Miami Burger - Reading Berkshire {restaurant review}

It may be because I decided to try out Veganuary this year or just that plant based diets are becoming more common, but it seems like vegans have more choices available to them than they had in the past.

So, many restaurants have jumped on the band wagon offering a vegan option, I am skeptical that after January that these options may not be there and that makes me sad. However, I know that there will always be one place in Reading that vegans will have a place to turn too. Miami Burger has recently opened their doors in a prime spot in the Oracle.

I don't want to put people off by saying it is a great place for vegans, because it's a great place for everyone. Miami Burger gives junk food a new meaning! The menu is fully plant based, but has a variety of choices; there are 'burgers,' wraps & dogs, super bowls, and a nice selection of side dishes. Although the Mac Cheeze is listed as a side dish, I could have easily eaten it as my main.

Not only is the food good, but it has a very fun laid back atmosphere. With a foosball table and basketball games what more could you ask for when dining out?

My friends and I tried a few different things on the menu just to get a feel for it. So, after the recommendation from the lovely staff we went with The Louisiana Chick'n, The Spicy MB, and The Double MB. All three were lovely and each has it's own merits. I do believe it all comes down to individual taste, but we all really liked the Spicy MB it has just the right amount of spice, a real nice kick to it. And we were surprised by the Louisiana Chick'n the texture and flavors were spot on! If you were really hungry I would definitely go with the Double MB, it has it's own burger sauce which complimented it perfectly!

We also each got a side of the Mac Cheeze, each of us trying one of the different seasonings which there is a choice of herb garlic crunch, bakon bits, or smoked paprika crumb. Each one was good, but we all loved the herb garlic crunch the best!

We also all grabbed a shake, completely dairy free, and a side of fries; although I should note they aren't fried but baked and at the counter you can choose how you want it salted! I almost forgot we snuck in some onion rings too, they are also baked and not fried. If you like onion rings I would definitely try them, the batter was nice and flaky perfect when dipped in the vegan mayo!

There is a breakfast menu, a kids menu, and a short selection of desserts. Which I will have to maybe try next time I visit, because we were absolutely stuffed and couldn't eat another bite!

We only tired a percentage of the menu, please go check it out for yourself because there is more then what is shown here! If you do go I would love to hear your thoughts - leave a comment below or find me on social media and send me a message!

If you would like to learn more about Miami Burger UK visit their website!

Miami Burger UK
The Oracle Shopping Centre,
10 Broad St, Reading RG1 2DP
0118 950 7337

Opening hours
Monday–Saturday 08:00 to 21:00
Sunday 09:00 to 18:00

* I invited myself to Miami Burger! I was curious as I have been vegan now for a couple of weeks it was nice to be able to go out and not have to stress about the menu and figuring out what I could or couldn't eat. It was a lovely visit; it was busy and just had a nice atmosphere. I will be visiting again even if I don't continue being a vegan because the food was good!

** I wish my photos did the food justice!

My Top 5 Vegan or Plant Based Cookbooks (Veganuary)

There are many different reasons someone might want to be a Vegan, a term that was coined not all that long ago for people who don't eat anything that comes from an animal; some vegans even cover everyday products as well. But a group of them got together and said hey let's make January Veganuary, let's give people the information that shows how being vegan can benefit you and the world, and let's show them how it's not all that hard! 

That isn't what this post is all about and as I am a newbie to this Vegan stuff and honestly probably not all that qualified to give it. If you are looking for more of that information is a good place to start. 

This post is to show the four new cookbooks I picked up and one I already had living on my shelf. I don't need much of an excuse to buy a new cookbook, but I think learning to cook and eat a plant based diet is a pretty good one! 

The first two books I picked up were Bosh! and Feed Me Vegan for All Occasions, shortly followed by a much recommended book The Green Roasting Tin and then of course Leon's newly released Fast Vegan. It's early days, but I have already tried a few recipes from the these books as well as read them almost cover to cover .... only picked up Fast Vegan a couple days ago. 


by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby 
- At first glance you wouldn't even know this book was plant based the recipes are all ones you probably recognise! It isn't until you look closer you see the differences and by differences I mean one glaringly obvious difference and one slightly less so. There isn't any meat in any of the recipes, but more so there isn't any dairy. There are dairy substitutions when needed and it's when you recognise that you recognise what this book is all about. 

I think this is my favorite out of the ones I have, I have already tried two of the recipes and bookmarked more! I would also recommend this book to any one of any diet because you don't need a label to use this book! It literally has everything you could want from a cookbook.

Want to learn more about Bosh! - visit their website 

Feed Me Vegan for All Occasions

by Lucy Watson
- One of my secrets is that I used to watch a lot of Made in Chelsea, not as big of fan now, but love the older episodes because of the people on them, including Lucy Watson. I follow her on social media and she talks a lot about her vegan lifestyle and it's always made me curious. So, it was a no-brainer for me to pick up a copy of her book. This is actually the second book, the first I flipped through at the store and nothing grabbed my attention like it did in this one. So, having to watch my wallet as I don't live in Chelsea I just bought the one. 

What I liked about this one compared to the others is that most of the ingredients and recipes are straight forward. These are the recipes I will be using when needing to make something quick, delicious, and fuss free. She also includes weekly meal planner to help those just starting out and a section on vegan pet food. 

Want to learn more about Lucy Watson's Feed Me Vegan - follow Lucy on social media 
writing this it is 99p on amazon kindle 

The Green Roasting Tin 

by Rukmini Iyer
- This was recommended by two people I follow on instagram (I live on instagram so if you don't follow me already - go do it I will follow back if you make yourself known to me) one a vegan and another a vegetarian. Both parents that have busy lives with kids and jobs and lives... I already said lives. Although the recipes may take longer in the oven there is little to no prep. Just throw it in the tray and pop in the oven, do chores, helps kids with homework, read a book, drink a cuppa or whatever and let the oven do the work and still have a delicious tasty meal on the table! 

This is one of those books that suits anyone's lifestyle and any time of year. The book is broken down first into Vegan and Vegetarian and then the recipes for each are broken down by speed: Quick, Medium, Slow. You just can't go wrong with this one! Bonus for me was the infographics showing how to combine/cook different vegetables. I am a sucker for a good infographic though. 

Leon: Fast Vegan

by Rebecca Seal, Chantal Symons & John Vincent 
- One of my favorite cookbooks is my Leon: Family & Friends cookbook. Already a company that values good food, not just good as in tastes good because that you can get a lot of different places, but food that tastes good and is good for you. They have restaurants across the UK and several cookbooks and it's natural after publishing Fast Vegetarian that they would go that step further with Fast Vegan! 

This book I only picked up recently as it was only published recently so haven't read through the whole thing like I have the others, I'm about half way and it's everything I expected and more. I can't wait to try some of the recipes from this book. 

Want to learn more about Leon visit their site 

Last but not least a book I have had many years now - 

Ms. Cupcake - The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town! 

by Ms. Cupcake aka Melissa Morgan
- I had a friend who was allergic to dairy and eggs and never could enjoy cake. There was no way I could allow that! And it was that thought process that lead me to think: well vegans don't eat dairy or eggs so what do they do for cake? It was when this book came to my life. There are not words to express how great this baking book is.

If you live in London you can just visit her shop, but if you don't then I suggest you pick up this book. I have made cupcakes and muffins and various other things that all turned out great for me! I also met Ms. Cupcake at the Cake & Bake show years ago. Being Vegan isn't just about eating vegetables - which sounds so very boring - but it's being aware of what you are eating and the bigger picture of where our food comes from and how it's produced. 

Want to know more about Ms. Cupcake and the delicious treats visit her site 

> These cupcakes were made from a recipe from Ms. Cupcake for my daughter's birthday as my vegan friend and her son were attending and not a single one of the party goers realised they didn't have any eggs or dairy in them! 

Last note - It's interesting how we use meat as the focus of our meals and vegetables as a side dish. These books, even if you aren't vegan, are a great way to look at vegetables as the star not as a side act. I may not continue to be strictly vegan after the 31st of January, but I know I will be adding recipes from these books to my repertoire from now on.

I hope to share a bit more on here this month as I attempt a vegan diet/lifestyle. Anything you'd like to see or that I should try let me know in the comments! 

*all books were purchased by me - all opinions are my own please see contact/policy page for more information