New vegan-friendly cafe in Bristol
We’re spoiled for choice here in Bristol; there are so many great vegan-friendly cafes and plant-based restaurants that it can be hard to keep track of them all. So when we discovered Burra right on our doorstep, we were pleasantly surprised, but not altogether shocked, to find a new cafe with a good amount of vegan options. Burra, located just off Bristol’s busy Whiteladies Road, is an Antipodean cafe that’s been open for about a year now. Burra makes it their mission to serve the local community with “…an ethical lifestyle through organic produce, fantastic coffee and a locally sourced menu.” Although their menu isn’t entirely vegan, we’ve got a good portion of it covered, with options such as acai bowls, mushroom buns, and signature house Burra beans on sourdough. Another place to get a vegan breakfast in Bristol? I won’t turn my nose up.
Freya and I visited Burra cafe for a chilled brunch in December, just as things were starting to get a bit manic with Christmas. It was the perfect place for a morning chill out. It’s been well decorated, with a lovely welcoming and warming feeling to it, and plenty of big windows and natural light. They also have a few tables outside in a small courtyard to the back, but with it being December I don’t blame everyone for choosing to sit inside. This space will be lovely in the warmer months, and I can’t wait to come back in the summer. We arrived just after 9 am, and (though the strategically taken photos may not show it) it was already fairly busy. You can tell that the local community that’s at the heart of their mission, is well satisfied.
A vegan breakfast in Bristol
After having a good look at their menu, we decided on their tofu scramble on toast with an additional side of Burra beans, and a slice of banana bread topped with delicious blueberry compote, cashew cream, chia seeds and coconut yoghurt.
Scrambled Tofu On Toast
- Dish Type: Brunch (Savory)
- GF: No
- Rating: 10/10
Hands down, their scrambled tofu is the best that we’ve tried at a cafe. It was well spiced and not dry at all like scrambled tofu can sometimes be. Topped off with some beautiful fresh shoots and greens, and served on a generous slice of delicious sourdough toast, this is was a little brunch treat. We decided to get a side of their Burra beans with it too, and although I’m not usually a fan of homemade baked beans, these were just as tasty and a perfect pairing of their toast.
- Dish Type: Brunch (Sweet)
- GF: Yes
- Rating: 10/10
Even though I would say that I prefer savoury breakfasts to sweet, I still loved this dish; it’s a delicious and creative spin on a classic. Since I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, when I saw it on the menu I was intrigued but slightly apprehensive that it would be too cakey. Luckily this isn’t the case, the banana bread isn’t the kind that you’d have with a cup of coffee, I suspect it’s been baked especially with this breakfast in mind, it’s less sweet and slightly more substantial. This means that the sweeter elements like the compote and coconut yoghurt complement it perfectly. I also loved that the slice of banana bread was generous, as was the helping of compote, cashew cream and yoghurt.
As you can probably tell by now, Freya and I had a lovely time at Burra. All the staff we met were very friendly and helpful. It’s the perfect place to meet up for a coffee and chat or get deep into a topic over breakfast/brunch. Freya and I will definitely be returning, and we recommend you give Burra a try too!
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