Restaurant review - Heavenly
- Jay Thundercliffe
- 21 July 2011
The newcomer to Glasgow’s vegan scene is a gift from above
Heavenly, 185 Hope Street, City Centre, G2 2UL
0141 353 0884, heavenlyglasgow.co.uk
Mon–Sun noon–8pm. Ave. price two-course meal: £11 (lunch/dinner)
Glasgow’s vegetarian and vegan dining options are hardly extensive, so a new arrival such as this city centre café-bar is something of a godsend. Heavenly joins the city’s small but established vegan/veggie scene, offering a similar philosophy of wholesome and tasty meat-free food at nice prices, good music and a relaxed bohemianesque vibe – and what this newcomer lacks in venue space is compensated for by a pleasant and inclusive ambience whether as a daytime café or pre-club bar. As would be expected from proprietor Gary O’Connor, owner of local indie label Bubblegum Records, there is a strong musical vibe, from album covers on the light green walls to nods on the menu and the resurrection of classic Glasgow club nights.
The menu features handy footnotes for the uninitiated in tempeh and tofu, both of which feature in the varied and interesting menu, whether filling wraps or sandwiches or in the house burger – a tasty creation of tofu slice, roasted peppers, mushrooms and tomato accompanied by homemade chips and impressive onion rings. There are several mains including gnocchi, risotto, a beech tofu kebab and mushroom stroganoff, plus various salads. Refreshments include Samuel Smith and Sagres on draft plus Blue Moon and BrewDog, as well as coffee and speciality teas.