If you’re vegetarian or vegan, Pret is definitely one of the best lunch options on the high street, since the company actually acknowledges we don’t all just want to eat egg and cress sandwiches every day until we die (probably of boredom).
In fact, the meat-free Veggie Pret in Soho proved such a success that it’s become a permanent fixture, and now there’s a brand new menu for us to enjoy across all stores.
Being a real martyr for the veggie cause, I decided to put myself out on a limb for you guys and try a load of stuff from the new menu, which is available now. Here’s what I thought…
Cauliflower and Chickpea Dhal – £3.45, VEGAN
This was the stuff of of dreams. All too often veggie soups can be seriously bland, but this soup, which contains delicate cauliflower florets alongside chickpeas, split peas, lentils, tomato and some bloody delicious spices was an absolute TREAT for the tastebuds. Another plus point is that it’s thick rather than watery, so you’ll stay full.
Apple and Pomegranate Overnight Oats – £1.99, VEGAN
Gluten-free oats meet almond milk, grated apple and pomegranate – this is one of Pret’s new breakfast offerings, suitable for vegans. It was perfectly edible, although slightly underwhelming, and the portion size is a bit on the skimpy side for greedy types like me (it certainly wouldn’t make a whole breakfast in itself!) Personally I prefer Pret’s classic bircher muesli, which is flippin’ delicious.
Rainbow Veggie Pot, £2.25 – VEGAN
A colourful pot combining humous, chantenay carrots, radishes and mustard cress. This was lovely in the same way that any crudités/humous combo is infinitely pleasing. I’ll be honest, for a week’s worth of lunches you’d be much better off buying a big tub of humous and some vegetables, but obviously Pret is about convenience, not money-saving, and on that count this is a winner. It’s so pretty too, like a little vegetable garden!
Greens & Grains Soup, £3.45 – VEGAN
Another freakin’ delicious soup. It looks like I’m now going to have a few rivals to my love of Pret’s Pea & Mint. This tasty lunchtime option contains a load of vegetables (spinach, petit pois, broccoli, basil, leek, cavolo nero, onion) mixed up with brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat and millet to provide body. As my South Wales brethren would say, it’s LUSH.
Courgetti Veggie Pot, £2.25 – VEGGIE
I’m not going to lie, I found this one a bit ‘meh’, mainly because too the very watery raita – excess liquid is a problem I always get with courgetti! It also felt a bit lacking in flavour and excitement, although credit where credit’s due, it’s certainly healthy.
Asian Greens Veggie Pot, £2.49 – VEGAN
A lovely way to get your greens, this pot contains avocado, peas, edamame and coriander (soz coriander haters!) The veggies are brought to life by the Asian dressing, with is really tasty and satisfyingly thick.
There is also a bunch of other stuff on the new menu including a vegan Mango Chia Pot which is literally always sold out (I reckon it must be a good’un), Coconut Porridge and Spiced Corn and Quinoa Soup. Additionally, the chain will be offering coconut milk versions of its hot drinks, which makes a nice change from bloody soy milk.