Something I often find with vegan restaurants and cafes is that they are often very junk-food based, don’t get me wrong, I love a good burger and chips as much as (probs more than) anyone, but sometimes an occasion calls for a nice sit down meal that you can eat without dripping ketchup down your shirt (oooh fancy). And with my birthday being one of these occasions (obviously), Michael managed to hit the nail on the head by booking us in for dinner at Fed By Water.
Fed By Water is an Italian restaurant found on Kingsland Highstreet in London. In 2016 it decided veganism was the way forward and changed it’s entire menu to be completely plant-based. Clearly this move has done nothing to diminish it’s popularity as when we turned up for dinner, the only empty table was ours. The Fed By Water ethos focuses on environmental sustainability and the quality of their ingredients. They aim to bring “the nutritional importance of pure water to the public conscience” on the basis that water is fundamental to everything – “not least the human body”, hence their name.
The restaurant is dark and dimly lit, which offered a welcome level of evening ambience and an intimate feel. We were greeted with enthusiasm and given our menus. As it was my birthday, I was obliged to order a cocktail and had a daiquiri as I perused the extensive menu. Fed By Water offers all the staples of Italian cuisine with starters including garlic bread and bruschetta and a huge selection of pizzas, pastas and risottos for your main course.
For my gluten-free friends it’s worth noting that Fed By Water state that they do not cater for celiacs given the potential for cross-contamination with gluten in their kitchen. However, they do have a number of marked gluten-free dishes on their menu as well as the option to replace the pasta in any of their pasta dishes with a gluten-free option for those who are intolerant.
There was such a large choice that we both had an incredibly hard time choosing, but after much deliberation we opted for garlic bread and a selection of homemade cashew cheese to start (although I can’t say I wasn’t tempted by the bread basket that was made of bread), Michael chose a pizza adorned with artichokes, mushrooms, olives, tofu-scramble & homemade cashew mozzarella for his main, whilst I went for a creamy mushroom linguine.
The garlic bread was soft and herby and delicious, and the cashew cheese was beautifully presented in four balls of different flavours to spread on homemade bread. And the main courses, oh boy. Michael professed it to be the best pizza crust he’d ever had the pleasure of biting into, whilst I revelled in the rich, velvety sauce of my pasta dish, which had such depth of flavour from the different types of mushroom – it was bliss.
The pizza perhaps lacked a bit of that traditional pizza pizzazz, only because the homemade mozzarella didn’t offer that melty-stretchy-cheesiness one hankers after on a pizza, but it was delicious nonetheless. I honestly couldn’t fault my pasta dish, the portion size was ample but I probably could have eaten another plateful because it was so damn good.
This wasn’t the cheapest meal out, with starters ranging from £4-£10 and mains sitting around £15-£20, but the atmosphere, friendly service and quality of food made it worth it (plus, I didn’t have to pay because it was my birthday 😜). When eating out somewhere it’s lovely to know that the establishment care about where their ingredients come from and put in effort to make sure everything is sustainable, not to mention the delight at having such an extensive (and fully vegan) menu to choose from! This was a truly wonderful birthday meal.
I’d love to hear about your favourite places to eat for a special occasion, let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading ✨