You know when it gets to the end of the month and your bank balance is screaming red? And then you have the realization that you’re going out for supper. Inevitably, you find yourself frantically trying to find a restaurant that doesn’t feel like a last resort, ‘budget’ option, but equally you’re on the hunt for a restaurant that isn’t going to result in a bill which leaves you eating porridge and cuppa soup for the foreseeable future. Next time you find yourself in this all too familiar position, panic not and just suggest supper at Mildreds.
Yes, it’s a vegetarian/vegan restaurant, but when I announced at work I was going for supper at Mildreds, it was the meat-loving guys that piped up ‘I love that place!’ And for good reason is Mildreds loved by all, regardless of what your dietary preferences are-Mildred’s isn’t overly hippy and doesn’t take its self too seriously. Wine and cocktails sit side by side green juices and the long communal tables are filled with students who come hungry, ready to take advantage of Mildreds low prices and tempting menu.(As a result, Mildreds isn’t a great date spot if you’re looking for an intimate and romantic meal as the busy tables are packed close together and everyone spills onto one another.)
Unlike in some healthy dining spots, consulting the menu doesn’t require a PHD in superfood lingo, with most of the dishes classics such as curry/burgers/pasta just all veggie based; check the menu out here. Taking advantage of the very reasonably prices and the fact it seemed only fitting to celebrate surviving hump day, between four of us we went to town on the ordering, starting off with demolishing the appetizer selection.
One of the best thing about going for a meal with a group of people and sharing dishes, is that you try things you wouldn’t normally- and boy was I glad that someone called the shots for the dumplings, (£6). Life changing. Seriously tasty and with a banging sauce, the dumplings were easily the best starter.
The pea and mint hummus wasn’t necessarily ‘hummus’ as you know it, but definitely gives Sainso basics hummus a run for it’s money – and a dish I reckon that you could pretty easily knock up at home.
Apparently yellow is the colour of happiness. In which case, the chef who made Mildreds ravioli must be on cloud nine. For a starter, it was a generous portion, but the ricotta made the sauce slightly too heavy and although we all enjoyed the dish, we felt that as a main it would be rather too rich; if you do opt for this as a main, I would get a green salad on the side.
One of the best things about Mildred’s menu is that it caters for everyone’s preferences, meaning that our main meals were an array of dishes.
The Shralangikan curry, (£12), was the dish which people in the office claimed to be number one; and one bite down, I could see why this accolade was given to the dish. Unbelievably tasty, with a texture contrast of dreams with the crunch of the nuts off setting the rice perfectly, this is your new go-to, warming and comforting winter dish!
The green salad wasn’t the most interesting of dishes and was saved by the cashew cream dressing; I would order a starter size to balance out some of the richer dishes but wouldn’t order a main meal of this, as compared to the other dishes on offer, it’s rather dull.
Now Lydia knows her burgers. In fact she’s sampled most of them going. (Check her burger views out here!) The halloumi burger was a very reasonable £7, but didn’t get a top ThreeBees rating as the bread was hard and dense and it was impossible to delve up the burger; I’d give this dish a miss next time.
Now for a while, I’ve always thought that the best sweet potato fries in London were to be found at Bens Canteen…however, now I’m not so sure. Mildreds SP fries were just the right side of crispy, and the perfect dunking length into what turned out to be the best ‘mayo’ I’ve ever tasted. Best £4 you’ll spend.
The side of courgettes with ricotta was a dish that had Ottlenghi drizzled all over it- definitely order.
Having exclaimed what good value the decent sized, tasty savoury dishes were it seemed only right to end the meal with pudding. (Obviously the fact that I just mentioned that the main dishes are a hearty portion size is besides the point.) We ordered the truffles but I wouldn’t order them again unless you are having a threesome. Splitting three truffles between four is just awkward.
If you’re a chocohalic, then the chocolate tart has your
name fork on it. Rich, dense and indulgent, this was the ultimate hump day survival trophy; it’s very rich, which means that ordering the passionfruit creme brule to balance out the chocolate explosion is all to justifiable. In contrast, the creme brule is light and silky and one can almost claim it is bikini body friendly…..
You can easily spend under £25 each for three courses, meaning that Mildreds ticks all the boxes for a midweek, affordable supper. What more could you want? You’ll leave strutting/waddling towards Kings Cross tube utterly satisfied and able to look your bank manager in the eye once more.
Find Mildreds in Soho, Camden & Kings Cross.