Following on from the news Grumpy Panda were set to open imminently in Gateshead I discovered veggie cafe Sky Apple were starting to open their Little Piece of Sky Deli later on a Friday night to serve up dishes usually found in the local chippy. Complete vegan junk food heaven for me!
Sky Apple is an institution in the area and one of the first places recommended when people want to try out vegetarian and vegan food. You can read a previous review of their awesome full English vegan breakfast here.
The Teen doesn’t mind eating here, surprisingly enough, because the menu features Halloumi – his all-time favourite cheese. This is also used in the Chippy, with a Halloumi Tikka Naan and Battered Halloumi both on offer.
I was a little disappointed to see Quorn’s Vegan Fish Fingers being used for their Sarnie, only because a ‘Vish’ (made from Tofu and wrapped in seaweed) they’ve made themselves is being sold. Judging by how busy they are I can’t imagine they will have much time to make everything from scratch, and I decided not to chose this as I have packets of these already in my freezer waiting for a hangover 🙂
I tried out a Chilli Cheese Burger (£5) which was deliciously meaty. Mr. Canny opted for the Sky Apple Burger topped with salad and mayo. Although on the small side, both were enjoyable. The Teen wanted the Deep Fried Halloumi (£6.50), which he had with a portion of chips. I ordered Curry and Chips (£4.50) too, which was a thick and mildly spiced sauce.
Mr. Canny wanted to compare Sky Apple’s Vegan Fish (£4.50) to The Ship Inn’s version which he usually orders when we’ve visited this pub in Ouseburn. He said this one was more greasy, something we all agreed on. We also were unanimous in our belief the chips needed a minute or two more to be crisper. I think an extra shake when coming out of the fryer might have helped as the batter on both the tofu and Halloumi became a little flaccid.
Tonight (Friday 30th June) was their first opening and we were pretty happy with our meals, but there was some room for improvement. It was busy from opening at 5pm which was great to see and further proves how much demand there is for veggie and vegan food in the area. This is a takeaway service and dishes are served in biodegradable boxes. I’m not sure how often we’ll pop back as it took us 45 minutes to return to Gateshead with our order due to rush hour traffic but we wish the Chippy every success going forward.
Thanks for reading,