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#1 Old 06-08-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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From an email I received today through our local "hippies" listserv:

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New Vegetarian Restaurant Chain Opening Soon



The UK's first fully vegetarian restaurant chain, and the first global chain

to carbon footprint every menu item, is launching in London this summer with

three central venues.



Otarian, the brainchild of Australian environmentalist Radhika Oswal, will

launch its first two sites on Shaftesbury Avenue and Wardour Street in June,

and its third on Regent Street later this year before expanding across the

rest of the UK.



With a menu designed around sustainable eating, Otarian will highlight the

carbon footprint for each dish alongside that of an equivalent meat dish to

show consumers how their mealtime decisions affect the planet.



Otarian claims its diners will be able to save up to 3kg of carbon for every

set 'Carbon Saving Combo Meal', which may include dishes such as Tandoori

Mushroom& Paneer Wrap, Potato Onion& Dill Flatbread Roasted Vegetable

Couscous, Vegetable Biryiani or Panna Cotta& Berry.



The chain also hopes to save the planet through sustainable operating

practices, which include recycling or composting 98 per cent of waste,

ensuring all packaging is compostable, recyclable or reusable, and

abolishing the use of air freighted ingredients.



Apologies if I'm using someone's copyrighted text...not sure of the source of the above.



I went at looked at the site for the company. They're Australian, but apparently don't have any restaurants there yet. (?) Seems there are a couple in NY, and now these opening in London. Food looked nice, but wicked expensive. Interesting too, that the restaurants are all going to be within like a mile of each other, depending on where the Regent Street one goes exactly.





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#2 Old 06-08-2010, 04:00 PM
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Yikes, >£7 for the equivalent of a burger ??



Maybe I'm a miserable old skeptic (OK, no maybe about it), but just sounds like a chain trying to jump on the trendy side of the eco bandwagon to me. For starters, why have three restaurants so close together when spreading them out would reduce the amount of travel needed to visit one - that'd save a few KG of CO2 ! "Everything we serve is grown, gathered, sourced and prepared to make the least CO2 possible" - presumably then fruit and veg is being grown on the roof of the restaurant in the middle of a polluted city ... yeuk!.



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I don't get the locations thing either.



I could make about 12 burgers for that price!

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Eh, prices are pretty normal for London.



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Eh, prices are pretty normal for London.

Crikey, so _thats_ why the bankers needed such high bonuses ! The price of that burger is enough to keep us north of the Watford Gap in Eco/veg-friendly cloggs for several years
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It might be a little pricey, but I'm still gonna give it a shot. Hopefully one opens in Manchester sharpish, so that I may get a job there.


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I'll give this one a go when I'm in town. Prices are about right for the area.



I'm still missing Red Veg. Their mushroom veg burgers and fries were the yum.

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I'll give this one a go when I'm in town. Prices are about right for the area.



I'm still missing Red Veg. Their mushroom veg burgers and fries were the yum.



Me too (to both!)
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Yeah, I thought I heard that Red Veg was going to re-open in a new locale, but there's nothing on their site about it. Hm.

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Yeah, I thought I heard that Red Veg was going to re-open in a new locale, but there's nothing on their site about it. Hm.



The was the last I heard from the staff just before it closed. There's still Maoz for reasonably priced and tasty food in the area.

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I'll probably go along. I don't mind paying for good food.



I agree about people being cynical for the eco band wagon, BUT being meat free is a start.
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Yikes, >�7 for the equivalent of a burger ??





Maybe I'm a miserable old skeptic (OK, no maybe about it), but just sounds like a chain trying to jump on the trendy side of the eco bandwagon to me. For starters, why have three restaurants so close together when spreading them out would reduce the amount of travel needed to visit one - that'd save a few KG of CO2 ! "Everything we serve is grown, gathered, sourced and prepared to make the least CO2 possible" - presumably then fruit and veg is being grown on the roof of the restaurant in the middle of a polluted city ... yeuk!.





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£7 for a burger is actually pretty cheap. Look at the Hard Rock Cafe menu or the Gourmet Burger menu sometime.
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I had a look but the food looks pretty uninspiring. Don't get me wrong some things look yummy, but it's all things you could make at home and when I go out I usually want something different.
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