With over 500,000 vegans in the UK and the popularity of Veganuary continuing to increase, many restaurants are looking to cater for this growing demographic. For its part Comptoir Libanais in Leeds has launched a special sharing menu that contains a variety of vegan dishes. We popped down to sample it for ourselves.
The Vegan Feasting Menu:
Perfect for those starting 2018 off to healthy start, the vegan feast is a feel good and healthy menu as well as also being great value – £19.95 for two to share. Guests are also able to share four starters, two mains and a dessert for less than £10 each. Dishes include Beetroot Hommos – Smooth chickpea puree with tahina and beetroot, virgin olive oil, served with pita bread, Falafel – Chickpea & broad bean pate, coriander, parsley, garlic & peppers, served with tahina sauce, Freekeh – Smoked green wheat, wild rocket, vine tomato, spring onion, apple vinegar & mint dressing and Baba Ghanuj – Smoked aubergine, tahina & lemon juice with pomegranate seeds, served with pita bread for starters.
The sharing continues with the main courses with guests being able to enjoy the Quinoa and Pumpkin Salad – Quinoa, chickpeas, vine tomato, fresh mint, topped roasted pumpkin, apple vinaigrette & pomegranate dressing and Aubergine Tagine – Baked baby aubergine in a rich tomato & chickpea sauce garnished with mint yoghurt.
For dessert guests share Rose Coconut Mouhalabia Milk Pudding – A traditional Lebanese milk pudding flavoured with rose syrup and coconut and topped with toasted pistachios.
The wonderful thing about Lebanese food is that it lends itself so well to veganism with a lot of the dishes based around fresh vegetables, herbs and chickpeas with an emphasis on being healthy.
The Dine In Menu:
For the ‘Dine in for £10’ offer guests are offered a set menu of Soup of the day served with Lebanese pita croutons and either Chicken Shish Taouk – Grilled marinated chicken breast served with vermicelli rice (or choose couscous or quinoa) or the vegetarian option: Fattet Moussaka – Baked aubergines moussakka, warm tahina, chickpeas & yoghurt sauce topped with crispy pita & crispy onions and the meal is deliciously rounded off with Rose Mouhalabia Milk Pudding – A traditional Lebanese milk pudding flavoured with rose syrup and topped with toasted pistachios.
While the less enlightened amongst us might scoff at the mere mention of a vegan ‘feast’, Comptoir Lebanais’ offering is as broad as it was fulsome. Generous helpings of Beetroot Hommos and deliciously smoky Baba Ghanuj kicked off proceedings in fine style, ably accompanied by plenty of pitta. The stars of the show meanwhile, the Quinoa and Pumpkin Salad and Aubergine Tagine, complemented each other nicely with yet again plenty to go around. Rose Coconut Mouhalabia Milk Pudding to finish might not to be everyone’s taste but given the feast of food we’d just enjoyed, something nice and light was probably for the best. Too good to just have for veganuary, the deal has all the potential of becoming an all-year round offering.