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Vegan burgers and (n)ice cream in Shoreditch

vegan burgers in shoreditch

 

Last Friday after work I headed to Shoreditch to have a bit of a vegan feast with my friend – we started with tasty burgers from Mooshie’s and ended the day in a new pop up ice cream parlour NANABAR which specialises in fully vegan ice cream made from frozen bananas – yum!

 

As I really enjoyed both the burger and the ice cream, I wanted to share both of these little gems with you. Even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian, I’d really recommend giving these a try as I honestly think you might be positively surprised!

 

Mooshie’s Vegan burgers, Brick Lane

 

vegan burgers in shoreditch

vegan burgers in shoreditch

vegan burgers in shoreditch

vegan burgers in shoreditch

 

Mooshie’s is located at number 104 Brick Lane and its focus is on making great burgers that won’t make you miss the meaty stuff at all. They have four options: a “beefy” one, a pulled “pork” one, a fishy one and an onion bhaji one. The point is to show you that you can still have your favourite type of burger without there having to be any meat or animal products in it at all.

 

This was my third time in Mooshie’s, and so far I’ve tried two of the four options: the beef one (seasoning & taste-wise very similar to a normal burger, if not in texture) and the BBQ pulled “pork” one which is my favourite of the two. I went for the latter again on Friday (I couldn’t resist it – I swear I’ll try the other flavours one day too!) and it is still just so good.

 

The pulled pork effect is made by using jackfruit which basically creates pretty much exactly the same texture you could find in the “real” deal. The BBQ sauce is really tasty and sweet too and the buns soft and fluffy, which all together make the burger a success. Mooshie’s also have a little shelf full of different condiments you can add to your burger, so I drizzled a bit of Sriracha on mine which just took it to another level and added the perfect kick to it.

 

The burgers don’t come with any sides, but you’ve got a few options to choose from if you want to have something extra on the side. They don’t do normal fries, only sweet potato ones, which is my one complaint as I love regular chips so much. Luckily the sweet potato ones were pretty good too (especially when smothered in Sriracha and BBQ sauce…) and if you want, you can also have them as a cheesy version.

 

(N)ice cream in Nanabar, Shoreditch

 

vegan ice cream in shoreditch

vegan ice cream in shoreditch

 

After you’ve finished your burger you’re probably craving something a little bit sweeter, right? Everyone knows there’s a separate stomach for dessert anyway…

 

Nanabar is a pop up located in Charlotte Road in Shoreditch, which is only about a 10 minute stroll away from Mooshie’s. They serve ice cream (or, nice cream) made from frozen bananas (hence the name!) and there’s always just one flavour on offer per day. We were lucky enough to go when the flavour was peanut butter cup (yum!) where the toppings included bits of dark chocolate, salted peanuts and popcorn.

 

The ice cream was really nice, with the texture being just like regular ice cream, and the toppings were really complimentary and well thought out too. The only thing I would say is that as the ice cream is made out of bananas, it of course also has very distinctive banana-y taste, so if you’re not a fan of this fruit, maybe think twice (although if you have a lot of toppings they do disguise the original taste somewhat!).

 

The ice cream is also £6 per portion which I found to be pretty over the top – you do get a big-ish portion, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth that much money. But I do like supporting independent brands like this, and if it’s going to help them open up a permanent store, maybe it’s worth it in the end!

 

Have you tried either of these restaurants? If you have, what did you think?

 

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22 comments so far.
  • I’m loving the awesome vegan restaurants popping up at the moment! I’m not vegan, but myself and the boy are trying to cut down on our meat and animal product consumption so need to go and check these out!

    • Laura Emilia

      I agree! I’m not vegan either (I’m vegetarian) but I love to include as much vegan food in my diet and places like this make it SO much easier! These burgers are seriously yummy, so definitely try and give them a visit if you have a chance! xx

  • I’d love to try some nice cream (I don’t have a freezer at home or else I’d try to make my own!) xx

    • Laura Emilia

      Aww hopefully you can find it somewhere! It’s such a nice alternative to “normal” ice cream 🙂 xx

  • I’m literally drooling right now – everything looks amazing!! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

    • Laura Emilia

      It was SOO good! xx

  • Next time I am in London you are taking me to BOTH of these places!! They look incredible. You always manage to find the best veggie london spots! xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • Laura Emilia

      Haha absolutely – it’s a deal! I do a lot of searching and, I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty fun research to do haha! xx

  • I really want to try more non-meaty food options so this might be a great place to start – the burger actually looks and sounds delicious! 😀

    • Laura Emilia

      It really is such a great place to start as it doesn’t feel like you’re missing out at all! Would absolutely recommend xx

  • Luna Lovecow

    I love Mooshies!! We tried Nanabar last weekend too! So yummy, I want to go back on a Monday so I can have the strawberry shortcake one! 🙂

    • Laura Emilia

      Me toooo! And omg, the strawberry shortcake one sounds amazing! You have to tell me how it was 🙂 xx

  • Oooo I’m a shoreditch girl and I’ve not been here yet. I’ve never been swayed by vegan food if I’m honest but these look and sound delicious!

    • Laura Emilia

      They are so good – I’m convinced you’ll love them even if you’re not usually a vegan! xx

  • This looks so good! Your photography is beautiful x

    • Laura Emilia

      Thank you SO much Kim! 🙂 xx

  • Those sweet potato fries look incredible! I love a good vegan/veggie burger, the one with jackfruit sounds particularly delicious xx

    Toasty

    • Laura Emilia

      They were sooo yummy! The jackfruit one is my favourite but the black bean one is so good too. xx

  • The Sunday Mode

    Both of these places look and sound really delish and I am so curious to try pulled ‘pork’ but using jackfruit. I think there’s a place close to where I live that does something similar but I’ve been way too chicken to try it out, no pun intended :p

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Laura Emilia

      Haha I see what you did there! I would really recommend giving this place a go – everything that I’ve tried so far has been super yummy! xx

  • Ooh these look amazing! I’m totally going to check out that ice cream place!

    – Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk

    • Laura Emilia

      You should – it was so yummy! xx