Pop Up: Essential Vegan in Stoke Newington

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Vegans! Don’t go compromising. If you’re the kind of vegan that misses dairy and has daily meat cravings, Essential Vegan have your skinny back.

Get stuck in to ‘cheese’ balls, ‘chicken’ strips and some brand new burger options at their current residency in Haunt, Stoke Newington. The Essential Jack burger for example, is gluten free and made with pulled slow cooked jackfruit with their homemade red onion and gherkin mayo. Ingenious vegan cuisine awaits!

An extra special dessert option has been introduced exclusively for their Haunt residency: a Brazilian inspired trio of chocolate made with bites of honey cake, truffles and coconut brigadeiro.

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The other option is cheesecake du jour – a daily cake of cheese. A different flavour every day. An ever changing lazy susan of cheesecake. Take me there now. I just saw a photo of their passion fruit one from Tuesday and I had to close my laptop and have a lie down.

Haunt have the unending (now extended) pleasure of Essential Vegan gracing their kitchen tiles until the 7th May, so get in there quick before they move on to dairy free pastures anew.

Vanessa Almeida is the woman behind the menu, a Brazilian vegan chef based in London. Back in 2007 (would you even believe me if I pointed out that was 10 years ago? Excuse me while I slap myself) Vanessa moved to the old smoke with her husband Neni and discovered a whole capital’s worth of people and their crazy dietary requirements and eating habits. The power duo were stirred in to creating a new magazine called Elpis Mag, focusing on ethical lifestyle articles and printed onto either side of a paper bag. Elpis Mag was then distributed freely in Wholefood shops and cafes across London.

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Vanessa then began to focus on her cooking and started nutritional studies specialising in veganism. She found more time to devote to her online vegan blog, updating recipes and tips until eventually there was enough juicy material for a whole book. Come December 2013, the Essential Vegan Cookbook was launched, full of inspiring and healthy recipes never compromising on taste or ethics.

Haunt is the perfect venue for their flavourful menu – a friendly relaxed bar with an overflowing roster of craft beers and cocktails to accompany your Essential Vegan cuisine.

Essential Vegan UK kitchen residency in Haunt, Stoke Newington from March 14th til May 7th at 182 Stoke Newington road, N16 &UY

Open Tuesdays –Thursdays: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Fridays: 6:00 pm – 2:00 am

Saturdays: 12:00 pm – 2:00 am

Sundays: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Food service until 10:00 pm

Photos via Haunt and Essential Vegan insta. 

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