The Honest Vegan

Where: 336 Lisburn Rd, Belfast BT9 6GH

What: Small café serving casual food, coffees, cakes/traybakes. Completely vegan, as the name suggests.

Prices: £6-8 for a sandwich, mains £8-10, cakes £4-5

Vegan menu: Standard enough menu, mains consist of burgers, stews, chilli, an all-day breakfast. I do like that they stick to whole foods – no fake meat or processed stuff here. A few interesting sandwiches like the mushroom/chickpea scramble.

Drinks: Sparkling water, soft drinks, coffees, as well as some freshly made smoothies and juice blends.

Service: I’ve been a few times and it can vary. They tend to be a bit understaffed in the evenings, staff are generally pleasant but perhaps not the most attentive.

Comfortable? It’s at the site of the former Raw Food Rebellion and not much has changed in the interim – the benches can be a bit uncomfortable after a while and some of the tables are a bit too close to the door for my liking. They’ve made some changes recently regarding decor, so the place does look a bit cosier – more cushions, paintings, flowers etc.

Was the food good? Had the chilli and the chickpea burger. Both were very tasty, but I found the chickpea burger a bit expensive considering it didn’t come with anything except a small side salad. Pink flamingo juice was delicious. Desserts were mixed – the carrot cake was excellent, brownie was less so – was more like a chocolate sponge in consistency, and tasted slightly burnt.

Toilets: One at the back of the cafe – clean, large and well-lit.

My advice to the chef: Food is generally very good but I would love to see some more interesting options.

My advice to the manager: Some items are slightly over-priced. I loved this cafe when it was on Stranmillis because the focus seemed to be on affordable tasty vegan food – I feel like the prices have been hiked since the move but quality has not improved to match.

Overall: A solid option for anyone who enjoys tasty plant-based food.



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