So I’m not a vegan, nor am I a vegetarian, so you’re probably wondering why I’ve reviewed a Vegan restaurant in Manchester. Well, more and more of my friends and colleagues seem to be making the switch from meat eaters to vegetarians, and I do happen to know a lot more vegans now than I ever did before.
Myself and a couple of girls from work planned an evening of food in Manchester City Center just recently, and it made sense to visit this place as the group was quite mixed. We had Meat eaters (that’s me), Vegetarians and Vegans alike. And after a little research, we found that V-Rev had launched in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
Being the first 100% vegan restaurant in Manchester, I was quite eager to try it out. I’d heard about it before and had passed the crowded windows one night when cutting through the Northern Quarter, and my, it was ridiculously busy.
I’ll admit, although I’m a meat eater, I don’t overly enjoy the taste of meat, I just eat it as and when. I often cook Quorn chicken and Quorn mince for my evening meal, and when I go out for a burger, I love nothing more than a chickpea version (take a read here for my latest veggie burger meal which was delicious!). Perhaps the taste of meat just isn’t quite for me!
So… let’s take a look at V-Rev. First of all, this place is vibrant. Vibrant and bustling with a touch of quirkiness. The walls are vivid, the vibe is loud, and the crowd were very laid-back and slightly student-y. I don’t want to sound stereotypical, but the crowd were very ‘Northern Quarter Hipster’, and I felt a little out of place in my fitted work dress, blazer and heels. Maybe because it was a week night, who knows.
Anyway, it was nice to see the staff taking on the general feel of the place too. Each one was dressed really cool and hip, decorated with an array of interesting tattoos and piercings, fitting in well with the crowd of vegan eaters. It was genuinely a very cool place to sit and people watch. Very Northern Quarter, and very ‘on-trend’.
The menu should be the next thing I discuss, and boy, I was overjoyed at the extensive choices. Basically, it doesn’t matter that V-Rev caters vegan food only. There are more burger and fries options here than that of Almost Famous and Byron Burger! All the beefy patties are hand-formed from seitan (or a gluten free alternative) and soy. As for their homemade ‘chicken’, you’ll find its fried chkn seitan; triple dipped in buttermilk, breaded and deep fried. Absolutely everything on the menu is 100% vegan!
Their beef patties are loaded up with ‘cheez’, pickles, peanut butter, banana, vegan pepperoni, salad, bbq sauce and all kinds. The ‘chicken’ buttermilk burgers are packed with chipotle mayo, guacamole, hash browns, ‘baecon’, Malaysian slaw and a whole lot more.
There’s also a wide range of ‘hotdogs’, ‘Mac and cheez’, and interesting sandwiches, but the loaded fries caught my eye. Piled up with TVP chilli, crushed peanuts, salsa, chipotle, chives, buffalo sauce, ranch dressings to name a few, the piled high side dish really is a delight.
I opted for the Guac to the Future burger, made up of fried chkn, cheez, guacamole, chipotle mayo, salsa, lettuce. It was tasty, although definitely tasted different to a usual chicken burger. Quite a prominent strong flavour somewhere, and a softer texture. But it was nice! The toppings tasted it up a little, and although different to what I usually eat (and not quite as tasty as Quorn), I did enjoy it.
My loaded fries were also impressive. I can’t say I’ve eaten crushed peanuts on my fries before, especially not mixed in with hoisin and all sorts of other sauces! However, I was fairly disappointed with the Mac & cheez (GF), rice macaroni with cheez sauce. I’m not sure what the ‘cheese’ sauce is made from, but it tasted a little of plastic with a really off flavour. I’m not too sure what it tasted off, but it really didn’t do it for me.
Overall, prices were affordable, at around £10 per meal, and a tempting cocktail menu too! Of course, I opted for an espresso martini!
I’d sum it up to say it was certainly an interesting place, and if you haven’t experience vegan dining before, it’s worth a visit (for the non-vegans like myself). Basically, you are spoilt for choice, without indulging in meat. A nice addition to the trendy Northern Quarter.