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Food Review: 13th Element

6 June 22 words: Ashley Carter

Cruelty-free burgers and chicken strips, amazing service and a beautiful venue... what's not to love?

Between us girls, I don’t mind admitting that I was a frequent orderer from 13th Element during lockdown. Justifying to myself that I was single-handedly helping to sustain a local, independent business, the truth was closer to the fact that I was a greedy little burger boy who simply couldn’t get enough of their incredible grub. And another confession: the fact that they were based in the kitchen at The Golden Fleece played into my decision to buy a house over the road. Did it play a big part? No. Was it a factor? Definitely. Did they then leave the Fleece a week after I moved in, leaving me heart-broken? Sure. 

But my loss was Nottingham’s gain, as my first visit to their new(ish) restaurant on Castle Boulevard exceeded my already high expectations. The plant-based burger kings have created a relaxed, inviting atmosphere while maintaining their impeccably high standards of cooking. 

I went for my usual favourite, the BJ Burger. Now, this is a home run when you get it delivered, but getting to experience it in-person takes the whole experience to a new level. Presented inside a glass bell jar, the burger is initially hidden beneath smoke which, when revealed by our waitress, fills your nostrils with a delectable smell of what’s to come. As the smoke cleared I could see my prize, a juicy Beyond Meat patty delicately coated in cheddar cheeze and accompanied by bac’con jam, roasted garlic aioli, lettuce and a sweet, soft brioche bun. And while the burger was perfect, the accompanying Chick’n tenders were somehow better. Three succulent, crispy chicken pieces that left me wondering if I was accidentally eating the real thing.

We’ve become spoiled for choice for vegan eateries in Nottingham, and 13th Element definitely belongs in the conversation for best of them all. So, if you’ve taken the pledge of kicking meat or animal products to the curb, you’ll do well to find better vegan fast food anywhere in the country. 

101-103, Castle Boulevard, NG7 1FE

@13thelement_



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