Recently, it was time for another visit to Mildred’s, our favourite veggie spot in London. This time, I decided to try the classic burger: smoked tofu, lentil, piquillo pepper in a focaccia bun with relish, rocket, red onion and tomato with vegan cheese. Vegan cheese! Tofu! Focaccia! I can’t explain the excitement. I also went for a side of sweet potato fries because, well, why wouldn’t you?
So this was a pretty amazing burger, I can’t deny. It was stuffed with a bounty of peppery rocket which was absolutely perfect against the beautiful basil mayonnaise. I could marry this mayonnaise. I want to eat this mayonnaise at every meal. There was also a perfectly smoky-but-sweet relish which was everything I expect from a burger dressing. There was just enough onion and salad in the bun, rather than the too much or too little I am often complaining about. The burger itself featured whole lentils wrapped in blended soft tofu, all of it cooked to have a crunchy outer shell for a fantastic burger texture.
Overall it had what I would describe as Italian flavours – the basil, the rocket, the tomato and onion, the pepper. But it was all topped off by what must be considered as a holy grail. The vegan cheese: beautiful, beautiful vegan cheese. We’ve made our own vegan cheese, but that was more like houmous when all was said and done; this is nothing like that. This is a beautiful and almost heartbreaking rendition of Kraft singles cheese – made vegan. The taste, the texture, even the way it moves when you tear it off – all perfect. Scratch what I said about the mayo. I’m marrying this cheese instead.
The sweet potato fries were creamy and lovely, though some were a bit underdone. I didn’t mind. I smeared them in basil mayo and all was forgiven. I think this must be what the eat in heaven.
On the VegBurge scale, I give this…
Taste – 9.5/10
Price – 7/10
Rest of experience – 9/10