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Vegan steak is here

Veganuary was in full swing and retailers are coming in from all angles to offer consumers new plant-based products as the craze picks up speed. The latest restaurant chain to join in on the movement was TGI Fridays who have unveiled their new vegan watermelon steak.

For £12.99, more than half the price of a 16-ounce sirloin beef steak, health conscious and animal loving diners can enjoy “fresh watermelon carefully cut into steak slices then chargrilled to create its unique steak-like texture.”

For flavour, the vegan meat option is “marinated in garlic and seasoned with spicy sriracha for a distinctive and fiery taste.” The steak is then finished with an avocado sauce.

Terry McDowell, head development chef at TGI Fridays said, “We’re really excited about the new vegan steak because it’s unique to us here at TGI Fridays. We have taken a watermelon and made it into a main course. Most people think of watermelon as a sweet dish, but we have flipped that on its head. It is full of flavour and perfect for Veganuary and those who want to try something different.”

But TGIs are far from the first big name to start offering their vegan diners something a little more interesting than a plate of veg.

A plant-based steak bake from Greggs, vegan tuna from Wagamama’s and a week of deals on the vegetarian options at McDonald’s are just a few examples of restaurants looking to cash in on the current plant-based pandemonium.

TGI Fridays join Burger King, Subway, KFC, Pret A Manger, Nando’s and other restaurants who are hungry for success in the profitable meat-free food industry which was valued by Mintel at £740 million in 2018.

Not wanting to be left out, most of the major supermarkets will launch new vegan product lines this month which include no duck spring rolls, no chicken kievs, BBQ jackfruit burger and more.

TGI Fridays are sure to be hoping for a positive response to their new menu option and not the backlash Burger King received from food fans earlier in the week.


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