As the nights get colder (which they most definitely are now!), I often find myself craving the most warm, tasty and filling meals that I can find; and which I don’t have to cook myself!
So I’ve put together my top 5 locations for vegan comfort food in Newcastle, to keep away the winter chill and to give you that much needed energy for that last onslaught of Christmas shopping.
The only place on this list that isn’t in the centre of town, the Grumpy Panda may be over in Gateshead but it’s definitely worth the trip (plus, it’s still in Zone A on the Metro!).
Every single item is vegan, however my non-veggie pals are still huge fans! Serving an array of dishes most commonly found in an American diner (think burgers, mac and cheese, hot dogs and milkshakes), their ‘meats’, ‘cheese’ and ‘eggs’ are all made in-house, so they know exactly what’s in them. Take on the Kraken if you’re feeling brave…
My Recommendation: The Panda Style burger, and upgrade the accompanying tortilla chips to house fries. Pair with a Cookie Crumble milkshake and a side of Mac and Cheez and you’re good to go.
Conveniently located near Central Station and serving up an array of wraps, paninis and baked potatoes (plus specials such as burritos, burgers or lasagnas!), Super Natural has to be one of my favourite spots for a top vegan lunch.
Be aware, they stop serving hot food at around 4:30pm most afternoons: keep up to date on their Facebook page.
My Recommendation: The ‘Chicken’ Tikka Panini paired with an almond milk hot chocolate, followed by a cake of some sort (check the counter for daily specials).
Think Subway, but for burritos and other Mexican delights, with choices of rice, beans, salsa and fillings. When it comes to the dreaded ‘cheese or sour cream?’ question, the staff will have no problem substituting this for guacamole. Another great place for veggies and non-veggies alike, with two equally convenient locations (one is barely minutes from campus). What makes Zapatista so great is that you’ll leave full to the brim, having only spent a fiver.
My Recommendation: Go for a burrito, with rice, mild beans, fried veg, pico de gallo, guacamole and lettuce (although I am a wimp when it comes to spice, so feel free to be more adventurous with the bean and salsa choices!).
Possibly the most atmospheric of the five, The Bohemian even hosts its own in-house record store. Tucked away near Central Station, you’ll find it by the glow of its fairy lights.
The restaurant is exclusively veggie, with everything on the menu being vegan if you replace the cheese with a vegan substitute.
Possibly the most pricey place on this list, but you’re paying for atmosphere as well as a great choice and quality food. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for deals and offers too. The Bohemian also do great pizzas which are now on Deliveroo.
My Recommendation: Shredded Peking Jackfruit Pancakes to start, followed by the Chilli Cheese Chimichanga.
With an excellent central location, Zizzi Italian is perfect for both meat-eaters and vegans, offering a variety of pizza and pasta dishes, along with a brand new Vegan Chocolate Torte. Don’t forget to ask for a vegan menu when you arrive, as all their dishes are clearly marked for dietary requirements. As well as this, if you go between Sunday and Thursday, there’s almost always an offer on food.
My Recommendation: The Vegan Garlic Bread as a starter, followed by the Vegan Zucca Pizza (I like to swap out the butternut squash for mushrooms).