Plant Grill at Escape to Freight IslandVegan
Rolling into the Ticket Hall, Plant Grill is on a mission to bring a new kind of delicious and modern cuisine to Freight Island – it just so happens to also be vegan. “Good food, good mood” is one of Plant Grill’s slogans, and who are we to argue?
The plant-based plates are the brainchild of Dan Hope, formerly of chicken-based Fire Bird Hope at Hatch and YES fame, and, more recently, purveyor of fine vegan foods at the NQ’s Four Side Vegan Pizza and his bakery venture Krum, also at ETFI. Important, too, is sourcing ingredients locally, even hyper-locally –they’ve already plonked planters on the roof of Mayfield for a collaboration with When The Light Gets In. We would say that what’s big on enthusiasm is slightly lacking in choice, but what there is does all look a picture on Instagram. The signature ‘Pinger’ burger is inspired by a well-known junk food item and slides a panko-crusted tofu patty into a custom black sesame bun stuffed with kimchi, cavolo nero and carrot slaw, alfalfa and radish sprouts, and ‘Pinger’ mayo. Sticking to the sandwich theme, and the celeriac shawarma has a Middle Eastern vibe with tahini, pickles and house hot sauce on a flatbread, and goes nicely with zingy zhoug-drizzled aubergine.
Other side dishes include tenderstem broccoli with a miso glaze and a roasted seed sprinkling and crispy charlotte potatoes, which “take ages but deffo worth it” – add black cardamom gravy, apparently “100% banger”. Specials make their way onto the board too, from a paneer tikka tofu kebab to a slow-cooked plant-based ragu.
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