Review of Akva Edinburgh: vegan options with a Swedish twist

There are still a lot of different cuisines from various countries (especially Europe) that I haven’t explored the vegan options for. With not travelling around the world as much as I did when I was younger, the world is my oyster and I can’t wait to explore it one day. In the meantime, I was delighted to attend a sewing/dressmaking meet up with other fashionable ladies handy with a sewing machine, needle and thread at Akva at Fountainbridge for Edinburgh Frocktails.

I’ve not really explored the Fountainbridge area much as I tend to stick to the city centre, but this happened to be a very happy coincidence and I couldn’t be happier that they had vegan options clearly marked on their menu.The spacious bar and restaurant spans over two floors, the mezzanine mainly reserved for events and private functions. With floor to ceiling windows giving it a modern look while also letting in plenty of natural light and a great view of the Canal and bustling street.

For the event, we were required to give our meal choices in advance to allow them to prepare for our party in advance. Little did I know (I blame it on reading in a rush) that their salads were proper meals and not really a side dish at all, so at the Edinburgh Frocktails event, I ended up eating 2 main courses instead of a starter/side and a main that I thought I was getting!

Superfood Salad

If you thought that salads were rabbit food and does nothing to fill you up, you’ve never tried one of Akva’s salads. The Superfood Salad is filled with rocket, mango, avocado, pomegranate, toasted seeds and a raspberry dressing. The tangy flavour of the raspberry dressing and sweet mango was a lovely contrast to the kick from the rocket and somewhat floral flavour from the toasted seeds. It took me a while to finish the salad I mistakenly believed would be a starter portion but if you’re looking for a good meal when you’re not too hungry, this salad ticks all the right boxes.

Spicy bean burger

The burger can be ordered with a side of chips for an additional £1.50 or sweet potato wedges for £2. I’m glad I didn’t though as I was already quite full without feeling like I was bursting from the salad. The burger came with a crusty vegan bun which was quite deceptive. It seemed quite hard to the touch, but soft to bite into. The spicy bean patty itself is coated with nacho crumbs and served with tomato and chilli jam and guacamole with a side of crispy salad.

The burger was very tasty and full of flavour and I noticed other ladies in the party also ordering the burger even if they weren’t vegan. The bean burger patty had a lovely texture and I’m quite fussy about how beans are cooked and taste, but the patty was done very well especially with the crunchy nacho crumbs to give it a panko-like texture.

They also have other starters and sides to choose from, but the salad and burger appealed most to me and I have no complaints about the food. It’s a nice and relaxing atmosphere and would be a great location for hosting an event or meeting with friends for a catch up.

Akva can be found at 129 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QG. They are open at 11:00am during the week (10:00am at the weekends) and are open till 11:00pm Sunday and Monday, 12:00 midnight Tuesday to Thursday, and 1:00am Friday and Saturday. For enquiries and reservations, call 0131 290 2500 or send them an e-mail.

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