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The Vegan is another cafe found in Raththanapitiya, Boralesgamuwa which serves purely vegan food and has an array of Western and Asian fusion cuisine. According to the co-founders of the cafe, The Vegan was established for both vegans and non-vegans to hang out, have fun while enjoying delectable vegan food. Here, you can be assured that the food is pure vegan and that you can have a query-free and stress free meal.

While it was not possible to dine in during the pandemic, The Vegan delivered food for their hungry clientele. The food is delivered warm and is packed with flavour. Our choice as a side was the Devilled Tofu, which was fried tofu, tossed with crunchy veggies and a spicy soya sauce. The tofu was crunchy on the outside and tender in the middle and was very well coated with the sauce. We loved it and it has since become one of our go-to dishes. 

The foot-long Mock Meat Submarine was filled with a healthy serving of mock meat, salad leaves, tomatoes and grilled onions. The mock meat is made in house and is very well seasoned and tossed in a special sauce.  It did not take too long for us to gobble it up.

Our next dish was the Spaghetti Arrabiata which had bell peppers, capcisums and olives tossed in a chef’s special tomato sauce. Be warned – this dish was spicy and we felt it could be a tad milder. Did it ditter our hungry souls from consuming it? No.

Next on would be the mushroom kottu. Generously loaded with veggies and mushrooms it was the mouth watering aroma that hit us first. This is not your traditional wayside kadey, street food style kottu dripping with curry. This kottu has a Chinese/Sri Lankan twist with its chillie induced soya sauce and packs a punch. I felt it might be a tad too salty, but this could be a personal preference. 

The food at The Vegan is filled with flavour and celebrates all that is fun and nice in vegan food. It is a sensory explosion because the aroma of their food is as we mentioned before mouthwatering. The food comes in foil containers and the submarine was wrapped in a coated brown paper. They recommend diving into the food while warm. This we agree as some elements might feel dry if consumed cold. All we can say is vegan or not, this is a place all foodies should visit. 

Suramya Hettiarachchi