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Review – The Phoenix Bar, Dundee

Not often can you go in to a food place and be greeted with anything other than the two standard veggie options : veggie burger or cheesy pasta.

Well behold The Phoenix Bar on Perth Road/Nethergate (depending on your views) in Dundee! A veggie heaven in the food department.

At first glance you might not notice just how many options there are – unlike typical menus where Vegetarian options are sidelined with salad and fish, Phoenix mixes them in with all the regular sections. There is literally a vegetarian option for everything.

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Starters

You’ve got the choice (yes you read correctly) of garlic mushrooms, vegetable pakoras, mozzarella sticks with dip or cauliflower cheese soup..

I’ve not personally tried them as I’m not a starter girl but they all looked amazing when others ordered them.

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Mains

This is where the action starts! For the first time it took me half an hour to choose what to have, not because I didn’t really want anything.. but because I wanted everything!!

There is a vegetarian version of their chilli, pizza and several different veggie burgers (Including the Vegetarian Dirty Harry!)

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And the chilli is to die for! You can get it with pitta, chips, jacket potato or rice too. It’s pretty hot but not too scary to put you off and for a veggie mince it doesn’t have the typical too-sweet Quorn taste that puts me off making my own chilli. It comes topped with cheese and if you want you can order a pot of sour cream for £1 to cool it down if you prefer a chillier chilli!

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So if in Dundee, definitely check out Phoenix! (If anything, their tower of sauce is worth the visit!)

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Recipe – Halloumi & Avocado Mushroom Burger

It’s about time there was a fancy burger on the scene. And if there is one thing a burger should be it’s juicy!

So here it is – not a dry crumbly veggie burger in sight. No, today we have the juicy, gooey and mostly cheesy Halloumi & Avocado Mushroom Burger!

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Ingredients :

1 × Avocado
1 × Pack of Halloumi
1 × Portabello Mushroom
1 × Burger Bun

Extras

Mayonnaise and salt & pepper

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Step 1 – Grill the mushroom.

Chop off the stalk and place in grill/pan for a few minutes until soft, turning regularly.

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Step 2 – Add the cheese.

Slice the Halloumi in to cm thick slices and add to the grill. Turn regularly until brown and slightly crisp. Alternatively place in a frying pan or Actifry for a few minutes.

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Step 3 – Mash The Avocado.

Slice up an over ripe avocado. Mash up with a fork until soft but coarse. Add salt & pepper, and chilli/garlic if desired.

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Step 4 – Pile It High.

Spread mayonnaise on the bun and stack the mushroom, Halloumi and avocado mash on top. Add salad if the healthy thing is your kick.

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Step 5 – Eat!

Pretty self explanatory!

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Pie In The Sky

If there is one food that should be an entire food group all by itself it is the mighty pie. The pastry alone is worth writing home about. With an abundance of imaginative and cuisine-spanning fillings, there is something for every meat-eater out there. Sadly however, if there is one food that so drastically lets down the Veggie Team it is also, you guessed it, the pie!

For those of you who have seen the previous post (Banish The Bean!) and are aware of my mild(!) dislike of palming the common Vegetarian off with a Spicy Bean Burger, this apparently is not a contained issue, oh no. It has a friend, the Spicy Bean PIE!

About 3 months in to my Vegetarian journey I had been eating the same things over and over for ease as I hadn’t really looked in to the more interesting options yet (read: Quorn&Veg…daily) and while out for dinner noticed a little green V sparkling in the pastry section of the menu – Vegetable Pie and Mash? Yes please!

While I was expecting a creamy sauce and a selection of root vegetables with maybe even a cheesy mash and some gravy, what I actually ended up with was peppers shoved in a luminous orange spicy pastry, with spicy sweet potato ‘crush’

Tears were shed.

But all is not lost! It turns out that there is hope still out there!

All hail the Macaroni Cheese Pie – Thanks Scotland.

The one above was from Clarks Bakery in Dundee and is the best yet – I may even have stocked up for late night snacks. They are so, so tasty and moreish and roughly £1.50 each hot (you can get them cold too for less) They also sell a cheese and veg pie though this is not as impressive and the mix of vegetables is a little unusual, though if you’ve suffered through spicy pies for ages it is still a nice change. One thing to bare in mind is the bean and potato pie, do no be fooled – this is actually a minced beef pie TOPPED with potato and beans and thus not vegetarian like I at first thought, just palm it off on a meat-eating pie lover as they’ll enjoy it for you!

 

 

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Banish The Bean!

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Hi there,

I’m Binny and it’s coming up to my one year veg-iversary! It’s been an eye opening twelve months of missing a lot of go-to snacks but also discovering a multitude of previously unknown vegetarian gems!

But if there has been one thing I have taken to heart when it comes to the diet of a vegetarian… It is the popular belief that our main staple is the coveted “Spicy Bean Burger”

To this there is just one word. NO. No, no, no.

There seems to be a great misunderstanding going on in the food for vegetarians/cooked by non-vegetarians world. While our meat eating friends are privy to a literal world of menu choices; from Indian curries, Italian pizzas, British fish and chips right down to the drunken kebab after a night out – the poor Vegetarian, no matter what, is lumped with – you guessed it – the Spicy Bean Burger.

Is it really too much to ask, to want to have a meal (or even a snack would suffice!) that has absolutely no resemblance to a Mexican Bean?? Unless of course we are in a Mexican diner, in which case I’m sorry I take it all back.

So here I am, starting my very own crusade to address this heartbreaking issue. I am on the hunt for calorie-laden cruelty-free JUNK.

Look out Spicy Bean Burger, I’m coming for you!