It was a Sunday afternoon and I was famished. Little Green in Jesmond seemed like the ideal jaunt to whet my appetite with health. According to their website,
We are a family run cafe, bar, health food shop and social space. We offer homemade, nourishing vegan foods using, wherever possible, locally sourced, organic produce. We also have a wide range of local craft ales, cocktails, coffees, smoothies, protein drinks, raw deserts and more. We stock a range of vitamins, supplements, chilled and frozen foods and much more in our health food shop. Our resident nutritionist, Gareth Zeal, is on hand to offer advice, one to one consultations and food intolerance tests.
So the big question I needed answering was would Little Green fulfil the needs of those like myself who are not vegan?
Little Green had a few drinks on the menu that would perk me up; I ordered a Turmeric Latte at £3 and a Plantface Synergy Vanilla Protein Shake at £3.50. The turmeric latte was fabulous with hints of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom… It was golden, golden on the soul. Every mouthful of the thick and creamy shake was treasured; ideal liquid nourishment after a hike earlier that morning.
There are a few staple options on the large vibrant menu but Little Green also do specials at the service desk. I decided to go with a dish from the main menu in the Gado Gado Poke Bowl with Tofu and a side of Beetroot Wraps with Tzatziki. It was with me within ten minutes. Wok seasoned vegetables in an Indonesian spicy peanut and coconut sauce with brown rice, topped with rice crackers, spring onions, coriander and toasted peanuts. It was a bowl of food that was urging you on to eat it just through its rare style. The spicy, nutty curry sauce was magnificent and the sliced carrots, charred broccoli and cauliflower were cooked perfectly. The four pink beetroot triangular mini wraps were carefully situated on the plate like a tie to the bowl of tzatziki above. Much to my appreciation, they were an excellent accompaniment to my main. So can vegan food fill you? Let’s just say I couldn’t move but in a good way; I felt refreshed and cleansed.
It was a step too far for dessert at the time but I happily smiled with content when I was told Little Green do takeaway. Not just part of their menu either but all of it, including their Specials of the Day. Therefore, I ordered Gluten Free Banana Loaf with Custard to go. Yes, you heard that correct, I ordered dessert for takeaway. A chunky square of moist banana bread that was sweet enough to dazzle the taste buds but not too overpowering in sweetness to have you sugar rushing afterwards. Although I prefer custard a tad thicker, I was satisfied with my dessert at home. By 8 o’clock that evening, it was gone.
All in all, I love what Little Green has going on. Its unique, pleasant approach is a welcome addition to Newcastle; health in a shop, health as a takeout, health in a bowl, health in the stomach! The owner makes time to converse with assurance and kindness to all her customers which helps to create a lovely atmospheric venue and one I’m sure that will help customers return. I for one will be. For vegans it’s a must. For everyone else, Little Green provides wholesome, distinctive, quality meals that will make you forget you were in a vegan café.