your body’s used to eating this clean, try the Performer (beetroot, lemon, orange and carrot). New to this vegetable thing? The papaya, carrot, lime and banana smoothie is a sweet treat.
For a place whose food policy states ‘chips will be avoided with preference given to grains’, staff are much less serious than you might expect. Service is almost always friendly and enthusiastic with in- depth answers to any questions you might have. The café’s located in the basement underneath the Buddhist centre, so expect a calm and friendly environment. It’s no frills decor, but it’s kept as clean as your body will feel post-lunch.
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16-20 Turner Street