Although I could never go completely vegetarian myself, I have always been a huge fan of Peggy Chan’s Grassroots Pantry and the way she manages to make vegetarian food both look and taste phenomenal. When she told me she was opening Prune Organic Deli just next door, I knew I could expect the same consistently delicious quality. Having only just got round to trying it, I can safely say that this is absolutely true.
Much like its sister restaurant, Prune is quite simply an adorable little spot that reflects Peggy’s lovely personality. It carries that same homely feel, with a rustic wooden communal table with mismatched chairs, and further seating overlooking the open kitchen. Freshly made salads, sandwiches and delicious healthy desserts are displayed in a small counter, enticing you to come in and try them.
Prune is more of a casual eatery than Grassroots, where customers can pop in for a healthy breakfast or lunch (it’s not open for dinner) or even grab something to takeaway. Everything is vegetarian, made using wholesome organic ingredients, and there are also many gluten-free and vegan options. On top of its homemade dishes, Prune also stocks a range of items from favourite local brands including Happy Cow, Steven James Organics, Bread Elements and Choice Cooperative.
For lunch, daily options of soups, salads and sandwiches are meticulously spelt out with cutout letters on a rustic-looking mirror. We shared the ‘Daily Goodness Bowl’, which, in this case, was a bowl of steaming Mexican tofu chilli. A bowl of goodness is exactly what this was, perfect for the rather gloomy weather we were experiencing and packed full of nutrients. It could have been a little spicier for my liking, but it was certainly hearty and wholesomely delicious, served with my favourite lemon and poppy seed gluten-free bread from Choice Cooperative.
Had we not known that Prune was strictly vegetarian, we might have thought that the “chicken” waldorf sandwich actually contained chicken. It was, in fact, made with hedgehog mushrooms, which honestly do have the same texture as chicken! Again Choice’s amazing gluten-free bread shone, making this one tasty sandwich, without the guilt.
The caramel and banana salted chocolate tart was heavenly. Made with TCHO’s 99% chocolate, it was intense and rich, yet not sickly sweet. Prune’s homemade almond pine nut butter gave it a lovely nutty flavour that added a welcome savoury touch.
I had heard amazing things about Prune’s raw salted caramel pralines. I had the full intention of getting one to take away to give as a present, but I was told it would melt very quickly – so, of course, I had to eat it. A layer of rich dark chocolate gave way to a blend of pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, dates and more of that almond pine nut butter, which could very easily have been caramel, but nowhere near as sinful.
Our lunch, including a glass of refreshing homemade lemongrass iced tea, came to $320 for two of us. Whilst, for the amount we ate, this may be a much pricier lunch than I am normally willing to pay, just knowing that every mouthful contains nothing but complete goodness, prepared with so much passion, makes me more than happy to pay it. Peggy has proved yet again that vegetarian food needn’t be boring, and I will certainly be back for my next dose of guilt-free decadence before long.
Prune also offers a series of cooking classes and environmental workshops, in the hope of teaching the community how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Prune Organic Deli & Workshop
14 Fuk Sau Lane
Sai Ying Pun
Tel: +852 2873 3353