Facing Heaven – Hackney

Hallelujah, a new vegan spot with a menu sent from above 🙏🏻👼🏼 {press meal}

Okay, I’ve got good news and bad news…

👎🏼 The bad news is that Mao Chow has closed
👍🏼 The good news is that it actually hasn’t really. It’s been reincarnated with a new name, menu and venue (just around the corner) 😍 – @facing_heaven

🤷🏼‍♀️ So, what’s the difference? You ask. Well, it’s bigger and unlike MC which focused solely on Sichuan dishes, this menu expands to include Cantonese, Yunnan & Shaanxi dishes as well as flavours from Puerto-Rican, Portuguese and American to reflect owner Julian’s upbringing. Oh and they’ve got a disco loo. Need I say more? 🕺🏻

Here’s what we ate:
🍜 Cold XO noodles with seaweed slivers
🤷🏼‍♀️Order again? Yes. Sooo much flavour. Not shy of spice. Divine!
🏆 Fave dish

🌱Crispy tofu skin with a fermented tofu & scallion sauce
🤷🏼‍♀️Order again? Yes. If you miss a pork crackling / scratching, this will be right up your street. The scallion sauce is genius

🥣 Wild garlic congee – rice porridge, pickled onion, crispy shallots & youtiao
🤷🏼‍♀️Order again? No. Whilst I didn’t mind it, I’m not sure I’d order it over other dishes if I visited again

🥩 Cantonese jerky w/ rock sugar
🤷🏼‍♀️Order again? Yes. Looks questionable, tastes beautiful. Love the sweetness

🥔 Tingly potato salad w/ wild garlic dressing, matchstick potatoes, dried chilli
🤷🏼‍♀️Order again? Yes. A refreshing, lighter take on a potato salad with some really great flavours

🥞 HK French toast w/ peanut butter, condensed milk & malt powder
🤷🏼‍♀️ Order again? Yes. You’ll have to go to confession after eating this. It’s pure filth. Amazing but I could only manage two bites so I’d recommend sharing with a few people

I already can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu 🥳

🍽Name: @facing_heaven
📍Location: London Fields
🌾Gluten Free Options? No
🌱100% Vegan Business? Yes
🍽 Cuisine: Chinese
📦Leftovers: None – shared between two
👨‍🍳 Owner’s heritage is Haitian, Puerto-Rican, Portuguese & American
♿️ Wheelchair friendly: No
🐶 Dog friendly: Yes
🖤 They haven’t opened yet but they are planning to once they open

Facing Heaven is featured on my list of Best Vegan-Friendly Date Night Restaurants. To see the rest of the list, click here.

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