Review: Veg’n Out

Third time’s a charm, aye?
Well, that was the case with trying Veg’n Out’s food. I had stood in front of their food truck in the heart of Canterbury for quite a long time, thrice actually, before I ever took the plunge to purchase something

Their menu was full of imitation meals which included a cheeseburger, bacun burger, egg burger, vish ‘n’ chips, chickun sandwiches and beef sandwiches. To most, this might not be a problem, but to me, it was as I did not want to write a bad review or eat something very disappointing. I hate the taste of meats so if any of their items tasted very close to the real thing, that would have been a problem for me.

Third time’s the charm. I went back to Veg’n Out and spoke to one of the people working there (who had just stepped out of the truck). I told her that I would like to try their food, but I can’t decide what to get so I would like her to help me pick something off their menu. The lady was rather wonderful and friendly. She told me what their bestseller was and talked me through the items on the menu and how they’re made. We even gushed over a particular ingredient she used that I had recently purchased for the first time and was rather astonished by.

Although I hadn’t gotten on the queue, the lady took my order and went back into the truck. Within a few seconds, I could smell the caramelised onion salad for my cheeseburger cooking and within 5mins, I had my food in biodegradable packaging and all the people in the queue had been served.

I walked over to a little garden with a friend to try the burger and once I took a bite, my first reaction was, “this cheese tastes real!” Vegan cheese has never tasted as real as that. The closest thing I can describe that burger to is a McDonald’s burger as it brought up childhood memories. My friend (who is an omni) tried a bite and said she won’t compare it to McDonald’s, but she still thinks it tastes good.

The burger comprised of tomatoes, pickles, a texturised soy protein patty, caramelised onion salad, lettuce and a bit of ketchup in a really nice bun. It was rather simple, but it tastes better than expected and I think it would be a great replacement for the conventional cheeseburgers omnis purchase. I think everything on their menu will be a good replacement just by judging through their most simple meal item.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a food truck experience like the one I had at Veg’n Out. One where everyone feels like a valued customer and there is a wide range of foods and desserts to order. If you are ever in the Canterbury area, give Veg’n Out a try.

LickYourPlate worthy? Well, I didn’t even have a crumb left uneaten.

Review: The Planet

The Planet – a hidden gem in little ol’ Taunton.

After about twenty minutes of walking back and forth, I finally found The Planet, a rather small and quaint vegan café in Taunton, Somerset. I walked into a rather echo-y room which consisted of two large pro-vegan pictures, chairs and tables arranged for easy manoeuvre and an area towards the back adorned with rather attractive cakes where you can read the chalkboard menu, place your order and pick up some vegan pamphlets and VeganLife magazines to occupy you as you wait for your food. Although there were a lot of pro-vegan things around the place, I felt that the vegan message being portrayed was no “militant” or overpowering.

After meeting the lovely staff, I took a few minutes to decide what to order – everything looked pretty delicious. They offered various veggie burgers, a pasta dish, soup dish and a wide range of drinks. A few minutes went by and I decided on the spicy chickpea burger and a bottle of water which, together, cost about £7.

About ten to fifteen minutes went by before my food came out. I expected to receive just a chickpea burger, but that was not the case, I got a burger with four different cold salads perfect for this summer heat in Taunton. The salads were a lentil and brown rice salad, carrot salad, green and purple leaf salad and potato and her salad.

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