In celebration of Vegetarian Awareness Month, Hard Rock Cafe London has gone meat free and added a new vegetarian menu.
If you have read my Hard Rock Brunch post you will know that I love this place, but due to the lack of vegetarian variety I only visit a couple of times every few years. So I was absolutely thrilled when I found out that they were adding more options and jumped at the chance to try out their new creations.
Having reserved a table we skipped the always huge queue, were welcomed with Hard Rock’s famous american style service and were quickly seated. The new vegetarian menu was made up of 5 new options: Cauliflower “Wings”, a Grilled Ratatouille Wrap, Pico de Gallo Quinoa Arugula Salad , Fennel Beet & Orange Salad and a Cauliflower Burger.
Pablo and I went back a forth a lot with our choices but our flame haired and super friendly server, Diana, didn’t seem to mind having to give us a little more time. Eventually we settled on sharing the wings, burger and quinoa salad.
As we sat sipping on our Budweiser the restaurant began to fill around us, yet the food still arrived quickly.
First up we tried the wings, with the super spicy sauce option -this is not for the faint hearted. I have a pretty high spice tolerance and even I was grateful for the cooling blue cheese sauce dip that came on the side. These wings were packed with flavour but it was the texture that was most impressive, which was incredibly close to chicken.
Next up were the mains; I started out with the Pico de Gallo Quinoa Arugula Salad with a side of avocado, as suggested by our server. The bowl was made up a fresh mix of pico de gallo, quinoa, lime juice, chopped cilantro, arugula (i.e rocket), topped off with shredded Brussel sprouts, spicy pecans, feta cheese and craisins (i.e dried cranerries), tossed in a citrus vinaigrette. The salad was absolutely packed with flavours and texture. I am not usually a fan of vinaigrette but the citrus bite balanced out the acidity of the vinegar perfectly.
I am already a fan of the Hard Rock vegetarian burger so I was really excited to see how this latest patty compared. I have eaten my fair share of vegetarian burgers but this was my first cauliflower version.
I thought the texture would be crumbly but the combination of egg, goat cheese, and breadcrumbs created a sturdy burger which was flavourful and moist. The patty was topped off with courgette, rocket, tomato and garlic aioli, which were a winning combination. The only criticism I have of this delicious dish was the use of Monterey Jack cheese on top as I think that the doubling of dairy was unnecessary and also the toasted brioche bun became crumbly so did not hold the meal together as much as I would have like, but, both of those are just personal preference.
I am so happy that Hard Rock Cafe have stepped away from the norm with these new vegetarian options giving their customers something exciting whilst sticking to their all-American style of cuisine.
This extended vegetarian menu is only around until 13th November so if you are a fellow vegetarian looking for comfort food that rocks I would totally recommend heading down to this London institution before it’s gone.