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 last autumn 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

Artist of the month | Nathan Bowen

Nathan Bowen is a guerrilla street artist, he actively works as an art vigilante, seeking for dull, lifeless spaces around London, also describing himself as the ‘Artistic Gangster’, Nathan has a lawless approach to street art. By openly using his imagination he transforms these old walls, creating new and inspiring works of art. His style is unique, fast, dynamic and unpredictable, his signature characters known as ‘The Demons’ invade building site hoardings all over London, using the streets as his own gallery.

In 2012, Nathan starred on the BBC television show ‘The Apprentice’, where the contestants had to sell his art work in a pop up gallery as part of an urban art challenge. Since then Nathan has spread his love for art worldwide, painting internationally, keeping his ideas fresh and edgy, reminding people that there is no limit to your imagination, just be creative and free.

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.

Burgers

Essential Gourmet

9

Seitan patty with our artisan cashew based cheese, apricot spicy sauce, homemade mayo, rocket and tomato.

Essential Jack (GF)

8

BBQ slow cooked jackfruit with a homemade red onion and gherkin mayo, softened kale and carrot salad on a delicious gluten free bun.

Essential Burger

8

Seitan patty with homemade mayo and cheese, caramelised onions, 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

8.5

Served with garlic and nooch roasted potatoes and salad

"Ricotta" and Spinach Lasagne

8.5

Served with green salad.

Moqueca Baiana (GF)

12

Brazilian casserole of plantain, palm hearts, tomato, pepper in a coconut spiced sauce with basmati rice.
Brunch
(Saturdays and Sundays only – 12:00 – 3:00 pm)

Essential Breakfast

8.5

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

Roasted Potato

3.5

Garlic and nooch roasted potatoes
Small bites

Cassava Chips

3.5

Crispy on the outside, soft and melting on the inside, these chips are the perfect snacks.

Brazilian Coxinha

4.5

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

Brazilian Rissoles

4.5

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 with two different dips. Portion with 6 units.

Cheese Platter

9

Our artisan nut based cheese platter includes aged smoked, garlic and chives and ricotta together with sourdough bread, walnuts and grapes. (Gluten-free option available)

Single Salad (GF)

5

Leaves, tomato and crispy tofu.
Desserts

Cake - slice

3.5

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.

Cinnamon roll

2.5

Hot drinks

Espresso

2

Americano

2.2

Flat White

2.6

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Cappuccino

2.6

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Latte

2.6

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Mocha

2.6

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Hot Chocolate

2.8

Flavours: Classic Belgian / Hazelnut Praline / Black Forest

Tea

2

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

Lemonaid Passion Fruit 330ml

2

Lemonaid Blood Orange 330ml

2

ChariTea mate 330ml

2

ChariTea red 330ml

2

ChariTea black 330ml

2

Equinox Kombucha Ginger

3

Equinox Kombucha Rasberry & Elderflower

3

Equinox Kombucha Wild Berry

3

Sparkling Water 500ml

1.5

Still Water 500ml

1.5

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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