Temple of Hackney

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    ( 72 reviews )
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10 Morning Lane, East London, England, E9 6NA

Vegan fried chicken shop opened Jan 2017 by the Temple of Seitan team. Also operates at events and pop-ups across the city - check its facebook for updates. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, Fast food, Take-out

72 Reviews

First Review by Royman11

NAUGHTY BUT NICE - Edit

Treat yourself. Forget about healthy eating for a moment. Indulge. Embrace the fried. We queued with ppl from all around the world, hankering for a piece of fried "chicken", mac'n"cheese" & other fast food treasures. Now expanding across London like our expanding waistlines, be sure to visit one of these temples to vegan fast food.

Pros: Delicious food, All vegan

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how do they do it? - Edit

Wish there were as many branches of these are there are coffee shop chains. I wish there was one on every corner. So god damn tasty. Wowzers! Love it!

Pros: the food!!!!!

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It doesn't get any better! - Edit

Best take out you can get in London! Try the pop corn chicken it's amazing!!!

Pros: everything is vegan , it's all amazing, they have some sweet treats

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Fun + tasty - Edit

The fried chicken here is delicious and the other food I've tried (mac n cheese, coleslaw, hot wings, popcorn chicken) is also incredible. My go-to is the two piece and mac n cheese. It fills you up so much that you won't want to eat here again for another couple months, but it's always amazing when you're back! Definitely lives up to the hype.
Top tip: The fries are not that exciting, but if you go around the corner to the Hackney Picturehouse they have incredible chips!

Updated from previous review on 2018-03-01

Pros: Yummy, Novelty vegan food, Relatively affordable

Cons: Fries

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Terrible - Edit

I can only imagine that the people who eat here do it for the novelty. The flavours are dull, the hot sauce makes you feel sick (and not because it's hot), the chips are just McCain's, and over all it's a wholly unremarkable experience.

Pros: At least it's vegan

Cons: Shame about the quality

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Amazing Chick'n - Edit

I had the Temple Jr. Burger and it was amazing. It is definitely the best chick'n burger I have ever had. There is only outdoor seating and it gets pretty busy at lunch so keep that in mind. I also ordered the Mac N' Cheese which was good but very rich. The bacun they use is so much like bacon I was quite impressed.

Pros: Best Chick'n ever, Fast Service

Cons: Only outdoor seating

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only for fried chicken lovers! - Edit

Fast service, very tasty and authentic fried "chicken" - we didn't try the mac n cheese unfortunately, but everything else was very good! Just don't go there expecting anything other than fast food fried chicken! There's a few tables outside but no indoor seating.

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superb - Edit

great food, very affordable for London. loved the burger, could barely finish the Mac and cheese but had to because it was so delicious!

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best seitan - Edit

So tasty, great service too

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tasty comfort food - Edit

Delicious kfc style food.

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AMAZING - Edit

As if a vegan ever expected to be able to eat KFC again... OMG this stuff tastes amazing and has filled the spiced chicken batter hole in my life! The popcorn bites are unreal.

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Amazing fast vegan food - Edit

Wow this place is the future of fast food. Actual fast vegan mockmeat style food. I come here whenever I travel to London simply because it's an immediate replacement for the current fast food on the market.

Pros: Fast, Tasty, Good price

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The place to be - Edit

Si tu veux manger de la junk food vegan sur le pouce, c'est l'endroit idéal.
C'est petit mais tout le monde s'en fout car au pire, on mange sur les marches qui sont devant mais, franchement, c'est TELLEMENT BON.

Les wings de seitan c'est incroyablement bluffant, tout y est, le goût, la texture.
Le mac and cheese est à tomber par terre, bref on peut se faire péter la panse joyeusement!!

Je recommande à 1000%

Pros: La nourriture, Le service rapide, Les prix

Cons: Endroit trop petit

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WOW - Edit

This is the most amazing vegan chicken I’ve ever tried! Their mac and cheese is super tasty too! Will definitely be back!

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Omg delicious - Edit

Had the Temple Burger with bacon, cheese and all the extras. Yummy greasy fast food. Came all the way from Wales to try this whilst visiting family. Well worth the trip.

Pros: Fast food, Tasty

Cons: only outdoor seating, next to a butchers

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got my fix! - Edit

What can I say 😆 vegan Fried Chicken, vegan chicken wings, vegan mac and cheese, vegan fries, yes I had it all in one sitting. There was four of us The Vegan (Me from the US) and the three meat eaters (my amazing friends from Belgium). I had them eating vegan all day and they loved this place. I recommend this to anyone who just wants good old yummy comfort food.

Pros: food was great. staff is friendly.

Cons: limited seating. small ordering area. they should

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YES YES YES  - Edit

My favourite place. I first discovered them when they had a stand at Brick Lane market and can’t express how happy I was when they opened their own take away shop. I always have to go if I’m in London. The best mac n cheese I’ve tried and their fried seitan is just so moist on the inside, full of flavour and crispy on the outside. I always order temple burger and mac and cheese 

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Cool concept! - Edit

This may be the most London vegan thing ever. And it's really popular at that! The menu is limited but interesting, with wraps, burgers, chicken in a box, pop corn chicken, brownies, and drinks, as well as the option to make a menu with fries and a drink.

The burger is great, and the popcorn chicken is fantastic! I liked the mac n cheese but I've had better (I've heard Club Mexicana's is good at Dinerama). The only two disappointments were the buffalo wings, but that was just personal taste - if you want the experience of crispy fried chicken, don't get it as the sweet sticky sauce makes everything soggy and dominates the taste. It's probably great for people who like this, but I don't - I just mis-ordered.

The other downside is that it's right next to Black Cat Cafe - how is a human meant to make that kind of choice?!?!?!

They are also super nice and have a large selection of condiments. No indoor seating, limited outdoor seating, and long queues to be expected. The prices are reasonable too!

Pros: Taste and concept, Price and service

Cons: Lack of seating

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Must try! - Edit

If you are a junk food vegan like me, I’m 200% positive you’re gonna LOVE this place! Must try for vegans AND non-vegans

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Amazing Food - Edit

Love this place, simply great food!

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good fast food - Edit

Finally tried this a couple of weeks ago. I had the spicy temple burger and really enjoyed it. It was really filling - pure gluten. I wouldnt be having it too often but im definately going to be back to try a few other bits on the menu. There's a few seats outside or you can take away. I was eating solo so joined a table. Cool vibe to the place too. Really upbeat but chilled. Staff were really friendly and cheerful - it always makes a difference to the experience. And it was cheap as chips for the size of the meal!

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Bloody Fantastic! - Edit

One of the best places I have ever been to! The food was absolutely magnificent & I was left with my mouth drooling for more (even though I was ridiculously full!!!) The prices were extremely reasonable for what you get, I guess you could say it’s what you’d pay in any normal kebab shop :) 10/10 will definitely come again 👌

Pros: superb food, lovely staff , reasonable prices

Cons: none!!!! (could add more to the menu maybe hehe)

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freakishly realistic! - Edit

I love temple of seitan but it is SO expensive and the line is always so long. I love their sliders that they did at the KERB veg fest

Pros: fried chick'n!! , sriracha on hand!! , so realistic

Cons: expensive as hell, always has a long line, next to a butchers

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Wtf has happened to veganism?!? - Edit

As a vegan for over 15 years I was always proud to know that my diet was far superior in health than any non-vegan. Being vegan meant healthy and cruelty free. You can't beat that, right?!
And then the UK vegan craze happened and shops like this started to pop up.
I finally had the opportunity to try TOS for the first time last night, excited about all the hype.
4 Hot wings, coleslaw and a wrap, split between me and a friend.
Yes, it tasted delicious, but that's the easy part....with the right ingredients...
After about 10minutes I started to get a really fierce, odd headache (I don't ever get headaches) and it continued throughout the night until I went to bed. Even 2litrs of water couldn't rid of it.
So...wtf is in this food???
It might be vegan, but it's definitely not healthy and I'll never eat here again. My friend had a stomach ache for the rest of the evening too and it kinda ruined our night.
Maybe this isn't noticed for people who don't normally eat well, but my healthy body did not react well to whatever was in that food.
I'm disappointed that vegan no longer means healthy as more and more substitute shops for "shitty fast food" keep springing up in London. It's killing our vibe and killing the passion and standard that vegan means and has set all these years. :(

Pros: vegan

Cons: not healthy at all and God knows what's in it

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Do it!!! - Edit

This place is amazing. Anyone that gives it less than 5 stars is crazy!

I heard about this place the last time I was in London and wasn't able to make it. I've wanted to go for 9 months... and it was worth the wait!!!!

It was amazing!
Yes, there was a line.
Yes, it's a little pricey.
Yes, there are almost no tables.

None of that matters.
It's absolutely delicious.
And worth every penny.
And the trip to Hackney.

You won't be disappointed!!!!

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omfg. this totally lived up to the hype. - Edit

I had been waiting to go to Temple for a while and when I got there I was NOT disappointed - their hot chicken wings and mac n cheese were INSANELY good and super filling too (in fact I had way too much!). Would highly recommend.

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Ok. - Edit

It's just ok.
It could be so much better
Awful cheap long life bread rolls and tasteless mass catering fries.
The fake chicken is good, but come on! You are being charged so so much for a man with a moustache to serve you. He barely smiles.

It's a gimic!

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