I was thrilled to hear about Kiln opening in Ouseburn recently. The area is a culinary hive of activity, with reviewed Cook House appearing on Michel Roux Jnr’s Hidden Restaurants recently and the wholly vegan kitchen of The Ship Inn consistently churning out quality scran to hungry punters.What interested me so much about Kiln was how ‘accidentally vegan’ it seems to be. With a menu devised each day based on what’s available the idea is to not pigeon hole themselves by shouting from the rooftops they are meat free. Around 80% of the dishes available vegan on the day I visited I was confident there’d be something to tickle the Canny Food taste buds from the selection of Mediterranean inspired dishes. The weather at present is reminiscent of Crowded House’s ‘Four Seasons in One Day’ so I opted for a hearty bowl of Cauliflower Soup to warm me up. It came with a thick wedge of homemade bread and chunky mustard croutons. The soup was creamy without the need for my arch nemesis dairy, and was reasonably priced at just £3.50. There was a vegetarian fry up happening behind the counter as I ordered so enquired about what could be served up to vegans in search of a hangover cure or lazy weekend brunch. I was told there’d be porridge whipped up with plant milk and a variety a sharing plates available. I know Dinky would be keen to get messy eating the Hummus platter – her favourite food – although they don’t have high chairs at present. Still, the laidback atmosphere means I’d not be deterred from taking her along. Four legged friends are also welcome, and probably less hassle than a 14 month old!
I sat beside the glass partition so I could have a nose into what was happening in the ceramics workshop. The communal tables are a great idea, especially if there’s a large group wanting to eat together. I wanted to nab one of the comfy seats but was beaten to it. With their free wifi I can imagine freelancers setting up camp here for a few hours nursing a coffee while catching up on emails.
Any mention of vegan desserts or sweet treats means I have to indulge so ordered two of their Choc Chip Cookies: one for me and one for Mr. Canny. It reminded him of Paçoca, a Brazilian candy made from cassava flour and peanuts. The chocolate chip ratio was extremely generous so I couldn’t help but enjoy it, stray crumbs aside. The friendly staff, open kitchen set up and hand thrown plates add to the charm of Kiln. With Supper Club events scheduled over the upcoming months it looks like this eatery could become a firm favourite of the Ouseburn crowd.
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