After the excesses and over indulgence of December it is with some relief that we embrace Veganuary, and where better to enjoy delicious and varied Vegan or Vegetarian recipes than Bill’s. As Bill himself says In January the vegetables are the stars of the show and there’s certainly no arguing with that. I enjoy eating Bill’s dishes all year round but most especially during this month – I am neither a Vegan or even a Vegetarian – but do like to intersperse eating smaller quantities of meat with lots of flavoursome Vegetarian fayre and at Bill’s I am never disappointed
On this occasion we visited Bill’s Soho, but in central London you are never very far away from a branch of this popular restaurant group which has 19 restaurants within the London postcode area and many more within the commuter belt of the Capital. While perusing the menu we dipped into delicious Giant Green Gordal Olives (vegan) which were wonderful and kept us satisfied as we made our menu choices. We started our dinner with a helping of Wild Mushroom Soup with garlic croutons & chives (vegan) and Miso Aubergine Fritters with smoked chilli & soya dip (vegan), the fritters were wonderfully spicy and really quite filling, and both dishes proved an excellent start to the evening. My dining companion Bill and I decided, rather than moving directly on to a main course we were more than just a little tempted to try some more of these exciting and flavoursome starters and we enthusiastically dipped into a dish of rather wonderful Candy-Striped Beetroot, Kale and Red Onion Humous on toasted Sourdough (vegan) which went down a treat, candy striped beetroot was a surprise ingredient, and very nice it was too, and lots of healthy greenery on the plate – it was certainly a feast for the eyes as well as well as the stomach. From the main menu we shared the Mushroom and Tarragon Suet Pudding (vegan) which came with a giant roasted mushroom, parsley and White Bean Casolet. Very tasty. We had eaten well and were quite sated, but shamed as I am to admit it, I simply can’t resist dessert and Frozen Amaretto Parfait (vegan) was calling to me; I was kind enough to share a bite of this truly exceptional melt in the mouth dessert with Bill. Is there no end to my generosity? In the meantime Bill couldn’t resist the rich and decadent Sticky Chocolate Pudding complemented perfectly with Coconut Icecream and Hazelnut Crunch (vegan).
At the end of the day all the dishes we enjoyed were nutritionally well-balanced and really tasty. And there’s still time to come back and try some more before Veganuary ends on 31 January.