Published on May 11th, 2015 | by Clarissa Waldron0
InSpiral Vegan Brunch, Camden
Summary: A dining gem in the heart of Camden with nutritional values at it's core and lots of personality
InSpiral is a popular eco-restaurant that’s hidden in plain view. Sitting in prime position at the top of Camden High Street, by the bridge and adjacent to Regent’s Canal, it’s an eatery that lies behind an unassuming and small shop front.
Stepping over the threshold, as we did one lunchtime recently for a foodie event, introduces you to a rather spacious, airy, eco-conscious environment with plenty of wooden tables and chairs from which to admire the delightful views of the canal. And its eco-friendly approach to furnishings and ambience is just a small reflection of the company’s founding principles.
For the last eight years, InSpiral has promoted healthy, nutritious, mindful choices when it comes to food and drink, which has seen it grow to become one of London’s famed organic, vegetarian, vegan and health food dining options. At its recent food blogger brunch, we got an in-depth introduction to the newly launched “Healthy, Green, Seasonal Detox” Spring menu. It showcased the company’s desire to find new ways to grow while ensuring wholesome goodness that meets the demands of its conscious customers. That’s why the restaurant has recently made their menu completely gluten free, while removing nuts where possible.
Feeling like a dinner party, things kicked off with a selection of nibbles on the table, which took the shape of kale chips in numerous flavours including Cacao and Cinnamon and Sweet Chilli and Mint. All were perfectly crisp and crunchy and full of flavour which can often be lacking in vegetable crisps. InSpiral produce and package their own kale chips and the Tomato & Basil Pizza flavour is a total knockout – tasting exactly like the real thing!
Brunch officially started for us with the Raw Flax and Chia Seed Crepe with Cashew Cream, Fruit and Raw Chocolate. Looking a little bit like a dessert, rather than a wholesome nutirious breakfast, I was assured that raw chocolate is fat free while the crepe and cashew cream were high sources of healthy fats, protein and fibre. Either way it was utterly delicious and full of flavour! The crepe was sturdy with lots of bite and much more appetising than a thin, limp French equivalent.
If you’re looking for something a bit more full-on for your brunch, then the Full Vegan Bake Up will do the trick. Generous in size, it boasts all you could possible want after a heavy night, but being baked rather than fried, it won’t leave you feeling sluggish for the rest of the day. The sausage earned a lot of kudos for its resemblance to falafel while the tofu masquerading as scrambled eggs had everyone fooled!
From what can only be described as a fabulously detailed and inventive menu, we settled on the Baked Macadamia & Thyme Souffle with Rhubarb & Goji berry Chutney (dessert-themed maincourses seem to be a theme for us!). Lightly caramelised on the outside this little bite of wonder was light and creamy and I was surprised to learn it also consisted of tofu. While sweet, it wasn’t on a par with traditonal souffles, which makes it a good choice for a small lunch, and means it easily pairs with salads.
With a varied selection of salads to choose from we teamed the souffle with a Leafy Green Salad, a Beetroot Salad and a Cauliflower Salad. Inventive again springs to mind – when the salads arrived I didn’t even recognise the cauliflower in it’s grated form…who’s ever done that?
InSpiral are really onto a winner, not only with this new menu, but with its portion sizes and entire concept. The salad, teamed with the souffle, was a delicious amalgamation of fresh, seasonal, wholesome foods and so incredibly filling that dessert, though longed for, was not feasible.
But that’s the great thing about InSpiral and all that it has to offer – it’s completely guilt free. It’s quite possible to sit in there all day eating your way through the whole menu and, even better, your body can actually thank you for over indulging!
Having had a few bad experiences with vegan restaraunts previously, InSpiral is without a doubt in another league. It didn’t really feel like we were eating vegan, in that the food never lacked or compromised on flavour, and the atmosphere was fun, casual and relaxed. Staff are also great at InSpiral – bubbly, thoroughly passionate and eager to answer any questions or queries. It’s definitely a place we would return to and could easily convert us for good!
InSpiral also runs its own bakery, online shop and wholesale business selling raw chocolate, cakes, superfoods, snacks, 100% organic beer, soft drinks and ambient and electronic music CDs.
inSpiral Lounge Café & Bar, 250 Camden High St, NW1 8QSShare This Post