Matt is from Nottingham and we've just spent a lovely weekend there seeing his family. We went to see his nephew Jono's band on Thursday night and also to a great village fair that a lot of his family were involved with raising money for kids from a local special school to have a trip to the Paralympics. Jono also had a vintage clothing stall at the fair and has a fantastic business called Captains Locker. Check it out if you're into vintage clothing. Nottingham is a good city of vegans and on Friday night we all went out to Aubergine restaurant. As soon as we sat down we were treated to a yummy complimentary 'amuse bouche' of beetroot hummus on sundried tomato polenta.
I've not posted pictures of the starters or desserts (for those of us who had room) but they were all polished off. The menu changes on a monthly basis and it's all vegetarian with more than half of it vegan as are all the wines and beers. Here's a selection of the vegan main courses we ordered. Indian chickpea and spinach curry served in a puri basket with basmati rice which was hailed as one of the best veggie curries ever tasted!
Shepherdless pie with lentils, spinach and potato mash with garlic asparagus.
Jamacian jerk tofu served with rice and peas, plantain and Carribean coleslaw. We couldn't work out what kind of tofu was used but it was delicious and a great texture, almost chicken like.
Here's what I went for. Brazilian black bean stew with mango salsa and Lousiana cornbread. I loved it, very flavourful and something I would like to try to recreate at home.
As well as being well fed by Matt's mum we also managed to fit in 2 visits to Alley Cafe. More on these in the next post!