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hiraethified
This debate makes me feel my age.

When I turned veggie back in the 80s venues that catered to my proclivities were of the Cranks school of worthy specialists or they were Italian or Indian places. Beyond that, knowing whether a pub or restaurant had any kind of veggie 'choice' was often the deciding factor for my opting in or out of a group social occasion - cue a regular pattern of phoning ahead and never knowing if info was reliable. 30-odd years on and I rarely need to think about it in the UK.
When I tour some parts of Europe, the clock can go right back to those grim days! I was offered a 'veggie soup' in Portugal and I see and smell the beef fat on the surface!
 

Jimbeau

Lurker
When I tour some parts of Europe, the clock can go right back to those grim days! I was offered a 'veggie soup' in Portugal and I see and smell the beef fat on the surface!
That's a familiar scenario. My working life has frequently found me in places where western veggie food culture is either anathema or considered an affectation. I've always tried to put up and shut up in places where I can't communicate or when I'm served something prepared with good intentions and/or where refusal would cause offence.
 

Jimbeau

Lurker
That's a familiar scenario. My working life has frequently found me in places where western veggie food culture is either anathema or considered an affectation. I've always tried to put up and shut up in places where I can't communicate or when I'm served something prepared with good intentions and/or where refusal would cause offence.
That sounds twattier than I intended. I'm not a spy or an oligarch or anything - just a schmo who does NGO stuff.
 

alex_

Well-Known Member
So do I. But my original comment stemmed from a fried chicken joint with a big FRIED CHICKEN neon sign in their window asking to be included in a listing of Vegan restaurants in Brixton. I explained the reasons why I was reluctant to do so as it all seemed a bit half arsed and it would feel a bit odd recommending it to vegans. What's your opinion?
Yes this woudnt be a vegan food guide - pretty much everywhere has one vegan option now.

totally agree
 

dbs1fan

Active Member
Way outside Brixton, I know, but got to give Blue Jay cafe in Portland Rd. South Norwood a mention. It was reviewed by Jay Rayner in the company of Stormzy in a recent Guardian article. I visited on Saturday with two fellow meat eaters, a vegetarian and a vegan. The menu choice of Caribbean food was superb. Everyone left satisfied and impressed.
 

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hiraethified
Way outside Brixton, I know, but got to give Blue Jay cafe in Portland Rd. South Norwood a mention. It was reviewed by Jay Rayner in the company of Stormzy in a recent Guardian article. I visited on Saturday with two fellow meat eaters, a vegetarian and a vegan. The menu choice of Caribbean food was superb. Everyone left satisfied and impressed.
Have to say a review by posh Jay Rayner is not something that makes me want to go to any restaurant but I looked up the review and it looks pretty good and affordable.

 

Monkeygrinder's Organ

Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager
He made some snotty tweet about this site once too. I think he posted here for a while too.
Yeah he did briefly post here a long time ago. I don't find him all that objectionable tbh, at least for someone who's got himself an incredibly cushy job off the back of nepotism. He's better than that Sitwell wanker anyway.
 

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hiraethified
I went to their original place down in new cross years ago. Was fantastic
I'm so happy for you. In nu Brixton you'll now never be more than 5 minutes away from a trendy dirty burger/chicken wings place. If you have the disposable cash to pay for them, of course.
 

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hiraethified
Your statement that everything was AOK if you had money to pay for it seemed unnecessary.
These new places are solely for those who can afford them, and clearly £10 cocktails and £10 burgers automatically exclude a large chunk of the population. And all you can do is go on about how delicious they are.

I've yet to hear you voice any concerns about how divisive the influx of unaffordable restaurants are, so I can only presume that you're a cheerleader for gentrification.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
More fast food. More booze. More tourists.



This new burgers and booze place planning application was opposd by Brixton Society ( and I opposed it individually.)

See the article has the comment from previous discussion of this on Urban:

People living in Electric Avenue and central Brixton have been complaining about late night and evening noise and disturbance. Allowing yet another restaurant/ bar will only increase the over saturation of central Brixton with late evening and night entertainment. I note directly opposite and behind this proposed restaurant there is residential housing. A better use of this site is office/ workshop space.

There are plenty of restaurant/ bars in Brixton. No need for any more spaces to be converted into this use.
I still don't think this site is suitable for this kind of use.
 

djdando

Well-Known Member
This new burgers and booze place planning application was opposd by Brixton Society ( and I opposed it individually.)

See the article has the comment from previous discussion of this on Urban:



I still don't think this site is suitable for this kind of use.
So you actually think that it's better to be left as a rank, littered, alleyway?
 

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hiraethified
So you actually think that it's better to be left as a rank, littered, alleyway?
Amazingly, it doesn't boil down to something as crass as an either/or situation.

You make it sound like the presence of Meat Liquor is somehow going to turn the street into a Parisian walkway when in fact they'll certainly be contributing to increased noise for local residents and quite possibly litter too.

And I must have missed the bit where they pledged to clean up the entire alley. Where are you getting that from?
 

jimbarkanoodle

Well-Known Member
The one in East Dulwich is shit. I went in once as id noticed they do a lunch deal, £10 for a burger, chips and drink.

I should have double checked first, but when i got there i found out it was only a soft drink, they add on a service charge at the end, and add on £1 for charity, which is optional, but you're hardly gona tell them to take it off are you. So by the time im done this 'lunch deal' has cost me £12.50, and it wasnt even that nice.
 

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hiraethified
The one in East Dulwich is shit. I went in once as id noticed they do a lunch deal, £10 for a burger, chips and drink.

I should have double checked first, but when i got there i found out it was only a soft drink, they add on a service charge at the end, and add on £1 for charity, which is optional, but you're hardly gona tell them to take it off are you. So by the time im done this 'lunch deal' has cost me £12.50, and it wasnt even that nice.
It's such bullshit when companies add a £1 or whatever to your meal so that it goes to the charity of their choice, and they make a big deal of it. If they want to give to charity and scoop in all that positive PR, they should do it with their own fucking money.
 

jimbarkanoodle

Well-Known Member
Thought the same, if they are that keen to help charity, then they can feel free to give some of their profits from £10 burgers and £5 beers, not dump it onto my bill!
 

nick

Pleomorphic Adenomas R us
It's such bullshit when companies add a £1 or whatever to your meal so that it goes to the charity of their choice, and they make a big deal of it. If they want to give to charity and scoop in all that positive PR, they should do it with their own fucking money.
It would be ideal if organisations did the 1% club (donate 1% of turnover to charity) - but they don't
From involvement with a local charity that benefited from this extra £1 on the bills, I can tell you that we were very grateful for the funds raised by this method..

(FWIW it was a local non-chain streatham restaurant - and I don't recall that they piggy backed off it in some sort of cheap PR blitz: they were just kind enough to allow us to take a bit of their table space in order to leave the explanatory cards and to process the finances. Thank you again - the now departed - Bocca)
 
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