Friday, 16 January 2015

Earth Cafe Turner Street Manchester 15th January 2015

I have been meaning to visit Earth Cafe for ages  so a recent visit to Manchester was an ideal opportunity for lunch.  It is situated under the Buddhist Centre and is totally vegan bar serving dairy milk with teas and coffees.

We both opted for the £6 platter which includes four items from the food counter, so I had spinach dahl with brown rice, carrot and a cucumber salad and my husband had Caribbean curry, brown rice and the two salads.   The food is all made on site, organic as far as possible and really tasty and good value.  The place was busy with people coming and going all the time which is a really good sign.

I was really tempted by the fantastic array of cakes in the display counter.

So even though I was quite full I really could not resist the coffee and walnut cake, which came highly recommended by two members of staff and I had to agree with them, it was fantastic.

Will I return to Earth Cafe, of course its on my list for next time and I love that everything is vegan, if this place was round the corner from home, I would be a regular visitor.

Bagel Nash Arndale Centre Manchester 15th January 2015

I love bagels and Bagel Nash is always a good place to eat anytime especially for breakfast.   If you are in a rush they do takeaway but we always sit in and so on this particular visit I ordered my favourite combination peanut butter and jam on wholemeal with a large Americano coffee.   What can I say, always tasty and delicious!

On The Eighth Day Oxford Road Manchester 14th January 2015

I have been dying to try On the Eighth Day for ages especially as our hotel booking did not include breakfast and I really yearned for a full vegan.   We arrived at about 9.45 am and quickly placed our order, I was starving which is a good thing as you certainly do not go hungry.   The breakfast consisted of cherry tomatoes, fried mushrooms, vegan sausages, fried tofu, baked beans and toast, all helped along by a big pot of Earl Grey tea.  The total for two people was £15 and bearing in mind breakfast at the hotel would have been £15 each, we could not fault it.   It was quite a walk there and back to On The Eighth Day from our hotel, but it was a crisp January morning and the walk there and back was very enjoyable.  Will we be back, of course!

Pizza Express 6a South King Street Manchester 13th January 2015

I love Pizza Express especially as they have a vegan pizza on the menu, The Pianta and having dined in Pizza Express branches from Edinburgh to London and everywhere in between, even Gibraltar, really love the consistency of the product.  So on a trip to Manchester we booked a table at the King Street restaurant on a cold Tuesday evening and were quickly shown to our table and drinks and food orders taken.  We ordered dough balls, sunblush tomatoes and olives to share which are always good, its hard to resist the dough balls they are that good, so good in fact I forgot to take a photo before we ate them all!!

The Pianta pizza as usual was spot on, full of my favourite toppings, spinach, mushrooms, pine nuts on a spicy arrabbiata sauce and finished with rocket, there was not much left by the time I had finished.  Pizza Express had an offer of 40% off the food, so the total bill including coffees came to £37.    Whenever we want pizza it really is hard to beat Pizza Express.

Oak Street Cafe Bar Oak Street Manchester 13th January 2015

The Manchester Design Centre houses Oak Street Cafe Bar which has several vegan options on the menu, including toasties, soups and cakes.   We visited for lunch and although my husband is not even vegan, we both chose the mushroom toastie with olive and almond pesto and two teas, one breakfast and one Earl Grey with soya milk.  The toasties were fabulous, so tasty with the pesto and the bread was lovely, soft and melt in the mouth.  The total cost was £15 which we thought was a bargain and we will revisit next time in Manchester, as the vegan cakes on offer looked fabulous.