Veganuary 2022: Three New Vegan Dishes from Sri Lankan Street Food Restaurant, The Coconut Tree

Jan 04 2022

Pioneering Sri-Lankan restaurant group The Coconut Tree will introduce three new plant-based dishes to their menu, to celebrate Veganuary.

Available from 4th January 2022, the new dishes add to the existing plant-based options available on the menu, which is naturally abundant in vegan options.

The new vegan dishes on offer at the group’s nine restaurants (in Cheltenham, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Reading, Bath and Birmingham) are:

1. Brinjals Moju – Proudly pickled Brinjals (aubergine) make up this sweet, sour, ‘warm-not-hot’ relish.

2. Gova Mallun – Cabbage is sliced & pan fried with onions, garlic, turmeric, black pepper & a smatter of warm chili flakes.

3. Straight Up Bonchi – Green beans are tossed in coconut oil, curry leaves & chilli flakes, then flash fried with toasted coconut chunks and served ‘al dente.’

All of the vegan dishes at The Coconut Tree can be viewed on their dedicated ‘ROOTS’ menu, available to view here.

The menu of tapas-style plates includes ‘Hoppers’ – a bowl shaped coconut milk pancake served with sambal & Sri Lankan Salsa; ‘Cashew Nuts’ and green peas soaked and cooked in coconut cream; and a firm favourite, their ‘Fat Sister Pumpkin Curry’ made with fragrant curry leaves, garlic and green chilli. Meanwhile, the vegan ‘Kotthu’ is a fine example of a local hybrid served all over Sri Lanka as a luxurious street food, made with finely chopped rotti cooked with a variety of fresh vegetables.

All of The Coconut Tree’s dishes (including the three new vegan dishes) will be available for ‘click & collect’ thanks to a new, simplified online ordering system from Yoello.

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For those giving ‘Dry January’ a go this year, The Coconut Tree has it covered with their recently relaunched ‘Cocotail’ menu (available to customers who ‘eat-in’ only) which includes three alcohol-free creations:

• The new Sunrise Surprise is a heady mix of Tanqueray 0% mixed with Nix Kix Blood Orange & Turmeric; a lightly sparkling drink with a touch of cayenne.
The Pi-No Colada is a non-alcoholic version of the island classic; rich coconut cream & fresh pineapple juice, served in a freshly carved pineapple.
• The Fallen Porn Star blends Seedlip botanicals with passion fruit puree, pineapple juice, coconut and pineapple syrup.

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The Coconut Tree aims to bring everyone on a journey through Sri Lankan street food and exciting botanical Cocotails, all served in a laid back ambience. Everyone is welcome to the table. Good Food. Good People. Good Times.


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The Story So Far

The Coconut Tree is more than just a bar and restaurant. They are a family. Take a handful of Sri Lankan boys, a couple of others along the way – watch them invest everything back into the business as they ‘shape Sri Lankan eats in the UK’!


Don’t expect a napkin, it’s a roll of paper towels;
Do expect an explosion of flavours in our dishes and sweet and fiery cocktails;
Do expect candles in half coconuts;
Don’t expect a massive food bill, but do expect to spoil yourself with drinks;
Do expect warm Sri Lankan hospitality – and don’t expect the volume to stay down for too long!

Highlights & Awards

• Bristol Life Awards – Winner – Best Bar 2021
• VIP Caterers at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone & Henley Royal Regatta 2021
• Cardiff Life Awards – Finalist – Best Restaurant 2021
• Bristol Life Awards – Finalist – Best Bar & Best Restaurant 2021
• So Glos Awards – Finalist – Best Restaurant 2020
• Bristol Life Awards – Finalist – Best Restaurant 2020
• Ox in a Box Awards – Finalist – Best Veggie / Vegan Restaurant 2020
• The Vegetarian & Vegan Awards – Finalist – V Friendly Restaurant of the Year 2020
• Cardiff Life Awards – Finalist – Best New Business 2020
• Restaurant Magazine R200 Awards – Finalist – Best UK Operator 2020
• MTM Awards – Finalist – Best Restaurant 2020
• Gloucestershire Live – Winner – Best New Gloucestershire Business of the Year 2020
• International Icon Awards – Finalist 2019
• Bath & Bristol Crumbs Magazine Awards – Finalist 2019
• Bristol Life Awards – Winner – ‘Best New Business’ & Finalist – ‘Best Bristol Business’ 2019
• Bristol Life Awards – Winner – ‘Best New Business’ & Finalist – ‘Best Bristol Business’ 2019
• OpenTable – Winner – Diner’s Choice Award 2018 (Oxford & Cheltenham)
• Soglos Lifestyle Awards – Winner – Gloucestershire Restaurant of the Year 2018
• Cotswold Life Magazine – Finalist – Customer Service Award 2018
• Cheltenham Business Awards – Winner – Best Restaurant and Bar Sept 2018
• Observer Food Monthly Awards – Runner Up – Best Cheap Eats in the South West 2017 / 2018
• Taste of Gloucestershire Food & Farming Awards – Winner – The People’s Choice Award, Best Restaurant 2017/2018