One of the perks that comes with my role as editor of a Soho magazine is the opportunity to feed my foodie persona! I’m a believer that food helps us create meaningful connections – especially when shared! For this date night, I invite Estelle, a model from Paris living in London, to join me at Soho’s INKO NITO. What I didn’t realise however is that she’s vegan. Tricky, I thought, for a restaurant specialising in grills. Luckily, INKO NITO had us sorted!
I consider myself a pescatarian – a veggie who loves seafood, however I’ll admit that of late I’ve railed off into being a bit more of a flexitarian – keeping my options open to try ‘a bit of this, and a bit of that’. Our host at Inko Nito was Felix, somewhat a magician who we confidently put our trust in to order for us. There was an element of surprise for us as a mixture of vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian-friendly dishes came out on Felix’s watch. All were delicious – especially washed down with our cocktails!
Vegetarian and vegan options we had:
I used this dinner date opportunity to get some insight into Estelle’s vegan lifestyle…
What was your favourite dish?
The chargrilled broccolis were undoubtedly some of the best I’ve ever tasted. I did not expect that all. The sweetness of the onion sauce was the cherry on the cake.
When did you become vegan and why?
In mid- 2017 I had a spiritual awakening and started asking myself questions about how I could make this world a better place. Veganism is something I’m passionate about and I’d like to raise awareness and educate people around me on how it works in day- to- day life.
How easy is it for you to find vegan dishes in restaurants?
It’s much easier today to find vegan options on the menu than it was two years ago. Demand equals supply. The more customers ask for a vegan option, the more restaurants are going to consider re-thinking their menus. It’s the same for gluten-free options.
How do you make being vegan a lifestyle?
A vegan lifestyle isn’t all about food, contrary to popular assumptions. It’s also about ethics. It’s also the clothes we wear, the cosmetics we use, the activities we take part in. These all need to be taken into consideration.
For dessert, we opted to try the Inko Nito x Crosstown Doughnuts collaboration which luckily was vegan, finishing our dining experience off on a very sweet high!
Overall, I had a wonderful evening at Inko Nito; the service was great, the vibe was lively and the food and drink hit all the spots! I was however reminded to stay in my pescatarian lane when i dared myself to try the bone marrow with smoked soy, garlic toast and shallots… The presentation was appetising, however it was far too meaty and fatty for me. The highlights for me were the KCC – Korean Fried cauliflower (which sadly, isn’t vegan due to the sauce used), the tiger prawn skewers and the sea bass fillet with shiso salsa!
Inko Nito 55 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 9QS
020 3959 2650
I’ll be back again on another Dinner Date soon!
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