48-52 Constitution Street
+44(0)131 538 9374
Overall score: ★★★★☆
Disclaimer: In exchange for this post, I dined here free of charge. The opinions expressed in this article remain my own.
The Greenhouse is located in the same premises as the old Constitution, but has reopened with a fresh new look and a menu that’s bursting with lots of tempting veggie and vegan options. It had been on my list to check out since I first saw the odd snap appear in my Instagram feed, so when I was asked along to try it out I didn’t have to be told twice!
I went along with my friend Emma (see edinburghfeasts.com) and she very kindly also ate vegan so we could both get a taste of The Greenhouse’s plant-based offering.
Vegan food and drink at The Greenhouse
Despite its focus on mainly vegan and vegetarian food, there is also quite a few meat options on the menu, making it a good option if there are omnivores in your dining party.
Vegan options are marked on the menu with a capital ‘V’, while vegetarian options are labelled with a lower case ‘v’. It can be quite easy to mix them up, so don’t be afraid to ask your server if you’re not sure.
There is also a vegan wine list with vegan options clearly marked – hallelujah! If more bars and pubs did this, I would be so happy…
Anyway, I digress. Onto the food!
- Blueberry pancakes with vanilla coconut cream and maple syrup
- Mushroom/avocado on toast Pan fried mushrooms with garlic and spinach
- House hummus with crispy pitta bread, pine nuts, chickpeas and hazelnut dukkah
- Battered popcorn seitan bites with a choice of satay, piri piri, BBQ or salsa verde
- Crispy jackfruit spring rolls with hoi-sin and sweet chilli sauce
- Nachos with guacamole, salsa, cashew sour cream and jalapenos
All burgers are served with herb salt fries, pink coleslaw and a side salad on a focaccia bun
- Fried ‘chicken’ seitan burger with crispy leeks and fried onions
- BBQ pulled ‘pork’ jackfruit sloppy joe bun
Upgrade to sweet potato fries and add extra toppings such as avocado and crispy onions for an extra cost
All served as two tacos on a soft corn tortilla
- Veggie special BBQ or peri peri jackfriut with guacamole and cashew sour cream
- “Honey” roast vegetable salad served on a bed of oakleaf, rocket and lambs leaf
The Greenhouse chefs create a range of delicious desserts every week. Ask your server for today’s specials
I had the fried “chicken” seitan burger with extra avocado while my dining companion had the BBQ sloppy joe upgraded with sweet potato fries. There’s also a range of condiments to dip your chips into, including a lovely creamy vegan mayonnaise.
The seitan in the burger was a little bit spongy for my liking, but I had a taste of the pulled BBQ jackfruit from my friend’s plate and it was absolutely delicious. I’ll definitely be ordering that instead when I return!
The desserts were incredible, too. Both the puddings on offer (coconut lime pie and chocolate hazelnut mousse) were vegan so my friend and I had one of each. 🙂 I absolutely loved my coconut and lime pie – it was a lovely refreshing way to end the meal. I also enjoyed a spoonful of Emma’s chocolate mousse, and I am pleased to report it was light, sweet and also very delicious.
It’s great to see yet another place open up in Leith that is so friendly to vegans. With a great range of dishes and a clearly labelled wine list, this is one place that you’ll need to check out soon!
Menu info: ★★★★☆
Value for money: ★★★★★