When visiting new cities as a vegan, it can be difficult to decide where to eat. There’s the worry of vegan options, affordability, cross contamination and good service, but have no fear, Liverpool is more than prepared.
For years, Liverpool has been praised for its cultural excellence and quirky independent businesses, whether that be coffee shops, clothing stores or restaurants. Bold Street is where it’s at, a street filled with small shops, and speciality restaurants seemingly popping up all of the time.
This year has been particularly exciting, with LIV Organic, an organic and vegan supermarket, opening, as well as Our Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan only restaurant with not a piece of meat in sight.
Our Kitchen Review
Located at the top of Bold Street, Our Kitchen stands out as an elegant and luxurious lunchtime choice. Its appearance is simple yet bright, with colourful lights on the ceiling and flowers on each table. Though it’s small, it feels open and comfortable, and the atmosphere is relaxed.
The large menu is double sided; one side for veggies and one side for vegans, a rare treat compared to the one vegan options you may find in many places, and there’s even a children’s menu with veggie sausages and more. Our Kitchen boasts a large drinks menu too, with their speciality being juice shots and smoothies. I braved the charcoal smoothie, and it was amazing despite the unappealing black colour.
Food and Pricing
The vegan menu offers a variety of options from small plates such as hummus and pitta or mini bean burgers, to buddha bowls and duck style stir fry. The price is excellent for the standard of food, with small plates being around £4, and larger meals being between £6-10.
I have tried the black bean buddha bowl, a mix of beans, rice, veggies and sauce, which was so huge I couldn’t finish it. As well as the mini bean burgers which were amazing. I was given 3 bean burgers consisting of a bread bun, cheese and burgers, which were actually a fairly decent size for £4.50.
Service is fast, I’ve been at quiet and busy times and never waited more than five minutes for my order to be taken, and no more than fifteen minutes for food to arrive.
At the back of the restaurant is a mini shop, with vegan wines, snacks and bottles of their smoothies and juice shots. I love this idea because it means you have the chance to pick up some treats after your meal or just pop in for a take-out smoothie.
I’d highly recommend Our Kitchen as a place to put on your ‘must go to’ list when visiting Liverpool, and definitely try the charcoal smoothie if you’re brave enough.
Guest post by Emma Dukes – visit Emma’s blog here.