Eating Vegan at Frankie and Benny’s

Hello everyone!

As you may know if you’ve been following for my blog for a while, last year I spent a few months being vegetarian and whilst in the end I realised I couldn’t commit to the veggie lifestyle fully (at least not yet anyway), I’m really trying to make more of an effort to eat less meat and have more vegetarian days. At the moment, my goal is to have at least three meat free days a week, which is manageable and easy to achieve for me. Baby steps hey? Not only do I want to eat less meat with the intent of living a more compassionate lifestyle, but it’s also a massive deal for the environment for us to be consuming less meat, both these reasons combined, and with the vegetarian / vegan lifestyle becoming more and more popular, more restaurants and food chains are introducing more and more vegan and vegetarian options to their menus.

Last week, my best friend Emily and I decided to visit Frankie and Benny’s, a restaurant which I have loved my whole life. It’s always been one of my favourites, ever since I was a child. Normally when dining at F&B’s, I opt for a cheeseburger and a milkshake (delicious), but this time I wanted to go full vegan, at least with the food, because I got a coke to drink and I don’t know if that’s vegan or not… full time vegans, fill me in please!?

Here’s a look at what I ate


STARTER

On F&B’s starter menu, they have a nice selection of Vegan options, I was seriously tempted by the delicious sounding Tuscan Soup, which I think I’ll have to get next time, but in the end I opted for the Garlic Pizza Bread with a vegan mozzarella alternative as a topping. The mozzarella alternative was very creamy and more like a liquid on top of the bread, it was alright, but not the best, and I probably wouldn’t bother with it again. I think if I were to have the garlic pizza bread again, I’d have it alone and without the ‘cheese’, purely because of the texture. It was okay though and I wouldn’t be completely opposed to having it again, for me, it was a take it or leave it kinda thing and overall, I think I’d rate the starter a 6/10.

MAIN

For my main, I really wanted to try the Viva La Vegan burger which hello, sounds SO exciting! The burger is a vegan 1/4 pounder which comes with lettuce, tomato, gherkin (ew, I’d ask for it without) and vegan burger sauce, which would be interesting to try as I never usually have the burger sauce, in any form. Unfortunately, F&B’s didn’t have either of their vegan burger options available when I visited (just an excuse to go back) so instead I decided to go for the Mac No Cheese dish, another dish which to be fair, I had been wanting to try since I saw it on the menu a couple of weeks ago. Mac N Cheese is one of my favourite dishes of all time (especially with a lil’ tomato and garlic sauce mixed in), so I was excited to try this vegan option. The Mac No Cheese is a pasta dish (obviously) with a creamy cauliflower sauce, butternut squash, herb crumbs and rocket. This was really nice, but for someone like me who is an incredibly fussy eater (I’d never had cauliflower sauce before this and only once before had I tried butternut squash), I think it will take some getting used to. The dish tastes really healthy, probably because of the veg, and I would get again. It wouldn’t be my immediate go to, but I think it’s a grower and if I were to go full time vegan, this would be a great option for me when visiting Frankie and Benny’s. Overall, I’d rate the Mac No Cheese a 7.5/10.

DESSERT

Ah dessert, the most exciting and best part of the meal in my opinion. Both Emily and I opted for a vegan dessert option and we both had the Vegan Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, which was really exciting. I’ve never had vegan ice cream before, but I’ve wanted to try it for so long. If I’m honest, it really didn’t taste a lot different to normal ice cream. If anything, the chocolate chips stood out a little more as they tasted slightly stronger than a normal dairy choc chip would, but that’s the only difference I really noticed in taste. The whole dish itself was actually really yummy and I’m even craving it a little now. Emily really enjoyed the dessert too, so overall I think Frankie & Benny’s have done a good job with their vegan dessert. On the menu they also have sorbet and coconut delight ice cream, both suitable for vegans. I’d rate the Vegan Chocolate Chip ice cream a strong 8.5/10 and I will definitely be having this again! When vegan ice cream tastes that good, who needs dairy!?


Overall from what I experienced, I’d rate Frankie and Benny’s vegan menu a 7.5/10 however I really would love to go back and try some of the other VG options, especially the Tuscan Soup and the burger… although I’d love to get the chocolate chip ice cream again, to judge properly I think I’d have to give the coconut ice cream a whirl. The sorbet would be nice for Summer, but I already know I like sorbet so there’d be no need for me to ‘try’ it as such, however I know it’s there for me as a great option in the future.

Which restaurants vegan menus do you love? Are you a vegan? Have you tried Frankie and Benny’s vegan menu yet? Let me know in the comments below.

Thank you all for reading,

love

Jennie

16 thoughts on “Eating Vegan at Frankie and Benny’s

  1. Good for you in trying all these vegan foods, Jennie!! I’m so interested in trying vegetarian and vegan options, so this was fantastic to read. Joshua & I don’t eat red meat anymore, and we only have chicken once or twice a week, so we are on our way to vegetarian lol. I love how some things are vegan and they still taste super good! My motto is to not compare it to meat or “regular” food but to just taste it for what it is and determine if it tastes good or not. 🙂

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  2. There really are so many more vegan options out there now! It’s so hard to find decent vegan cheese, such a shame that the “mozzarella” was so weirdly textured… it sure does look good though! I so wish I could try that ice cream. I can never find tasty vegan ice cream. Usually talks like play doh to me lol.

    Great reviews on this restaurant’s offerings, Jennie. 😄 Thanks for sharing your experience with us!! ♡

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    1. There are! I know, vegan ‘cheese’ is the one thing I’ve never tried that I’ve actually thought oh yeah that’s nice! I’ve never been impressed 😂 oh really? The ice cream was nice! Rossy said she liked vegan ice cream too! You must have been to the wrong places 😂😂 Thanks so much for your lovely comment hun! ❤️

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  3. You go girl!! Three days a week is actually a great goal, I’ve been wanting to go more vegetarian in most of my meals too, and will typically go pescaterian at restaurants if I can lol.
    I love that you went fully vegan at a restaurant though I’ll have to try that sometime.
    Anyway the food looks incredible and the other dishes you had planned on getting next time sound so good too! I would have gone with the mac n cheese too, it looks so good!!
    And I was surprised when I first had vegan ice cream too. How similar it tastes that there’s virtually no difference. I love it! When things taste the same as the “real” thing, it makes it easier to transition I think.

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    1. Thanks so much hun! I’ve actually been doing it a lot more than three days a week now, I’ve not eaten meat for 8 days! It wasn’t my intention to start with but I just can’t eat meat anymore! I doubt I’ve eaten meat completely for the last time, but I know it’s so not on my radar. Yay that’s great hun, well done 👏🏼 It all makes a difference!
      Yeah I did that because I thought it would be a great and exciting opportunity to try more vegan options, and also I could do a fun blog post all about it 🙂
      Yes the mac n cheese was nice and v healthy! Ah really?? I’m glad we agree that there is no difference 😍 it’s amazing how similar the real ice cream is to the vegan. I totally agree with you. Thanks for your comment hun ❤️

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      1. oh that’s really amazing!! good for you!! 😀 you’re really motivating me to go for it 🙂 I find that the less I eat it, the less I want it 🙂 for red meat I mean, I still eat chicken and turkey breast LOL. slowly but surely I’ll get there 🙂
        well if you start making vegan meals at home I’d love to know what you make, I need ideas 😀

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      2. Thanks so much hun! Let me know how you get on. I’ve had a couple of slips this week, but after Friday (I’m going for a Nandos 😂), I’m 100% getting back into the veggie lifestyle full time! I think I’ll eat meat on special occasions / once in a blue moon from now on! Omg I can totally relate. When I’ve not eaten meat for a while, the less I want it too! So glad you find this too! Haha I think chicken is my favourite meat to be honest… although I am craving a burger 😭😭 might have to cheat this week then get back on it next! Thanks so much hun! I will let you know, also Dannii (abeautifulthing) has shared a few vegan recipes on her blog, one spag bol one xxx

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      3. That’s how I am, I hardly eat red meat.. I had some on Monday, and before that…idk, more than a week or two? You’re making me crave a burger too Jennie!!!!!!!!
        Cool! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Ooh thank you! I knew you’d know! So happy about that 😍 yeah I wanted to try the pizza to be honest but because I had the pizza bread as a starter, I thought best not! I’m going again on Saturday so hoping to try the burger! Doesn’t it 😍 Let me know when you go hun! ❤️❤️❤️

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