Last month I was invited to try the new vegan special menu at Vapiano in Manchester with one of my favourite people, Hannah (her blog is over here). I’d been to Vapiano once before back in April and I’d kept meaning to go back, so when the invitation landed in my inbox, I couldn’t resist!
I need to set one thing straight firstly… and that is the fact that I am not vegan, but yes… we were trying the new vegan menu. When it comes to food, I’m all about trying new things, and recently I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of meat I’ve been eating since a lot of my close friends are vegetarian, so I wanted to feel like I was doing my own bit.
But back to the food…
Vapiano is a really innovative take on an Italian restaurant where you watch them cook the food right in front of you after picking your fresh pasta and toppings: I’m a massive fan of watching anyone make food, as long as it means I can eat it afterwards.
I was emailed the vegan options, but as I’m a massive foodie, we obviously wanted to try one of the many starters first. After checking with the chefs, we started with a portion of olives (which if anyone is keeping track, I only started liking after turning 26…) and the bruschetta (with no cheese obviously) and a mojito, because what’s a Monday night without a cocktail?
Next we opted for the Zuaa Caramellata, which was a creamy risotto rice with a homemade sauce of Hokkaido pumpkin, orange juice and coconut milk, with a hint of vegan white wine, ginger, sesame & lime and was absolutely delicious. I’m not sure whether I’ve ever had anything with pumpkin in it before, but I would hands-down chose it again! We also shared the Con Cipolle Balsamico vegan pizza, which had a homemade tomato sauce, with balsamic shallots, courgette, aubergine, fresh basil & rosemary, and although I did miss the cheese, it was gorgeous, and I would definitely have it again! We also shared the strawberry spinach salad with fresh spinach, strawberries, red onions, pine nuts and home-made raspberry maple dressing (and usually has goat’s cheese).
When we’d finished the meal, we just assumed there were no vegan desserts as most of them had milk chocolate or cream in, but we were pleasantly surprised to find out that they did have two options on the menu, but by this point we were almost out of the door – we’ll definitely be back though in the near future to try them out!
I would highly recommend Vapiano if you’re looking for a different kind of meal in the city centre that is full of flavour, fresh ingredients, in a cool and relaxed setting, and I’m already dreaming about what I can have next time (probably something with cheese!)
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Thank you to the lovely staff at Vapiano for treating us to a thoroughly enjoyable evening with complimentary food and drinks. All views are my own.