Image above: Parlé Pantry sisters Dee and Ruken
The only thing I can’t do is soya/oat/coconut milk in my tea. There I draw the line. I have tried and it’s just not the same. Otherwise this fully carnivorous meat-and-two-veg raised troglodyte could thrive quite happily on the delicious home made vegan fare of the Parlé Pantry sisters.
My particular favourite is their Borek – Filo pastry filled with potato – a Turkish dish from Ruken and Dee’s native land.
They set up Parlé Pantry in 2018 at 97 Chiswick High Road, on the corner of Cranbrook Rd, (where previously there was a Turkish lighting shop). Vegetarian from the outset, it has evolved into a completely vegan cafe, serving 100% plant based hot and cold food. As far as we’re aware, it is the only fully vegan cafe in Chiswick, at time of writing.
Images above: Parlé Pantry Lentil Wellington; avocado salad; falafel wrap
“A few people come in and look horrified when you mention the word ‘vegan’ and leave the shop quickly but a lot of our customers now come here because they know our whole menu is vegan. Others just like the food and aren’t bothered what it is, they just come back” says co-owner/ manager Dee.
She and Ruken prepare fresh food every day, using what’s seasonally available in the main. At the moment they’re offering a choice of six salads from a recipe book of 100, changing the menu every two days.
Images above: Parlé Pantry salads
“Every day we prepare fresh salads – two protein (quinoa, green or red lentil or beans) two carbs (potato, rice or bulgar wheat / buck wheat millet based) and two green salads (French beans, broad beans, cabbage salad, cauliflower, broccoli – whatever vegetables are in season)”.
Dee and Ruken offer standard breakfast fare – croissants and pastries, warm banana bread, porridge and granola with fresh fruit and plant based yoghurt. They have a large range of teas from all over the world, and bottled juices.
Images above: Parlé Pantry breakfast options
They serve savoury dishes such as Cornish pasties and Mexican ‘sausage’ rolls made from red beans, tomato, onion and carrot, falafel wraps and a Lentil Wellington instead of a Beef Wellington.
Throughout the autumn and winter they made different soups – Watercress, roasted tomatoes and carrot and butternut squash for example.
Images above: Parlé Pantry daily soups: roasted tomato; watercress; carrot & butternut squash
They have some lovely cakes as well. You can sample them with your coffee in the cafe or order a special occasion cake.
“People want to eat more healthily”
Dee told The Chiswick Calendar the move to go completely vegan was a response to the feedback they were getting from customers during lockdown, many of whom had decided they wanted to eat more healthily.
Lockdown also prompted Dee and Ruken to progress the business in other directions. They now sell provisions – lentils, organic oats, rice and walnuts for example – and they deliver. The cafe is open every day of the week – Monday to Saturday from 08.30 – 5.00 pm; Sundays from 09.30 – 3.00pm.
They also sell art work – prints of acrylic paintings of stars from the world of entertainment: music and movies, and photographs of scenes of London.
Rather nosily I asked Dee why she’d moved to Britain and was rewarded with an answer I didn’t expect. “The weather” she said, with a burst of laughter. She’s allergic to strong sunlight, which is something of a hazard in Turkey. Here, not so much.
Images above: Parlé Pantry cakes
Club Card offer
Parlé Pantry offers customers 10% off anything at the cafe. The Chiswick Calendar Club Card can also be used in conjunction with their own loyalty card.
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