Review: Terra Marique (Torquay)

Edit, February 2020: Terra Marique is now closed.


A couple of weeks ago rumours spread amongst the local vegans, not of an individual but of a whole restaurant. Terra Marique was a typical brassiere but when the family running it started reducing animal products at home they decided to turn the restaurant completely vegan! We popped in for breakfast as soon as we could.

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I had Smashed Avocado (£5.75) which was gratifyingly chunky and topped with some beautiful tomatoes and mixed seeds. The toast is gluten free which doesn’t effect the taste at all but is quite small and dense in the way of gluten free breads. But it was a good portion, I’m just greedy.

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Kate ordered the French Toast (£4.50) also made with gluten free bread. This one was served with maple syrup, fruit and soy cream. Kate wasn’t a fan of the soy cream, she thinks it’s too sour tasting. The rest was delicious though.

Terra Marique is currently serving a small selection of well-priced and well-made breakfasts and lunches and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

Reveiw: Soul Cafe (Torquay)

Edit: Soul Cafe is Now Closed. Awesome Brownies remain for sale at local food markets.

Before we get into the review I should give a little background to Soul Cafe. The location was home to Pea Green Kitchen a couple of years ago. It was known for its delicious vegan options but shuttered just before we started the blog. It was bought and completely changed inside and out to became the Soul Cafe. There was no vegan food. It didn’t last long. Now the people behind Awesome Brownies (who sell Brownies at local markets) have taken over and vegan food is back on the menu. Phew. Backstory over.

The staff are really welcoming of vegans and will happily explain what you can have. We started with drinks. Two hot chocolates. It’s basically chocolate in a glass. It’s silky, rich and thick. It’s just the right side of solid. Food wise I went for a burrito. It has vegan chilli, rice and more beans. To be honest I would have liked something crunchy in there or something creamy like avocado and cheese. It was nice though. Solid lunch option.

Obviously we had to order a brownie then. As they specialise in brownies they have a few options, even better at least three of those options were vegan. We went for the nutty one. It’s huge. Giant. It’s dense in the middle, a little dry around the outside and it is pretty awesome.

If you are in the area for lunch I recommend popping in, or going to one of their stalls in Totnes or Newton Abbot.

Vegan Cheese is Real Cheese: Vegan Mofo Day 6

Edit: 7/2/2020 The Kind Grind has now closed.

When the Kind Grind opened back in July they didn’t have a kitchen which meant they only had cakes and pre-packaged snacks.  I’m not complaining, I love both of those but sometimes I wasn’t something a little more savoury. Luckily in the last couple of months they’ve got the kitchen fixed up and brought new additions to the menu. Exciting.

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If you are around for breakfast you can get yourself a lovely crumpet with a variety of toppings. Come lunch and you can get a mezze platter, a baguette, a panini or try a special. We’re going to talk about the paninis today. Because it’s cheese themed!

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Kate went for a cheese and pesto panini. I think, technically it comes with tomatoes but she asks for it without large slices of vegetables. It was yum. The cheese is delicious. Importantly they also get the timing on the panini press just right. I’ve been burned by an over cooked panini before. Literally.

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Typically, I had mine with chilli. My love of chilli is, I think, rather well documented. I’m loving it. It may have become my favourite quick lunch. And I can’t help but being excited that vegan cheese has gone from barely edible to delicious in the last few years. Not to mention how great it is to have a local vegan cafe!

 

Rabbit, Exeter’s Vegan Cafe

Edit, February 2019: Rabbit has closed down.

Edit, December 2019: Rabbit has changed it’s menu since this review but it’s still delicious and we still recommend a visit.


 

Like all good Simpsons episodes the story of our trip to Rabbit starts with a barely related plot point: our blender  had broken and Kate’s Wednesday meeting was rescheduled. So off we went to Exeter to buy a Vitamix and why not pop into the city’s only vegan cafe for a meal.

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Rabbit

The floor plan of Rabbit is two thirds welcoming cafe and one third sunken garden. The walls are home to gorgeous murals and almost every spare space has its own bunny. I was glad to see a children’s menu as most places I’ve been to recently don’t have one. The grown-ups menu contained a mix of fast food, filling wholesome food and cafe classics. The cake is also a big draw. We saw lots of people come in to take away a  box or two.

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home of the double cheeseburger

I ordered from the specials board. I couldn’t resist the Double Cheeseburger, served in a big mac style bun. With Soya Patties, cheese, pickles and sriracha mayo it contained everything I love. It was served with crisps and if I was being picky I might say I would have preferred chips or wedges, but I could barely fit the burger into my mouth so why be picky about the sides. It was a very good burger.

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and the most delicious pasta ever

What really stole the show though was Kate’s order. She went for the Seitan Ravioli. I’m not sure if I appreciated how much she enjoyed it at first but she’s been raving about it for three days now. Every now and then the flat will go quiet and out of nowhere Kate will say ‘that ravioli was amazing’. She’s not wrong. She graciously allowed me to sample some and… wow. The pasta was perfectly cooked, the filling was gorgeous and the tomato sauce was a dream. I loved my burger, don’t get me wrong, but I’m having some remorse over not ordering that pasta.

 

So what more can I say? Visit Rabbit.

 

You can find them on Facebook here.

The Kind Grind – Torquay’s Vegan Friendly Coffee Shop

Edit 7/2/2020: The Kind Grind is now closed for good.

The Kind Grind had its opening yesterday and I allowed Kate to shake me awake early on a Saturday to check it out first thing. Our expectations were high. Our mood was giddy. Our stomachs demanded cake!

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The Kind Grind on Lucius Street, Torquay

Decorated with wood, chalkboard and succulents but in a way that makes it seem more homey than hipster, the Kind Grind is a welcoming space. Cute toys line the wall for your small children, there are plenty of places to sit, and if you are in need they are part of the suspended coffee movement.

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Cakes!

The Kind Grind wears its politics on its sleeves. They source locally, buy fair trade products and — of course — almost everything is vegan. The only non vegan thing on offer is milk for coffees. The dairy free among us can choose from almond, soy, and oat. Cakes are prepared by two local vegan ‘cake faeries’ and there is a selection of packaged foods, including Ten Acre Crisps.

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I managed to fit this one in my mouth whole. I’m proud of that.

So what did we get on our very first visit? Well we ordered two hot chocolates, with almond for me and with oat for Kate, and two cupcakes. Mine had a delicious shard of chocolate. I adored the cakes. They taste better than they look and they look amazing. We where drawn in by the homey atmosphere and ended up staying longer than we intended. To keep our stamina up we also had a packet of When the Cheese Met The Onion and a packet of How Chicken Soup Saved The Day. We swapped halfway through to get a taste of each.

We’ll be back in The Kind Grind often. They have both sweet and savoury snacks covered and when the weather gets cooler again I expect I’ll be in for a lot of hot chocolates. I’m also intrigued by the quiche, which we didn’t get to sample this time. I’m sure I’ll be able to report back soon on that one though.