Warehouse Cafe, Vegetarian Restaurant in Birmingham
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Vegetarian & vegan RESTAURANT in birmingham
The Warehouse Café located in Digbeth, is Birmingham’s original vegetarian restaurant offering a healthy, organic and unique menu that has won them the Midlands Food & Hospitality awards in both 2016 and 2017. The restaurant space has a simple eco-friendly décor of wooden tables and plant pots; however, the menu certainly isn’t simple its full of colourful, delicious and wholesome food at a reasonable price with a friendly service to match.
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We arrived at The Warehouse Café on a Friday at 5.30pm and ordered two ethically sourced drinks to begin our first visit to the popular healthy eatery. We opted for the Karma Cola a Fairtrade drink using all-natural ingredients and a Fentimans Sparkling Elderflower botanical beverage. Both were refreshing and enjoyable.
As a vegetarian food blogger, there’s nothing I love more than visiting a restaurant and being able to eat everything on the menu and not having to be stuck with just one or two options that usually consist of cheese, an ingredient I’m trying my best to avoid eating. So, it was great visiting The Warehouse Café and being able to choose from everything on the menu, I found it difficult to decide because it all sounds delish! Which means I’m going to be visiting again soon, to try what else they have on offer.
To start my partner and I shared two starters, the ‘warehouse mezze’ consisting of hummus, carrot pate, olive tapenade & crispbread, with an apple & mango shot and the ‘falafel’ served with twikta and harissa mayo. Both starters were flavoursome and delicious, the falafel had a slightly crunchy outer and a soft mild spicy flavour inside and was super tasty with the beetroot. As for the mezze, we were slightly addicted to layering the dips on the crispbread, it was gorgeous.
For my main I picked the ‘seitan kebab’, a homemade seitan doner kebab, with a rich salad, pickles, vegan yogurt and harissa mayo served in a pita bread with chunky chips. This was heavenly comfort food, I loved the colourful variety of the salad and the different textures. I’m not usually a fan of pickles but I totally demolished them along with the rest on my plate. I had never eaten a vegetarian alternative to a doner kebab before, so I was a bit slow at trying it at first as it really does look authentically like doner meat which is something in my meat eating days I would never eat. However, seitan works as a brilliant meat alternative, so I just loved everything about this meal, I’m currently craving it again as I type this, it was all delicious!
My partner went for the ‘warehouse burger’, the patty was made using sunflower seeds, butterbean, quinoa & spinach, topped with vegan cheese lettuce, tomato, onion and vegan mayonnaise all in a toasted bun served with chunky chips and salad. My boyfriends diet pretty much consists of vegetarian burgers, so he certainly knows what makes a good veggie patty. Vegetarian burgers can sometimes be a total hit or miss as they’re usually the easy option for chain restaurants to add to their menus so that they cater for non-meat eaters. However, the Warehouse burger gets a big thumb’s up, my partner Gary ate the whole burger in about two minutes flat before I even got the chance to ask if I could try a little.
After demolishing every bite of the starters and mains, we were so full that we couldn’t squeeze in a little sweet treat. So, we visited again a few days later to try out the dessert menu. We shared the ‘chocolate brownie’ and ‘house cheesecake’. The brownie was served warm with a berry compote and soy ice cream, although the brownie tasted lush it did lack a moist gooey centre, so I wasn’t crazy for it. Despite this the soy ice cream was beautiful.
The cheesecake had a walnut and cashew nut base which made a lovely alternative to a biscuit base, the soy cream and chunky apricots were delectable and juicy too.
Teas & Coffees
To finish off our desserts we ordered a jug of tea and a creamy hot chocolate. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our first time at The Warehouse Café and are grateful to the DINE membership for getting us to eat out somewhere new while helping to support an award-winning independent restaurant. We will undoubtably be returning again very soon as well as checking out the many other independent and big name brands on the DINE app to grab a great deal courtesy of GoCompare.
If you are planning a visit to The Warehouse Café be sure to check out the restaurants opening times since they open at 12pm and close at 2:45pm then re-open at 5:30pm till 8:15pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays. They are closed on Mondays and are open 12-3pm on Sundays.
You can find The Warehouse Café on 54-57 Allison St, Birmingham B5 5TH, near the back entrance to Moor Street Carpark.
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