FARRINGDON | EC1
Newcomers to Leather Lane Market, Astro Vegan, are cooking up polenta perfection every weekday lunchtime until 2pm.
I went for their Polenta alla Griglia: freshly grilled polenta alongside heaps of tasty sides, such as beans, lentils, brown basmati rice, broccoli, spinach, rocket, and quinoa, for £5.95.
The polenta itself is seasoned well and packed with herby flavours, with a pleasing chew and golden edges from the griddle. Despite being so healthy, the veg and pulse-based sides are skillfully prepared and taste terrific: win win. Even dedicated carnivores will find this lunch hugely satisfying, and refreshingly different from other market options (plus still high in protein, thanks to the pulses).
Other options include Polenta e Fagioli - soft, creamy corn meal with beans and lentils for £5.50. Or their vegan wrap filled with avocado, brown basmati, rocket, beans, spinach and lentils, for £5.50.
Note: until recently, Astro Vegan served up vegan pizzas at Camden Lock Market. This new Leather Lane location comes with a new menu. Cash only.
Words and photography | Steph Chan