After my second visit within a fortnight, I thought it only right to share the reasons.With the whole menu under a fiver a pop and every dish having a vegan option The Waiting Room is doing things right.
Vegan food shouldn’t be a luxury only the wealthy can afford. With cheeseburgers cheaper than vegetables, it’s no wonder some people react hesitantly to the idea of a plant free diet.
I’m not saying that you’ll find a whole lot of salad in the mix, but if you’re hankering for a brunch or veggie burger or even a home baked brownie, there’s no better in SE8.
Upon our first visit, the waitress was friendly and very enthusiastic about the vegan options. I was delighted to discover that each and every milkshake was available as a vegan option and not being able to decide, I chose two.
The chocolate mint shake was delicious with plenty of extra chocolate sauce to boot and the coconut, banana and chocolate was what you wish a mylk based smoothie at home tastes like. With two for £4.50 on all vegan hotdogs, we opted for a New Yorker with crispy onions, American mustard and ketchup and a Mexican, topped with veggie chilli and vegan sour cream. These are just big enough to fill an afternoon gap but there’s still enough room for cake!
On my second visit I tried a Colonel burger. A crispy, veggie chicken patty with pickled onions, and vegan cheese. Time for my third milkshake too. This time it was the turn of peanut butter and Oreo, something I’ve always enjoyed but not quite had the naughty streak to whip up at home!
The cafe itself is small and quirky, and has a great home made vibe to it. Expect to meet anyone from families, to friends, to patrons of the nearby Kids Love Ink tattoo studio, waiting patiently and refuelling before a session.
The waiting room is honest value for money with great coffee, snacks and a disco soundtrack.