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The place to go if you're hungry like the Wolf; visits white wolf yoga & kitchen.

Byline: JADE WRIGHT

SOME places make you feel virtuous just by walking through the door. White Wolf Yoga & Kitchen is one of those places.

With a faint waft of incense drawing customers in from Cook Street, the yoga studio and vegetarian health food cafe couldn't be more welcoming.

Inside, furniture salvaged from an old church is made cosy by the addition of hand-made faux fur covers, giving the place a pretty Scandi chic.

I'd love to tell you that I stumbled across it after a yoga class, but if I'm honest I went for the food - much like joining a gym and never venturing further than the juice bar.

I went for lunch with my friends Nicola and Michelle - both far more healthy than me.

We ordered some drinks while we looked through the menu, which is mostly vegan and all vegetarian. Michelle ordered an organic hot chocolate with coconut milk (PS4), Nicola a chocolate and banana milkshake (PS4), again with coconut milk, and I chose a green power juice (PS3), with kale spinach, banana, apple, mint and coconut water.

Sadly there was no soup on the day we visited, but Nicola chose the hot special of chilli with quinoa in its place (PS6.50).

Michelle ordered a falafel wrap (PS5.40) and I finally decided on a Big Boston Breakfast (PS7.50), a combination of scrambled turmeric tofu, spiced black beans, crushed avocado and seasoned seitan steak, served with a warm tortilla wrap.

While we waited for our food, the yoga class in the main studio finished, so we poked our noses round the door to see the impressive Victorian ballroom, used through the week for yoga, meditation and relaxation classes.

Our food arrived quickly and piping hot.

I ordered another juice, a sun salutation (PS3), with mixed berries and banana, and Michelle another green juice.

The falafel wrap was well received, with its fresh salad leaves and flavours of harrisa, tahini, houmous and chilli sauce.

Similarly I enjoyed my big breakfast, with its three big chunks of seitan steak. A few years ago, it was a rare delicacy, but it now seems to be more popular on menus in the city. Made from wheat and sometimes unappetisingly referred to as fried gluten, it is surprisingly similar to the look and texture of meat when cooked, making it a popular meat substitute.

It was excellent in a breakfast, and worked well with the avocado and turmeric tofu, which served as a good substitute for scrambled eggs.

I was less keen on the black beans, but only because they were a little too heavily spiced for my taste.

Similarly, Nicola's chilli was a bit spicy, and could have done with being served with something on the side to break up its strong flavours.

Finishing the last of our juices, we ordered cups of tea (which come with a choice of cow's milk, soya milk, almond milk or coconut milk) and the cake of the day - three pieces of lemon drizzle.

The cake was excellent - moist, tangy and light. Vegan baking has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years, a world away from the bricks I used to make with egg replacer back in the 90s.

We finished our tea and cake and headed out into the afternoon sunshine, feeling relaxed just from sitting in the cafe.

Who knows, next time we might even go in for a yoga class too... | White Wolf Yoga & Kitchen, 14 Cook St, Liverpool, L2 9QU. 0151 345 6023.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 13, 2016
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