The Good Hearted - Vegan Food in Melbourne

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

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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

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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

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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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Supercharger

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 Hearted5 Comments

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

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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

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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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The Cornish Arms

Brunswick, Burgers, Desserts, Inner North, Licensed, North, Pub, Lunch, Dinner, Gluten FreeThe Good HeartedComment

The Cornish Arms
163A Sydney Rd
Brunswick
VIC 3056
(03) 9380 8383 

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Kitchen Hours:
Lunch:
7 days: 12-3pm
Dinner: 
7 days: 6-9.30pm Sundays only:
Full menu 12-9:30pm


It was a long time between visits to The Cornish Arms Hotel, so we'll forgive ourselves for accidentally turning up on a Wednesday night, which is ironically the weekly (and very busy) "Cheap Steak Night". Nevertheless, the extensive menu of vegan pub food was still on offer, so we went ahead and dined amongst the corpse munchers.

There are well over a dozen vegan options on offer at The Cornish Arms, including four vegan pizzas ($11 + $3 GF), one of which is the aptly named 'Bbq meat loathers', which boasts all the faux meats. There are three vegan burgers (w/ chips) including a 'Vegan chicken burger' ($18) with a southern fried mock chicken fillet with 'facon', 'cheez', avocado, lettuce and tomato with chipotle aioli. 

Other vegan pub classics include a 'Vegan parma' ($18) and 'Vegan beer-battered fish & chips' ($19) with bean curd 'fish' pieces cooked in Coopers Pale Ale batter with chips, salad & vegan tartare. The tartare is fantastic and compliments the crispy fish pieces nicely, but I'm not a huge fan of the chips unfortunately - perhaps a bit more seasoning would make them better. The 'Vegan Double Down' ($20), otherwise known as the vegan KFC option, consists of 'cheez', 'facon' and tomato sandwiched between two southern fried mock chicken fillets, served with mash 'n' gravy and slaw. Those on a health kick need not apply.

Along with the pizzas, gluten free vegans can enjoy a 'Thai salad' ($18) with tempeh or a Spicy lentil burger' ($19).

There are a couple of vegan cheesecakes ($9) available, including 'Cookies & cream' and 'Peanut butter' flavours. I would have tried one, but the Cornish doesn't allow takeaways and there was no way I could tackle such a dessert so soon after the heavy 'fish and chips'. 

There are also a dozen or so vegan beers and ciders and around six vegan wines to choose from.

 
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Shu Restaurant

Collingwood, Degustation, Desserts, Gluten Free, Inner North, Licensed, Raw, Restaurant, Special Occasion, DinnerThe Good HeartedComment

Shu
147 Johnston Street
Collingwood
VIC 3066
(03) 9090 7878

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Opening Hours
Mon-Tues: Closed
Wed-Sun: 6pm-10.30pm
Vegan degustation on Wednesday nights


Encouragement from friends after many a successful dinner party led Shu Liu to open his own modern-Sichuan restaurant in Collingwood back in 2012. With vegan friends in his circle, he became well practiced in adapting Sichuan food for the compassionate eater and now devotes Wednesday nights at Shu to a vegan degustation.

Shu's fitout has a quirky chemistry lab/nightclub feel about it; think beakers, stainless steel, video projections and neon lights. All that aside, it is indeed the vegan food that steals the show.

On our visit, Shu's vegan degustation ($45) started with an impressive chilled platter of three dishes, including a 'Daikon roll of cucumber, smoked tofu, enoki mushroom and asian herbs' in a spicy soy dressing that had a memorable kick. A 'Chilled silken tofu jar of fresh peas, lentils and chickpeas, topped with housemade chilli jam' also featured and had a great mixture of textures.

A few hot plates followed including 'Steamed tofu pockets stuffed with preserved vegetable and roasted almonds' and the most amazing 'Pan fried vegan dumplings' with pickled chilli jam and Chinese vinegar.

Following on were some shared plates that included 'Pan roasted eggplant rolls stuffed with preserved mustard greens and roasted cashews'. The preserved mustard greens can only be described as a salty mouth explosion, which according to Shu is unique to his Sichuan hometown, situated at the beginning of the Yangtze river.

'Crispy fried organic tofu brushed with spicy black bean sauce sprinkled with roasted dried chilli and Sichuan pepper' was another amazing shared plate, paired with perfectly 'Grilled green beans and preserved mustard greens'.

A dessert of 'Raw avocado cheesecake topped with dried blueberries, puffed rice and brown rice syrup' was the perfect end to the meal. It was light and not too sweet, and would definitely entice me back to Shu just so I can have it again.

Thank you to Shu for offering complimentary meals to The Good Hearted.

 

Blue Buddha Cafe

All Vegetarian, Cafe, Desserts, Gluten Free, North Melbourne, Organic, Raw, Sugar Free, Takeaway, BonsoyThe Good Hearted1 Comment

Blue Buddha
30/1-7 O'Connell St North Melbourne, VIC 3051
(03) 8395 0699

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Opening Hours:
Mon: 7am-4pm
Tues: Closed
Wed-Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-3pm


I think it’s safe to say that Blue Buddha knew what they were doing when they opened a predominantly vegan establishment, just a few doors down from Animals Australia. No doubt many a staff member are loving this new haunt and methodically testing the comprehensive array of raw vegan sweets. 

The small menu at Blue Buddha changes with the seasons and current vegan offerings include '5 stack mini traditional Thai pancakes' ($10) w/ agave, fresh strawberries, house-made coconut ice cream and mushroom bacon, as well as Mexi-style ‘House-made beans’ ($12) on sourdough with guacamole. There is also a 'Blue Buddha burger' ($12 GF optional) w/ a house made beetroot burger patty, green mango coleslaw, mushroom bacon and sriracha (hot sauce!) aioli.

I sampled a takeaway ’Smashing Raph!’ ($12 GF option), with smashed avocado on organic sourdough w/ mushroom bacon strips. This dish was veganised (without feta cheese) and the price remained the same. To meet the expectations of discerning Melbourne vegans, Blue Buddha are now looking into making their own soy cheese, so hopefully we’ll see a vegan cheese alternative from them soon. By the way, the mushroom bacon strips in this dish are really something special - they’re smokey, salty and wonderful!

There are many raw and gluten free sweets on offer which are all vegan, including ‘Raw avocado and lime cheesecake’ ($6)’ and 'Rawsome choc lava tarts w/ goji berries’ ($6). I tried a ‘Raw chocolate & caramel tart’ ($6) which was more about the chocolate than the caramel, and hit the spot nicely. I'm looking forward to trying the ‘Banana bread w/ spiced vegan butter’ ($6) next time.

Blue Buddha is cozy and welcoming, with plenty of reading material on offer, but limited seating. Coffee ($4 or $4.50 large takeaway) is Fairtrade and organic with no soycharge for Bonsoy. More plant-based milks should be on offer in the not too distant future.

 
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Also visited by Veganopoulous

True North

Bonsoy, Cafe, Coburg, Inner North, NorthThe Good HeartedComment

True North
2a Munro St,
Coburg VIC 3058

(03) 9917 2262

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm


True North is a cosy little cafe in Coburg churning out vegan sandwiches and excellent coffee.

All but one of True North's six sandwiches are available as vegan, including a 'BLT' ($12.50), 'Chicken' sandwich ($12), 'Chorizo' sandwich ($12.50) and a 'Summer Salad Sandwich' ($10). I recently tried the 'True North Reuben' ($12) with vegan pastrami, dijon mustard, vegan mayo, sauerkraut and vegan cheese on toasted white sourdough w/ dill pickles and crisps on the side. It was an indulgent delight, and with smotherings of vegan margarine on top, would probably fit in into the category of a 'sometimes' food.

The veganised 'True North Breakfast Roll' ($13) is a popular breakfast choice w/ vegan bacon, bubble n' squeak, avocado, rocket and house made spicy relish on a toasted Rustica roll.

For something sweet, a Crumbs Bakery organic vegan muffin will set you back $4.

Coffee is $3.80 plus a 50c soycharge for Bonsoy.

 

Smith & Daughters

Gluten Free, Inner North, Licensed, Nut Free Options, All Vegan, Bonsoy, Cafe, Restaurant, DessertsThe Good Hearted1 Comment

Smith & Daughters
175 Brunswick Street,
Fitzroy, VIC 3065

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Opening Hours:

Tue-Fri: 6pm-1am
Sat: 10am-3pm (brunch menu)
6pm-1am
Sun: 10am-3pm (brunch menu)
6pm-11pm


You only need to walk past Smith & Daughters on a weeknight to see that they’re not only leading the way in all vegan dining, but dining in general. Vegans and omnivores alike are flocking here for awesome food, super friendly service and a damn good vibe.

The Spanish and Mexican inspired all vegan dinner menu is an ever-evolving pursuit of perfection. Say goodbye to main meals, and hello to a vast selection of mouth-watering small plates to make your own smorgasbord. Choose from such delicacies as 'White truffle, forest mushroom pâté w/ caper berries, cornichons & toasted bread' ($15 GFO), 'Tuna & green pea croquettas w/ caper aioli' ($5 each) and the amazing 'Tortilla w/ garlic aioli' ($7 per slice).

If you’re more in the mood for salad, the 'Tacos con enslada' (GFO NFO $16)—a crisp tortilla basket filled w/ black beans, vegan chorizo, grilled corn, pickled jalapenos, shredded lettuce, pickled red cabbage and coriander cashew cream is a popular choice.

Life’s too short for regrets, so don’t skimp on a Smith & Daughter’s dessert—do try the 'Tarta de Chocolate Azteca' ($14), served with the most incredible fresh avocado ice cream or share some ‘Warm Spanish Donuts’ ($12) with quince and spiced sugar.

Spanish or Mexican Baked Omelettes ($16 GFO), ‘Spanish French Toast' ($16) and a 'Breakfast Burrito' ($15) w/ scrambled tofu, crispy vegan chorizo, black beans, garlic kale and guacamole are on offer for brunch on weekends only.

Coffee with your choice of soy, oat, coconut or almond+coconut milk is $4 or $3.50 (black).

P.S Thursday nights from 10pm-1pm are dedicated to Morrissey/Smith's tunes, 'moza-ritas' and late night vegan eats. 'So, please, please, please, let me, let me, let me eat all the vegan treats this time...'