A little while ago I wrote a post about some bohemian places we have to scran in Newcastle. I talked about up-and-coming collective Mama Zen, who had set up camp in Vamos Social, running a foodie pop-up focusing on all things vegan. There’s been an evolution since my last visit, which I’d heard about thanks to the wonders of social media. You can read our former post here.
It is now home to Kommunity through the day, a multipurpose space aimed at bringing together people from different groups. After the success of the Vamos brand for Spanish and Portuguese-speaking focused events, this is also sure to be popular.
I popped along to see how the space had been re-purposed, with the ‘club’ area curtained off to create a more relaxing space for people to enjoy a coffee or one of Mama Zen’s dairy-free treats. In fact there were a few older people in when I visited, which took me pleasantly by surprise.
Made from natural ingredients like sweet potatoes, you needn’t worry about feeding children these decadent puds. Because they are vegan-friendly even little Dinky got to have a taste of my Raw Bounty Bar.
Everything is helpfully labelled, so there’s no need to constantly ask if something is suitable. Their 5 Bean Chilli (£5) was a big hit while I was there, which can be served up with dairy cheese on request.
With plates of food like this its no wonder Mama Zen are popular on Instagram! It isn’t all style over substance though, with bowls of food packed with flavour and goodness. There was also a Sweet Potato and Celeriac Soup (£4) on the go in their slow cooker too.
I heard that they’d sold out during the course of the day, which goes to show the growing demand for plant-based food in Newcastle. Kommunity is open Wednesday and Thursday 11am until 3pm.
Mama Zen also provide catering and a lunch delivery service. They have just announced another exciting partnership, this time with Chilli Bizarre in Ouseburn. As permanent residents Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm there will be their signature dishes on offer and curated artwork from local artists. You can check out Mama Zen’s Facebook page for more info here.
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