VEGAN & VEGETARIAN DELIGHTS AT THE PANTRY
If you go down to The Lanes today, you’re sure of a foodie surprise! Yes, if you’re meandering through the pretty little Lanes, (Loseby Lane in particular) there’s a new little deli and coffee shop, which just fits right in with the super trendy historic surroundings of LE1 and doesn’t disappoint on its offerings either. The Pantry, specialising in vegetarian and vegan food is very much the new kid on the block and I’m going to say this place is already a hit with people of Leicester, including yours truly!
The pantry is the brain child of Leicester born, Arti Chudasama. Arti studied fashion design in Manchester and has spent many years working in the fashion industry but after experimenting with her own diet over time and eliminating meat and dairy products, she turned her attention to vegan and vegetarian foods. Plant based products are immensely popular at the moment and it seems the birth of The Pantry is just the challenge that Arti was looking for.
Just from looking at the beautiful décor, dark wood surfaces, a dimly lit on-trend teal feature wall and that copper rimmed wall clock perfectly accessorising similar hued light fittings, and THAT window display! A beautiful wooden teal dresser with vases filled with citrus fruits. It’s evident that Arti has combined her talents of stylish design and translated them to the decadent interior of the The Pantry. A tranquil petit et bijou oasis to rest your feet and sip one of the many vegan beverages on offer whilst nibbling on a variety of sweet and savoury provisions.
Regular readers will know of my love for all things Peruvian and The Pantry sells a pretty mean Peruvian coffee (I had mine with almond milk!) as well as a selection of other beverages including the very on-trend turmeric latte, masala chai and even cold thirst quenchers such as peanut smoothies.
For the health conscious individual why not indulge in some overnight soaked oats, granola with coconut yoghurt and figs, falafel superfood salad or even sourdough bread with mashed avocado, or even the deliciously sounding thai summer rolls with peanut dressing and crunchy salad. A taste that will have be sure to have you thinking of lounging on the shores of the Andaman sea with a coconut water in hand!
The pantry is a bit of a family affair, where Arti is focussing on her inventive Thai recipes, such as spring rolls and wraps and her mum, is cooking up those comforting, warming homely curries (which incidentally are different daily) such as cauliflower and chickpea curry with rice or tarka daal with a roti to name a couple.
Additionally there’s a plethora of Indian bites coming from The Pantry’s Indian inspired kitchen, including chapatti wraps, paneer biryani with raitha, paneer spring rolls and a familiar friend in the form of veggie samosas. It’s not just Indian either if you’re not a fan of spice, then a perfect lunchtime pick me up could come in the form of a sweet baked spud lovingly crammed with roasted vegetables and feta or a salad such as the falafel and feta sprinkled with chickpeas.
Now just incase, the sweet toothed amongst us are feeling a little left out, there’s no need for it as The Pantry brings you naughties in the masquerade of cacao truffles, chocolate and raspberry vegan cake, lemon drizzle or vegan apple and cinnamon slices and chia seed energy balls.
I first met Arti when I was walking passed The Pantry enquired about the deli after seeing the beautifully decorated shop front. She invited me in and translated her visions for her new venture across to me with such focus and passion. Following that chance meeting, it was evident that her drive and passion are a formidable force, which are vital in running The Pantry. Arti’s desire for her new business is most definitely reflected in the delights and service that you will be sure to encounter at The Pantry.
Future plans involve themed nights and the introduction of a signature cocktail. I’m not going to say, which one but here’s a clue….It’s my favourite cocktail!!
Just one final thing to mention, The pantry have plans to serve vegan alcohol, including wine, gin, vodka, whisky and rum. I even tried some bubbles at the launch night!
Many thanks to Arti from The Pantry for inviting me to review the launch of her new venture and introducing me to vegan alcohol. All opinions and thoughts are my own and therefore remain a copyright of be-lavie.
29 Loseby Lane
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