Sky Apple Cafe, Heaton
We have featured Sky Apple Cafe, which is located on Heaton Road, in our Breakfasts section already. In case you didn’t already know, it is a wholly vegetarian cafe with vegan choices marked on the menu. Mr. Canny was bowled over with their vegan fry-up, which included Scrambled Tofu and the ‘best grilled tomatoes’. He vowed to return to try out a main course from the Daytime Menu, which includes an option to try the dishes in Tapas form at 2 for £7.50. We passed the usual huge queue outside The Butterfly Cabinet and scoffed as we were able to walk into Sky Apple and get a table immediately.
Last time I visited I’d eyed up the cakes on offer, which they sell as part of the Breakfast Menu with a cuppa for £3.30. Like The Bohemian down Pink Lane the cakes on offer are vegan, which meant Mr. Canny had the option to help me finish it off. The beautifully presented Chocolate Cake was a bargain at £2.30 a slice, so decided to give this one a try after my Winter Vegetable Soup lunch choice (£3.80). With the Specials Board changing frequently there’s always something new to try.
Mr. Canny struggled more with his decision on what to eat, which certainly makes a change for us. It makes me happy when we find places like Sky Apple which accommodate the vegan diet so well. That said, even I enjoy visiting here. Historically the Battered Halloumi and Chips have gone down a treat with me, and the Volcano has to be seen to be believed! I’d go as far as to say that Sky Apple proves you don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy vegetarian food because of the imaginative dishes they serve up in this quirky little cafe.
He initially ordered Malaysian Rendang and Spicy Chickpea Koftas, but was told after a few minutes that they’d run out of Rendang. Having been initially interested in the Garlic Mushrooms, which could be topped with vegan cheese, he decided to substitute the Rendang for those instead. There had been a discussion about giving their burgers a whirl, but having eaten them a lot at home during the week he craved something a little different while dining out.
Both dishes were spot on. Mr. Canny agreed with me that the ‘cheese’ which topped the mushrooms wasn’t particularly cheesy in texture or taste, but he liked it nevertheless. The garlicky mix was mopped up by toasted crumpets, although he needed more and I selflessly gave him some of the doorstop which accompanied my soup. The Chickpea Koftas were on the spicy side but delicious, and the yoghurty topping was a nice addition to take the edge off the heat. My soup reminded me of the ones my Gran dished up a on a cold Saturday afternoon and was filling. It was also full of flavour, which surprised me as often veggie soups can be bland.
I thankfully had room for the cake, but Mr. Canny couldn’t resist trying some. It was hard to believe that the cake was dairy free as the chocolate frosting was divine! Rather than being dry, the sponge was light and moist. Hats off to their chef!
All of this came to under £20, which is fantastic value for money. The staff are friendly and attentive and the food is spot-on. I defy even the most staunch meat eater not to appreciate the combinations of flavours and inventive meat and dairy free cooking on offer here. We’re fans!
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