Hard to miss, with it’s bright orange exterior, Vegan Hippo nestles happily on a corner on Rupert Street in Soho. This busy cafe seeks to promote animal rights and welfare by showing the world how delicious vegan food can be. Offering breakfasts, burgers and mains such as lasagne, it’s the perfect spot to refuel on a busy day out in London.
Vegan Hippo is bright, welcoming and proud to be vegan with “because we love animals” written across the wall and plenty of quirky animal art to grab your attention. With a fridge for drinks and plenty of grab-and-go options, you won’t be caught out if you’re in a rush, but luckily we had time to grab a seat and sample some of their hot food.
One of my favourite details of this place is that instead of being given a number for your table so they know who to bring your food to, you get to pick a little toy animal to sit on your table (…it made me smile anyway). So, having popped up to the counter to order, we grabbed a gorilla and waited for our food to arrive.
Michael opted for a pulled jackfruit bun with avocado, whilst I went for a hot dog, loaded with bbq jackfruit and cheese, not ones to scrimp on calories, we each ordered some fries – regular and sweet potato. Needless to say, Vegan Hippo don’t offer an abundance of super healthy options – you’re probably better heading somewhere else for a salad, but what they do offer is delicious.
The prices were pretty standard when compared to any chain burger restaurant at about £7 for each main and £3 per side. Perhaps a tad on the pricey side for a quick lunch, but nothing outrageous – especially given that it’s London we’re talking about!
This tasty treat was exactly what we needed for a lunch time pit stop; fuss-free but flavourful (that bbq jackfruit was a lil’ party in my mouth), with friendly service to boot.
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