Last Tuesday I met with two of my friends for what was supposed to be book club, but quickly turned into a chat about blogging (speaking of, go follow Zaanri and Simran‘s blogs!). Zaanri was hosting our book club this month – which as you can see is called the Novel-Teas – so she got us each a box of flavoured tea and these lovely blue mugs.
This was my first time eating at Rhubarb and Lime Cafe, so naturally my camera came along for the ride.
Rhubarb and Lime’s decor is amazing. It’s a collection of little rooms that flow into each other, making it feel really intimate. It’s somehowlight and airy and warm and cosy all at the same time. You can tell that time and care went into the decorating. The tables and chairs are nice enough, but it’s all the little touches that went into decorating the walls and ceilings that give it that special something.
Firstly, can I get a hallelujah for the fact that they have the option of both soy AND almond milk. I love cappuccinos, but so few restaurants in PE offer milk substitutes, so it’s still exciting for me when I get that option. And my almond milk cappuccino was absolutely delicious.
In terms of food, they only have a couple of vegan options and they’re notthe most exciting. But they do have a really good selection of vegetarian dishes that can be made vegan. (Just waiting for the day they have a vegan burger. I imagine it would be a super yummy chickpea or bean-based one!)
Here’s a funny little story that’s really not that funny but shows me being unbelievably silly: I ordered the wrong meal. Rhubarb and Lime have some surprisingly delicious sounding salads, so I decided to get one and ask them to substitute the feta for chickpeas. (Sidebar: vegans really do not just eat salad. These ones just sounded really good!) But I ordered the wrong one. Also, when I asked the waiter to swap out the feta for chickpeas, he misheard me and thought I’d asked for chili beans. When I got my food, I realised both of our mistakes, but it worked out really well. The salad I’d ordered already had chickpeas, and the chili bean mix was an amazing accompaniment. So if you head to Rhubarb and Lime, order the Savvy salad and ask for chili beans instead of feta. YUM.
The Savvy is a “warm salad of flash fried seasonal vegetables, Danish feta, marinated cucumber orange ribbon and salad sprouts”. The vegetables were fried perfectly, and the orange marinated cucumber brought a delicious citrus flavour in. My chili beans came on the side, so I spread those over my salad. Their slight bite and creamy texture just worked so well with the other veggies. Definitely recommend this meal (the way I veganised it).
The service admittedly disappointed me a little. Our waiter was very friendly, but a little slow to take our food order. He took our drinks order very promptly, and those arrived quickly. The waiting time for our food wasn’t long either. He just took a REALLY long time between bringing our drinks and coming back to take our food order.
Overall, I was really impressed. I’ll definitely be back! There are still some menu items I want to try out, so you’ll likely see more Rhubarb and Lime posts. They’ve obviously realised PE’s vegan scene is growing, so hopefully they’ll be adding more vegan meals (and treats)! I’ve heard how good their donuts are, so I hope they work on a vegan batch soon. I can’t believe it took me this long to visit!