We had a slightly strange culinary experience in Milan, in the sense that we ate sushi and burgers, and the only Italian food we ate was gelato. I don’t remember being particularly dazzled by the vegan options on Happy Cow, and certainly there were none of the vegan pizzerias I was hoping for. But these burgers were so good, I’m not really complaining.
Flower Burger is a small, colourful fast food place that is 100% vegan. There are just a few tables, but it’s right opposite a park if you prefer to dine al fresco. The Italian menu is displayed on the walls, while an English menu is available on a postcard at the bar and the staff speak excellent English.
Dr HH got the flower burger itself: a black bun with a seitan patty, tomato confit, cheddar, red pepper sauce and soy beans. Doesn’t it look incredible?! He reported that the red pepper sauce was really flavoursome and the burger had good structural integrity, but he would have liked a slightly thicker patty.
I got the oliseitan burger, which had the same seitan patty in a yellow bun with red onion tartate, confit tomato and olive sauce. I was surprised to find that there were beans in the patty as well. The olive sauce was wonderful, and I really enjoyed the lovely soft red onions. Chickpea and tofu-based patties are also available, and you may have noticed that we shared a side of chips which were sublimely crispy. And there were some desserts there too, but oddly enough we didn’t indulge.
Truthfully, there were only two things I really loved about Milan: one was Flower Burger, and the other was the Duomo. I would never get tired of looking at this building! If you are organised enough to book in advance, I would recommend getting a ticket for the roof, which is really spectacular.
Even if you just walk around the building though, you’re sure to find some fascinating details. Look at these guys working it!