Ok, here we go again! Another round, another race!
Today kids, I am gonna tell you about that time I had a tinder date with a vegan guy that was probably on drugs. I presume this guy was on crack because I had the impression throughout the date that we were on a race, the clock was ticking and he had to WIN! He was tall, dark and handsome and had good manners, but you know, I had the feeling he was taking the date a little bit too seriously. It felt like a fucking job interview or like the dreaded end-of-the-month OKR target you need to reach to get your commissions with your measly paycheck. He talked non-stop, like he was trying to push the whole Herbalife catalogue on me and make a sale, how good he was and how many achievements he got.
He did also ask me questions though I felt he wasn’t listening because he was too focused on advertising himself. Imagine spending my day off with this overly eager person, a person that is so anxious that you start feeling tense too. I was pumped up to go out with a vegan finally, but he was trying so hard that he killed the mood. Oh God, and the compliments, you may think that I am a fucking bitch for saying this, but he was complimenting me too much! I am amazing, though I am pretty sure I didn’t warrant all this high praise before the first course had even arrived. Everyone likes attention (and my friend always reminds me that guys like compliments too; so ladies remember to compliment the men!), but can you imagine somebody calling you beautiful and sexy every ten minutes for like two or three hours? I didn’t see him anymore, obviously, but at least I got the chance to try one of the most famous vegan restaurants in London!
222 is a small vegan restaurant located in West Kensington. We went during the weekend and it gets easily overcrowded, we had to wait over an hour, even though Mr Sales&Compliments had booked a table for two. The dining room is a rectangular space that’s probably more suitable for a café rather than a restaurant. It was very busy and it seemed like they may have overbooked, and were also squeezing in walk-ins. The tables are so close to each other that you will probably end up with your fork in a stranger’s plate if you are not careful: we overheard ALL of the next tables conversations. I have to say, it was probably not the best place for an intimate date. The place has no decor, apart from some long mirrors hung on the walls. I guess, the purpose of the minimal decor was to give the impression of a bigger space, well, mission failed, darlin’!
We were starving after waiting for so long so we decided to have a starter and some smoothies before our food arrived. We chose the raw vegetable appetizer with three different dips: red bell peppers hummus, guacamole, and cashew cream. The texture of the sauces was so intense and enveloping, the type you can easily binge on if you had tortillas instead of cucumber and zucchini sticks! I ordered detox smoothie because you know, I love my veg and detoxing! The glass was ginormous, I wasn’t able to finish it, thankfully it was nothing special… I mean you can make the same stuff at home with a blender (no, a fancy Vitamix is not required), spending way less money and adding a bit more flavour. My date had a protein cocoa smoothie instead. The taste was chocolatey, but not super sweet like industrial milkshakes, the consistency was smooth and silky, and so thick it was like it had its own thighs. It could have been a standalone post-workout meal, no doubt.
As a main dish, I had the mushroom and seitan stroganoff. It’s kind of wintery dish, very hearty and super filling. The seitan had a strong meaty texture and was properly prepared, some vegan chefs can do seitan so wrong. The cream was delicate, it was simply divine and with rich meaty mushrooms. The dish came with a small cup of wild rice, even though the Italian in me would have preferred some freshly baked bread to do some scarpetta with the delicious cream. My date had the classic bean burger with sweet potato fries and a mixed salad on the side; it was good, you could feel the burger was prepared from scratch in the kitchen and not bought at the supermarket, but girl, my choice was way better than his… I mean of course!
The prices are slightly on the high end, though considering the quality of the ingredients, it is worth it. This place is super recommended, except for dates, if you are patient enough to wait.