We’re always on the lookout for places to eat and was happy to discover new Heaton cafe Dirt had a few options on its lunch menu for us vegans. Gavin and I popped along for a child-free lunch to refuel before a gym session so the healthy dishes on offer were just the ticket.
Having opened in the last week or so, Dirt is committed to using locally sourced and seasonal produce. A raft of names like Blagdon Farm, Taylors Seafood and Northumberland Poultry are mentioned on the menu. Helpfully labelled to help those like me with dietary requirements, Dirt also lists gluten free alternatives too.
The interior is minimalist but comfortable. I predict it will be an Instagram haven with its stark white palate, reclaimed wood and wall slogans. #dirtnotdiet seems like the hashtag they want to promote across their social media channels.
There were three vegan-friendly choices for us and it was difficult to choose. I was torn between trying their Jackfruit Tacos, but ultimately opted for a Beetroot Falafel Buddha Bowl instead. Gavin, not keen on the texture of Jackfruit, plumped for Lentil Dhal for his lunch.
There was no hold-up in the food, arriving at our table seemingly not long after ordering. Both bowls seemed like reasonable portions, but I felt the Dhal (£7.50) was better value for money compared to my Buddha Bowl (£9).
It was a more interesting dish with its variety of ingredients, although the Dhal had benefited from a slow cook. The lentils were al dente and it was filling. The flatbread had a heavy texture, perhaps on account of the gluten free flour used.
Dirt has a range of smoothies, protein balls and ‘clean eating’ desserts on offer, as well as Chai Lattes and a Bulletproof Coffee. It is bound to be popular with those who are health conscious or looking for something lighter than the standard kebabs and pizza on offer along Chilli Road. Whether it steals custom from The Naked Deli across the road remains to be seen, but they certainly appear to be on a par with one another.
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