During my last visit to London, I received a very tempting offer that I just couldn’t refuse. Lisa, my husband’s sister in law who lives in London, found a vegan restaurant that she was excited to try out with us. THIS was a very special moment. “Why” you might ask?
Perhaps because the last time Scott and I invited Lisa and her husband Glenn to a vegan restaurant it was a complete and utter disaster. Perhaps because instead of impressing these omnivores with our spectacular vegan cuisine, the restaurant we chose did the exact opposite. Perhaps because we were pleasantly surprised by Lisa and Glenn’s willingness to give it another go considering the past experience…
This time I had to make sure that the restaurant would leave a good impression with all diners present! So I asked our Facebook community members if they know and can recommend the restaurant she chose, and the responses from our London members were soon to follow – all positive, warm and flattering.
So there we were, a vegan and a maybe-one-day-vegan couple at the 222 vegan restaurant, on a lovely, mid-week, October night. Little did we know that we were about to experience a creative and super delicious meal that would keep us wanting to come back for more!
With such a great selection, it was really difficult to choose. Considering the fact that the 222 also offers a raw selection – it was a tough choice between “being good” and going terribly, scrumptiously “bad”. We chose the latter.
Scott and Glen went for the Pita Dips, which were served with 3 types of dipping options (hummus, pimento and avocado) , and I went for the soup of the day, Cream of Spinach, which was lovely, had really nice hints of basil, and came as a large satisfying portion with delicious bread and olive oil on the side.
First course went well. So what awaited us next?
Getting on to the Main Course
My-oh-my, were we in for a treat!
It’s enough to say that a month and a half after visiting the restaurant the creamy, sensational taste of the Seitan Stroganoff that Glen had that night still sits in my mouth as a distant warm memory; That I long to taste the oyster mushroom and vegan cottage cheese that were part of Lisa’s Oyster Mushroom and Spinach Raclette yet again. As you can gather – I just had to try all the dishes served!
Scott had the Vegan Roast and I had the Mixed Bean Curry, and though they were both VERY tasty as well, I think all members at the table agreed that Glen’s Seitan Stroganoff was the clear winner, with Lisa’s Oyster Mushroom and Spinach Raclette coming in at a close second. This time it was a real pleasure seeing our non-vegan companions truly enjoying their meal, and I believe those two mains can attract vegans and non-vegans alike to come back to the 222 again and again.
Tasty Desserts and Beverages
Unlike the Kicking Cola (the Coca Cola alternative), which wasn’t a huge success, the beer department was quite the hit. Throughout the meal I kept hearing repetitive comments from the guys about how fantastic their beer was. Turns out that the organic Freedom Lager the guys were having is a real treat!
While the restaurant didn’t have a latte option to go with the desserts, they did have regular coffee – though my advice to you would be not to waste any belly space on drinks when you are just about to be offered super delicious desserts like the ones the 222 offers!
All the desserts we had were great, but the two that shined far and wide were the Raw Chocolate Torte and the Chocolate Gateau. What an experience! The first was surprisingly light and boasted hints of raspberry and coconut. While the second was super rich and creamy – PERFECT for the chocolate lovers.
The People, The Place, The Mission
The 222 is headed by the talented vegan chef, Ben Asamani, who we had the lovely chance to meet in person as he came to check in on us and make sure we were enjoying our food.
The restaurant itself has an elegant and relaxed atmosphere; one that you can enjoy inviting your friends to for a special occasion or a nice evening out. Located in West Kensington, London, 222 attracts many regulars and occasional visitors of diverse crowds, vegan and non-vegan alike, as well as people looking for healthy wholesome food, without compromising on flavor and presentation.
The restaurant also offers a selection of organic and gluten free options in addition to vegan and raw vegan selections; and the food is prepared with a health emphasis- no frying or microwaving- just baked or freshly cooked and uncooked foods, and nice big portions to keep you full and happy.
We left the restaurant full, happy, and pleased. This was by far a fantastic experience for all diners present!
I am more than happy to award the 222 Veggie Vegan Restaurant The Vegan Woman’s recommendation label. Well done and can’t wait to go back.