The MetMUnch Vegan Foodie 3 By Nikita Star

Manchester Burgers #1

Everyone loves a burger with fries, right? You don’t have to go to a fully vegan establishment to find a meat-free one, most eateries in Manchester have one on the menu, or at least one you can ask to be made vegan by excluding the mayo or cheese.

I plan to eat more vegan burgers in Manchester, but for now, here’s four to look out for…

Handmade Burger Co. – Deansgate, M3 3WB

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Handmade Burger Co. Thai Vegetable Burger (£8.25)

This place offers so much variety. Not only do they have a vast selection of meat burgers for those not ready for the plants, they have six veggie vegan-friendly burgers to choose from, along with additional sides, salads and milkshakes. I went with meat eaters who ordered chicken and beef burgers, but when mine came out they commented how good it looked and one wished she had opted for a veggie one.

I had the Thai Vegetable burger: Thai vegetable patty, grilled peppers, sweet chilli sauce, red onion and watercress. It was full of sweet and savoury flavours and was hearty and filling. I would happily eat this burger again, but not before I try their other five!

 

BrewDog – Peter Street, M2 5BG

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BrewDog Hail Seitan Burger (£9) + sweet potato fries (£2.50)

Oh my! This is the only time I have ever had seitan. I do not know if all seitan tastes this good or whether BrewDog just cooked it to perfection. Seitan is made from the wheat protein gluten, sounds gross I know, which is why I had never bothered trying it before. Named “Hail Seitan”, this burger is described as a BBQ seitan steak with crispy kale, sun kissed tomato chutney and hummus.

The taste and texture literally reminded me of sticky BBQ spare ribs from a Chinese takeaway; meaty, a little chewy, sticky and sweet. I was very pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it, 10/10. BrewDog is not a vegan eatery but has a few options, including another burger, a hot dog, buffalo cauliflower wings, salad and sides.

 

Fuel Café – Wilmslow Road, M20 3BW

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Falafel Burger with salad (£6.20) + sweet potato wedges (£3)

If you’re a student living close to fallowfeild, Fuel is just down the road heading towards Withington. It has that student, quirky hippy vibe to it. Very friendly and soulful atmosphere with lots of colour, cosiness and hosts open mic nights and live music. The menu caters hearty vegetarian food with vegan options, including breakfasts, mains, cakes, milkshakes and booze. I had the falafel burger, made vegan, and it was as tasty as falafel burgers get, with a dollop of hummus for a great price. The side of sweet potato wedges bumped up the bill, but they were worth it.

I also treated myself to a piece of chocolate cake, which was super decedent and would satisfy anyone’s chocolate cravings. A satisfying meal within a great setting, you would come back just for the atmosphere itself.

 

Nando’s – Multiple locations

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Nando’s Supergreen Burger (£6.25) total + two sides (£10.45)

I loved the soya veggie burger on the old Nando’s menu, but just recently, they ditched it and replaced it with two new burgers: Sweet Potato & Butternut and Supergreen.
With Nando’s veggie burgers you must request no mayo for them to be vegan and they can be ordered either on a bun, pitta or wrap. Now, I was optimistic as I enjoyed their old one. I was disappointed.

The taste, I cannot fault. However, this cannot be classed as a burger. It did not hold together in the slightest, it was completely soft and mushy, resembling more of a sandwich filler paste. I would eat it again for sure; it was delicious and complemented the sun-dried tomatoes. Nevertheless, it is not a burger.

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The MetMUnch Vegan Foodie By Nikita Star

Being Vegan in Manchester

I’m Nikita and I’m a second year Nutritional Sciences student at Manchester Met. Yes, my love for food is so real, that I’m studying it!

Since being a baby, my mum tells me stories of my excessive sweet tooth, and not much has changed, well except I transitioned to a vegan diet in 2013. To be honest, this only grew my passion for food. At the time, veganism was no way near as big as it is now and so it forced me to learn how to cook. Fast forward a few years and eating out or ordering a vegan takeaway has never been easier.

The vegan movement continuous to grow and Britain alone has seen a 360% increase in Vegans over the last 10 years (Quinn, 2016), with figures of over half a million Brits being vegan (The Vegan Society, n.d.). Furthermore, in 2017, statistics revealed 28% of Brits reduced their meat intake within 6 months and 49% are interested in doing so (Mintel, 2017) for ethical and health reasons. Meat alternatives are on the incline with 50% of Brits purchasing meat-free products (Mintel, 2017) and this year a whopping 168,500 people signed up for the Veganuary pledge for reasons including animal welfare, health and the environment (Veganuary, 2018).
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Figure 1: Veganuary (2018) Statistics

Manchester is the place to be for vegan grub, with more vegan options appearing on menus and new vegan restaurants popping up all over the city. This isn’t surprising, Manchester has always been ahead of the game being the birthplace of the Vegetarian Society.

So, I dedicate this blog series to all the delicious vegan food Manchester has to offer. I would like to point out some of my photos are of mediocre quality; I had no idea I would end up sharing my food adventures. If you’re new to Manchester, new to Veganism, or just want to increase your palette, stay tuned to find out where is good to get Manchester vegan grub.

References

Mintel (2017) 28% of Brits have cut back their meat consumption over the last six months. Mintel. [Online] [Accessed on 22 February 2018] http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/28-of-brits-have-cut-back-their-meat-consumption-over-the-last-six-months.

Quinn, S. (2016) Number of vegans in Britain rises by 360% in 10 years. The Telegraph. [Online] [Accessed on 22 February 2018] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/number-of-vegans-in-britain-rises-by-360-in-10-years/.

The Vegan Society (n.d.) Key facts. The Vegan Society. [Online] [Accessed on 22 February 2018] https://www.vegansociety.com/about-us/further-information/key-facts.

Veganuary (2018) A Record-Breaking Veganuary 2018. Veganuary.com. [Online] [Accessed on 22 February 2018] https://veganuary.com/blog/a-record-breaking-veganuary-2018/.

Kettlebell Kitchen: Restaurant Review

By Cennet Tezgel

A new restaurant claims to be Manchester’s first healthy fast food joint. But how does the food taste? MetMUncher Cennet went down to take a look.

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Exercise your tastebuds: Kettlebell Kitchen

Going to the gym and thinking about our food choices has become increasingly popular in the last few years, so it follows that there’s been a big demand for more protein restaurants to open in Manchester.

With a variety of restaurants catering for everything from vegan raw foods to junk food cafes and wine-and-dine restaurants, the new Kettlebell Kitchen – on Great Ancoats Street, on the edge of Manchester City Centre – fits in nicely with the city’s friendly, foodie ethos.

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Wagamama Feast

by Emily Atkinson @IHaveThisThingForFood

The tropical fruit juice at Wagamama in Spinningfields is a perfect combination of mango, apple and orange and is a great choice if you want to reminisce on the summer days that have just come to an end.

Don’t stick with edamame! If you (like me) go for the same side dishes every time you go to Wagamama, these are definitely worth a try:

  • Lollipop prawn kushiyaki (skewered grilled prawns marinated in lemongrass, lime and chilli served with caramelised lime)
  • Aga dashi (crispy fried silken tofu in a dashi stock with kombu, ginger and coriander cress). The golden tofu wasn’t enough – we drank the stock, it was too delicious to waste!

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Also, don’t tell me you’re one of those ‘chicken katsu till I die’ kind of people! For something different, try the two main courses we indulged ourselves in:

  • A huge bowl of yaki soba (veggie) noodles
  • My favourite raisukaree (a mild chicken coconut and citrus curry). I much preferred the curry as it was light and the vegetables were crunchy.

There’s always room for dessert, even if you have to unbutton your trousers! We had a selection of 3 small cakes including my favourite: passion-fruit cheesecake. Finally, to cleanse our palette, a black rice pudding with coconut cream and mint – a very strange but surprisingly fresh desert.

After rubbing your fully developed food babies I suggest you wash it all down with some green tea.

Wagamama Feast