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Published February 11th 2019
Innovative vegetarian and vegan restaurant
Cafe Roya is a Middle-Eastern inspired vegetarian restaurant with vegan and allergy-free options. The restaurant is known for its innovative flavour combinations, always evolving menu, and ability to create beautiful dishes that make it a favourite destination even for non-vegetarian diners. The culinary and serving staff shine brightly at Cafe Roya. Despite the busyness that accompanies a popular restaurant, all of the staff are always welcoming and attentive to customers, with a real appreciation for the restaurant's singular interpretation of vegetarian fare.
The restaurant is composed of an open first floor and an upstairs of two rooms. It is a small space, but warm and inviting, with decorative attributes reflecting the Middle-Eastern themes behind the food and of its location in Beeston, a suburb of Nottingham city.
The menu changes frequently based on the season and availability of local produce. My last visit was in February 2019. On offer was a choice from 3 starters (£6.95); 3 mains (£15); and 3 desserts (£6.95). The 'Calamari' starter pictured above is made of king oyster mushrooms fried in polenta and sea dulce batter served with a Sriracha dipping sauce. The other starters include Gnocchi (potato dumplings filled with asparagus, green leek, courgette and pan-fried in sage butter), and Pozole (a Mexican soup of hominy maize, black beans, jackfruit topped with fermented oat cream, radish, and avocado).
Mains on offer for February include Spiced Cauliflower Tart, Mole Rojo, and Shepherdess Pie. Each dish is made from a medley of vegetables, spices, and sauces with distinct flavours that mimic meat in some cases, such as the Shepherdess Pie with accompanying 'haggis' balls.
The vegetarian/vegan interpretation of traditional desserts is well worth saving room for at the end of the meal. The After Eight Cheesecake (made of tofu) is even more delectable than the non-vegetarian version. The other options for the month of February include Blood Orange Panna Cotta (topped with coconut cream, toasted quinoa, pistachio and raspberry crumb); and Chilled Luxurious Rice Pudding (folded with whipped cream, Greek yoghurt, and warm roasted rhubarb with tarragon). Served with coffee, tea, or Persian tea.