Address: 36 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF
On a wet November day, we decided to have a day out in York as I was visiting the parents up north. I LOVE York and recommend everybody takes a weekend away there. There’s an awesome railway museum, loads of really nice shops, great architecture, old buildings (try the shambles) and a new Chocolate museum that I haven’t visited yet. The best part, however, is walking around the city walls and taking in all the history, or just enjoying the views.
The second best part is eating in one of the many lovely cafes. I always enjoy El Piano, which is completely gluten free and vegan, and tasty- the sticky toffee pudding is amazing! This time, however, we decided to visit Goji for lunch. This is a small vegetarian café that opened up a few years ago and I’ve been to for nice teas, coffees and vegan cakes before but this was my first lunch experience. I wasn’t disappointed. An extensive menu has a good variety of vegan options and there’s plenty on the specials board too.
I was in an indulgent mood so went for the vegan hot dog! It came in a crunchy baguette with fried onions, ketchup and mustard relish, with a side salad. Very satisfying! R had a non-vegan homemade mushroom and onion quiche, which he enjoyed. My mother had a lovely roasted half butternut squash with quinoa, tomato and hazelnuts and a goats cheese sauce- this could be done vegan without the goats cheese. Mum was very impressed with the flavours in this dish, and the ample portion size! My father went for the seasonal nut roast with roasted vegetables, potatoes and I think a mushroom sauce. That was very tasty too! 4 completely different mains, all done very well!
Of course, I couldn’t resist cake so we shared a lovely moist carrot cake and a not-quite-as-moist but still quite nice coffee and walnut cake. Both vegan again. Tea came loose leaf style in pots with a strainer and R went for the make it yourself hot chocolate with a chocolate bar from Germany, hot milk to stir it into (soya option, always), cream and a cookie. Very indulgent!
Please go and find Goji in York and have a lovely meal!