CLOSED: Tropical Gateway Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 2 reviews )



Unit 58, Aberdeen Market, 8-10 Market St (at /Union St), Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 5NX

A vegetarian cafe serving Caribbean cuisine, such as Jamaican patties, in-house-made soup, salads, sandwiches, cakes and juices. Presently 99% vegan. Clean and warm surroundings with friendly service. Family-friendly. Wi-fi. Note from owner: SHUT DOWN 2012.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Delivery, Take-out, Caribbean

2 Reviews

First Review by mmoneypenny

Definitely worth seeking out! - Edit

Tropical Gateway is unique in its provision for vegans for Aberdeen, so I had to check it out! They serve a selection of Jamaican style vegan food, which my friend remarked he hadn't tasted anything like since before he went vegetarian! Very tasty meal, good sized portions and was I think £6 for a curry with rice and some salad on the side. The chef was very welcoming and we had a good chat with him. There are one or two bits of vegan information around the place - subtle enough to not be in your face, but visible enough to notice. They want to promote veganism by sharing with people how good vegan food can be (and it's certainly good food!) Definitely worth seeking out! Only downside I can think of is that a lot of the meals are replicating meat recipes by using processed fake meats - so if you don't eat these so much, this may not be the place for you. If you have ever been to any of the vegan Thai style all you can eat places in London, it's similar to those in the style of food prepared, except with a smaller, set menu and Jamaican flavours instead of Asian. Highly recommended!

(I should add that Aberdeen has a large number of shopping centres very close to the centre of town. Tropical Gateway is in InShops - from Union Street turn onto Market Street, and InShops is down a few small steps to your right. There's also a ramp if steps are a problem. Tropical Gateway is one of the first units to your left when you enter.)

Pros: Friendly, welcoming atmosphere, Delicious food, Good price

Cons: A lot of processed meat alternatives

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Brilliant - Edit

Delicious food and made a great effort to make us feel welcome. Ordered a pastry and when they realised we were "sitting in" they put it on a plate with some salad and put our drinks into glasses.
A real vegan gem.

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