Tenner or Less: vegan burger, Arancini Brothers

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The Kentish Town institution went 100% plant-based the other week. Here’s what to order


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Where: Down there on the lower Kentish Town Road, silly, where it’s been since 2011. In fact, it pioneered decent coffee and a mindful approach to eating in that part of town.

Why: Last month it went 100% vegan, while also launching new brunch and evening menus. Starters offer things like selection platters of arancini balls, and mains (around £5.50-£9) include five imaginative-sounding plant-based burgers, plus the likes of hot butternut and lentil stew, wraps and salad boxes.

What: We were keen to try one of the five vegan burgers. The patties are made using mushroom and risotto, and different options include vegan cheese and vegan ‘meat’. Our ‘chorizo’ one (£9) – the word spelt CHorizo (sic), a soya protein marinated for 48 hours in their own sriracha and special spice mix – was a moist combination of tomato, rocket, mayo, caramelized onions and coconut-oil based cheese. It was held together in an organic bun, a tad dry. But all in all we much preferred it to the seitan option at nearby Temple of Camden.

Notes: It doesn’t include tasty salted fries (from £1.70 extra). We also ordered a side salad (£2.50), a healthy bundle of quinoa, crunchy peppers, leaves and seeds.

Don’t: forget it’s BYO now, so you can bring a bottle of wine in the evenings, and make a night of it.

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Arancini Brothers, open till 9pm daily, 15a Kentish Town Rd NW1. More info

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