If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I’m a meat lover, so the idea of my going to a vegetarian restaurant could seem quite unusual. I’ve always thought that I’d miss meat if I went out for a veggie dinner, but I was pleasantly surprised on my recent trip to The Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth.
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but this little restaurant is a hidden gem. The rustic interior instantly makes you feel relaxed, and the staff speak to you as if they’re welcoming you into their home. It’s casual dining at it’s best, the vibe is brilliant. As for the food, their multi-award winning menu is entirely vegetarian, with a good selection of vegan dishes, plenty for gluten and dairy free eaters, and as ethical as can be. There’s also a daily specials board boasting a starter, two main courses and a dessert, as if you needed more to choose from.
All of the dishes on the menu sound delicious, from Warehouse Curry to Refried Tortilla, it’s brimming with flavour and creativity. To start with, I couldn’t resist the aubergine and corn fritters. I’ve always loved corn fritters since I was a kid, so this little bit of nostalgia was a must.
The presentation was beautiful, served on a slate and board with salad, chili dipping sauce and homemade popcorn. The fritters were crisp on the outside but yielding on the inside. The sweetness of the corn and creaminess of the aubergine was a perfect combination, with the chili sauce balancing the dish perfectly. I finished every last mouthful and couldn’t wait for dinner after this!
For main I went for the Halloumi ‘Fish & Chips’ with battered halloumi, hand cut chips and pea and wasabi puree.
Again this dish was presented beautifully with the chips served in a recycled can reflecting the quirky nature of the place. The battered Halloumi was divine, with light, crispy, chip shop style batter and oozing Halloumi nestled inside. The chips were brilliant as well, and tasted like I remember them from my childhood, I thought the pea and wasabi puree could have done with more wasabi, as I like mine to have a kick, but the flavour was still lovely.
I was feeling rather full after the meal, which I must admit I was surprised about as I didn’t think I would be, but I did manage to find room for dessert. I chose one of the daily specials – a vegan coffee ‘cheesecake.’
I was so surprised by this, as even though it was vegan, the texture was just like cheesecake. There was a hint of coconut in the base which I really liked, strong coffee syrup on the top which gave a real punchy flavour, and soft, creamy filling. I absolutely loved this and would definitely not have expected such a beautiful dessert without any dairy.
Even with all this gorgeous food, The Warehouse Cafe is so affordable too. 3 courses and a drink was just £19.80, an absolute bargain for the quality. The food here is wonderful and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone, whether vegetarian or not!