Vegan Edinburgh
Vegan food at Ask Italian EdinburghVegan food at Ask Italian Edinburgh

ASK Italian

ASK Italian
9-13 Shandwick Place
Edinburgh
EH2 4RG

+44(0)131 241 1048

Overall score: ★★★★☆

I was really pleasantly surprised during a recent visit to ASK Italian, because they have a completely separate vegan menu – and its pretty comprehensive to boot! Whether you want a big plate of hearty pasta, or want to indulge in a vegan pizza (hello vegan cheese!) ASK Italian in the West End has a great vibe and is a solid option for vegan Italian dining.

Vegan food at ASK Italian

Bread and Nibbles

  • Vegan Italian olives Large green Nocellara olives from Sicily
  • Vegan spicy nuts & nibbles Almonds, cashews, crispy corn kernels and chickpeas
  • Vegan rosemary & sea salt bread Add olive tapanade or spicy tomato dip for an extra cost

Starters

  • Vegan Tuscan bread salad Torn Tuscan bread, yellow courgettes, tomatoes, cucumber, roasted peppers, red onions and pine nuts. Dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Vegan baked dough balls Served with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Vegan bruschetta Toasted Pagnotta bread with marinated tomatoes and fresh basil

Pizza

Top your own vegan prima pizza Add three toppings to ASK Italian’s tomato and vegan mozzarella alternative base (gluten-free also available).

Choose from: Marinated artichokes, sautéed mushrooms, grilled aubergines, caramelised onions, roasted peppers or olives

Pasta

  • Vegan spaghetti al pomodoro Santos tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil in a rich tomato sauce
  • Vegan penne arrabiata Penne pasta in a fiery rich tomato and basil sauce
  • Vegan fettuccine con verdure Flat ribbon pasta with fine green beans, oven-roasted tomatoes and spinach, seasoned with chilli and garlic, and topped with olive tapenade
  • Vegan fettuccine con melanzane Flat ribbon pasta with grilled aubergines in a rich tomato, garlic and basil sauce
  • Vegan spaghetti lentil ragu Mixed vegetable and lentil ragu

Sides

  • Vegan mixed salad
  • Vegan rocket salad
  • Vegan roast charlotte potatoes
  • Vegan rainbow salad Candy stripe beetroot, yellow courgettes, Santos tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, mixed leaves, radish, pine nuts and a sweet mustard dressing on the side

Desserts

  • Vegan sorbetti Two scoops of Italian speciality sorbets. Choose from raspberry, mango, mango or prosecco
  • Vegan blood orange and chocolate tart Zesty dark chocolate tart with a nut and date base, served with tangy raspberry sorbet
Gin and tonic
All good meals start with a G&T

 

Olives
Vegan olives to nibble

 

Vegan fettuccine con melanzane

 

Inside Ask Italian Edinburgh

 

Vegan fettuccine con melanzane

While I only had a plate of pasta on this visit (sometimes you just can’t fight the urge to fill your face with carbs), I will definitely be back to try more of ASK Italian’s offering. Their vegan fettuccine con melanzane was delicious: hearty and satisfying, with slices of tender aubergine throughout. The olives were also perfect as a pre-meal nibble.

It’s great to see vegans being so well catered for in chains such as ASK Italian. If you find yourself in the West End looking for a filling Italian feast, then ASK will have you sorted. Bellissimo!

Choice: ★★★★☆
Menu info: ★★★★★
Deliciousness: ★★★★☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆

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