Pulse occupies the splendid space above Rainbow Wholefoods, and is the brainchild of Jayne and Nigel Raffles. Jayne’s ambition was to create a vegetarian café whose buzzy but chilled vibe made it accessible to everyone – not just to die hard vegetarians. Judging by the queues that frequently curl down the stairs, she’s succeeded! Pulse is a café for anyone at anytime.
Visit on a Saturday lunch, and you’ll find families eating en masse, as well as smooching weekend couples, or single shoppers. On a weekday evening, there’s more of a bar culture. People meet up with friends for a drink and a bowl of olives before they catch a movie or go to the theatre, after which they might return.
The menu’s range is wide and changes frequently to cater for clients who lunch here every day (yes, every day). Snack on wraps, pannini, filled pita or bruscetta for as little as £3.95. Satisfy mid-range hunger pains with Pulse’s so called ‘smaller dishes’ (for example – Kashmiri coconut, pumpkin and courgette
spring roll at £4.50). Or go for something larger – ay a baked spicy bean enchilada with tomato salsa, guacamole and shredded iceberg lettuce, or fragrant Thai curry with sweet potato, broccoli and bok choi (all at £7.50).
Pulse proves what many of us have known all along. Eating veggie is a choice that’s hip, savvy and delicious!
"PULSE PRE-THEATRE WINE & DINE – Tue-Sat 5pm-7.30pm
A main course or pizza and a small glass of house wine, or home-made fruit smoothie