The concept for Redemption Bar is simple; Guilt free socialising in the heart of East London. This eatery prides itself on being London’s healthiest restaurant serving up vegan, sugar-free and wheat free food with an alcohol-free bar.
When food is this good for you, why not indulge. And that’s exactly what we did on our recent visit to the Shoreditch branch last week.
Despite being peak lunchtime we managed to grab a table in the restaurant’s outdoor courtyard, which is more reminiscent of a Covent Garden or Fitzrovia establishment, than the hustle and bustle of Old Street and Shoreditch. There is a lovely relaxed atmosphere outside, which I’d certainly recommend on a sunny day.
The menu has a weekday offering of toasts, mains, salads, and then a separate section for burgers and sides. There is also a daily section with a choice of soup of the day, or a buddha bowl.
For mains I opted for the Californication (see the article cover photo for a proper glimpse). A hearty dish consisting of roasted sweet potato and red onion hash with mushrooms, kale, spinach, rosemary and a squeeze of lemon. I loved the variety of textures and colours on the plate. When eating at home, I tend to eat raw, so it’s nice to have some hot options for a change.
My friend ordered the Bolognese & Brown Rice Penne Pasta with a rich tomato sauce featuring purple sweet potato, shitake mushroom mince, topped with a roasted pecan ‘parmesan’ and wild rocket. It was out of this world yummy! As a relatively newly transitioned vegan, one thing I do sometimes miss is the comfort of home cooked classics like a Bolognese of a Shepherds Pie. Redemption Bar make an exquisite alternative. I will definitely be back to have a bowl of this all to myself, maybe in the Autumn on a colder night. Comfort food at its finest!
Following the mains, and true to form, given all the good we were doing, we decided to share a dessert.
Now being a huge dessert fan, I often feel quite let down by vegan offerings. They just can’t compete with the naughtiness of a full fat, high in sugar pud. I’ll never say an outright no to never having a guilt ridden dessert again, but for now I’m happy to keep trying the alternatives, as the choices are getting better and better.
We ordered the Banoffee pie, and despite it’s uber dense texture, synonymous with date heavy desserts, it was absolutely scrummy in flavour.The vegan chantilly cream was delightful also. I’d be keen to try some of their other desserts out in the future, but I think sharing is the way to go, as we found the pie a little too rich to finish between two.
Redemption Bar is great if you’re just looking for a quick spot for lunch in between a wander around East London, or the perfect location for a girly catch up with a friend. The service was wonderful, the staff were really bubbly and attentive.
There were a number of dishes I had my eye on, which is always a good sign too.
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