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.