A traditional chip shop, Sutton and Sons, in Hackney, London has had a revamp; its introduced an all-vegan menu.
The plant-based menu boasts everything from hipster craft beers, Japanese potato prawns, to fish burgers made out of tofish – a cruelty-free, plant-based alternative.
So instead of the usual fish and chips, youll get fried banana parts.
Its said to be pretty delicious as its the joints best selling item.
The fish is made from the banana blossom, the leaves of the hanging part of the banana plant.
The artichoke-like blossom resembles a fish texture when fried, and is marinated in a special sauce to create a distinct flavour.
A fish taste is created by spicing the plant with cumin and garlic powder and then frying the blossom in an egg-free batter.
It started as a joke addition to the menus – and then it got out of control and here we are, said manager Arianna Bonesso.
This is part of a vegan revolution in food – I can feel a change is coming.
Our food is lower in calories and it is good for the environment – this was part of the idea behind it.
Many people use tofu as a replacement for fish, but you see this is too squidgy. We tried 100 recipes before we decided on one to go with for the fish. People cant tell the difference – even if theyre experts, it has converted some of them.
The menu includes an item known as the Joe Blake – a mushroom and ale steak pie served with chips.
Some customers go for the fried prawn – dubbed vampi – that resembles the texture of a real one.
It comes with home-made dairy free tartar sauce, and is commonly served with Bohemian Pilsner.
Other items on Sutton and Sons vegan menu include battered sausages and vish burgers using soy protein and homemade sauces.
The menu change has gone down well with loyal customers and has even attracted attention from people all over the capital.
According to PETA (The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), Sutton and Sons is also one of the best vegan fish and chips spots in the UK.
If you fancy a taste, you can head on down to the family restaurant on 218 Graham Road, Hackney Central.