Vegan Burger in Como – Mystic Burger

 

When walking around in Como you’ll get lost in its fairytale labyrinth. On every corner there is a coffee bar and around lunch time the smell of Pasta Pomodoro fills the streets. However, when following your nose a little longer you’ll be pulled into another authentic side street in which you’ll find a cafe named Mystic Burger. This cafe doesn’t only look cute they also serve the most tasty vegan burger in the whole of Como.

 

What to have

You come here for a real burger experience and don’t you worry the Vegan Burger will give you the full package! Your first bite into this burger is a true mouthful. Whether you are vegan or not, when craving a burger you are looking for the whole experience. You want to use your hands, take a bite of a burger that should obviously be too big to fit in your mouth while the sauce slowly drips from the back onto your hands. You want to get down and dirty and believe me, this burger will tick all those boxes!

The Vegan Burger (€11,- with sides €14,-) consists of a vegetable patty, layered with a tomato & baked black olive salad, topped with a vegan fruit cheese and served in a homemade wholewheat bun. It’s a burger which is rich with lots of different flavours and textures. As you take a bite the vegan cheese will drip down your hands and the fresh flavour of the salad will kick in. Each bite is the combination of crunchy and fluffy textures. This includes the bread, it’s fluffy with a slight crunchy layer on the outside – super delicious!

The side dishes consist of fries and a freshly made salad. The fries look hand cut and are crispy from the outside while fluffy from the inside. Also to add a little healthy twist they serve it with a side salad of spelt, mixed veggies and beans. Its something I have never had as a side to a burger before, but I honestly love it. Its a little health kick that tastes amazing and even when ordering a kick-ass burger you also fuel your body with veggies – win win!

 

 

Where to go

 

Mystic Burger is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-1:00 and closed on Monday. 

Their address is Via Diaz, 78/80 and it’s located in a cute street in the centre of Como.

You can sit inside but also outside on the terrace which is located opposite the cafe. Its a lovely spot in the middle of beautiful buildings, plus you can do some people watching whilst waiting for your ultimate burger to arrive!

 

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The ultimate Chickpea burger

 

Who doesn’t love a good burger. Especially being vegan I’m guilty of fancying a delicious burger especially knowing that vegan burgers are actually very healthy and nutritious and at the same time really comforting. Especially in the summer I love to sit outside on a warm evening with friends and get our hands dirty. Whenever I fancy a burger it’s this recipe that I love to make as it’s easy, healthy and absolutely delicious. It’s always a winner!

 

Ingredients

Makes 6 medium burgers

  • 1 tin (340g) sweetcorn
  • 1 tin (400g) chickpeas
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ a bunch fresh coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • nut oil
  • 3 tablespoons wholemeal flour
  • 6 wholemeal burger buns
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • ½ medium white onion
  • 2 hands full of spinach
  • salt and pepper

 

Method

  1. First drain the chickpeas and sweetcorn, make sure no water remains. Then place them in a food processor.
  2. Then also add the spices, flour, coriander, grate in the lemon zest and season with some salt and pepper.
  3.  Pulse this mixture until everything is combined, but not smooth – you want to retain some texture.
  4. Dust a plate or a surface with flour and scoop out your mixture with a spoon shaping them into 6 individual burgers. Try to make them equally sized.
  5. When done leave them in the fridge to firm up for about 30 min.
  6. Put some oil in a large pan over a medium heat and bake your patties for about 8-10 min, until they are golden brown on both sides.
  7. Slice your union and tomatoes into slices, and wash your spinach.
  8. First toast your burger buns and then you’ll be ready to create your burger!
  9. Get the bun and place your patty on the bottom,then layer with slices tomato, onion and spinach. Add some ketchup or vegan mayo for the ultimate delight.

 

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Leroy’s – A hidden gem in the form of the trendiest Vietnamese restaurant

 

Let me start with the fact that I immediately fell in love with this place the moment I walked in. The smell of fresh ingredients and spices fill the room and even finds it way to the outside porch. You can immediately feel the amazing atmosphere and this has 100% been created by the lovely owners. You can feel their passion and love in both the restaurant and the food.

Leroy’s is now one of the trendiest places in Canggu and the must go to in the weekend for the most delicious pho and a cocktail with your friends! It’s almost as if this spot has become the place to fall in love with both it’s food and with each other as the mood in this restaurant is so uplifting and exciting.

 

 

What I love

They recently renewed their menu which also meant, more vegan deliciousness!

Starter

Lets start of with the ‘Vietnamese taco’s‘ (60k Idr/ 3.20 Gbp), they truly are a vegan delight. They are made with tempura eggplant, fragrant slaw, herbs and a homemade Sriracha. It’s the most fresh ingredients combined to make the ultimate crunch.

Another amazing starter is the ‘Rice paper rolls with peanut tofu satay‘ (45k Idr/ 2.40 Gbp). It’s refreshing and perfect for a hot day in Bali. My favourite part of this dish is the peanut sauce, I mean.. it can’t get any better than this. (Sometimes I like to order some ‘sweet potato fries’ and just dip them in the peanut sauce, naughty but oh so yum!!)

Main

My absolute favourite main course and one of the reasons why I came here so often is for the ultimate ‘Mushroom and Bok Choy Pho‘ (60k Idr/ 3.20 Gbp). This Pho is served with a side of Sriracha, hoisin sauce, raw bean sprouts, chopped chili, lime, mint and basil. You can decide how spicy, fresh or sweet you want your Pho to be by just adding the ingredients yourself. It’s an extremely nutritious meal and an absolute winner when it comes to flavour.

Another great meal for main or even for lunch is one of their great salads. My favourite is the ‘Vermicelli bowl with grilled tofu satay‘ (60k Idr/ 3.20 Gbp) This salad is made with avocado, zucchini, radish, edamame, pickles, cucumber, iceberg, slaw, herbs and served with spring rolls. It’s so refreshing, so colourful and so delicious. It’s full of flavours, textures and an ultimate must try when you visit Leroy’s.

Desert

However, now it’s time for the grand desert. Im not having the “I’m so full from my started and main” excuse, because you will regret not having tried the desert of deserts! To finish of your amazing dinner and to just put the cherry on top you have to try the ultimate delight. This is heaven in the form of a ‘Vegan Chocolate Brownie‘ (35k Idr/ 1.85 Gbp). It’s everything you want a brownie to be. It has a slightly crispy outside but as soon as you put your spoon through you can feel it’s gooey centre. The chocolate is so rich and you would never (ever) of guessed that this is actually vegan. Trust me, you’ll be able to fool anyone! So yummy! (One of my favourite deserts in the whole of Canggu – and yes I have thought of coming there late at night just for the desert, guilty.)

 

 

Where to go

Leroys has recently announced that they will be open for lunch too! Woohoo!

They are now open everyday from 11am- 12am and their address is Jl. Tanah Barak No.43 in Canggu.

Enjoy!

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Cheeky smoothies and vegan deliciousness at Betelnut Cafe

 

Imagine a cafe with a hut like feeling, bamboo, wood and tropical green surrounded by Bali’s palm trees. I personally love going to this cafe because of it’s buzzing atmosphere, it’s loving people but especially for it’s delicious vegan food. This menu is so vibrant and will make any non-vegan turn vegan in no-time.

 

What I get

Lunch

My two ultimate favourite salads are both the ‘Veggie patch‘ (50k Idr/ 2.60 Gbp) and the ‘Raw Gado Gado‘ salad (45k Idr/ 2.60 Gbp). The ‘Veggie patch‘ is made with roasted pumpkin, beetroot, rucola, shallots, cashews and spinach. You can only imagine how many textures, flavours and colours make up the perfect summery salad. However, the ‘Raw Gado Gado‘ salad is a must try. It consists of spinach, rucola, cabbage, tofu, tempe, carrot, coconut, cucumber, sprouts and tomato which is then topped off with a deliciously home-made peanut sauce. This is the ultimate Balinese salad, which is refreshing and bursting with flavours.

 

 

Dinner

If I’m in for a real treat I usually get the ‘Veggielicious burrito‘ (50k Idr/ 2.60 Gbp) or the ‘Veggie burger‘ (50K Idr/ 2.60 Gbp). The ‘Veggie burger‘ consists of a home-made vegetable patty with fresh greens, slaw and tomato relish in a toasted wholewheat bun. I personally have tried many vegan burgers in the last years and I have to say that this is definitely one if the best ones, especially in Canggu.

Snacks

At Betelnut Cafe they have the most delicious juices and smoothies. My favourite smoothie is one (which is a bit of a cheeky one) called the ‘Chunky Monkey‘ (40k Idr/ 2.10 Gbp). It’s made with banana, cashew butter, dates, flax seeds, muesli, ginseng, maca, cacao and coconut milk. Trust me, the cheekiest but best smoothie you’ll ever taste! Another smoothie that is absolutely delicious is called ‘Nutters‘ (40k Idr/ 2.10 Gbp). If you are a real nutty lover like I am you will love this one! It’s made with almond milk, cacao, dates, cashews, coconut, ginseng, maca and flax seeds – healthy, yummy and a real treat!

 

 

Where to go

Betelnut Cafe is open everyday from 8am- 10pm and their address is Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.60 in Canggu.

 

 

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Motion Cafe: Healthy, lean and clean – my favourite spot in Canggu

 

Motion cafe has always been one of my favourite spots in Canggu. It’s a cafe in which you can relax and enjoy a coffee and a delicious breakfast early in the morning after a surf session, but you can also stroll up in your summer dress for a late night dinner.

Everything served here is 100% homemade and fresh. You can enjoy food that has been made without any refined sugars and if requested even gluten free. If that doesn’t sound healthy enough then let me just add the fact that their menu is only based on vegan, paleo, organic and whole foods – I mean, sounds pretty much like any healthy food lovers dream right? (Do you now get why it’s one of my favourite places?)

 

What I order

Everything on their menu is healthy and clean. For the people with a sweet tooth (like me) there are some yummy vegan cakes which aren’t only delicious but also healthy! Win win! I often just come to pick up an energy ball and I’m on my way again!

Breakfast

My favourite breakfast here is the ‘Home-made Granola‘ (57k Idr/ 3 Gbp). It consists of coconut yoghurt layered with apple sauce, granola and roasted almonds. They also make a pretty kick-ass ‘Acai green bowl‘ (85 Idr/ 4.40 Gbp) which is the perfect combination of green and fruity flavours.

Lunch

For lunch I love a fresh salad in the Bali heat! The salads they make here are filling and full of flavours and textures. My two favourite salads are the ‘Vegan salad‘ (64k Idr/ 3.30 Gbp) and ‘Caramelised pumpkin‘ salad (70k Idr/ 3.60 Gbp). Both are the definition of tropical salads and the perfect meal!

 

 

Dinner

My favourite evening meals are the ‘Black bean burger‘ (80k Idr/ 3 Gbp) and the ‘Chickpeas curry‘ (75k Idr/ 3.90 Gbp). They are both absolutely delicious and taste healthy and fresh.

A little tip, get the burger with their homemade fries! They are a healthy version of what usual fries look like, you’ll finish both the burger and the fries and you’ll still feel healthy! (Unlike most burgers) It’s an absolutely delicious meal and you can get your hands dirty! (Which is always the funnest part of eating a burger!)

Snack

As I mentioned before, they make homemade vegan and healthy cakes daily and I’m in love with their ‘Powerballs‘- the green one is super yummy!

When I come back from the gym I love to stop by and get a vegan protein shake. I have tried many vegan protein shakes and they never taste extremely yummy..( a bit like fish food really). But at Motion cafe they actually manage to make a delicious one! Motion cafe, you rule for making me love vegan protein again!

 

Where to go

Motion cafe is open every day from 7am – 10pm and it’s located on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No.69B in Canggu. 

 

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Burgers, bikes, tattoos and live music at Deus Ex Machina, Bali

 

One of the trendiest spots in Canggu is Deus Ex Machina. Here you can wonder around in a shop in which you can buy anything that you can call trendy! From surfboards and backpacks to bikes and watches. Buy yourself a brand new surfboard then have a seat in the garden where you can enjoy a delicious burger to celebrate!

Deus Ex Machina has a great atmosphere and its an amazing spot for a delicious dinner and a beer! Or visit on my favourite night which happens to be ‘Tacos-N-Tatt-Teusday‘! Every Tuesday you can enjoy a delicious plate of tacos, a freshly made margarita and of course if you are lucky a whole new tattoo that will be done on the spot! 

Tuesday nights aren’t the only fun nights as every day of the week there is a different event. From ‘Aperitivo Saturdays‘ to ‘Sunday roasts Sundays‘.

 

 

What I love

For breakfast I love getting the Açai Smoothie bowl (80k Idr/4.20 Gbp). It consists of blended açai with strawberry and banana topped with granola and fresh chia seeds. Its extremely refreshing and super fruity.

For a great lunch I usually get the ‘Pumpkin hummus on rye bread‘ (55k Idr/2.90 Gbp). The bread is thick and crunchy with an amazing pumpkin hummus, topped with sesame seeds and alfalfa – creating a perfect simple plate with delicious flavours.

 

 

If you are a pumpkin lover like I am I definitely recommend you to try the ‘Roast Pumpkin soup‘ (50k Idr/2.60 Gbp). This soup is an amazing lunch or perfect as a starter when having dinner. The soup is creamy, comforting and extremely flavoursome. Dip in some of the crunchy gluten free bread and you’ve got yourself a healthy and delicious meal!

When having dinner its always nice to enjoy the live music, great atmosphere and a drink with some comforting food. I personally love the ‘Vegetarian burger‘ (70k Idr/3.65 Gbp) they serve here as it tastes clean, healthy and delicious! The burger consists of a lentil patty topped with tomatoes, lettuce and mashed avocado. Its full of flavour and textures – crunchy bread, fresh tomatoes, smooth avocado and a deliciously flavoured lentil patty. It comes with a side of fries or a crunchy salad, I always choose the salad as for me it adds even more fresh flavours and of course some green goodness!

 

 

Where to go

Deus Ex Machina is open on Saturday until Thursday from 7am- 12pm and on Friday from 7am- 11pm. The address is Jl. Batu Mejan No.8, Canggu, Bali. 

 

 

 

 

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