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Test Driving The Avocado Show - the Amsterdam hit arrives in London

roomInside The Avocado Show

What should we know about The Avocado Show?

As you can imagine from the name, avocados play a big role here. The Avacado Show was originally set up in Amsterdam where it became a huge hit with queues around the block. A lot of that excitement was down to the very insta-friendly dishes that they've come up with using avocados and that's the gist of what they've brought to London. The restaurant has popped up in London before, but this is their first permanent restaurant in town. 

Where is it?

It's less than a five-minute walk from Oxford Circus. Just head down Princes Street from Regent Street and you'll find it there on your right. Look out for the big pink bench out front (which is a feature of the original restaurant too). 

So - is it really all-avocado? 

Almost - there are a couple of non-avo dishes like their sweet potato fries or the oreo dessert - but generally, all the other dishes have some element of avocado in them, be it actual sliced avocado or guacamole. There are eggs and avocado, avocado on toast, avocado on pancakes, avocado salads, avocado poke bowls, avocado burgers and yes - avocado desserts and drinks.  

Here's a taste of what we had on a preview visit: 

roomSalamango (£13.95) - A poke bowl with salmon, mango, edamame, pickled cucumber, wakame and furikake on a bed of sushi rice inside a crown of sliced avocado - with mango mayo (or wasabi mayo if you prefer). 

roomTruffle Treasure (£11.50) - toast with avocado and Cajun chicken, topped with truffle mayo and parmesan flakes. It's a huge piece of toast (knife and fork at the back for size) and we really did enjoy this a lot. 

roomThe "Fun Burger" (£14.95)  which is two avocado halves and between then a beef slider, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and grill sauce (and cheese on this too) with nachos on the side (for just a little more avocado in the guac). This was the one dish that moved too far into gimmick territory for us. You're probably better off getting one of the normal burgers with the avocado added. 

roomAvo Fries (£6.50) - Hidden away in here are avocado fries - breadcrumbed and deep-fried, with truffle mayo on the side. Extremely more-ish, even when we were feeling a little bit avocadoed-out at this point. 

WaffleVery Berry Waffle (£5.95)- chocolate-covered waffle with sliced avocado, berries and a caramel biscuit crumble.

Anything else worth pointing out? 

If you're after a couple of dishes that are particularly pretty - the Avo Garden (avocado half-filled with hummus and served with pita sticks - £6.95) is certainly worth a look, as is the Mango Tango toast which comes with an avocado made to look like a rose on top of it.

And you mentioned avocado drinks..?

Yes, the avocado even makes it into the cocktails. They do have their own avocado-free homemade iced teas and lemonades, but if you're all-in on the avocado, you'll be wanting to head to the cocktails section. The avo drinks include an Avo Rita or The Avo Bellini (both £11.50, including avocado marmalade), The Guaca Mary which adds guacamole in the mix and this...

roomThe Avo Daiquiri (£11.50) - rum, guacamole, sugar syrup and lime juice. Immediately obvious as an avocado drink (the colour gives it away) - we actually rather liked this. They missed a trick by not replacing that lime with another chunk of avocado, though. 

Overall thoughts

While there's definitely a gimmick here - it's one that's done with aplomb. With the exception of the burger, we really liked everything we had - the poke bowl being a clear winner. You may not do what we did and work your way through as much avocado as possible (it does get a bit much after a while) - but it's well placed for popping in for a quick avo-snack while doing your Christmas shopping. 

 

More about The Avocado Show

Where is it? 6 Princes Street, London W1B 2LG

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @theavocadoshow

Hot Dinners ate as guests of the Avocado Show. Prices are correct at the time of writing. 

 

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