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As a nutrition coach many of my clients are looking to make changes to their diets and lifestyle in order to get healthy or remain healthy. I’ve noticed more and more are asking about specialist diets like vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. The reasons for their interest is wide and varied from ethical, health conscious, animal welfare, weight loss etc.
As a chef and vegetarian myself I can help them to make changes to their diets at home, like looking for good protein sources from nuts, tofu, beans etc. But it can be a challenge when eating out
I’m always looking out for places that can cater for my clients needs, so I was really pleased when a friend pointed me to a Facebook page of a local restaurant. The Parlour, West Bridgford have taken the step of producing a vegan and vegetarian menu (along side their standard menu), it even has a vegetarian and gluten free afternoon tea option
Well I obviously couldn’t pass up this opportunity to pay them a visit and see for myself.
The staff were very quickly at my side asking if I’d like to see the new menu, they were excited about the launch, which so far was proving a winner. Time would tell if I thought so too. They were well versed in all aspects of the new menu and talked me though it, answering all my questions.
The menu was really appealing and extensive, with some interesting sounding dishes like the Persian salad of Spiced quinoa with pomegranates and a mojo dressing, or the pea and mint tortellini. After much thought I went for the ‘naughty vegan burger’; a soya burger, vacon, vegan cheese, flamenco yoghurt served in a vegan bun with sweet potato fries and fermented slaw
It looked pretty impressive when it arrived, like any other loaded burger. Now this is a good thing because often when I’m out with my meat eating friends my veggie/vegan food looks second best. However this burger would most definitely win ‘Best in show’
And it tasted good too. The bread was not too doughy, there was a good selection of salad and the bun wasn’t soaked in sauces and dressings. The fermented slaw had a lovely crisp freshness to it; nutritionally it will add lots of good bacteria in to your diet. And somewhere in the burger there was some lovely heat and spice, not sure if it was the Flamenco sauce. The sweet potato chips were a good option because of their additional nutrients and fibre, they tasted good too. But I had to leave some as the portion was quite generous. I was even offered vegan ketchup
All in all, a triumph!
I was shown all the homemade veggie, vegan and gluten free cakes And as tempting as they were I had to decline as I was too full. Which means I will have to return
A quick additional note on the décor, when I first visited I noticed a few stuffed animals on the wall. I always felt uncomfortable knowing they were there, and wondered if they would remain now that the restaurant was expanding its veggie repertoire. And I am very pleased to say a member of staff had the same thought, so the animals have been replaced by some rather nice paintings.
Well done the Parlour, you have thought of everything!