Veganuary is in full swing, so how about a vegan dining experience? Many bars and restaurants are now offering vegan menus, amongst them, The Cosy Club. A large bar and restaurant situated close to The Highcross in Leicester.
We received an invite to come and try the vegan menu which, as meat lovers, wasn’t really something that either of us would think to go for. Still, new experiences are very much part of the blogging psyche and we were more than up for the challenge.
First, a word on the venue. This is a stylish spot. The bar area looks very swish along with comfortable chairs forming a social area for people to relax and chat. The restaurant seating is off to the side with the decor resembling an old warehouse. It’s very cool indeed.
Andre, the general manager, kindly met us and showed us to our table. The place was nicely busy for a Monday night which is a great sign. Our vegan menus featured tempting dishes such as Thai Green Curry, Thai Quinoa Burger and Creamy Leek Pie.
We ordered a couple of mocktails – a Cooling Lemonade at £2.95 and a Bucking Mule at £3.95. The Mule was a cracking blend of fruit and fizz, an absolute standout. We even ordered another round of them.
Settling on The Thai Green Curry and Creamy Leek Tart, we nervously awaited our first taste of vegan cooking in a restaurant. It’s worth noting that the atmosphere in this place is spot on with the music at a nice level and everyone having a good time.
Our plates arrived with the curry presented beautifully in bowls with jasmine rice and spring rolls accompanied by a sweet chilli dipping sauce. The Creamy Leek Pie was stacked with vegetables such as tender stem broccoli and butternut squash along with roasted potatoes and a sofrito tomato sauce.
To get pastry this good without using dairy fats is quite a feat. The tart tasted great with the leeks on the base going very nicely with the rest of the veg and the smooth tomato sauce. Creamy Leek Tart though? I didn’t detect any creaminess, although that is a tricky element to pull off in the absence of dairy.
The Thai Green Curry was a real cracker. An intensely flavoured curry sauce wrapped itself around the various vegetables within the dish. You really don’t miss the meat in this one. The spring rolls were also pleasant, if a little small.
We had a lot of respect for The Cosy Club for going to such effort to offer a decent range to vegans. Not only can you have main meals and desserts, you can also have vegan breakfasts and even tapas.
Desserts currently just show one option, but what an option it is. Chocolate and Orange Torte with Raspberry Sauce. Andre informed us that this was on the regular menu and had been a hit with the customers. We were about to find out why.
This is an indulgence for anyone, let alone anyone following a vegan lifestyle. A base of oats rather than biscuit is a perfect match for rich dark chocolate and orange goodness. This really was a cracking pud.
A quick trip downstairs revealed a secret to The Cosy Club. A small, intimate private dining area called ‘The Loom Room’ suitable for special occasions or parties. It’s a lovely space to enjoy a special event in.
After a farewell to Andre and a new outlook on vegan dining, we have to declare this outing a success. For £34.90 on food alone, it’s not bad value at all. The food that we had not only tasted great but also filled us up, something that you don’t expect from vegan cuisine.
Overall, we wouldn’t hesitate to pick this menu again and try some new dishes. Veganuary may just be something for one month of the year but this menu will be popular, in our opinion, long after that.
Opening Times: Sunday – Wednesday 0900-2300
Friday – Saturday 0900-0100
Nearest Train Station: Leicester
*AD – Complimentary meal and drinks in return for an honest review