I like to think that I am conscious about sustainability and try to do my bit to help the environment, one of those things being I am mostly meat-free but it can be difficult to find places when eating out that cater to a plant-based lifestyle, especially in Aberdeen. So when I noticed that All Bar One now has a selection of vegan options on their menu, I was excited to give some a go.
The night started with a few cocktails of course so let’s start with those. My first drink of choice was a Raspberry and Peach Gintonica which is a double measure of Tanqueray gin with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic, for an aromatic flavour, and peach bitters and raspberry cordial, resulting in a fruity, refreshing beverage. The drink is topped with a garnish or raspberry and rosemary. It’s my go-to at All Bar One and one I’m sure you’d enjoy also.
Next on the list is The Blossom Birdcage Sharer which is a lavish sharing cocktail delivered to your table in a gold birdcage decorated with flowers. This sharing drink is designed for 4 people and comes with the option of 3 different alcohols: gin, vodka and whisky. So there is a birdcage that will suit everyone which makes it a great way to celebrate with the girls.
We opted for the vodka birdcage which consists of vodka, obviously, and a blend of watermelon, raspberry and rose for a sweet yet easy to drink cocktail.
Now onto the vegan delights that I tried at All Bar One.
For my starter, I picked the Chilli Non Carne Tacos which are crisp taco shells filled with crushed avocado, lettuce, kidney beans and of course, faux mince in a chilli con carne sauce. The tacos are finished off with a sprinkle of nacho crumbs.
I thoroughly enjoyed this starter. It was rich, bursting with flavour and certainly resembled any real mince chilli I’ve had previously. I was sad when I finished them, I could have eaten them all night.
If the Chilli Non Carne Tacos don’t appeal to you, however, don’t worry. There are several other vegan dishes available for those wanting to eat plant-based when dining out such as Vegetable Tempura, Beetroot Carppacio and Vegan Nachos. I’ll definitely be giving the Vegan Nachos a taste soon!
For my main course, I chose The Plant-Based Burger. For me, saying no to a burger is one of the most difficult tasks, hence why I’m not fully vegetarian yet, but with options like this burger from All Bar One, it helps make the transition easier. This burger is made with the well-known burger substitute by Beyond Meat. Beyond Meat burgers are incredibly similar to real beef burgers and provide you with that same meaty taste and texture that we burger lovers crave. Within a toasted, seeded bun, the burger is topped with a vegan cheese made from coconut oil, vegan mayonnaise, fresh lettuce, tomato and onions, alongside a healthy portion of fries. Delicious!
If all restaurants that served burgers gave the option to have Beyond Meat burgers, I’d have them every single time.
If you aren’t a burger fanatic, like myself, then All Bar One also offers a Plant-based Lasagne which is another I’m 100% going to be trying out at a future visit to this restaurant.
I’d highly recommend giving the vegan menu at All Bar One a try if you are looking for somewhere that offers appetizing plant-based meals. The food tastes just as good as the real meat option so you won’t be disappointed, I assure you.
I also wrote about the Beyond Meat burger that Brewdog offer, find out my thoughts on it here.
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