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Review: Not Dogs, Central Birmingham
Rhi Storer reviews the ever-popular and cruelty-free 'Not Dogs’, located on Link Street in central Birmingham.
With the explosion of vegetarian and vegan food upon our high streets, I visited Not Dogs for a quick bite to eat. It’s fast food with a difference - high quality and low cruelty. It’s all about happy animals, happy health and happy planet.
“The food here at Not Dogs is done to an excellent standard
The place itself is quite plain - no doubt due to being located on Link Street between the Bullring and Grand Central. There’s a few orange and white chairs arranged around tables with a couple of high-rise tables. The strip lighting inside makes the restaurant feel too clinical. These are all fixable things though. What’s really important is that the place was spotless, and the food here at Not Dogs is done to an excellent standard.
“You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between real duck and their quorn/seitan ‘duck’ it was that tasty!
I ordered a ‘What The Duck’ 8’’ Not Dog topped with crispy shredded ‘duck’, spring onions, cucumber, hoisin sauce and crushed rice crackers. I also ordered some ‘Waffles Fries’ for a grand total of £8.50 (£5.25 for the Not Dog and £3.25 for the waffle fries). The lady who took my food was friendly and engaging - she seemed to take pride in her work at the restaurant. The food came within ten minutes which is super speedy.
The ‘What The Duck’ Not Dog was delightful. You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between real duck and their quorn/seitan ‘duck’ it was that tasty! The Hoisin sauce was beautifully made and the rice crackers gave it an extra crunch. It would be nice if the Not Dog itself was a bit more crispy, however since it’s a non-meat product and has very little ‘skin’ I’ll let that slide.
The ‘Waffle Fries’ themselves were beautifully cooked. They had a crunchy exterior and a light, fluffy interior. I believe that they are baked and not fried, which is a bonus for us vegetarians or vegans who are of a more health-conscious agenda. There was an option to add toppings to the Waffle Fries, but I stuck to plain to get a taste of the original product. Although they tasted delicious (especially topped with American-style mustard) I found them to be quite pricey for £3.25. This might be okay for someone without a budget, but as a student, £3.25 for some fancy fries is a bit steep!
“The fries seem baked and not fried, which is a bonus for us vegetarians or vegans who are of a more health-conscious agenda
All in all, I found NotDogs to be a pleasant experience. The food was lovely, and more importantly, the food was so delicious that it doesn’t make you feel you are missing out on not eating meat. I will be recommending my vegetarian friends to try this restaurant out! Check out their website for more information.