Vegana Indiana (Vienna, Austria)

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Vegana Indiana is a vegan, gluten-free and dog-friendly bar/restaurant in Vienna, so you can go for coffee and cakes, and also for a full meal. The decorations are natural with a rough edge, with wooden accents and a lot of plants. They play pop music, which makes for an interesting contrast. There is also a terrace, and they do take-away.

Cupcakes at Vegana Indiana
Vegan cupcakes

We initially went in for a coffee and a small snack, but after seeing the menu card we really wanted to try a full-size dish because the food looked very interesting!  The dishes are original, and they use a lot of local ingredients. The menu also states common allergens that might be present in a dish, something I have noticed in other Viennese restaurants as well.

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We shared a dish of Gary (vegan cheese**) and potatoes which was served with cranberries and vegan mayonnaise. The potatoes are nice and crispy and the vegan cheese is very tasty.  We also got a small (gluten-free!) piece of bread with it, which was tasty.

Gary with potatoes at Vegana Indiana
“Gary” or vegan cheese, with baked potatoes, cranberries and vegan mayonnaise

I also tried ice coffee with almond milk, which has actual ice cream!

Ice coffee at Vegana Indiana
Ice coffee

For dessert we tried a pancake with jam (tasty, not very special), and a ‘marillenknödel’, a dumpling with apricot. These dumplings are quite specific to the Austrian and Czech cuisine. They are formed from dough, a whole apricot is put inside, then they are boiled in salted water and covered with bread crumbs and powdered sugar.  I never had one before so I didn’t know what to expect. They are not very sweet, the dough was a bit soft and crumbly. Not sure if it is my new favourite pastry, but I am glad to have been able to try this traditional Viennese dish!

Marillenknodel at Vegana Indiana
Marillenknödel, apricot dumpling

So yes, great place, can recommend! One downside: Only cash accepted! (Though this is something that seems a bit more common in Vienna)

Pancake dessert at Vegana Indiana
Pancake with jam; a classic
Type of place: vegan and gluten-free restaurant, take-away
Completely vegan: yes
Vegan desserts: yes

Website (German) : http://www.vegana-indiana.at

Swing Kitchen (Vienna, Austria)

Exterior of Swing kitchen
Real Vegan Burger…yes please !

For some people burgers are the ultimate junk food, and I have mentioned some  great vegan burgers on this blog before. In Vienna I visited the Swing Kitchen,  where the specialty is … vegan burgers! The couple that came up with the concept of Swing Kitchen, Irene and Charly Schillinger, used to run a successful completely vegan pub near Vienna, where they translated traditional Austrian recipes into vegan versions. After they turned their attention to Swing Kitchen, a vegan burger restaurant with several locations in Vienna and one in Graz. (Fun fact, one of these locations used to be a McDonald’s!) Swing Kitchen focuses on 100% vegan and environmentally conscious fast food.

Inside of Swing Kitchen
Inside Swing Kitchen

The atmosphere of the location we were at was great. The name is derived from the fact that they play swing music! The interior itself is clean and modern. There is a long bar table along the windows, several tables and seats, and a terrace. The crowd is, as maybe expected, mostly younger people. Being a more fast-food type place, they do take-out and delivery as well. We managed to snag a table, and there was quite a crowd later so that is something to keep in mind!

Desserts display at Swing Kitchen
Desserts on display

Swing Kitchen serves burgers and fries, but also salads like coleslaw, and wraps. You choose the food at the counter, and wait for the order to be made. At the counter the desserts are also displayed, because yes there are vegan desserts! In line with the eco-conscious mission, all straws and cutlery are bio degradable. The napkins are from recycled paper.

Cutlery and such at Swing Kitchen
Recycled paper napkins, bio-degradable cutlery and straws

There is a menu-deal consisting of a burger with fries and a drink. We took two deals, one with the Vienna Burger and normal fries, and the ‘cheese’ burger with sweet potato fries. Additionally we got the onion rings and vegan nuggets to try, with a garlic dip and mayonnaise.

Burgers at Swing Kitchen
The burgers! Cheese burger to the left, Vienna burger to the right!

I have to say that the portions are more reasonable than at the  Vegan Junkfood Bar (the gold standard of junk food at this blog) The mayonnaise is a bit thick, but it was good. I like the garlic dip too, the little pots were just a bit inconvenient for dipping the slightly larger fries in. I liked the nuggets, they were not very special though. The onion rings were a bit strange, I expected a single onion slice to be in there but it was more of a mash.

Sides at the Swing Kitchen
Nuggets, onion rings, two types of fries and two dips for sides!

Now the burgers, they are great ! The Vienna burger has a vegan schnitzel and garlic sauce, and the Cheese burger has a more standard patty, but with a slice of vegan cheese. The buns are big but not excessive. I liked that the patties and fillings were noticeably different, the Vienna Burger was more light and fresh, and the Cheese burger was just good old-fashioned (but cruelty-free) burger joy. The normal fries are nice and thick, but not very crunchy. The sweet potato fries have the shape of a grid, which makes dipping hard in the tiny dipping pots! Also not very crunchy, but good either way.  Swing Kitchen also serves some interesting cold drinks, I had an elder flower soda. They also serve juices, ice tea and coffee.

Desserts at the Swing Kitchen
Cherry cheese cake and the almond nougat dream ❤

Now the desserts! When we visited there was a choice of 5 and I have to say that choosing was quite hard.  We tried the cheese cake and almond nougat dream. The cheese cake had a great structure, and it was fresh and not too sweet likely due to the sour cherries.  The latter is an almond cake with a nougat outside and layers of chocolate mouse and sponge-y cake inside.  It was not as heavy as chocolate cakes tend to be. A dream indeed!

 

Overall I have to say that the price was very reasonable and the food is good. It is great to see a vegan place being so popular that there are several different locations opening up!

 

Type of place: Vegan burger place, fast food
Completely vegan: yes
Vegan desserts: yes!

Website (German, English) : https://www.swingkitchen.com/

 

Végé café (Lausanne, Switzerland)

More and more I see vegan restaurants, bakeries and cafés around me. A great development! While I don’t try to limit my eating to these places, sometimes it is nice to be able to order everything available without having to interrogate a poor waiter about whether or not this dish contains milk!

Drink at Vege cafe

Today a quick review about a fully vegan café in Lausanne: Végé café. It was on my “to visit” list for a while, so I am glad to finally be able to discuss it! The first time I wanted to go to the Végé café was in August, and unfortunately they were closed during the weekend at that time. My fault, I should’ve paid more attention to their site…I was just too excited ! And then somehow I didn’t go there again until a few weeks ago.

Menu at Vege cafe
Menu du jour

Végé café serves breakfast and lunch, and the menu changes daily. When you enter you face the bar, where a lot of tasty desserts are waiting. The café itself was busy, which is always nice. I visited with a friend on a Sunday, and actually not many cafés and restaurants are open on Sunday. So extra points for Végé café!

Soup at Vege cafe
Soup and hummus toast (more bread hiding out of view)

I saw on their menu that they had vegan croissants! Too bad it was too late for breakfast, so I opted for a soup with bread and a ginger lemonade. The soup was very good. My friend ordered the tajine, which was not that great. It was very water-y, the tofu was quite tasteless. Fortunately the desserts were better. I got a chocolate mousse with my soy latte, which was great!

Dessert and coffee at vege cafe
Coffee & chocolate mousse!
Type of place: vegan café
Completely vegan: yes
Vegan desserts: yes
Website (French): http://vege.cafe/

Anahata Fine Food (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Menu at Anahata Fine Food

This small stand in a large shopping mall serves completely vegan snacks and drinks! Anahata Fine Food focuses on tasty, clean (e.g. no added sugars) food which does not harm the environment & its inhabitants. Sounds good to me!

You can find coffee with several milk alternatives here, vegan milk shakes, smoothies, etc. Food-wise they offer sandwiches, lavash with hummus and tofu and the like. There’s also sugar-free/naturally-sweetened pastries like chocolate and cake.

Coffee and soy latte at Anahata Fine Food
Coffee and soy latte

 

I tried a coffee with soy milk,  a chocolate and a piece of ginger cake. The cake was not very ginger-y, I have to say. It was sweetened with dried fruits, such as figs, and also contained nuts. The coffee was made Turkish style, which I noticed is common around these parts. The chocolate was good, a bit too dark for me personally!

Ginger cake at Anahata Fine Food
Slice of sugar-free ginger cake

Anahata fine food is  focused mostly on take-out, but there are a few tables to sit as well. A great place for a quick snack or coffee!

Chocolate at Anahata Fine Food
Super dark chocolate
Type of place: Take-out, coffee and sandwiches
Completely vegan: yes
Vegan desserts: yes

Website: https://www.facebook.com/AnahataFineFood