Trying a touch of Vegan Life…

I was recently invited to pay the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill a visit, to dine in their restaurant ‘The Montague’ and experience their new Vegan menu. I have to say, I’ve never really considered vegetarianism, let alone going fully vegan. A vegan abstains from the use of animal products, particularly in their diet – but it often extends to not wearing leather or similar other life choices. Apparently Beyond and Jay Z recently went vegan for a month or so – so apparently this is the new diet trend. I went into this meal though just curious how the meal might taste without any meat or animal products in there (no milk, cheese etc). My initial expectation was that it would be nice, but mainly salad and there may be a high likelihood I would be craving more food after the meal was over.
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First things first, the menu was a bit of a special treat as it was being served by the lovely chef Ali Parvinjah who is also a martial arts expert and mostly based in LA. But was visiting the hotel to launch the new menu – and I was lucky enough to be dining at the Chef’s table. Not an experience I’ve had before, but found it absolutely fascinating to see my own food created and plated up in front of me – and also to be able to watch the buzz of the kitchen behind. I suspect the kitchen that is on show is very much one on best behaviour as there was no sign of any Gordon Ramsey-esque outbursts.

We started with the sample menu – a starter of air dried cherry tomato, cashew cheese with rocket and a lime vinaigrette – the biggest surprise here was the delicious cashew cheese. This stuff is delicious – I am a big cheese fan (probably one of the reasons I wouldn’t consider the vegan lifestyle permanently) but this surprised me – and throughout the meal, where there were many of nut-cheese concoctions. It made me totally forget that dairy was missing from the meal all together.

For the main we had Portobello Mushroom Filet – which is ‘the steak of the vegan world’, I love mushrooms so can mostly get on board with this – I think for this one if I was ordering it as my main meal was the one I’d want a larger sized portion – but I suspect the size very much comes down to the fact this was the tasting menu, rather than full. But it was very tasty (just make sure you take a mirror for any left over hemp seeds that may lodge themselves in your teeth…)

We then ventured off menu and tried what was 100% my favourite dish – and even just writing about it now makes me wish I could have some again. It was so tasty – this was the blackened tofu with grilled sprouting broccoli. Absolutely delicious, full of flavour and definitely the one where I’d feel meat was missing the least.

Then we opened up a whole new can of (Vegan) worms with the desert offerings… oh boy were these tasty! So rich and creamy, but without a hint of dairy?! How on Earth… I still can’t get my head around nut-milk or ice cream made from nuts… but it is truly delicious. One of my other favourites was the raw cacao vanilla cheese cake – so creamy, so rich. Amazing. This is definitely a major plus point – if you’re vegan and maybe have your moments when you miss the taste of dairy – you need to eat here, as it doesn’t feel like it’s missing at all.

I hope this little post has tempted you to maybe try a little taste of vegan life – one of the things Chef Ali was saying was that some people just make the choice to live vegan one day a week. Even if you maybe just want to feel a bit lighter and healthier after a vegetable based meal then this is a great place to try. Amazing luxury ambience and delicious vegan offerings. My top pick is without a doubt the tofu and broccoli. Yum.

The Vegan Menu choices will be on the menu at The Montague at The Churchill permanently – with a set menu costing £25 for three courses.

I was a guest of The Montague.

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9 Comments

  1. June 10, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Great pictures – it looks delicious!
    I’m a vegetarian for about 1 1/2 years and it’s great. Unfortunately most of the “meat-eaters” think that it is to hard to cook without meat and all you can is salad 😀
    But actually now I’m more aware of what I cook and that’s so much fun. There are endless numbers of receipts and delicious meals for vegetarian.
    One day I might also go vegan but I want to start slowly 😉

  2. June 10, 2014 / 2:37 pm

    They look so tasty !

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  3. June 11, 2014 / 5:29 am

    Everything really looked very very good! I personally would have needed a bit more starch for a meal but the cashew cheese sounds amazing!

  4. June 11, 2014 / 9:50 am

    This food looks beautiful. My sister has been vegetarian for about 18 months now and that alone has made me be so much more adventurous with the things I try. I think it can be great to explore new things 🙂

    Sophie
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    xxx

  5. July 4, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Oh my God, this sounds absolutely amazing! I need to go. x

  6. Janice
    May 18, 2015 / 2:52 am

    All three of my daughters are vegetarian & have been for many years (I still eat meat occasionally) my youngest daughter, who is 18 yrs, is now vegan. It is hard to eat out & we do have to do research to find places to eat. Thank you for the recommendation of this place. Especially as my middle daughter is moving to London very soon ☺

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