Jemima's review of The Riverside Vegetaria from Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 30118"/>

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by Jemima

Review: This is the last restaurant as you do the gauntlet down the riverside. To enter it you need to walk round the side of it and enter from the street side. There is an upstairs and downstairs, the upstairs was shut when I went. The decor is dark and dated looking. The dining area is in front of the river. There are some tables for two on the balcony looking on to the water. They are so closely spaced that it's basically communal seating. I sat inside where the tables are just slightly less close to each other. You have to be in the right position to be able to see the water as it's not glass fronted/ completely open, facing the river. The menu is international with mains such as dosa, teriyaki tofu, Caribbean curry, Gado gado, pasta and nut roast. I had a mix of three starters for main that were falafel, mixed salad, garlic mushrooms and it came with garlic bread. The falafel was different to any falafel I had ever tried before. It had kidney beans in it and I think it was rolled in breadcrumbs. I'm not sure it had any broad beans in it. It tasted like yam and was nice, just unexpected. The hummus also seemed different, maybe like avocado? The salad was simple but nice, it seemed like an extension of the garnish which was lettuce, tomato and carrot, just with kidney beans added. It was fine. The mushrooms were cooked with tomato paste as well as garlic and were delicious. They accidentally brought me a potato ball instead of mixed salad at first so I tasted that as well. It's a ball of potato deep fried with a slightly spicy salsa type dip. The garlic bread was made using a wholemeal bread from a good loaf. I was full so didn't have dessert. They have a reasonably extensive drinks list including wine. I had a banana vegan lassi. I'm pretty sure they used at least one big banana, or else two because it takes that much to make the exact same thing at home. It tasted good. There was a pleasant person at the entrance but the dining area was watched over by a grumpy looking guy. He might have been tired because he took a seat while I decided on what to order. Part of my main was wrong when it came out but it was corrected. Value was fine. You can pay an annual fee to the restaurant and get discounted meals there for that year.

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