• Deserted Cactus

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  • White Vegan

Vegan cafe and event space est. 2017. Open Thu 13:00-16:00, Sat 13:00-16:00.

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22 Reviews

First Review by Annecupcake


Points +13

16 Aug 2023

my absolute fav place to eat

if i could i’d eat here every week i would, honestly it’s just so good. so much flavour and variety in each meal. the portions are absolutely massive i usually get another meal out of my leftovers. just wish it was open more days a week!



Points +24

12 Aug 2023

Be prepared to wait for ages to get served on a Saturday!

Food is lovely but I had to wait an hour to get take away food, the disorganisation is terrible. I got the large portion of everything, it was tasty but food is very dry, there’s not much sauce with the sweet potato stew and they ask you to add condiments hot pepper sauce which isn’t my thing, but now I know why as the food needs moisture! No one has mentioned in the reviews that you have to wait a long time in a stinky corridor to get your food. Such a shame and disappointment after hearing so many good things!

Pros: Portions big , Tasty food, Healthy

Cons: Waiting time is ridiculous it’s not on!!!, Food is dry, get extra condiments , Unorganised


16 Aug 2023

this seems kind of harsh, it’s a one woman enterprise and it’s popular so you might have to wait, it’s always been worth it for me. also not sure what you mean by a “stinky corridor”? its just inside the market and it doesn’t smell bad??? i’ve waited there lots of times it’s perfectly fine.


Points +46

03 May 2023


This is one of the greatest places in London. The food is fantastic - fried jackfruit alone (the batter tastes close to the way I remember my grandmother’s). The menu is always a bit different. You get an enormous amount of food. The vibe is dope and everyone who comes to eat is sound. Esme is a legend and should have a statue. I recommend DC to everyone.

Pros: Great food, A lot of food, Simple menu options


Points +56

27 Jan 2023

11/10 Best food, best vibes

Esme has not only created an incredible menu but a community hub full of amazing conversation and meaningful connections. The food is unlike anything I have ever experienced, it’s delicious and the portions are always generous. If you’re lucky you’ll get the ‘mac no cheese’ but you’ll always get the southern fried jackfruit. Be prepared though, you’re going to need to have enough space in your belly. #Veganuary

Pros: Home cooked food, Great portions, Brilliant atmosphere


28 Jan 2023


Points +28

13 Nov 2022


Huge portions, consistently great food and the fried jackfruit is unrivalled

Pros: Huge Portions, Tasty, Friendly Staff


Points +38

05 Jun 2022

Tastiest Vegan Food Ever

Not the easiest to find but totally worth it. Delicious vegan food with loads of creative ways of cooking vegetables and yummy spices. The atmosphere was like a cozy kitchen and the staff was very friendly.

Pros: Massive portion sizes, Great flavours, Very good value for what you get


Points +22

11 Jan 2021

Been loving this yum yum

Nice food, friendly staff.. 😋😋😋😋

Pros: Lots of food for the price. Nice food


Points +50

07 Aug 2020

Amazing flavours

Creative dishes I loved the flavours


Points +18

01 Jun 2020

Best Vegan Spot in Peckham

Deserted Cactus is a welcoming hub of great conversation and amazing vegan food! I can't wait to visit on a Saturday and eat one of their giant plates of mac no cheese, Southern fried jackfruit, rice and peas and everything else on the side😄My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it.

Pros: Delicious food, Generous portions, A good price!

Cons: No cons


Points +16

26 May 2020

Great food & vibes!

Never a dull moment in this quirky little gem of Peckham! The food is always on point with the homemade feel and portion! I look forward to every visit as I know I will not be disappointed. A great place to meet like-minded people and have a laugh. Do yourself a favour and visit this amazing vegan spot!


Points +18

26 May 2020

The BEST! An absolute gem!

I love this place! The food is amazing and the atmosphere is so welcoming! Everytime I go there I make a new friend which is really testament to the ethos of the place. The food is 10/10 too - I always make sure I get everything on my plate. Whenever I'm in the area, I always stop by and even sometimes when I'm not in the area!

Pros: Great food, Homely atmosphere , Huge portions


Points +16

26 May 2020

Caribbean Vegan Food Heaven

Love love love this place, I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by a variety of Vegan restaurants where I live but Desserted Cactus is always my 1st go to place, only reason I wouldn’t go is if it’s not open. The food is amazing and bursting with flavour, everything is freshly prepared which I love and the atmosphere is always so warm and welcoming. In addition to all of that the portion sizes are great, I always end up not being able to finish it and have the pleasure of knowing there’s food for me to enjoy later.

Pros: Full of flavour, Portion sizes/ Prices, Atmosphere


Points +16

26 May 2020

Delicious Caribbean Inspired Vegan Food

One of my favourite places to eat vegan food in London. The food is delicious and the serving sizes are GENEROUS. Anytime I'm in the area I have to stop by and eat.

Pros: Delicious Food, Generous Servings, Affordable

Cons: Small Seating Area


Points +261

18 Oct 2019

A lot of food for a lil shmoney

Love the vibe and food is yummy and wholesome— will definitely fill you up!

Pros: Local vibe , Black owned , Affordable


Points +5414

26 Jul 2019

Friday lunch

Loved the crispy fried jackfruit (see photo). Casual little place in an arcade. Friendly service, very reasonable prices. Would go back!


Points +199

16 Jun 2019

Fresh-cooked Vegan fast food

I arrived a bit early but the friendly owner opened up and let my niece and I sit and wait. I love the fact that a special is cooked fresh- the southern fried jackfruit burger was hot, spicy and delicious and a welcome change from healthy vegan options!

Pros: Freshly cooked, Friendly, cosy fast-food joint, Delicious vegan ‘junk’ food

Cons: Little choice (if that bothers you)


Points +581

18 May 2019

Great tasting food

Lovely tasting plate of a few different things, mac and cheese and southern fried jackfruit were particular highlights!


Points +235

25 Apr 2019

So good

Price is good too! Sometimes very spicy but that’s the style so it’s fine


Points +29

28 Mar 2019

Great Food!

Great spot for truly tasty food, in a great atmosphere!

Pros: 100% Vegan, Delicious food , Great atmosphere


Points +1234

27 Aug 2018


Turned up on a Saturday to find them closing as they’d sold out of food. However, they still had a few small portions of some of what had been cooked that day and said they’d give us it for free! The food was absolutely amazing, really delicious and very fresh tasting. The southern fried jackfruit was a stand out but everything was so nice. We bought a cake to thank them which was also lovely. Would definitely recommend as the food is really tasty and the owner lovely.


15 Nov 2018


Points +79

25 Apr 2018

Lunch review

Just went for the first time. Very good lunch. Some kind of jack-fruit burger. Highly recommended!


15 Nov 2018

I've been back quite a few times since this review. Great place. Excellent food. Six stars!


Points +43

24 Mar 2018

great food

Excellent meal. Great value.

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