I'd read reviews of the inSpiral lounge before I decided to visit. I am on a mission this year to vary my eating habits and a vegan restaurant was at the top of my list. Whilst there were a few negative reviews about the staff, on the whole the food was praised and I bit the bullet and took a visit. a
Nestled right on the river, the inSpiral lounge fits in perfectly with the cool vibes of Camden. It’s a cosy environment where everyone is super friendly! I’ve never really tried vegan food, and I was nervous to ask questions in case they thought I didn’t belong! But the lady who was serving me was helpful and not at all judgemental.
It was a little busy when I arrived and the space is cramped, there’s no denying that. But I managed to find myself a seat with just enough elbow room to comfortably eat a meal. And even though I was sat beside a stranger, I didn’t feel like my personal space was being invaded. It’s also a very light space with lots of windows and a great view over the canal.
It’s difficult to decide whether inSpiral lounge is a café, a restaurant or a bar. I guess it depends what time of day you go there. For me (I was there at around midday), I’d say that it was a café that was trying really hard to be a restaurant and ALMOST succeeding! It’s canteen style system, where you queue for your food and take it to your table with you. But this fits in with the relaxed vibe – it’s not a “table service” kind of place.
As for the food itself, I have to say that I was suitably impressed. It was all delicious and very filling without being heavy. As I was walking in to the lounge, I passed a lady who was telling a member of staff that it was, “exactly what I needed”, and after eating, I had to agree with her. As I left, I felt healthy and full of energy, much more so than if I’d just grabbed a meal deal from Boots or sat down for a Panini in a coffee shop. I felt like I was ready to face the Camden crowds with my belly full of delicious, nutritious food. I chose to have a medium pick-and-mix plate, where you pay by the size of the plate which means generous portions! Since it was my first time trying the food, it also gave me the chance to try and little bit of everything. I went for the safe option of rice, some beautifully cooked potatoes and green salad (to which you can add a dressing if you like). I tried the Raw Blackout Tart which I’d heard wonderful things about and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s sweet whilst also having a tangy bitter kick, which makes it all the more special.
It was nice to see that they sell their products in the lounge too, which you can get discount on if you are a member.
I will be going back to inSpiral lounge 100%, and bringing some friends! I think that people could really benefit from the raw, organic food regardless of whether they are vegan or not. We could all be a little healthier! It was a great experience and the food was fantastic. I would recommend going there at non-peak times though!
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