Calling all (aspiring) vegetarians and vegans: if you’re craving a full-on barbecue experience this summer minus the meat, then we might just have the answer.
London’s first vegan BBQ – Barbie Grrrl – is popping up at one of our favourite social enterprise cafes over August, promising the tastes, textures and smells of a real Aussie grill. And the signature dish on the menu? Homemade ribs.
Seitan ribs, that is. If you’re not familiar with this ancient foodstuff, it’s been a staple of Buddhist Monks for centuries – many claim that the protein and iron-rich “wheat meat” is about the closest to the real thing you can get. But a word of caution: being made from gluten means that it isn’t for those with intolerances or sensitivities.
— Barbie Grrrl (@BarbieGrrrlUK) July 20, 2017
Barbie Grrrl will be making the ribs fresh on the barbie every morning. Rubbed in 9 kinds of spices, the ribs are left to chargrill for a good while to give them that unmistakeable smoky taste… the final flourish being a slathering of signature barbecue sauce with notes of aniseed and a chilli kick.
You can have it served straight up, or alongside one of the Canvas’ ethically-sourced salads, soft or alcoholic beverages… and how about a raw vegan cake for dessert?
— The Canvas: (@TheCanvasCafe) May 23, 2017
If that’s got your mouth watering, Barbie Grrrl will be in residence in the garden at The Canvas every Tuesday – Sunday for lunch (12:00-16:00) and dinner (18:00-22:00) from the 1st of August through to the 3rd of September. Make sure you bring cash as they won’t be accepting cards, but there’s a cashpoint around the corner if all else fails.
Vegans and vegetarians, we’d love to hear from you! This article sparked some debate in the GOTiLo team. Are you a fan of seitan and other meat substitutes? Is this the kind of thing we need to get more people eating less meat? Comments in comments… Or in our Facebook community group London’s ethical explorers