Thursday, 29 July 2010

A long overdue review of the Corner Grill

The Corner Grill photo © Copyright Kenneth Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
The Corner Grill, 50 Union Street, Inverness, Highland IV11PX
01463 226 767

This is the usual haunt of Vegan Inverness. Having eaten at several venues since the birth of Vegan Inverness in January 2010, we breathed a huge sigh of relief (and loosened our belts) when we found this place. The front of house staff and chef are brilliant, always friendly and accommodating, put up our guestimate reservations and most importantly make delicious grub.

Since the beginning they've created inventive menus, giving us vegans a choice of 3 starters, mains and 2 puddings. After a chat with the friendly chef at the first meeting we threw down the gauntlet of making us a chocolate vegan cheesecake and incredibly, it has become a regular fixture on our vegan dessert menu.

The food seems to get more interesting and inventive, e.g. roasted vegetable sushi, courgette and puy lentil soup, sweet potato stew, chimichurri tofu... it is really refreshing to know that a chef sees vegan food as an interesting challenge and not a task that is to be dreaded.

sidenote - Surely vegetarians must be sick of the ubiquitous goats cheese and rocket salad you get on every menu?? Restaurants need to have the confidence to stand behind their vegan dishes and put them out there for everyone to try. I think that having at least one vegan main on a menu is not a big ask. I'm certain that many vegetarians and meat eaters alike will eat a vegan meal every now and then but just not realize it. It would be a refreshing change for everyone - it's just a tasty meal that just happens not to have meat, eggs or milk in it.

I've been vegan since 2001 and like many vegans I've had some shocking food in some apparently acclaimed restaurants despite calling well in advance(e.g. in Contrast, Inverness - still trying to forget that meal, filthy).

The food at the CG is as good as any veggie food i've had in London - really! and the atmosphere and service is much friendlier.

Anyway, enough gushing. I just wanted to write a little blurb to say thanks to the folks at The Corner Grill, we really, really appreciate your efforts, don't go changing (except perhaps putting a vegan main on the menu)!

~Karen for Vegan Inverness

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely Karen!! It's a real oasis in the desert, or is that dessert?