Although I'm not a traditional vegetarian, over the last year or so I've been eating much less meat and trying out more vegetarian cuisine. And I've been enjoying the variety of food and the health benefits. I still eat meat - I love a good quality burger - but just not as much these days. (I'm not one for labels, but I think this makes me a 'flexitarian').
Since eating less meat I've noticed that Swansea lacks a choice when it comes to vegetarian dining hotspots. For many years Govinda's was Swansea's only real vegetarian restaurant, but Crumbs Kitchen arrived a few years ago in the city's bustling Uplands area to offer an alternative.
|Car outside is subject to change.|
And it took me a while to try Crumbs - which sits just off Uplands Crescent. But last week I made the effort and I'm glad I did.
There are tables outside on the street, which is nice in the summer, not so appealing in the winter. Regardless of the dry weather I sat inside, away from the potential hazards of alfresco eating (bees, flies, dogs, odd people walking past).
The first thing you notice as you walk in are the hot and cold food counters, which are full of good looking healthy options. I instantly clocked a three bean chilli and a chickpea and spinach curry, but - knowing I would be having a curry later that day (I do eat out a lot) - I decided to give their salad bowl a try.
|Hot food counters entice you in|
As you get more than just lettuce this seemed like a fair price. The bowl I had featured a mix of red cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, homemade coleslaw, brown rice, peanuts and more, topped with a generous portion of grated cheese. A standard bowl was about £6 while a small one was nearer £4.
|The standard size salad bowl, which was about £6|
I had a little food envy when I saw my dining partner's warm and cheesy omelette, but was satisfied with my choice. It was fresh, tasted good and I knew it was pretty healthy.
|The mushroom omelette with a nice looking salad garnish|
The cafe itself is pleasant, although not particularly cosy. It's a nice place to meet for a coffee or lunch, but perhaps not one I'd spend hours lingering in (having said that I rarely linger anywhere, so my point is invalid).
Overall I will certainly head back to Crumbs sometime soon. Maybe I'll try an omelette, a slice of veggie pie, or even a cooked veggie breakfast as it all looked very good. Maybe I'll sit outside. Or maybe not.
(If you know I've missed out a vegetarian restaurant in Swansea and want to call me on it, get in touch!)