Macaroni Liberation Front – Dalston

Anywhere with the tag line “Make lasagna not war” has already won my affections {complimentary meal}

If you missed the news, I’m now on YouTube! 📺 Visit the link in my bio for a behind the scenes look at my visit to @macaronilf 👀🍝

@macaronilf is a small, family run business in Dalston Square. Around 80% of the dishes are vegan 🌱 Their focus is on traditional Italian food with a twist 🇮🇹 The staff are lovely, the chef is passionate, the restaurant is filled with Italians (which is a good sign) and the sounds of That’s Amore ring through the quaint venue ♥️

@jolley_chris and I feasted on:
🌱 Varbonara – Vegan spaghetti carbonara .
💰 £12
✏️ Their most popular dish. I really liked the flavours and the creaminess of the dish but thought the crispy tofu pieces were a little too chewy and some parts of the dish were a bit gritty. I like the idea but not sure if they work 🍝
🌱 Pistakkio – Fresh trofie pasta with vegan pistachio pesto
💰 £9.50
✏️ The pesto is beautiful. It doesn’t feel like it’s missing Parmesan, and the pistachio works well. The trofie pasta is cooked well and has a nice bite. The almonds add a nice little crunch too!
🌱 Vegan Roast – Shiitake mushrooms, butternut & Jerusalem artichoke skewers with a chickpea pancake and homemade spicy mango chutney .
💰 £10
✏️ This was so unusual! It was like Ethiopian food meets Mediterranean food. The veggies were super fresh and well cooked but the mango chutney was the highlight – so punchy!
🌱 Risotto with shiitake mushrooms & red radicchio .
💰 £12.50
✏️ Isn’t it so nice to be served a vegan risotto which actually has flavour 🙏🏻 There’s also a great range of ingredients to add contrasting textures – meaty mushrooms, crunchy spring onions, creamy rice
🌱 Cauliflower steak with shiitake mushrooms, vegan pistachio pesto & kale chips
💰 £10
✏️Charred cauliflower is the one. The mushrooms and kale were beaut too. It all worked together well but I’d have loved more pesto!
We also tried two desserts which aren’t on the menu but I wanted to show you them anyway because they may arrive soon 👀
The team were kind enough to give me this meal for free but all views are honest and my own

 

📍Location: Dalston
🌾GF Options? Yes
🌱100% Vegan? No
🏠Eatery: Casual restaurant/ Cafe
💰Affordability: ££⁣⁣⁣⁣
🍽Portions: Generous
👩‍🍳Service: The absolute loveliest people!
🎶Vibe: Relaxed
📸 Me⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ & Chris
📦Leftovers: Yep, took some home!

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