Vegan Evening @ Bread Street Brasserie – Vegan In Scotland

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In this blog series I review vegan/vegetarian restaurants, cafés and shops in Scotland. Since I’ve moved here there have been more and more veggie options on offer in mainstream restaurants and special diets and vegetarian places are opening up all the time. To help you navigate the veggie dining-out scene in this breath-taking country, I’m making it my mission suss out vegan/vegetarian places to eat all over Scotland — if it takes me all the way out to the Hebrides! (The things I do for you guys…)

Vegan Raw Chocolate Cake @ BSB #veganinscotland
I think by now you’ll all have noticed I have a habit of taking ages to get round to doing things. Just like the last Vegan In Scotland review – The Chocolate Tree, my new favourite place on Earth – I was aware of Bread Street Brasserie‘s vegan evenings for months before I actually booked a table there to see what the fuss was about. It’s thanks to your suggestions on Twitter that I discovered this place, btw, so feel free to always message me any vegetarian/vegan (friendly) place you’d like me to check out!

I took an open-minded omnivore friend of mine to dinner at Bread Street Brasserie, all the better to get a well-rounded opinion for my review. BSB doesn’t usually do vegan food, only for this monthly event, and I think it’s important in a non-vegan world that we are able to cater enjoyable plant-based meals to both vegans and omnivores alike – to me, that’s a pretty decent scenario.

It felt quite luxurious to be sitting down on a Thursday night in BSB’s glamorous 50s-60s decorated restaurant. A waiter promptly introduced herself to us and helped us identify the vegan wines (!) on the menu. There was brown bread to nibble on, too – a European touch I very much appreciated.
Nettle Soup @ BSB #veganinscotland
For each vegan evening they host, BSB creates a three course menu with three different choices for each course. It’s been chilly in Edinburgh, and neither my table companion nor I felt like having anything other than the nettle soup for starters – we direly needed something to warm us up. The soup arrived just moments later, and it sure warmed us up – plenty of pepper will do that for you. We dropped a small dollop of margarine into our bowls to soften the sharpness of the soup, after which it was perfectly fine.

Continuing with our comfort food theme, we then ordered a leek and mushroom pie for my friend and for me steamed ‘cheesy’ cauliflower on a bed of radish and samphire. Again the food was served without delay and our friendly waitress was always around to top up drinks and check on us. My friend was rather surprised at her ‘pie’ – apparently a euphemism for stroganoff and mashed potato – but enjoyed it nonetheless; my cauliflower and samphire dish could not have been more perfect. The chef did a brilliant job with these seasonal ingredients, and turned them into a deeply satisfying meal.
Vegan Mushroom Pie @ BSB #veganinscotland
Vegan Cheesey Cauliflower & Sampphire @ BSB #veganinscotland
We have a massive sweet tooth, my friend and I, so expectations were high for dessert. The quinoa and banana pudding piqued her interest, while I, predictably, went for the chocolate lava cake. Sadly the pudding turned out to be a small mound of butterscotch mashed banana and quinoa – which tastes as unappetizing as it sounds – and my lava cake was a raw concoction with delicious chocolate cream inside – but not a lava cake, really. But it was as rich and moreish as I could have hoped for, and if I hadn’t been so full already, I would have eaten ever last crumb.
Raw Chocolate Cake @ BSB #veganinscotland
Vegan Quinoa Banana Pudding @ BSB #veganinscotland
In conclusion, a bit hit and miss. Not bad at all, especially for a restaurant that does not usually serve only plant-based meals, and for such an upmarket place the bill came to a reasonable £22 for each of us, wine included. (The set menu for the night was £17.5, drinks not included). We left feeling full and nourished, and happy for having tried something new. It certainly did not put off my friend, which is always a plus when introducing vegan food to an omnivore! In hindsight, I also realised my entire meal was gluten-free, save for the bread.


Bread Street Brasserie
34 Bread Street,
EH3 9AF Edinburgh
0131 221 5558

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by Bread Street Brasserie and none of the food was complimentary. All opinions are my own and that of my table companion. 

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The Chocolate Tree – Vegan In Scotland

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In this blog series I review vegan/vegetarian restaurants, cafés and shops in Scotland. Ever since I moved here, I noticed it is noticeably harder to eat out and stick to a plant-based diet in Scotland than it was when I lived in London. After several months of frustration, I am making it my mission to suss out vegan/vegetarian places to eat all over Scotland — if it takes me all the way out to the Hebrides! (The things I do for you guys…)

The Chocolate Tree - Blog Review #veganinscotland
The Chocolate Tree - Blog Review #veganinscotland

I’ve been very excited about this review for a while. I moved to Edinburgh four months ago now, and I was eager to find my essential foodie spots: the farmers’ markets, my preferred supermarket, my local pub and café, and the like. It was at the Edinburgh farmers’ market, on a cold Saturday in January, that I stumbled upon a stall of chocolate bars. The stall holder handed me a free – FREE – cup of hot melted chocolate. Just water and chocolate, melted together. It coursed through me like a magic potion, thawing my chilled body. And man, it tasted good.

That stall belonged to The Chocolate Tree.

Most weeks I visit the farmers’ market. I make sure to buy my fruit and veg first, and what money I have left goes on chocolate. I knew the company owned a shop in Edinburgh as well – not far from where I live in the West End, actually – but I knew the temptation would no doubt bankrupt me and expand my waist size exponentially.

And yet, I had to know… so I finally went!

Let me walk you through the wonderful shop that is The Chocolate Tree, in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh.

The Chocolate Tree - Blog Review #veganinscotland

It’s a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory meets the witch’s wood carving shop in Brave: all dark and moody wood furniture, electric wallpaper and classic mural paintings. The business started as a solar-powered chocolaterie touring festivals across the UK, and TCT is still committed to recycling and being kind to the environment: they use biodegradable cellophane for their packaging and reusable FSC certified paper to print their labels on.

I’ve quickly fallen in love with this brand and this company because a) their chocolate is orgasmic, and they’re not afraid to play with flavours (but more on that later) and b) their staff are so dedicated to giving you the best experience enjoying their chocolate. They are always chatty at the market stall, telling me all about their chocolate-making process and telling me about their vegan options, and giving me free hot chocolate to taste.

My favourite flavours so far are peppermint, cardamom, salted caramel and haggis (!!). I was really into winter spice over the cold months, and probably would still enjoy it now if I wasn’t so enamoured with cardamom. It’s important to mention that their chocolate is made bean-to-bar, which means it’s all made right here in Edinburgh from raw cacao beans to achieve the best result possible.
The Chocolate Tree chocolates
The Chocolate Tree - Blog Review #veganinscotland
I had the most delicious vegan chocolate Easter egg, made with creamy coconut milk, and I wish I had bought more (but my bank account thanks me for exercising some restraint) because IT WAS THAT GOOD, but they also had plenty of dark chocolate bunnies (and they might still have some if you hurry and snap ’em up!).
The Chocolate Tree - Blog Review #veganinscotland
You can’t visit the shop and not try the Giandutto truffles. You know how much I love that hazelnut-chocolate combination – just see my Gianduja Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe for proof – and these truffles did not disappoint. All their truffles are labelled with vegan and dairy-free when they are so.

They also sell sorbets (all vegan) and ice creams (not vegan) in their shop, plus a vegan chocolate spread that I have yet to try but have my eye on. And if you need an impressive cake for a party, you’re in luck: The Chocolate Tree also makes whole cakes!

In short, The Chocolate Tree is the perfect place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon sipping on hot chocolate at one of their  tables by the window. And don’t forget to take a few of their chocolate bars home with you – one isn’t enough!


The Chocolate Tree
123 Bruntsfield Place
Edinburgh EH10 4EQ
0131 228 3144

+ they’ve got a shop in Haddington, too!

11 Hardgate
East Lothian
EH41 3JW


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