Friday, 26 May 2017

Ahimsa Vegan Cafe - Pinner

Ahimsa is a fully vegan cafe located on the main high street in Pinner.

The name means 'the complete absence of violence from our thoughts, words and actions', and it is clear that Ahimsa is dedicated to the vegan cause.

We popped in for a quick lunch, at around 2pm on a Thursday, and we had the place to ourselves. I imagine that it gets busy during lunchtimes, as the type of healthy fast-food vegan fare that it serves is well suited to take-away. In fact, the Chilli Tofu wraps that we ordered were served up in foil, ready to be eaten on the go, even though it was clear that we were eating in. Generous with the tofu, this was a satifying lunch and I'd happily order it again.

We didn't order dessert, but there were several shelves of delicious looking things, and I'm sure that these deserve further investigation at a later date.

You get a choice of non-dairy milks with your teas and coffees. Teas are from Teapigs, and not a bad selection. The latte that we ordered arrived lukewarm, which wasn't ideal.

Service was polite, if not particularly warm or overly friendly. I could probably have been persuaded to spend a little more time and money if I'd have felt a little more welcomed. It wasn't unfriendly, just - as a customer you never want to feel that you're intruding when you walk into a shop or cafe.

I was unimpressed by the state of the toilet facilities. Accessible - good work! - but there was a pool of something around the bottom of the toilet, and the seat and back were also wet with spray. I know it only takes one person to mess up the most hygienic of facilities, but I saw one of the staff walk out just before I went in so... Maybe I'm being unfair and it had just been mopped and disinfected, but how is one to know? Dry is the preferred state of such things.

Despite these criticisms, I would definitely go back. I realise that a single visit doesn't always accurately reflect the nature of a place, and everyone has off days.

The food was good, there are other things on the menu that I'd like to try, and I have vegan friends I need to take there. Lunch, anyone?

Venue: Vegan cafe.
Accessible: Yes.
Seating: Indoor & outdoor.

Food: Hot breakfasts. Lunch wraps and mix bowls. Desserts.
Pricing: Approx £5 - 7
Vegetarian Food: Yes, all items.
Vegetarian items marked on menu: Yes.
Vegan Food: Yes, all items..
Vegan items marked on menu: Yes.
Gluten-Free: Yes.
Gluten-Free items marked on menu: No.
Off-menu orders: Unknown.
Child menu: No.
Take-away: Yes.

Tea Selection: Good. Teapigs teabags, approx 9 varieties.
Presentation: Fair.

Service: Polite.

Highchairs: Unknown.
Breastfeeding Friendly: Unknown.

Wifi: Unknown.
Dogs Welcome: Unknown.
Loyalty Card: Unknown.

Toilets: Yes.
Accessible Toilet: Yes, inc grab bars, emergency cord, wheelchair-height toilet, easy-use door handle.
Baby Change: Unknown.
Cleanliness: Fair.
Supplies: Adequate.

Would Recommend: Yes. 

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