Upstairs in James Street we discovered an sudden panoply of vegetarian delights at Utopia – I had lengthy thought this was a bubble tea place and had by no means wandered up the steps to test it out – a mistake. Certainly, it’s a bubble tea joint with an array of flavours however as nicely it has a few eating areas hooked up that provide a bountiful number of Asian vegetarian dishes – in addition to a karaoke part if that floats your boat.
The in depth menu provides diners each sort of fake meat conceivable – beef, lamb, pork, hen, fish, even goose! As nicely as tofu, bean curd, greens…you identify it, it in all probability will get a gig right here.
They are unlicensed however you’ll be able to BYO they usually had wine glasses handy in a flash.
To the meals – it was fairly overwhelming within the variety of dishes listed – and in lots of instances pictured – however we settled on ‘goose’ rolls to start out us off, after which a few the mains – Szechuan ‘chicken’ and Sambal ‘fish’ – a bowl or two of rice and a few wonderful chilli sauce from the assistance your self bar and we have been set.
The rolls have been undoubtedly successful with us – seasoned bean curd inside a fried, flaky pancake roll – it was excellent, and a splash of the chilli sauce added piquancy and warmth.
The ‘chicken’ had a pleasing texture and got here in a mildly spicy, though with no signal of the tongue numbing Szechuan pepper, sauce, together with greens combined via – one other satisfying dish and the chilli sauce as soon as once more added its zestiness.
And then the ‘fish’ – once more good texture and this time in a barely spicier sambal fashion sauce, greens, cauliflower, child corn all within the combine.
The dishes are an excellent measurement, excellent worth for cash, and all in all Utopia proved a veritable treasure trove of vegetarian and vegan choices. Well value a go to and because the crowd confirmed, fairly widespread too with the lunch crowd.