It opened as London’s first 100% vegan diner a year ago – and we gave it something of a rave here.
Now its entrepreneur-founders, Matthew Foster and Ruth Mumma, mark the diner’s 1st anniversary with the opening of a new, much bigger restaurant in Camden Market’s North Yard (right next to similarly high quality Baba G). And it feels very grown-up after their makeshift, though charming, original corner site.
The new 45-cover diner boasts the addition of a vegan freak-shake bar. Tourists and teens will no doubt be flocking to snap (up) the likes of the Rainbow Unicorn (Skittles, candy floss, bubblegum syrup, rainbow pops, fizzy rainbow strips and iced Party Rings) as well as Rudy’s Childhood Memories (chocolate & peanut butter, chocolate sugar wafer and peanuts). Jeepers.
If that’s not your thing – and, to be frank, it’s not ours – the menu thankfully continues to serve established Rudy’s favourites, including the Reuben, a classy vegan pastrami grilled rye sandwich with all the trimmings such as sauerkraut, cream cheeze, grilled onions and Russian dressing. And – inevitably – classics like the Dirty Burger, Mac and Cheez and Spicy Vegan Buffalo Wings.
With extended open hours too, it’s now a dinner joint every night of the week; and there’s a private dining area which seats 12.
The new opening is part of the ongoing foodification of Camden Market as it celebrates its 45th anniversary. It joins other recent new additions including Italian Alley, Roadkill, fine foods grocer and deli The Camden Grocer, and rotisserie restaurant Kuku Riku.
Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner, from 11am – 10pm, seven days a week, Camden Market NW1, follow @rudysdvd