This Hip New Covent Garden Café Serves Vegan Junk Food • by CHLOE.
Having conquered New York, by Chloe sets their sights on London.
Veganuary may have come and gone, but the vegans certainly haven’t. Happily for all those favouring a plant-based existence, one of New York’s hottest vegan cafes has opened up their first UK restaurant in Covent Garden. Usually, this is about the point carnivores would switch off, but by Chloe has a secret weapon. It’s called junk food.
Yep, this food may be vegan, but it certainly isn’t the raw, sugar-free, clean stuff you’ll see on sterile lifestyle blogs. by Chloe serve comfort food, the kind you just want to stuff in your mouth regardless of diet. It certainly explains why by Chloe have built up a vegan empire in the USA just two years after opening.
So, without further ado, here’s what’s on the menu. Yankee favourite the Quinoa Taco Salad has made the journey over, as has their Guac Burger. Any vegans missing cheese best head straight for the vegan Mac N’ Cheese, made with sweet potato and cashews, and topped with shiitake bacon.
Sweet stuff comes in the form of cookies, banana bread, and gluten-free cupcakes. Better still is the dairy-free ice cream, available in such flavours as salted caramel, coconut matcha, and even birthday cake.
by Chloe are doing their best to prove they’re as British as cricket and afternoon tea, by veganising some classic British dishes. What was once fish and chips has now become beer-battered tofish and chips, dressed with a vegan tartare sauce. Meanwhile, the shepherd’s pie is made with seitan and a meat-free gravy, and served with beetroot ketchup. Other awfully English offerings include pea and ham soup, and a sticky toffee pudding served with coconut whipped cream.
They also have this rather groovy neon to show their loyalties.
At weekends, by Chloe will lay on sweet and savoury brunch offerings. Expect dishes such as scrambled tofu, maple sausage, and avocado, or pancakes with maple butter and coconut whipped cream. They also offer take-away options for vegans on the go – free range vegans, if you will.
Quite apart from the food, by Chloe’s interiors are almost perversely beautiful. It’s not surprising given their ultra-hip Instagram account, which makes a colourful addition to any feed.
Further good news awaits for those who’d rather avoid Covent Garden; by Chloe have already nabbed a second spot near Tower Bridge, and should be opening up later in 2018. The vegan revolution is well and truly underway…
Location: Nearest station is Covent Garden. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 11am-11pm (Weekdays), 10am-11pm (Weekends).
Price: Not particularly wallet-friendly, I’m afraid. Burgers and sandwiches start at £9, salads start from £9.60. The London menu is £7.80 for mains, and cupcakes start from £3.60.
More information: head to their website.
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