Cookoomela Grill (Athens, Greece)

We found Cookoomela via Happy Cow; most vegans know about this great website, and if you don’t go check it! It is very useful to find vegan eateries in many different cities all over the world. For my blog, I prefer to write about places that are not ‘known’ to be vegan-friendly or listed on HappyCow … everyone likes to be the first to discover and report on a cool place! Honestly, it is difficult to find really “uncharted” new places since HappyCow is pretty extensive…. #firstworldveganproblems ๐Ÿ˜€ So I don’t mind to give a longer review on a “known” vegan place once in a while **

Cookoomela Grill

Cookoomela Grill is a completely vegan street food-style eatery. They make gyros, a traditional Greek meat dish,ย  from mushrooms and they serve kebab made of lentils. The place itself is very small. There are a few places outside to sit, and it was very busy. I believe they do mostly take-away. Fortunately, this type of food is made to be eaten on the go!

Cookoomela grill
Mushroom ‘gyros’ on the grill

Cookoomela Grill offers a few variants of stuffed pita, fries and a salad. We tried two of the pita, the “Cookoomela Kebab”; the lentil kebab with potato, homemade tomato sauce, salad and almond cream cheese, served wrapped in a pita, and the “Cookoomela Red”, a pita with mushroom gyros, avocado, home made tomato sauce, vegan mayonnaise, salad and potatoes (I only got a blurry picture of this one, it was already pretty dark!)

Ingredients at Cookoomela Grill
Pita ingredients

Even though Cookoomela is very small, they serve vegan desserts. Cannoli (are they the new hip vegan dessert?) in two flavours: chocolate and vanilla.

Lentil kebab pita from Cookoomela Grill
Lentil ‘kebab’ pita with veggies and almond cream cheez

 

I really like the street-food style and the vegan interpretation of classic dishes of the Cookoomela Grill. It was great to see this small place so busy as well. The only downside is that there’s not so much space to sit, but the food can be eaten while walking pretty easily.

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Type of place: vegan street food
Completely vegan:ย  yes
Vegan desserts: yes !

Website (Greek, English) : http://cookoomela.gr/ย 

Wurst & Moritz (Bern, Switzerland)

So for my real-life job I occasionally visit cities around Switzerland. I have been in Bern to meet with colleagues quite regularly, and of course we also need to eat while we are there ! Most of the time we go to the same place (Tibits โค) but occasionally we branch out. One of my dear co-workers suggested going to Wurst & Moritz and I thought they were joking…a sausage place?? Turns out there totally are vegan sausages at Wurst & Moritz! Me and my vegetarian co-worker were happy to try those.

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The concept of Wurst & Moritz is simple; they serve sausages (Currywurst), sides (fries, salad, etc) and sauce. And drinks, of course. The place itself can be found in a small food court next to Bern main station. There is a small area where you can sit, and it is very casually decorated with darts and a fuss ball table.

Veggie sausage and fries at Wurst und Moritz
Veggie sausage and fries!

The vegan sausage is served with classic sauce, the other sauces are not guaranteed to be vegan. The fries are very nice, crispy and properly salted. It is a great option if you just want to have some hearty, junky food.

Inside Wurst und Moritz

Wurst&Moritz do not serve vegan desserts, but in the same food court you can find a cafe, Coffee Fellows, which serves coffee (with milk alternatives!) and vegan apple pie!

Beers at Wurst & Moritz
Beers on the bar
Type of place: Sausage and beer place
Completely vegan: no
Vegan desserts: no

Website (German):ย  http://wurstundmoritzbern.ch/

Cinnamon Snail (New York, US)

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Cinnamon Snail started as the first vegan organic food truck in the US, in 2010, and has since then become well known. They have now two locations in NYC in addition to the food truck (in Fidi and in the Pennsy food hall). I initially searched for the food truck, but couldn’t find it. So I went to the nearby Pennsy food hall instead. I actually visited Cinnamon Snail a few times during my stay in NYC, to try several different foods. Choosing is hard with such great options!

Dougnuts at Cinnamon snail
Look at them!

Of course the Cinnamon Snail is mostly known for their sweets: cinnamon rolls and doughnuts. But they also have very nice savoury foods like sandwiches and burgers. You can order take-out and delivery from the food truck and the Fidi location, I believe all locations have slightly different foods.

Cinnamon roll at Cinnamon snail
Cinnamon roll โค They are huge!

There are is space to sit in the Pennsy food hall, though it gets very busy. For my first visit of Cinnamon Snail I wanted to try some pastries! I had a cinnamon roll (of course), a peanut butter cookie party and a raspberry danish. All sweets are quite big and sugary, as expected!

Pastries at Cinnamon snail
Peanut butter cookie doughnut and Raspberry Danish

I later went back to try some of the savoury foods; a Memphis BBQ Deluxe burger (lentil burger on a pretzel bun, of which I have no picture), chilli cheese tater tots and a creole grilled tofu sandwich.

Chilli cheese tater tots at Cinnamon snail
Chilli “cheese” tater tots

Unfortunately it is quite difficult to make a nice pictures since the food is more prepared for take-out. Of course we mostly care about the taste, and it that department there are no complaints! The place itself is also pretty busy, so I guess other people agree with me ๐Ÿ˜€

Grilled tofu sandwich at Cinnamon snail
Grilled tofu sandwich
Type of place: Vegan restaurant/food truck
Completely vegan: yes
Vegan desserts: yes !!

Website (English) : https://www.cinnamonsnail.com/

Leon (Schiphol, the Netherlands)

Airports are usually not the best place for vegans. Or for people that like to eat in general. In bigger airports there are more options, and I have to say that Schiphol (Amsterdam) is doing quite well, even for vegans. Leon is a fast-food chain originating from UK that expanded last year to Schiphol, and there are locations both before and after customs! They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course coffee and snacks.

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Books!

There are labels for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. There’s several vegan dishes, and some of the vegetarian dishes can be made vegan, such as the falafel wrap and box by subbing the sauce.

I have been to both the Leon before and after customs. For the sake of this review I’ll discuss the one after security. We tried the fries, the quinoa salad and the sweet potato curry. The fries were not so good, they were not crunchy at all. The quinoa salad was okay, but a bit bland. The peas added an interesting taste. I love the curry! It comes with rice, and a bit of a sad salad.

Sweet potato curry and quinoa salad at Leon
Sweet potato curry to the left, quinoa salad to the right

The available dessert is a billionaire shortbread…which I ate in the plane and I totally forgot to make a picture..oops! It was tasty though! They also sell several forms of crisps and chocolate bars. For drinks there are several fresh juices, lemonades (can recommend!), coffee (soy milk is available), etc.

Billionaire's short bread at Leon
Billionaire’s shortbread at the counter at Leon!

Overall, on the airport it is one of the better options for vegans.ย  The falafel wrap (without aioli) and the sweet potato curry are my favourites! **

Type of place: fast food
Completely vegan: no
Vegan desserts:ย  yes!

Website (English) :ย  https://leon.co/

** I did notice that the menu on the website is a bit different than when I was there. I don’t know if it is different per city or that the menu recently got updated.