Shame about the Shake

Unless you’ve been living under a bush the last few months, you’ll have keenly watched the Freakshake phenomenon sweep London with a hungry eye. Looking like something Hunter S Thompson would’ve dreamed up if he’d spent a week at a WeightWatchers camp, it’s an ice cream milkshake orgy stuffed with half a cake, some cookies and the last vestiges of your dreams to fit into those summer shorts.

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Fellow blogger Katie P and I had a mission today, to seek out a Freakshake and make it our own. Being a bit more sensible than I, Katie suggested we try a vegan version of the Freakshake at The Canvas Cafe, which describes itself as a social enterprise and creative venue. Canvas is a very sweet venue, boasting a ‘free mindfulness space’ and a ‘happy’ gallery in the downstairs garden area. The walls of these spaces are covered in positive affirmations, quotes and signatures handwritten by the guests of the cafe. If you’re not into that sort of positive spirit and self-actualisation vibe then Canvas is probably not for you, but I found it charming.

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They seemed to only have two versions of the Freakshake today, the avocado and lime and the pina colada. Avocado seemed way too healthy for me so we went for the pina colada, which had coconut ice cream, pineapple and apricot. Lacking the dairy filled excitement of real ice cream, their vegan version is made with coconut milk blended with soya ice cream.

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They also have a lovely selection of organic lemonade with each bottle supporting social projects in their local community. We grabbed a blood orange and a lime.

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The Freakshake arrived and while it looked okay, it was just sadly disappointing. Their website says the shakes are meant to come with a wedge of raw, vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free homemade cake, but all we got was like a micro bite of something. I actually have no idea what it was but it wasn’t cake and it wasn’t a wedge of anything. It also came with some pieces of sugared, dried pineapple on the plate.

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I’m not going to put a side by side comparison of their pictures on the website with the one we got because that would just be sad.

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I wish I could write a happier review of this, but it was just a sad waste of £8. The shake came topped with vegan whipped cream and desiccated coconut and this was frankly the best bit. The milkshake element of it was weak and watery and foamy and couldn’t be further from the decadence and indulgence we had hoped for.

The Canvas Cafe seems like a lovely positive space to hang out in and they have a whole host of other vegan delights that you would be much more advised to try than the freakshakes.

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You can find The Canvas Cafe at:
42 Hanbury Street,
London E1 5JL

The Canvas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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