It's rare that we make it out to Kew, but an art exhibition including works by our friend Tim drew us to the Junction area. We stuck around for lunch at V Series. It's a vegetarian cafe located near Leo's, and was known as A Caterpillar's Dream under previous management. It's retained its forebear's casual, friendly, and slightly reserved atmosphere.
The menu is all vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options clearly marked. The 'brekky all day', 'hungry' and 'simple' sections pick from cooking styles across the globe with quesadillas, laksa, okinomiyaki, lasagna, burgers and crepes all available. I took on the vegan version of the Hash Benedict ($18, pictured above): surrounded by a wreath of undressed salad, this was a towering stack of housemade potato hash, avocado, tomato, spinach, mushroom and fried tofu dripping with a tangy hollandaise. This was just the right mix of richness and freshness for me and I slowly, happily cleared my plate.
Michael was in an entirely different mood, going for the vegan option on the Thai Basil Rice ($18). He was just as pleased with this medley as I was with mine: spiced minced tofu and mushrooms were served in a lettuce cup, there were cashews and cucumber pickles on the side, and his steamed rice was topped with a schnitzel patty instead of a fried egg.
There was no hope of fitting in a vegan cupcake before we moved on - these generous plates filled up us hungry cyclists very effectively. It'll probably be a while before we're back in the neighbourhood, but we hope you'll consider making your own visit in the meantime.
V Series has also been covered by fellow veg*n blogger little vegan bear.
It's also received a little omni-blog attention, including positive reviews from Eat & Be Merry and Linnie Eats All The Food, plus what look like freebie reviews on Lips Temptations and Gastrology.
4/26 Princess St, Kew
Accessibility: Looks good - flat wide entry, plenty of space between tables, table service and payment at a low counter. We didn't visit the toilets.