We are a family that likes to dine out in restaurants, but as new parents this isn’t always possible. Sometimes Dinky just wants to be a tinker, and on those occasions we’ll order in if I haven’t managed to get to the supermarket. The vegan makes this a perilous task, and there have been many times we’ve been assured a takeaway was vegan-friendly only to find they haven’t quite grasped the concept of ‘no animal products AT ALL’.
One place we’ve had no such trouble with is Gringos. We first encountered them at Gibside Christmas Market, and Mr. Canny was positively giddy at textile as they were the first vegan ‘convenience food’ producers locally he’d encountered. Normally found at food markets, we were pleased to hear they’d branched out into Takeaway Tuesdays.
We were offered the opportunity to try out this out as delivery is normally restricted to the Jesmond, Heaton and Gosforth areas of Newcastle. Living in Gateshead means we often miss out on the good takeaway options, so we were thrilled to be able to try something a bit different that I knew would be suitable for Mr. Canny.
A burger and sides is only £6, but we ordered a Clean Shake and vegan-friendly cake too for just £10. My Earth Burger was topped with caramelised onions and tomato relish, while Mr. Canny chose to have his Garden Burger with the onions and dill pickles. Served with sweet potato chunks and a special slaw, it was decent portion size. The burger was still piping hot as it was wrapped in foil, and because of this it had also retained a moistness.
My Earth Burger was made from mushrooms and walnuts, which gave it an almost meaty texture. Even the Teen was surprised it wasn’t a ‘proper’ patty! It had a woody taste, and the sweetness of the onions and relish worked well with the nuttiness of the burger. The buns were good too, demonstrating that you don’t always need brioche when assembling a decent burger.Made with kale and lentils, Mr. Canny’s Garden Burger was delicious. I was shocked at how tasty it was when he proffered me a bite as I’m not a huge fan of lentils. He preferred mine as he said it tasted like a proper burger so we really should have swapped. He made his choice so he had to stick with it 🙂
I find that dairy-free chocolate cake is usually not to my taste as it can be quite bitter, but this was not the case with Gringos. The Teen tried to steal it from us, but as he hadn’t been keen on ordering as it was ‘too healthy for a takeaway’ he wasn’t allowed! I topped with some Alpro cream I had in the fridge for extra decadence, but it wasn’t necessary. The cake was moist enough regardless, I just fancied an extra treat.
After all that food we didn’t have space for the Clean Shakes, so they were saved for breakfast the following day. Mixed with almond milk so dairy-free, these superfood-packed shakes are great for taking in nutrients on the go. Mr. Canny usually whizzes something up in his Nutribullet, so this saved him a job. The passion fruit was my particular favourite.
Gringos was a healthy takeaway treat, and that is not a misnomer. It was definitely an improvement on the greasy pizza and chips we usually order. Dairy-free and meat-free food can be tasty and exciting, as Gringos have proved with their menu. Taking orders from 5:30pm on a Tuesday, I hope this is something that becomes more readily available if demand grows.
Thanks for reading,