Vegan Edinburgh

Foundry 39

Foundry 39
39a Queensferry Street

+44 (0) 131 510 6766

Overall score: ★★★☆☆

Foundry 39 is a relatively new addition to Edinburgh’s West End. A couple of months ago I was asked along to give it a try through my day job, and I was excited to see what they had to offer.

Vegan food available at Foundry 39

I’m sorry to report that there are no vegan options on the Foundry 39 menu as it stands, however they were given notice of my arrival and the staff were super helpful in cobbling together a meat and dairy free meal for me.

For starters they suggested the garlic dough balls, which are usually cooked in butter, and offered to prepare them in olive oil instead. For my main course, they suggested I have the avocado and sun-blushed tomato salad without the mozzarella and a side of sweet potato fries.

Far Eastern Orchard Cocktail at Foundry 39
Far Eastern Orchard Cocktail – a dairy-free, yet creamy delight


Garlic dough balls at Foundry 39
Garlic dough balls prepared in oil as opposed to butter


Avocado, sun-blushed tomato and pumpkin seed salad at Foundry 39
Avocado, sun-blushed tomato and pumpkin seed salad – so good I couldn’t focus on it


Sweet potato fries at Foundry 39
Sweet potato fries, an oldie but a goodie

It wasn’t until after the meal they told me I was the first vegan to pay them a visit. With that in mind, I was really impressed with the meal I had at Foundry 39. The garlic dough balls were absolutely delicious cooked in oil – a perfect substitute for their buttery counterparts.

I was a little anxious that the salad would lack substance without the mozzarella, but I needn’t have worried. A generous portion of avocado made this dish creamy and satisfying, and I loved the combination with the tomato and the pumpkin seeds.

Even though I don’t really talk about the drinks, special mention must be given to their Far Eastern Orchard cocktail. This sweet creamy concoction with lemongrass-infused vodka and vanilla syrup was the perfect accompaniment to my meal – but as it was made with coconut cream it was safe for vegans! Hooray!

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

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