|Edamame with garlic and chilli|
|Sea vegetable salad with beetroot, carrot, daikon, avocado and ginger-sesame vinaigrette|
|Mushroom gyoza with shiitake and woodear mushrooms, organic tofu, carrot and water chestnuts|
|Lasagne with raw bolognaise, sage pesto, olive, mushrooms and macadamia ricotta|
LOCATION: Saf, Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London
CATEGORY: Vegan / raw food
DRINK: Saf's tab water with cucumber and a "Summertime Sling" mocktail with strawberries, lemon juice, mint, ginger and sparkling water.
WE THINK: You don't have to be a vegan to eat at Saf but lots of cash or a small appetite will help. Most of Saf's rather pricey plant-based botanical dishes are cooked at temperatures below 48C, with herbs and greens sourced from the courtyard where we dined this June evening. It's all very correct, environmentally friendly and healthy and we like to think of our annual visit to Saf as a bit of an ethical and physical detox. To kick off the dinner we had edamame which were tasty and a little spicy while the seaweed salad was a fairly bland affair which made us feel like rabbits on the beach. The lasagne was an extremely liberal take on the concept of a lasagne - as regards both taste and appearance - and one can only assume the person who named the bottom layer of Saf's lasagne 'bolognese', is a vegan who has never tried 'real' bolognese. Ignoring the conceptual difficulties however the dish was actually very yummy. The gyoza were delicate with juicy mushrooms and a nice crunchyness from the water chestnuts. We cleansed our palates with a delicious strawberry mocktail and left Saf feeling refreshed, healthy and slightly hungry. See you in a year.