V Honest

Burgers, Vegan·
££££
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SquareMeal Review of V Honest

At last, the pulled jackfruit ship has sailed. Now, thanks to culinary alchemists like Beyond Meat, our plant-based pals can get all the junk food they can eat. Honest, seeing the popularity of ‘the plant’, boarded the bandwagon and opened an all-vegan venture: V Honest.

Stepping into this casual eatery, you’ll notice backless benches and no dessert options. A quick turnover is still the aim here. Nothing wrong with that, it is fast food after all. As the staff lead you through the buzzy space, they double-check you know it’s all vegan.

There are five burger options (six if you count swapping relish for burger sauce as a separate dish). This number dropped when it emerged they had run out of vegan chicken, despite opening mere days prior. Before our options could dwindle further, we opted for ‘the chilli’ and ‘the buffalo’.

The chilli hit the spot, with a nice jalapeno kick and crunch from the red onion. ‘The buffalo’ was slightly forgettable - or rather ‘the pesto’ was, as that was what arrived instead. The giant onion rings and tiny nub-like chips did what they’re supposed to do, although the former arrived resting in a considerable puddle of oil.

The most exciting thing on the menu - pulled shiitake mushroom fritters - had an excellent filling, but were let down by the same excessively thick batter that encased the onion rings. Breadcrumbs would work much better here, croquette-style.

Given the American patties, Swedish chicken and Australian pulled mushroom, the claim of “showcasing the best vegan food in the country” doesn't seem V Honest at all. Prices here are similar to other branches, which feels steep given the meat ones are made in-house. That being said, Honest Burgers has impressed us in the past, so we’re sure these growing pains will get fixed.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cuisines
Burgers, Vegan
Eat at Home
Home delivery, Takeaway service
Ambience
Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Child friendly, Group dining [8+]

About V Honest

Honest Burgers has proven itself as a format that Londoners love and now there’s a wholly vegan version for plant-based eaters to enjoy.

While the patties might be made of different stuff, the concept remains largely the same with each burger served alongside the restaurant’s signature rosemary skin-on fries. Lovers of classics like the Honest, Tribute and Chilli burgers are now able to enjoy these favourites completely meat-free. Alongside these tried and tested formulas there are new special serves too. These include the Buffalo burger which is made up of fried chick’n, buffalo sauce, vegan cheese, ranch mayo, lettuce and pickles; the Teriyaki burger which comes topped with vegan cheese, pulled shiitake mushrooms, teriyaki sauce, grilled peppers, spring onions, umami mayo and lettuce; and the Pesto which is smothered in basil pesto and mustard mayo before being topped with tomato slices and fresh rocket.

Alongside the stars of the show, the team behind Honest Burgers have also come up with a range of vegan, gluten-free sides that can be enjoyed alongside the main event. Think seasonal slaws, buffalo tenders, pulled shitake nuggets, shoestring fries and more. Dips include a vegan version of the brand’s famous bacon ketchup, plus chipotle mayo, ranch mayo and a moreish umami mayo.

Specials will be run routinely too, to keep the menu evolving, and there’s the option to swap any bun for a gluten-free bn should you want to.

As ever, Honest have created a complementary drinks list which runs alongside the plant-based food menu. Think Honest’s own brand gin, their house larger Burger Beer and even their own freshly made lemonade. Additional craft beer options are available and there are plans to introduce a vegan milkshake menu in time too.

If you can’t make it into the V Honest restaurant, the burgers are available from a number of delivery kitchens across London seven days a week.


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Are there gluten-free options at V Honest?

Yes, V Honest serves gluten-free buns so most burgers can be made suitable for a gluten-free diet.

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17 Garrick Street, London, WC2E 9BL
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