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EAT HERE: THE PANTRY

I’m loving the vegan foodie buzz in the city at the moment – in the last few months we’ve had two new cafes open up and a pop-up vegan restaurant heading here next week.

The Pantry opened a few months ago and I was one of their first customers but since then I’m constantly getting food envy from their IG account so had to pay them another visit.

The cafe/deli proudly sits in the middle of Loseby Lane, also known by locals as ‘The Lanes’ and is in great company, surrounded by some fantastic indie businesses.

Run by Arti Chudasama who previously worked as a fashion designer, it’s not surprising that the cafe/deli is quite possibly one of the most stylish places in town. Her creative streak is all over this place and she’s taken what was once a dull and bland clothes store and created something that looks like it belongs in London’s Soho. Dark walls, copper accessories and special touches include the wall mounted paper roller board – on which she writes her daily menu – gives it a unique feel.

What I love about this place is that it’s seriously a family affair – Arti makes most of the food herself prepping it the night before and getting up early to ensure she hits the ground running. Her mum makes the samosas and her aunty makes the vegan cakes and the reaction speaks for itself; on opening day she sold out of pretty much everything and not much has changed since.

If you pop in for lunch you can expect three different dishes all as delicious sounding as the next – check out her IG feed for daily pictures of The Pantry’s menus and meals.

Food here is real simple and this is why it works. It’s mainly inspired by Indian and Asian influences with a modern twist. Menus are based on what Arti likes to eat and well…it seems everyone else likes to eat the same stuff.

When I visited, I couldn’t decide what to eat. Chickpea and kale buddha bowl? Yaaas! Sweet potato cutlet burgers with smashed avocado? Hit me up!

In the end, I picked  the sweet potato pakora flat bread. Apart from the flat bread, she’d made everything else including the coriander mint yoghurt. The flat bread was soft, the pakoras fresh and the yoghurt gave it refreshing and cool kick. If ever there was something to recommend, this is it and we’ve not even got to the coffee yet. It’s Peruvian BTW – it’s mellow, delicate and a little aromatic and bloody good so take note coffee connoisseurs, this is the place to go for your morning cuppa!

Arti’s bursting with exciting ideas for her special little cafe in the way of Dj’s and possibly a supper club (you heard it here first) and no doubt Muddy will be there, first in line – wink wink!

The Pantry 29 Loseby Lane, Leicester LE1 5DR

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