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Published July 25th 2018
Pizza - gourmet and vegan-friendly
If you've been flirting with the idea of veganism for a while but haven't been able to take the plunge out of fear of living a life without pizza, fear no more - The Flat is here to save the day.
One mightn't ordinarily think that pizza, one of the standout heroes of melted-cheese foods, could possibly taste good without stretchy, creamy mozzarella melted all over it. Being an unwavering meat-eater myself, I was skeptical when a friend told me that I just had to try this place. But as an unapologetic lover of all things hip, I let myself be led into The Flat on Fore Street in Exeter on a Friday night.
The interior didn't disappoint, with its wood panelled walls and counter, indoor plants and cute succulents on the table, the place is all laid-back cool. We perused the short but perfectly adequate menu and all decided upon pizza. With a bottle of Sangiovese (£17) and some olives and nuts (£3) to start, all that was left to do was catch up about our hectic weeks while watching our pizza bases being handmade.
When they did arrive (it was a short wait) the pizzas were a joy to the senses - lightly charred, generously topped and smelling divine. We ordered the 'Smoked' which is topped with smoked halloumi, mushrooms, hickory sauce and red onion chutney in vegan (£9 / £11), the 'Salty' with sun dried tomatoes, capers, fresh chilli and parmesan (£7.50 / £9.50), the 'Garlicky' with courgette, aubergine, red onion, mixed seeds and garlic oil (£8 / £10), and finally, the 'Truffle' topped with blue cheese, radicchio, courgette, pine nuts and truffle oil (£9.50 / £11.50).
The Smoked pizza, veganised
Admittedly, I didn't order my pizza to be vegan but I did try the Smoked in all its vegan glory and I was suitably impressed. There may not have been any stretchy gooey-ness happening but it was chock full of tastiness.
The Flat does other foods too, namely pasta. Everything on the menu is meat-free and can also be made gluten-free. Most of their wines, beers and spirits are also either vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free.
The drinks selection
Find The Flat at 142 Fore Street, Exeter. They're open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm - 10pm. Check out their menu ahead of your visit here.