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Vegan Food Heaven at Church – Temple of Fun | Sheffield

August 29, 2018

Let me start by saying that I really wasn’t expecting to write a post about loving vegan food so much. Not that I’m a mega meat eater, but I’ve never been big on the meat substitute thing. Probably because when I went through my veggie phase, there wasn’t much to choose from. Fast forward to 2018 and here we are at Church for mega vegan food from Make No Bones.

The Church menu is big, but not massive. It has everything you could wish for when it comes to vegan junk food. I won’t lie, the argument over what to order on our table was mainly over the fries. Now I must apologise for the pics, I only had my iPhone on me and whilst it’s a new fancy one, it still hates the dark. I also wasn’t planning on writing this up but I really wanted to share my meal at Church – Temple of Fun with you.

I’m going to digress slightly before my review… Lately everyone keeps on hating on food bloggers for writing about comped meals. Now, personally I don’t want to write about every paid for dinner I have out. I want to enjoy my food and not chuck a camera in my mates/partner’s/mum’s face before every bite. I do try and keep things mixed between paid for and comped on MissPond.com. I am also honest, even sharing comped reviews featuring food I didn’t like. It’s probably more ‘biased’ of me to share the paid for by myself stuff because I genuinely enjoyed it! Anyway, just cut me/us some slack, every comped meal is not a freebie. I have to take pictures, do social media (which both interrupts my dinner – I don’t want to do that all the time). I have to remember everything about what I ate, I have to edit photos, I have to write about it and ultimately it’s just me doing this at the end of the day. I write this blog on top of a very demanding full time job, writing late in the evening or early on my commute. Not to say I don’t enjoy it, but it is a job in itself. So give us food bloggers a break and go and get angry about wanky trip advisor reviews instead or people who reserve tables at indie restaurants and don’t show up/cancel last minute. Right… Grump over. Back to the awesome that is Church – Temple of Fun.

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I start with a Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit. My favourite beer by a country mile and it can do no wrong. All hail the gods of Magic Rock Brewery. We peruse the food menu and make decisions. Our arguments about fries stop. We decide on ordering 3 different types of fries and sharing them to stop arguing. Burger/sandwich wise we all remain indecisive until placing our orders at the till. I go for the Tinsley Tower Burger, my friends going with the DD Burger and Doner Kebab. Fries wise we pick the Dutch FriesChorreadas Fries and Okonomiyaki Loaded Fries.

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The Tinsley Tower Burger is a ‘chicken’ burger, with a cheesy hash brown and sweet chilli sauce in a pretzel bun. For me it did need a bit more sweet chilli sauce, but it was pretty delicious. I didn’t miss chicken, and the cheesy hash brown was magically cheesy for something devoid of actual cheese! My friends enjoy their pickings, the Doner Kebab actually resembles an actual kebab – duh! The gluten free bread makes it slightly awkward for my friend to eat, but she enjoyed it none the less. Alas they were out of the charcoal bun for the DD Burger, but again it goes down a treat. None of us miss meat that much and very much enjoy the food.

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However, the big guns here are the fries. I could see myself a bit battered on a Friday/Saturday night in Kelham Island and these fries would be the perfect addition to mop up any excess booze. By far the winners for me are the Chorreadas Fries. The ‘pulled pork’ with onions, cheesy sauce and chillies is just wonderful! The Dutch Fries are the least favourite, only for the reason that they’re not as exciting as the others. The marinated tofu pieces on the Okonomiyaki Fries are perfectly cooked, not squishy, just right. The Japanese mayo and Okonomiyaki sauce give these fries a really umami taste. The fries are perfectly cooked and all three dishes are demolished pretty quickly.

Overall the meal was decent, and much better than I expected, given that I eat meat. It also beat my local vegan place by a country mile. I’d definitely journey back for those fries and a pint of my favourite beer. But next time I definitely need to try a cocktail from the cocktail menu. Thanks Church for a great evening and Make No Bones, keep up the fantastic food!

Are you a vegan junk food fan? Would you check out Church – Temple of Fun? Let me know in the comments,

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P.S. I paid for my meal with money I earned doing a job I enjoy!

P.P.S. Church – Temple of Fun is located at 4a Rutland Way, Sheffield S3 8DG.

12 Comments

  • Reply Sophie August 30, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Oh man, had no idea they did High Wire Grapefruit – definitely need to pop in soon I quite liked the sound of those Japanese inspired fries after reading the menu last week and you’ve cemented my decision to try them when I go!

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      I think it was a guest for the tap, but I think they had cans too! It’s definitely a great beer! The Japanese fries are wonderful – you should definitely check them out.

  • Reply Karen August 29, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I think it’s fab that there is more vegan choices than ever. I’m not a vegan but do try to make better food choices and if there is something vegan, I’ll try and choose that. In the past, there hasn’t been much variety but times are changing!

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      The vegan food scene is definitely changing! I am not vegan either but I definitely enjoy picking vegan and veggie options.

  • Reply Bec Jones August 29, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    ohhh this food looks awesome – I sometimes eat vegan when im out (cos of lactose intolerance). I’m making a list of all the lovely places you’ve been to in Sheffield. Love Bec xx

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Oh I really do love Sheffield. There’s a pizza place called Craft & Dough that do vegan pizzas. Would also be worth a visit.

  • Reply Lilinha August 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    What a delicious meal, I love meat but would be happy to try it! I never tried a pretzel bun before, but I bet it complemented the burger beautifully!

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      The pretzel bun was a lot like the brioche! Sweet and savoury – very nice!

  • Reply Kate Williams August 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Oh that looks really good – I’m tempted to become a vegan but I struggle to find decent food to eat when we’re out and about. Also you don’t need to apologise for being paid to write reviews! If you worked in an office you wouldn’t apologise so don’t just because your job is a bit more unusual.

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      There’s a lot of good vegan food coming from independents. Chains have a lot to answer for! Thanks re: paid reviews, sometimes people’s comments can be cutting.

  • Reply Anca August 29, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I’m glad you’ve shared this. Church – Temple of Fun goes on my to-visit list for when I’m going to Sheffield (not sure when though). As a vegetarian I love vegan food and would love to try these. I’m also very found of mock meats and I’ve had them for many years, even before becoming vegetarian.

    • Reply MissPond September 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      You need to try out Temple of Fun then! It was wonderful 🙂

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