Veggie Fellas (Caldmore, Walsall)
Ok, so we’d heard about this place via facebook, and thought we’d give it a go. Like many of the similar food joints in the west midlands area, Veggie Fellas is going with growing trend of offering meat substitutes and alternatives to the mixed grills. Veggie Fellas also have Vegan options available.
Veggie Fellas is situated in the heart of the Caldmore area of Walsall. Walsall is well connected to the M6 motorway and can be easily reached via junctions 7, 9, and 10 of the M6. Veggie Fellas is under 10 mins away from the Bescot stadium, and is about 20 to 25 mins away from the Hawthorns and Villa Park. Parking is an issue here though as the surrounding streets are very busy.
Appearance & Entry:
Veggie Fellas sits in a row of shops on Caldmore Road, its had a new shop front and decorated well inside. When we visited we were the only customers, although phone orders and deliveries were being taken regularly whilst we were there. It’s difficult to comment on whether it’s a family friendly place whilst you are the only customers there, but I’d imagine the target audience is families. There are wash room facilities here and they are clean. The staff are helpful and courteous throughout our visit.
Please note there are no alcoholic drinks at this venue. The selection of soft drinks is very limited (Pepsi, Vimto, and Sunkist all dispensed – there’s no bottled or canned drinks here folks), there are also a selection of milkshakes available.
We order our food at the counter, as its empty we take a seat and our food arrives in under 10 mins. The table and cutlery are clean.
Peri Peri Veggie Fellas Sizzler: the sizzler arrives and the portion size is a healthy size for 2 growing lads sharing. The mixed grill comprises of mock chicken, mock fish, sausage, mock lamb and Paneer, all resting on bed of onions, green peppers, and mushrooms all dressed with Peri Peri sauce. The presentation is spot on as can be seen in the picture. It actually came out sizzling to our table.
The sizzler doesn’t just look great it tastes great too. The texture and spice are spot on. I’m going to put my neck on the line and say we’ve not had a better sizzler than this to date, it really is that amazing.
Now check out the haloumi burger and fries:
I opted for a haloumi burger with fries to accompany the sizzler. Unfortunately after the high of the sizzler this didn’t quite match that. I was surprised that the haloumi wasn’t as salty as I’d have imagined, which is a good thing. The size is small, but then haloumi is quite heavy and filling. There was just no wow factor with the burger, or maybe we were spoilt with the sizzler.
The location isn’t the greatest and parking is a struggle. The sizzler as we’ve mentioned is the best we’ve had so far. The burger was missing the wow factor but was still a decent effort. As we mentioned before there was a lack of atmosphere when we visited, but they do take plenty of phone orders and make deliveries.
For the above reasons we give it a 7.8 – if you go you must try out the peri peri sizzler – it won’t disappoint, and don’t forget they have a vegan alternative menu too.