Last week my friend and I went to Slug and Lettuce Bournemouth to test out some of their vegetarian options. Even though I live in Bournemouth, sometimes you want to visually see a collection of restaurants to decide where to go. This is why OpenTable was perfect for selecting a restaurant. I haven’t really written a restaurant review before, but I definitely want to start reviewing more vegan/vegetarian places next year!
What is OpenTable?
OpenTable is a website where you can look up places to eat and can specify requirements. There are dining, seating, price, region, cuisine and accessibility options. First I looked through the Dorset restaurants and then narrowed it down to Bournemouth restaurants. From here, you can choose the date, how many people and the time to see if the restaurant is available when you want to go. It’s a great system, and I will definitely use it when visiting new places. I decided to go with Slug & Lettuce Bournemouth, as I have been once before and really enjoyed it.
Slug and Lettuce Bournemouth
One thing that I really like about Slug and Lettuce is the decor, the Bournemouth Square restaurant has a really lovely interior. They actually have a photo booth so that you can take some photos with your friends as a cute momento!
As it was lunchtime, we decided to not opt for a starter mainly because we wanted room for dessert! At Slug and Lettuce, if you buy a meal off the lunchtime menu then you get a soft drink for only 50p which is a brilliant deal and makes the experience very affordable. Normally I like to get a cocktail when I’m out but decided not to since I was ill the day before. Instead, I went for water, and my friend had a lemonade.
At Slug and Lettuce Bournemouth, the menu has some great options for vegetarians and vegans. I can be a bit of a picky eater, and as I am allergic to nuts I like to be careful so normally there are only one or two options I would choose. At Slug and Lettuce, there were lots of options and I am already looking forward to going back!
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I chose the halloumi and avocado wrap which came with fries. There was an option to upgrade to chips or vegan nachos if you fancied that instead, and I could have got a side salad instead of the fries. The wrap was very tasty and had just the right amount of halloumi. I find halloumi to be quite salty so I don’t like to eat too much of it in one meal, but the avocado really balanced it out. The wrap also had red pepper mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes inside. You can never go wrong with fries, so these were lovely too!
My friend opted for the plant-based burger which came with vegan nachos. When choosing the burger, the options were Quorn buttermilk fillet or soya patty. She chose the Quorn buttermilk fillet, and it looked very nice! I love Quorn and always think it’s a safe option even if you aren’t vegetarian. On the side, there were vegan nachos but there was the option to get a side salad, chips or fries instead, at no extra cost. We went with them so that we could share the fries and nachos between us! I thought that the portion size of the vegan nachos was very good considering it was a side.
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For dessert, there were 4 regular options and 1 vegan option. As I am not vegan, I couldn’t resist the warm brownie bites as it is one of my favourites! The brownies were very chocolatey, so a little rich for me but the strawberry was the perfect contrast. I liked that it wasn’t too big, because some restaurants give a big dessert portion size which just results in food waste.
My friend chose the millionaire sundae shots which looked very good too. Both desserts were great to share if you wanted a bit of both.
At Slug and Lettuce Bournemouth, you can either order from the app/QR code or go up to the bar. As someone with social anxiety, I would much rather order from the app. I think normally they have an allergy list, but I couldn’t find one online. Obviously, I could have gone up and asked and I definitely will next time! Another thing I like about ordering on the app is that you can have a chat first before ordering and don’t have the pressure of deciding quickly.
We arrived at 1pm and it wasn’t quiet but there were plenty of tables available. The speed of the service was very good, and our drinks and food arrived soon after we ordered.
P.S. I am aiming to have 2 more blog posts published before the end of the year, however, I have lots to do so we’ll see how that goes! In the meantime, make sure you read ways to give back this Christmas. My vegetarian sausage roll recipe is super easy with just 3 ingredients and would be perfect to bake at Christmas.
Have you used OpenTable before? Have you ever been to Slug and Lettuce?
Best wishes, Cx