The Big Easy in Covent Garden has an interesting look right from the entrance. A long corridor leads you into a bar area, where you can wait to be seated with a couple of drinks. The whole building feels a bit like a maze, with more seats around corners and a downstairs area too. The spicy black bean veggie burger is one of just a few vegetarian options. This is perhaps to be expected at a barbecue restaurant however! It costs £10.90, and is described in the menu as follows: “Avocado, Pickle and Chipotle Sour Cream”, “with fresh potato fries and ‘slaw and house pickles”.
After trying a couple of recipes recently, I decided to work on my own veggie burger recipe. Although the results weren’t perfect, I’m sharing the recipe and how it turned out here. I’ll also mention how I would change it in the future. If you decide to give it a try yourself or make any changes, let me know how it goes! I’d be interested to see if anyone could refine it a little and eliminate some of the issues that I experienced.
This was something really exciting for me, because I’ve never been to a full vegetarian restaurant before. Mildred‘s serves vegetarian and vegan choices, and is quite busy normally as you can’t book a table in advance. It’s a little cramped inside, but we managed to get a table to ourselves, and the food was absolutely worth it. We were told to try turning up a little later as that would reduce the wait, and we did not queue for long. Looking at the menu was ridiculous. This is the first time I’ve been able to choose anything I want from a whole menu! I could barely decide. But, since I knew it would be something I could talk about here, I eventually went for the burger of the day. As it was a special occasion, I also started out with tortelloni as an appetiser.
I wanted to try a homemade Mexican veggie burger recipe, so I took a look around online and found my way to a post by Delicious. It looked good enough and seemed easy to make, so I decided to go for it. I did make a few tweaks to the recipe based on what I had in the cupboard and personal taste, so I will list my version of the recipe below.
I’ve been to TGI Fridays a couple of times, although the last time was a while ago. I don’t know whether they have changed their menu recently, but I certainly remember having a much better meal the first time I went. Whether the food has changed, or whether it was the fault of the particular chefs, I’m not sure – but I expected a bit more from this burger, or “sandwich” as they call it, than I got. To start with, it was brought out first with the wrong fries, and out of a table of eight there were four mistakes when they brought the food out, with another plate arriving very late. Three out of eight is not a good start.
On the VegBurge scale, I give this…
Taste – 5/10
Price – 4/10
Rest of experience – 5/10
A while ago I went to the Smith and Western in Tunbridge Wells and tried their Prairie Meat Free Burger, and recently I went there again to discover that their menu had changed. They now offer you the chance to swap the meat version of any of their burgers for a vegetarian one, which means a lot more options are now available to you. However, the price does not go down for any of the swaps, so in essence you still have to pay meat prices whether you’re eating it or not, which is frustrating. The prairie burger that I reviewed before is no longer available, however, the burgers do still come with coleslaw and a choice of normal fries, curly fries, or wedges as before.
I was in Norwich over Christmas and had time to stop off at the Revolucion de Cuba bar and restaurant for lunch. Their Spicy Bean Burger is £10, and the description on the menu reads: “black beans, cannellini beans, sautéed peppers and onions mixed with Cajun spices, then breaded, deep fried, and topped with mango salsa.” It also came with chips in a mug, pickle, some beetroot slices, and paprika and rum flavour mayonnaise, all served on a wooden board.
I am quite excited to have my first recipe post to share with you, and to report back on how it worked out for me. I found this recipe online by Kathy Patalsky, and wanted to try it right away. We love sweet potatoes and cook with beans and spinach all the time, so it seemed like a perfect fit! I changed a few small details in the recipe, so I will record exactly what I put in and how I cooked it here. I actually even forgot a stage or two, so I will reproduce the recipe here with my changes added.