Tuesday 5th February was not a good day for me. I came lazily back from the library at 3.30pm to find that my house had a powercut – brilliant. The blackout lasted until 11.24pm exactly, meaning that cooking my evening meal (dinner, tea, call it what you will) was impossible in the dark with an electric hob. The Lucky Fox was, therefore, a godsend.
The Lucky Fox on Division Street is known for its Southern American inspired Chick’n Fries and Chick’n Waffles – it doesn’t exactly scream ‘vegan’. On an average day, a vegetarian would have limited options and a vegan could only have fries. However, on Monday and Tuesday evenings the restaurant is transformed; the chicken is packed away and replaced by a full veggie and vegan only service. I thought it was worth a try.
I went in optimistic, and I was not disappointed. I brought my housemates with me (two vegans, one meat-eater) and between us we tried: the vegan chick’n fries, vegetarian chick’n waffle, vegan fried chicken griller, vegan gravy fries, and a side of vegan doner meat. I ate my weight in seitan (a meat substitute made from wheat protein). After eating way more than I should have, and thinking it was a good idea to finish my friend’s chips, I felt suitably overwhelmed.
The ‘chicken’ is relatively realistic, mostly because the crunchy, well-seasoned batter gives the impression of their normal meat options – it even persuaded my meat-eating housemate! This worked really well in the ‘griller’ wrap, but was a little drier for the chick’n waffle option, which was helped by the liberal pouring of maple syrup over the entire thing (recommended). For me, it was the ‘doner meat’ that stole the show. They currently serve it in a wrap or as a topping for the most generous portion of ‘sharing’ (as if) fries I have ever seen. I found that if you didn’t eat it fast enough (which is a challenge when you are fighting your housemates for food) it didn’t taste quite as good cold, but when it was hot it was the closest thing this veggie has had to a kebab in two years.
This food definitely hits the spot for a beautifully and intentionally greasy meal. I wouldn’t eat it every day, mostly because I would be the size of a bus, and upsettingly it is only served two days a week, but it’s a great treat. It is easily affordable on a student budget, with the most expensive item on the menu being £8.50, plus they offer a 10% student discount! The staff are also some of the friendliest in Sheffield.
The vegan menu will be available for the foreseeable future, but only on Monday and Tuesday evenings. In the next few weeks they are hoping to get the food available on Deliveroo with an aim of eventually expanding their usual menu to include some vegan options. I wholly recommend giving it a try, even when your house is fully functional, just make sure you’re hungry.