To get us in the holiday spirit, Vegan Burger bar Mooshies London has launched its limited edition seasonal special called The Nutcracker. The Art Eats team went down to their restaurant in Brick Lane last week to try it out for size.

It was my first visit to Mooshies, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Slap bang in the middle of bustling Brick Lane, it makes for a wonderful change to the hordes of meaty curry houses, or famous salt beef beigels down the East London strip. The only other Vegan Burger establishment I’ve visited in recent months was The Vurger Co, so it was nice to have another opportunity to get my burger fix.

I was visiting fairly early, at around 6pm, however the restaurant was already near full with a mix of 2 large groups, and several couples. There is definitely a sort of young student vibe about the place, with it’s street art covered walls and a pay at the counter ordering system. All very informal and relaxed, which is cool on a weekday evening.

The menu is 100% vegan, and Mooshies also claim to use 100% recyclable packaging too. It’s great to see the environmental aspect translating in their takeaway business, as well as with their plant based menu.

Chick P Bites

The Burger

The Nutcracker Burger consisted of a patty of lentils, mushroom, sage and onion flaxseed topped with crispy onions and a peanut butter and cranberry mayo. The burger had great crunch, and a subtle flavour of Christmas which I love. It is one thing that I miss since switching to a plant based diet. I’ve had two Christmas dinners meat and dairy free and haven’t managed to replicate those flavours of Christmas quite yet. I have some ideas for this year, so stay tuned for further updates on that.

For me, the sauce was a bit overkill. There was way too much of it, and the peanut flavour didn’t really come through. I didn’t really enjoy the stark white colour, but I think that might be because i’m not used to eating dairy-like products anymore, so it feels a bit strange to me.

The lentil patty was super yummy and filling, and I absolutely loved the crispy onions that sat on top, beneath the multi grain seeded brioche bun.

The Sides

The burger was served alongside a portion of chick P bites complete with a spicy sweet chilli mayo. The bites were delicious. Kinda falafel-esque in texture they had a wonderful golden colour. They had a nice crunchy outer coating, and the saltiness in flavour went really well with the spicy and sweet mayo. I wouldn’t say the two flavour combinations of the bites and the burger went particularly well together, however it was nice to try an alternative side to good old fashioned chips or fries.

This place is a great shout if you’re leaving work and want something quick and easy before a night out. It’s great value for money, and very very tasty. I will definitely be back. Next time I think i’ll try their Pulled Mooshie (Jackfruit burger) or their What’s UR Beef (Quinoa and Blackbean patty).

Art Eats Review:

Food: 7/10

Service: 7/ 10

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