The doors of our homely kitchen-café are open and we’re in full swing!

Essential Vegan is a Brazilian-inspired vegan café and community hub which lies in the heart of Shoreditch, London. We’ve welcomed countless hungry customers since our opening in the autumn of 2017 and are now samba-ing our way through the summer.

We offer a mouthwatering selection of homemade food including juicy burgers, Brazilian bites, comforting classics and freshly baked cakes, plus a variety of hot and cold drinks.

Pay us a visit from Tuesday to Sunday to eat in or take away. Scroll down for more info on our menu, exhibitions, opening hours and bookings.

Black Wall Gallery

Saudade

Adriana Jaroslavsky is a multidisciplinary designer originally from Venezuela based in London. She researches the interaction of colours and spaces, exploring how these can elevate our senses and in turn create incredible aesthetic experiences. 

Architecture and interior spaces are some of her biggest inspirations and passions since it’s inside of these very personal spaces that we create our stories – the narrative of our lives and feelings.

On this exhibition “Saudade”, she got inspired by the time she spent in her dad’s hometown, Recife in Brazil, where she used to go there almost every summer. A home away from home.

Visit the artist's website
Opening Hours 

Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Monday: Closed

We don’t sell alcohol but you are more than welcome to bring your own booze, make yourself at home and enjoy our food with your favourite tipple.

Your four-legged friends are welcome in our cafe!

Book a table

Please give us a call to book your table or if you have any questions at 020 7739 3628.

For deliveries, just find us on UberEats.

Burgers

Essential Gourmet

9

Handmade seitan patty with our artisan garlic and chives cashew based cheese, apricot spicy sauce, homemade mayo, rocket and tomato.

Essential Jack

8

Pulled slow cooked jackfruit with a homemade red onion and gherkin mayo, softened kale and carrot. (gluten free option available).

Essential Burger

8

Handmade seitan patty with our homemade mayo and almond cheese, caramelised onions, crispy lettuce, ketchup, mustard and sweet chilli sauce.

Cluckin’ Good

8

Deep fried breaded chicken style seitan patty, with grilled almond cheese, sweet chilli sauce, crispy lettuce and rosé mayo.
Main / Special of the day

Quiche of the day

9

Served with garlic and nooch roasted potatoes and salad

"Ricotta" and Spinach Lasagne

9

Served with green salad.

Moqueca Baiana (GF)

14

Brazilian casserole of plantain, palm hearts, tomato, pepper in a coconut spiced sauce with basmati rice.
Brunch
(Saturdays and Sundays only – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Essential Breakfast

9

Chickpea pancake with scramble tofu and kale, avocado, mushrooms and roasted tomatoes

Brazilian Feijoada (Available every other weekend)

14

Slow cooked Brazillian black beans stew, served with rice, vinaigrette, crispy kale and farofa.
Small bites

Cassava Chips (GF)

3.5

Crispy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside, finished with Brazilian lemon & pepper seasoning.

Brazilian Coxinha

5

Crunchy deep fried potato dough filled with “chicken” jackfruit. Portion with 4 units.

Brazilian Rissoles

5

Crunchy deep fried potato dough filled with sweetcorn cream. Portion with 4 units.

Brazilian Cheese Balls (GF)

4.5

These baked cheese balls are as soft and cheesy as it can get, a traditional and popular snack in Brazil. Portion with 6 units.

Chicken Wings

4.5

Juicy seitan chicken style nuggets served with aioli and chives. Portion with 6 units.

Cheese Platter

10

Our artisan nut based cheese platter includes aged smoked, garlic and chives and ricotta together with sourdough bread, walnuts and green apples.

Single Salad (GF)

5

Leaves, tomato and crispy tofu.
Desserts

Cake - slice

4

Choose from a selection of fresh cakes made every day. From Chocolate options such as Bounty Cake or Crunchy Almond Cake to baked cheesecakes like our famous Passionfruit one.
Hot drinks

Espresso

2

Americano

2.30

Flat White

3

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Cappuccino

3

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Latte

3

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Mocha

3.30

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Hot Chocolate

3

Flavours: Classic Belgian / Hazelnut Praline / Black Forest

Tea

3

A selection of organic teas from Joe's Tea Co: Ever-So-English-Breakfast, Proper Peppermint, Sweet Chamomile and Queen of Green
Cold drinks

Lemonaid Lime 330ml

2.50

Lemonaid Passion Fruit 330ml

2.50

Lemonaid Blood Orange 330ml

2.50

ChariTea mate 330ml

2.50

ChariTea red 330ml

2.50

ChariTea black 330ml

2.50

Equinox Kombucha Ginger

3.50

Equinox Kombucha Rasberry & Elderflower

3.50

Equinox Kombucha Wild Berry

3.50

Sparkling Water 330ml

1.50

Still Water 330ml

1.50

Essential Vegan Cafe, 6 Calvert Ave, E2 7JP

A massive thank you to everyone who helped to make the cafe a reality!

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