Being vegan, it’s tough at the best of times to find a “regular” restaurant to eat at. If I can find 1 main meal on the menu to eat that isn’t just a bunch of sides – I consider it a huge victory.
Anyway, recently I came across the menu for the Orso restaurant in Covent Garden and saw how veggie friendly it was. Despite “Orso” being the Italian word for “bear” I decided to take my date (who eats more meat than a bodybuilder) and give it a go.
What’s On the Menu?
All the vegetarian dishes at Orso were easily marked as so I didn’t have to scour through it for 20 minutes hoping to find something I could eat. Click on the menu to enlarge.
Something To Start With?
I started off with the zucchine fritte (fried zucchini) which were amazing and just like chips (but *cough cough* a lot healthier). My date taunted me with the aubergine and smoked burrata (a really creamy form of mozzarella) – which was my absolute favourite Italian food (I lived there for 4 years). She said it was incredible. Not. Helping.
We washed it down with a Contratto Spritz which was similar to an Aperol Spritz (Der!) but slightly sweeter.
And For Your Main?
In terms of vegan, there was a real struggle to find something but the staff were absolutely amazing and bent over backwards to cater for me. I know how much of a hassle this can be, so it was so nice to have them do it without making it a big deal or making me feel like I was a huge pain.
I ordered the Linguine (hey, it’s an Italian restaurant) which normally has Dorset Crab. They altered it so that there was no meat or dairy and just had garlic, chilli and oil. It was so lovely to have a real Italian pasta for a change. I can imagine the non-vegan version is lovely.
My lady ordered the lemon and rosemary free-range chicken with spinach and roast potatoes. It was huge. She said it was perfectly cooked and full of flavour. The plate was empty by the end – so I know she enjoyed it.
Despite being incredibly full there was no way we were turning down dessert. Well, I think her words were “Jords, we’re not leaving here without trying the chocolate cake“. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s to never get between a woman and chocolate – so I didn’t. I ordered the roast plums and sour cherry sorbet which was ideal to finish the night off. Needless to say there wasn’t a trace left of chocolate cake either.
Overall. The food was incredible and staff were absolutely lovely at Orso. It’s easy for vegetarians and vegans to walk right passed a restaurant like this but I can’t recommend Orso highly enough. If you do get the chance whilst you’re wandering around central London or just trying to figure out where to go before heading in – definitely take the chance.
To check out what else Orso offers as well as specials head to their website orsorestaurant.co.uk