About By CHLOE Tower Bridge
This US-import chain of hip vegan cafés has been designed with millennials in mind. A pink neon sign reads ‘guac save the Queen’, there’s floral wallpaper in the loos and you can even purchase By CHLOE merch (hats sell for £10). The rest of the interiors are suitably trendy as well. Think black and white-striped flooring, metal tabletops, green plants and atmospheric lighting. Plenty of natural lighting comes through floor-to-ceiling windows, too.
For all its bells and whistles though, this is essentially a meat-free fast-food joint that aims to provide nourishing, conscious and natural meals. Despite slightly chaotic counter service, By CHLOE succeeds with a menu of casual vegan cuisine: mac ’n’ cheese comes topped with chewy shitake ‘bacon’ and a sweet potato and cashew sauce to make it silky, while a juicy meatball sub swaps out mince for mushroom balls slathered in marinara and basil pesto.
The wide menu includes salads, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, brunch, and frozen desserts, alongside a take-out menu. There’s even a dedicated London menu featuring 'fish' & chips (crispy tofu, chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce), a roast dinner (sea salt-roasted celery root, glazed carrots, green beans, thyme potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and rosemary gravy), and a sticky toffee pudding served with whipped coconut cream.
On top of that, there’s a dedicated dog’s menu (did we mention this is for the millennials out there?), too, which features ‘Pupcakes’ – organic whole-oat K9 cupcakes – and ‘Bag O’Dog Bones’ – peanut butter dog bones. The in-house range of juices and smoothies match well with the likes of a taco salad mixing lightly-spicy seitan chorizo with crunchy broken taco shells. Everything is made in-house daily.
Despite being geared towards the lunchtime trade, the restaurant is often bustling during the evening too, and with a location literally seconds away from Tower Bridge, it’s also popular with tourists.