Meal courtesy of ETHOS
Attended and written by Verna Gao
While you all indulge on Christmas and wishing all the Christmas calories didn’t count, I’m here to attempt to lure you away from all the mince pies and pigs in blankets with my night of eating well at the stylish veggie/vegan heaven, located centrally and tucked away behind Oxford Street.
Upon arrival, you are greeted by some very cosy interior design, which in this day and age, is a big selling point for just about anything. #totallyinstagrammable! And since ETHOS is dedicated to a plant-based diet, the place is full of trees and plants, reflecting fully on the nature scene.
Let’s move onto the main focus – the food. I don’t even know where to begin. In truth, I was a little overwhelmed with all the variety of food on offer. Everything looked vibrant, fresh and nothing like the salads you usually see in supermarkets! The combinations were also nothing I usually have in mind when I think about vegan / veggie dining. There were flavour influences from Asia, the Middle East and also the Medittereanan.
If you were wondering what I ended up going for, well, take a good look. I absolutely piled my plate with just about everything I could fit on it, and more (with it hanging from the edge!). Honestly, everything on this plate was so flavoursome and tasty, I did not for a second miss meat – I almost forgot that this was a meat-free restaurant, and that is a major thing for me, for I am a meat-lover.
One of my favourite mains from ETHOS, which I keep telling all my friends about, is the scotch egg. That runny yolk. Say no more! The butternut squash salad, the cauliflower salad, the veggie chilli con carne, the sweet potato chips – everything was perfect. It even had me picking up some inspiration for my future meal prepping and January detox.
Dessert wise, there was also a lot of choices on offer. Aside from the usual carrot cakes, flapjacks, brownies, cupcakes, there were also a few very interesting offerings, such as matcha protein bars, and also “unicorn” squares.
Personally, I could not resist “the Unicorn” – I mean how could you? The layers of raw blueberry and coconut was perfectly balanced, not too sweet, with a smooth texture for the berry layers and a little bite with the coconut at the base. The matcha protein bar, as well as its berry flavoured sibling, were also interesting items that I enjoyed, though the texture is slightly dry.
Aside from food, ETHOS was also very kind in offering the chance to try their juices and cocktails, which are also healthy and virtuous for you. Of the drinks that I tried, the cucumber G&T was definitely my favourite – super refreshing and highly recommended!
Overall, my experience at ETHOS was way above my expectations. The staff were friendly, giving me lots of information on what the dishes were and advising me on what desserts would be good for my taste buds etc. Additionally, ETHOS operates on a self-service and pay-by-weight system, allowing diners full control of what goes on their plates and into the stomachs, at the same time minimising wastage. I must say, this is a dangerous thing for someone like me, who has eyes bigger than her stomach. Then again, everything here is healthy and wholesome and good for you, so who cares if I accidentally slipped a little too much roasted aubergine onto my plate?