The Shorely Scoffs down Veganuary at Fat Cow
The only thing we like better than talking about food, is eating food. This year, join us at The Shorely as we sample and review South Devon’s independent food and drink scene. We’ve called it ‘The Shorely Scoffs…’ and with the New Year upon us, we had to give that thing called Veganuary a try by heading out to The Fat Cow at Torquay harbour. Scroll down to the base to get 10% off your next meal there too!
You'll probably have seen the word Veganuary pop-up here, there and everywhere, especially thanks to that vegan sausage roll at Greggs and the new Plant Kitchen range at M&S. Veganuary is seen as a stepping stone to transition to a new lifestyle and was first established to demonstrate that eating vegan is now more accessible than ever:
"There are so many reasons people decide to try vegan. For most, a love of animals is the catalyst. Some people want to feel better about themselves and the impact they make on the world. Others would like to set themselves a challenge, and many combine Veganuary with their ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ and see trying vegan as the healthiest start to the year. Whatever your reason, we’re here to support you." - Veganuary.com
Some of you might find it odd that we're talking about Veganism inside a restaurant that's best known for selling beef burgers, but for us, eating is social and a plentiful menu that caters for all our friends and family is more realistic and allows us to truly compare and contrast the different foods on offer.
Fat Cow is known for their freshly stacked beef burgers, but did you know they have a whole menu dedicated to Vegan food too? They offer starters, mains, desserts, and sides, so there's plenty to choose from. This is what we ordered:
Vegan Rastaman Burger with Skin on Fries
The Rastaman burger towers off the plate. You’ll need plenty of bravado to tackle it without a knife and fork. Packed inside these buns you’ll find panko fried Jamaican jambalaya patty, crisp cajun tofu, avocado, jerk, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.
The presentation was brilliant. Isolating the burger on the plate gave it an almost elevated status. The toasted bun was both slightly crispy on the outside and very fluffy in the middle. The panko fried Jamaican jambalaya patty is a mouthful to say and a mouthful to eat; the texture and density is so good that you realise you don't need meat between two buns for it to be called a burger. And the mashed avocado stops this from being a dry guy. The tofu was crispy and packed with flavour too, which is never an easy thing to achieve!
Where most burgers leave you feeling like you just sinned in grease, this one gives you a freshly-stuffed sensation; you're bombarded with flavours as you wipe away (lick gleefully) the sauce from your face following an ungraceful head first attack on this burger. Give your hand a break from gripping onto the Rastaman and replace it with some mighty fine Skin on Fries.
As you savour your last few bites of bliss, look out over Torquay harbour and let the reality sink in that vegan burgers from Fat Cow are… well and truly delicious. The kitchen here really puts in the effort; recreating familiar textures and flavours, whilst making this burger entirely from plants.
Pricing was really reasonable; compared to the meat-based meals, the vegan options are slap-bang in the middle of their most expensive and cheapest meals. We ordered a Rastaman with Skin on Fries (Large, of course) which totalled at £12.90.
Would we recommend Fat Cow for Veganuary? Umm, 100%! It's somewhere you can go alone or with friends and since our review, we even got take out to our office too (highly recommended for the mid-week slump!). It’s a great place to eat Vegan, whether you are a seasoned pro or juts dipping your toe into Veganuary.
See the full menu and book a table at https://www.fatcowtorquay.co.uk/. The Fat Cow can be found at 16 Victoria Parade, Torquay, TQ1 2BB and is open 7 days a week from 12 till late. Find out more about Veganuary with https://veganuary.com/ And check out where else you can eat vegan food at Happycow.com or download their app; you can search for Vegan-friendly restaurants in South Devon.