- The Gist: Vegan dishes with global street food influences
- The Chefs: Alex and Oliver Santoro
- Location: 144 Commercial Street, London E1 6NU
- Food in 5 words: Vegan, GMO-free, organic – but fun
- See more: eatgenesis.com/
How did we get here?
Vegan restaurant Genesis is the brainchild of Alex and Oliver Santoro, whose family have, ironically, been involved in the meat industry for over 100 years. They both turned vegan seven years ago and shortly after launched Raw Imagination, a vegan food company offering grab-and-go items to shops such as Planet Organic.
Their combined passion for great food, original design, health and environmentally conscious living has been the inspiration for the new restaurant. With Genesis, the plan is to offer eats that appeals to vegans and carnivores alike, while also supporting organic farming practices.
What’s different about it?
Setting itself apart from other vegan restaurants, Genesis will be one of only a few London venues to hold the Soil Association’s Organic Served Here award. Genesis are also using avocado oil for frying because of its high smoking point.
The signature burgers and hot dogs at this Shoreditch-based shop are made from a range of natural ingredients – like vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds – and served inside vegan, organic brioche buns.
Drawing on flavours from the USA, the American Woman burger is filled with creamy coleslaw, BBQ sauce, onion rings, jalapeños and gherkins, while the Bánh Mì Dog adapts Vietnam’s popular sandwich into a hotdog. To accompany these, guests can add sides such as kimchi and coleslaw alongside a choice of yuca or French fries.
There is also a range of tacos, with fillings such as fried avocado, beans and pico de gallo as well as jackfruit, hoisin, cucumber and spring onion.
You’ve got to try…
Char kway teow, a Malaysian national favourite of brown rice noodles, stir-fried vegetables and black bean sauce.
Asian inspiration features heavily on the menu, from a Thai papaya and mango salad – something Leon tried to champion with its pop up concept Tuk Shop, which only lasted a few months – to a spicy laksa soup, a Malaysian speciality popularised by Sambal Shiok, which started out as a street food stall.
Sparkie also likes…
The Indian street food snack aloo tikki chaat, which taps into the demand for vegan junk food. These mashed potato patties are mixed with coriander, onion and spices, then deep-fried in oil.
You’re still not convinced the word ‘vegan’ isn’t code for ‘boring salads.’