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Crab truffle mac and cheese

Crab truffle mac and cheese

Lucky then, that Temple of Hackney is on hand for London's vegans, opening a permanent vegan chicken shop.

Then I can just toss in my other chopped tomatoes and lunch is ready. The whole thing can be prepped ahead of time, but the american and apple will likely turn slightly brown. You can either doing some lemon or lime juice on to help prevent burning or wait until mealtime to cut those items.

We sent a vegetarian who gave up meat two years ago down on the opening day to find out whether it lived up to the hype. Lengthy queues on opening day The first thing to note were the massive crabs truffle mac and cheese.

Despite the freezing January cold, these hardcore vegans were obviously desperate for their fried chicken or fried seitan - a vegetarian meat alternative.

It was a clever move, launching in January; with the nation gripped in the throngs of veganuary, the vegan customer base is at its peak.

As we queued, bemused locals were trying to figure out what the fuss was about. One even recommended we pop into the butchers next door, joking that they were meat free too. Some of the wares on offer from the next door neighbours After about 40 minutes of shivering, we finally got inside to find the place claustrophobically rammed.

Once we'd ordered, we waited for our food eyeing up lunches belonging to those who had already been served.

This Truffle Lobster Macaroni n' Cheese is filled with succulent chunks of lobster meat, packed with three decadent cheeses and drizzled with.

It remains to be seen whether the madness continues once it's been open for a while. Finally our food arrives and we head to one of the few tables outside to dig in.

Enviously eyeing up others people's food We tried some chicken shop staples: two pieces of 'chicken' with chips, a 'chicken' burger, coleslaw and cans of fairtrade fizzy drink.

The first thing to note is that this place isn't cheap.

Vegans often have to deal with steeper prices for their lifestyle and it's not much different here. The two pieces were pretty tasty.

The outside is crispy to an ideal level, and the seitan on the crab truffle mac tastes reasonably chicken-like. It's a tad drier, but we made up for that by dousing it with ketchup there's HP sauce and Sriracha if that's more your bag.

As for the chips, they were fantastic - none of that soggy nonsense you sometimes get in chicken shops - if a tad salty, so you won't be needing a Chicken Connoisseur-esque salt'n'shake.

The burger was more of a mixed bag. It claimed to contain some vegan version of bacon, but this facon held little resemblance to its meaty counterpart, tasting a bit like burnt veg.

The burger was also a little under-filled - some bites we took were nothing but bread.

The coleslaw was excellent, with quite a vinegary taste which may not agree with all palates.

Do you know many other chicken shops with coriander on the counter.

Overall the food was good, but not amazing - although the same could probably be said of most regular chicken shops in London.

It was pretty expensive, and though we'd eaten well, we couldn't shake the feeling that we weren't totally full as we were leaving. It didn't matter anyway, we weren't getting back in that queue.

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