The Good Hearted - Vegan Food in Melbourne

Loving Hut Northcote

All Vegan, Baked Goods, Desserts, Dinner, Gluten Free, North, Inner North, Northcote, Onion/Garlic Free, RawThe Good HeartedComment

Loving Hut
377-379 High St
VIC 3070
(03) 9077 1335


order online

Opening Hours

Tue-Sat: 11am-10pm
Sun: 4.30pm-10pm

Loving Hut is an all vegan restaurant chain with over 200 stores worldwide, each offering different menus and qualities of service, but all united in the goal of bringing affordable vegan meals to the public. 

Behind the sect-like glowing signage, yellow walls, plastic bamboo, and tv screen illuminating Batman cartoons (on mute thankfully), Northcote Loving Hut is a damn good place for a consistently delicious meal, and it's huge interior makes it an easy choice for last minute dining if you have a big group to feed.

The menu offers a boundless array of everything that seems non-vegan at a glance. We're talking about dishes such as 'Southern fried chicken' ($16) (or 'The volcano' ($17) if your partial to smothering said dish in hot sauce), 'Lemon chicken' ($14), 'Katsu duck with plum sauce' ($14), 'Pan fried tuna fillet' ($13) and the list goes on and it's all vegan.

My favourite dish of the moment is 'Bambam' ($15), which is deep fried eggplant or prawns with creamy sriracha infused mayo on top, and puffed tofu. Loving Hut also do an authentic vegan 'Silken tofu pad thai' ($13), a classic 'Curry laksa' ($12) and various rice, noodle and vegetable dishes. There are almost 50 items on the menu, so I won't even attempt to list them all, but I will let you know that many can be ordered as gluten free, onion free and garlic free.

Desserts are also an option, with Zebra dream organic coconut ice-cream scoops, banana fritters, and an array of cakes and La Panella Bakery style baked goods, such as lemon tarts and caramel slice.

Head to the big freezer to secure a bulk pack of vegan hot dogs or bacon (these ones aren't classified by the World Health Organisation as being group 1 carcinogens - yay!), and there's usually a good supply of veganpet and v-dog (which is hard to find) pet food to snap up for your fur kids.


Smith & Deli

All Vegan, Baked Goods, Bakery, Bonsoy, Breakfast/Brunch, Gluten Free, Inner North, Lunch, Shop, Takeaway, Vegan Groceries, FitzroyThe Good Hearted1 Comment

Smith & Deli
111 Moor Street,
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9042 4117

sandwich menu

Opening Hours:
Tue to Sat 8am–7pm

Smith & Deli is an all vegan, New York style deli bought to life by our friends from Smith & Daughters. This is the place to stop by for bread, pastries, coffee, cheeses, meats (all vegan remember!), salads, soups, pies, meals to go and an incredible array of over 25 sandwiches.

Sandwiches are king at Smith & Deli and the menu may stun you with the sheer amount of options of available, so check it out before you go. The 'Rubenstein' ($15) is a good pick with pastrami, sauerkraut, pickles and Russian dressing on rye; or go for a 'Buffalo the Vampire Slayer' ($12) with buffalo tofu, ranch, shredded iceberg, carrot, onion and celery in a roll. Next time I think I'll channel Kevin and try the 'Home Alone' ($15) made up of turkey, roasted brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, mashed potato & gravy, all on a roll. Gluten free bread is available for all sandwiches for an extra $2.

Some lighter options that are more in the breakfast camp are also on offer, including a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches ($8-$12), croissants, and chef Shannon Martinez's take on a popular fast food breakfast item with the 'Egg McMartinez' ($7) including egg, bacon and cheddar on an English muffin with your choice of sauce.

Meals to go, such as pizza ('pepperoni' $16), lasagne, pies (four different flavours everyday, in both single and family sizes), sausages, schnitzels, tofu and tempeh are all available.

The cabinets are full of sweet treats too, where (with options rotating daily) you might find 'Maple Bacon Donuts' ($5), 'Vanilla Slice ($6), 'Apple Pie Bars' ($5), 'Lemon Tarts' ($7) and much more.

Black coffee is $3.50 or $4 with non-dairy milk – or add an extra $2 for Smith & Deli's own fresh nut milk. The chai soy latte sweetened with agave nectar ($4) is great.

As their slogan goes: Thank you for being a friend, Smith & Deli!


Miinot Gelato

Desserts, Gluten Free, Icecream, North, Pascoe Vale SouthThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Miinot Gelato
71 Melville Road,
Pascoe Vale South
03 94375569


Opening Hours:
Mon: 1-7pm
Tues: Closed
Wed-Fri: 1-7pm
Sat: 12-7pm
Sun: 12-5pm

North and westsiders no longer have to make the trek to Fitzroy to join the queues at Gelato Messina for amazing all-fruit based handmade gelato thanks to Miinot Gelato, which opened in late 2014 in Pascoe Vale South.

Miinot Gelato is an impeccably presented family run shop with a small, but fruitful selection of quality gelato, including around 4-5 vegan flavours on rotation. On our visit, the vegan choices included lemon, forest berries, mango and strawberry & pear. The vegan dark chocolate gelato is also usually on offer.

The flavours are intensely natural and if you're lucky you might even encounter a little chunk of fruit or berry seed. The mango gelato was a particular highlight and exceptionally creamy.

Whether you're after a single plain cone ($4.20), a double waffle cone ($5.80) or even a tiny cone ($2.50), Miinot Gelato can accommodate. Cups range from a tiny cup ($2.50) through to a quad cup ($7.20), or you can grab a 500ml ($15), 1000ml ($20) or 1500ml ($27) tub of your favourite flavours to devour at home.

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also visited by veganopoulous

Chew Burgers

Burgers, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, North, PrestonThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Chew Burger
147 Plenty Road
Preston VIC 3072
(03) 9484 9720


Opening Hours:
Tue-Thur: 12-9pm
Fri: 12-9.30pm
Sat-Sun: 12-9pm

Chew Burger popped up next to the The Racoon Club in early 2014 to bring burgers and fries to an otherwise quiet little strip in Preston. With the tip-off that they catered for vegans, we checked them out on a Friday night when they were bursting with takeaway orders and busy servicing the drinkers next door.

We discovered that there's actually only one vegan burger on the menu, aptly named 'Vegan' (GF $15). It has portobello mushroom, thyme, vegan mayo, guacamole, salsa and cos lettuce on a gluten free bun.

The burger's winning ingredient is the vegan mayo which they've really nailed, however it was let down a bit by the gluten free bun, which in the end dominated the flavours. Serving the vegan burger on a gluten free bun (substitute not allowed) led me to believe that perhaps this burger is intended as a 'cure all' for those pesky types who won't eat 'normal' food. Also, at $15 the price is really quite steep for a rather small burger.

We also tried a serve of 'Shoestring fries w/ roasted ghost chilli salt' and vegan mayo ($4.50). We're not sure if a mistake was made on the night, but the fries were sweet rather than salty. They looked as good as Trippy Taco's 'Trippy fries', but without any of the moreish salty goodness.

There's also an 'Apple, slaw, mint, pea salad' ($5) and a good array of Italian and Mexican soft drinks ($4.50-$4.50).

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Trippy Taco

7 days, All Vegetarian, Breakfast/Brunch, Fitzroy, Gluten Free, Inner North, Licensed, Lunch, TakeawayThe Good HeartedComment

Trippy Taco
234 Gertrude St
Fitzroy VIC 3065

(03) 9415 7711



Opening Hours:
Mon-Tue: 11am-9pm
Wed-Sun: 11am-10pm

Phone orders taken up to 15 minutes before close.

Trippy Taco is a popular all vegetarian restaurant that has been churning out Mexican style fare to hungry Melburnians since 2006. By replacing dairy cheese with vegan cheese, and egg with tofu, almost all of the menu is on offer to vegans. 

The vegan 'Tofu Asada' burrito ($12.50) is a favourite choice, with spicy chargrilled tofu, salad, salsa, vegan cheese, fresh lime and if you're lucky you might even find a couple of sultanas hidden in there (trust me, it works!). Ask for your burrito to be 'Californian style' and they'll sneak some paprika-ry 'Trippy Fries' into the mix too. I should mention that some of the Trippy Taco burritos (while being delicious), do tend to be rather 'juicy' and can be messy to eat (don't say I didn't warn you).

Other menu items include a 'Breakfast Burrito' ($10.50) with scrambled tofu in lieu of egg, 'Vegan Nachos' ($11 regular, $17 large GF), Tacos (from $7.50 each GF), 'Quesadillas' with vegan cheese (from $9) and Taquitos ($12 GF). The 'Trippy Fries'  ($4.50 small, $6.50 regular) are an essential extra and have a delicious seasoning.

The vegan cheese of choice for Trippy used to be Cheezly, however they've now (controversially for some) changed over to using Daiya cheese. I'll confess to being a member of 'Team Cheezly', however the changeover is far from being a deal breaker.

Desserts can also be found, and include the 'Tamale Dessert' ($12), a sweet corn tamale with soy ice-cream, banana and maple syrup (ask for vegan version) or a veganised 'Nutella and Banana Melt' ($8) with vegan chocolate spread and banana melted in a flour tortilla.

Trippy Taco can get pretty busy and while there's a few tables, they do tend to fill up rather quickly. If you're after takeaway, it's good to phone your order in to avoid a wait. Also note that phone orders are taken up to 15 minutes before closing, however in my experience, staff may be too busy to answer the phone, so it's best to call as early as possible.


East Elevation

Bonsoy, Brunswick, Cafe, Gluten Free, Inner North, Licensed, Lunch, 7 days, Breakfast/Brunch, East Brunswick, NorthThe Good Hearted4 Comments

East Elevation
351 Lygon st
Brunswick East
VIC 3057
03 9381 5575


Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
Sat-Sun: 8.30am-5pm

East Elevation is a cafe in East Brunswick which resides in a delightful light filled space with an abundance of greenery.

The all day breakfast menu offers up a good old fashioned 'Full veggie' breakfast ($18), with a choice of chipotle tempeh or mushrooms along with spicy beans, oven dried tomato, avocado and sauteed spinach on sourdough. The chipotle tempeh is moist and cut thick, and while it's pretty awesome—I just don't find it as irresistible as thin, crispy tempacon

The 'King and swiss brown mushrooms' ($17.50) are grown on the cafe's rooftop and come with sauteed spinach, avocado and sourdough. The mushroom dish is good, but lacks a salty element to replace the feta (the avocado replaces feta). The pick of the "brunch bunch" is the 'Coconut & rhubarb tapioca' ($14 GF) w/ orange, strawberries and pistachios. It's accompanied with a jug of coconut milk to pour over and is the perfect light summery breakfast or snack.

There are options for lunch too and you won't need to 'veganise' the "Roast eggplant & tahini" ($17.50 GF) w/ pumpkin purée, green beans, moghrabieh (giant cous cous salad) & fresh pomegranate.

Coffee is $4 with a 50c soycharge for Bonsoy.


Port Phillip Estate

Desserts, Gluten Free, Licensed, Lunch, Mornington Peninsula, Red Hill, Restaurant, Special OccasionThe Good HeartedComment

Port Phillip Estate
263 Red Hill Road,
Red Hill South VIC 3937

(03) 5989 4444


Opening Hours:
Lunch: Wed-Sun
and public holidays
Dinner: Fri-Sat

Bookings recommended

If you find yourself on the Mornington Peninsula and fancy an experience of 'the good life', head to the monumental 'rammed-earth' fortress of Port Philip Estate for some vegan fine dining while gazing out at the coastal views of Westernport Bay and Bass Strait.

While the Port Philip Estate dining room is far from being an all vegan establishment, they do cater for vegans and manage well with last minute bookings (we booked online only 3 hours in advance and made sure to advise them of our vegan ways).

For our first course, we were presented with a salad of heritage vegetables, including roasted beetroot, local heirloom carrots, baby radish, ancient grains, micro herbs, dijon vinaigrette and olive oil powder (we'd never heard of it either). To follow up, the chef prepared semolina crusted soy bean fillets (the word 'tofu' just doesn't cut it), tomato relish stuffed zucchini flowers, roasted local tomatoes, olive tapenade and herbs from the in-house kitchen garden. 

To accompany the main meal, we shared some 'roasted Hawke's potatoes (from Boneo) with parsley and confit garlic', along with 'wilted organic baby kale with espelette' (which I discovered is a type chilli cultivated in the French village of Espelette).

Dessert was a shared vegan 'Knickerbocker' - sorbet from local cherries and raspberries a top of fresh strawberries, raspberries, mulberries on a base of strawberry jelly (from agar), topped with crunchy almond praline.

Prices are $85 per person for three courses and $68 per person for two courses. The two shared accompaniments were no extra cost.

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Pearl Oyster

Bonsoy, Cafe, North, Preston, Breakfast/Brunch, 7 days, Lunch, Scrambled TofuThe Good HeartedComment

Pearl Oyster
14 Miller St

Preston, VIC 3072
03 9480 2500


Opening Hours:
Mon: 8am-4:30pm
Closed Tuesdays
Wed-Sat: 8am-4:30pm
Sun: 9am-4pm

Pearl Oyster Cafe in Preston has always catered well to vegans since opening in 2008, and after undergoing a change of ownership in 2014 we were happy to discover that the menu remains largely the same.

For something simple, Pearl Oyster offers up a 'Blueberry Bagel w/ tofutti cream cheese' ($8), 'Hommus, tomato & pepita zaatar on organic sourdough' ($8) or 'Avocado w/ dukkah or pickled jalapenos on organic sourdough' ($8). I decided to make my own rules on this occasion and opted for avocado w/ dukkah on a sesame bagel ($8) with a side of organic smoked tofu ($3). It's a lovely combo, however I found my bagel to be a bit dry (perhaps freshly baked bagels are harder to source over the Christmas break?) and I needed to ask for (an essential) wedge of lemon to squeeze on my avocado.

There is also a 'Thai style soft scrambled tofu' ($16) with shitake mushrooms, chilli, capsicum, fried shallots, crispy lettuce and bean shoots. It's a very tasty dish, especially for the chilli lovers, but doesn't come with any toast so you may want to order a side of organic sourdough ($6) too.

Other vegan options include 'Field mushrooms in sherry vinegar with lemon, chives & confit garlic on sourdough toast' ($14), the 'Tofu Burger' ($16) with organic tofu on a sesame seed bun with slaw, mayo, tomato, lettuce, hot sauce & pickles and the 'Tokyo rainbow salad' ($15) with avocado, picked ginger, baby spinach and red cabbage in a sesame-vinegar dressing with grilled organic smoked tofu.

I have fond memories of the coffee ($3.50 w/ 50c soycharge for Bonsoy) at Pearl Oyster, however I now find it too bitter for my taste. An extensive array of teas ($4.50) may also interest you. Props to the new owners for keeping the menu so wonderfully vegan friendly.

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All Vegan, 7 days, Cafe, Gluten Free, Fructose free, Lunch, Melbourne CBD, Nut Free Options, Onion/Garlic Free, Organic, Raw, Sugar Free, Takeaway, Wheat FreeThe Good Hearted6 Comments

Lvl 3
287 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
03 9020 4334


Opening Hours:
Sat-Wed: 11am-7pm
Thurs-Fri: 11am-9pm

Supercharger is a completely vegan restaurant in the Emporium Melbourne food court. Yes, compassionate ladies and gents, we now have an all vegan restaurant in a food court - things are looking good for Melbourne.

Supercharger has a build your own bowl system which requires you to tick your selections off on a reuseable paper menu. Firstly you need to select two bases for your bowl, choosing from a couple of mashes, rices, quinoa or fresh baby spinach leaves. I recommend including 'mashed potato w/ mustard seeds' in your combo.

Next step is to decide how many items you want in your bowl (not including bases), you can have 4 items ($12), 5 items ($13) or 6 items ($14). Items include 'super smashes' such as 'green peas w/ avocado, lime, coconut oil & mint', 'super proteins' such as 'fresh tofu simmered in tom yum broth' (this got my tick of approval), 'super raws' including 'kale, red cabbage & shredded green apple w/ tahini sauce', 'super sauces' such as 'coconut yoghurt raita', 'super ferments' such as 'daikon & garlic' and 'super simmers' including 'dalika dahl w/ tumeric, cumin & ginger'.

'Super porridges' (all $6) are on offer too, including a 'Bircher muesli w/ orange juice, seasonal fruit & soy milk' and a savoury 'Jasmine rice congee w/ ginger & spring onion'.

Desserts are also not to be missed with a selection of raw cheesecakes by Evelyn Reid ($7) and some jars of 'Raw cocoa mousse w/ raspberry couli' ($6) amongst other delights.

The drinks on offer here create such a colourful display in the fridge that they're almost irresistible - they're not blended up until you order one, so you get to see the whole ingredients before the 'whizzing' process.

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Also visited by veganopoulous and where's the beef?

The Gorgelicious Store

Cafe, Fructose free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Mornington Peninsula, Organic, Red HillThe Good Hearted2 Comments

The Gorgelicious Store
1008 Mornington Flinders Rd
Red Hill
VIC 3937

(Opposite Red Hill Consolidated School)
(03) 5989 2680


Opening Hours:
7 days
8am -4.30pm

Gone are the days of mixed lollies, newspapers and white bread; the old Red Hill milkbar is now home to The Gorgelicious Store, a vegan friendly cafe opposite Red Hill Consolidated School.

Whilst the vegan options at The Gorgelicious Store are not overwhelming, we still think they deserve props as a regional cafe for having some vegan options (and frankly, for knowing the definition of the word!). They also donate all of their tips to Save a horse Australia, a group rehabilitating unwanted, neglected, abused and slaughter-bound horses.

There are no straight up vegan breakfast options, although they were happy to modify the 'Thyme Mushrooms' ($13.50), with field mushrooms sauteed with thyme on toast, with avocado in lieu of feta. The serving was a little small but the flavours were good. Avocado, thyme field mushrooms, wilted baby spinach and slow roasted tomatoes are all available as sides ($4 each), so you could build your own vegan breakfast. 

Vegan lunch items include an 'Earth Burger on Rice Noodle Salad' ($17.50 GF) with a spiced tempeh, brown rice and chia burger served on a rice noodle salad with asian herbs. It was very fresh, but there is a lot of rice noodle salad and it could really do with some more flavour, maybe the inclusion of a spicy sauce would do the trick. A 'Red Lentil Dahl' ($14.50) served with raita and pappadams is another vegan lunch option.

The coffee is pretty good, but as with all soy milk coffee, it'd be vastly improved with the use of Bonsoy. There's a good chance you'll find a vegan sweet on offer too. When we visited last we enjoyed some delightful raw fruit and nut balls.

While you're in the area, head a few doors down to Red Hill Nourish for a decent selection of vegan groceries.

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