This vegan fried chicken restaurant looks like a spot even meat-eaters would love

Eliminating animal products from your diet doesn’t mean that you’ll never get to indulge in tasty cuisine again. Case in point — a vegan fried chicken restaurant opened its doors on Saturday, and the food at The Temple of Seitan in Hackney, east London looks so delicious that we wouldn’t be surprised if meat-eaters start lining up to get a taste.

The fried chicken is made from seitan, a popular meat substitute that’s derived from the protein portion of wheat.

"The fried chicken is made from seitan. We use vital wheat gluten mixed with soy and seasonings to replicate the flavours," explained the restaurant's co-founder Rebecca McGuinness.

McGuinness, who has been a vegan for 10 years, replicates her favorite “pre-vegan” dishes and creates recipes that taste like the real deal.

"We think it’s important as there is a common misconception that vegans hate the taste of animal products, but this isn’t true. The majority of us go vegan not because we hate the taste of meat, but because we see the important ethical, environmental and health reasons for doing so," McGuinness says.

Temple of Seitan’s menu includes a variety of “chicken” based dishes, including strips, wings, popcorn-style bites, and burgers. And, based on the long lines, it looks like vegans and carnivores alike can’t wait to try vegan fried chicken.

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