Redemption is on song with vegan fare
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A teetotal, vegan diner might not sound like a hotspot for an enticing night out, but Redemption is set to prove that food without dairy or meat is pure but indulgent.
The motto of the little place in Hoxton’s Old Street is “spoil yourself without spoiling yourself”, and it offers a break from debauchery without the feeling you are missing out.
It has the feel of a conservatory in the Hamptons with white wooden fixtures, plenty of windows, and plush velvet seats, shaking off the image that vegan food is just for dungaree and sandal wearers.
Sugar-free food that’s low on carbs is all the rage right now, and the kelp noodle and lemongrass laksa soup, priced at £8.50, is both spicy and soothing.
The tangy and crunchy cauliflower kimchi served with chilli and pomegranate, at £6.50, is naturally fermented and is really good for your immune system, rich in probiotics.
We also tried the delicious maki rolls platter, at £12, revamping sushi for detoxing, where rice is replaced with quinoa, and the roasted gomasio and cashew crusted pumpkin, at £12, is also super wholesome and tasty.
Beetroot spiralised into linguini noodles comes as a huge main course portion at £14.50, served with an antioxidant-rich brazil nut pesto, giving a roasted earthy flavour.
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Another main, the mushroom and barley risotto is packed with an umami rich wholesome flavour and is really comforting.
This place really comes into its own with the out-of-this-world desserts. An intense chocolate cheesecake and blueberry cheesecake, both £6, are dairy free and made of nuts. A crispy and soothing apple, sultana and cinnamon crumble is priced at £5.50, and the cranberry, orange and ginger fool, also £5.50, is subtly scented with an endearing blancmange texture.
The restaurant’s ethos is rooted firmly in caring for the planet and Catherine the founder described her horror when a guest pointed out that the straws they were using were made of plastic.
Redemption proves that healthy food can tantalise the taste buds, and offers a glamorous night off from your usual temptations.