What: Wild Food Cafe
In a nutshell: A second site for the popular vegan restaurant
Summing it all up: Plant-based menus and vegan pizzas will feature at this new Islington outpost
Having built up a loyal following in Neal’s Yard since opening seven years ago, Wild Food Cafe is expanding, opening a new site in Islington by the end of the year. Taking over the space vacated by 100 Islington towards the top end of Upper Street, the new site will offer a lot more space than the original, allowing founders Joel and Aiste Gazdur to add lots of new dishes to the menu – it also means they’ll be taking bookings.
Across the board the focus will be on nutritious plant-based dishes using organic and foraged ingredients. The menu will follow a traditional three course format, with starters including ‘Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich Bites’ – raw walnut and courgette bread, little gem, black garlic cashew cheese, BBQ pulled jack fruit; ‘scallops of king oyster’ – oyster mushrooms, herb & garlic dip, wild sea purslane; and ‘Wabi-Sabi Kale Salad’ – grilled squash, sunflower seed sour cream, probiotic kimchi, chestnuts, avocado, wakame.
For the mains, there’ll be ‘Living Laksa’, a vegan version of the national Malaysian dish, which combines coconut broth with galangal, lemongrass, ginger, nori, squash and ‘Queen of the Forest’, a coconut-seared plantain stew with romanesco, black rice, amaranth, cacao nibs, and brazil nuts. They’re also promising gluten-free wood fired pizzas, plus a ‘wild’ weekend brunch – what that will involve remains to be seen.
On the drinks side there’ll be juices, herbal tonics and superfood smoothies, as well as natural wines and superfood cocktails using organic spirits and medicinal ingredients.
More about Wild Food Cafe
Where is it? 269-270 Upper Street, London, N1 2UQ
When does it open? 14 December 2018
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