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The Gorgelicious Store

Cafe, Fructose free, Gluten Free, Lunch, Mornington Peninsula, Organic, Red HillThe Good Hearted1 Comment

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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True North

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

True North
2a Munro St,
Coburg VIC 3058

(03) 9917 2262

www.truenortharcher.com/

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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...'

 

Al Nada Sweets

Baked Goods, Coburg, Desserts, Inner NorthThe Good HeartedComment

Al Nada Sweets
160 Sydney Rd
Coburg, VIC 3058
03 9386 0002

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Opening Hours:
7 days: 9am-10pm


Al Nada Sweets have been baking traditional Lebanese sweets since 1978. Over 30 years on they made the switch to using all vegan ingredients in their traditional sweets, and say it was the best decision they ever made. We tend to agree!

If you’re a newcomer try a mixed pack of 10 pieces for $12 in order to sample everything. They are very sweet, so unless you’ve got a mega sweet tooth or some mates to share with, you may prefer to buy some single pieces for $1.50 each. The baklava and birdnest pastries are popular, and for those not keen on pastry the nummoora, a simple semolina cake is a good choice.

Best of all, they're open every day until 10pm (particularly handy if you've promised to provide dessert for a dinner party and well, didn't actually make anything).

The biscuits in the front window are not vegan, and not baked on the premises.


Other places that sell Al Nada Sweets:

CAFES:
Aust Cafe, Austin Hospital, Level 1 Austin Hospital 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg - 03 9496 4740
Bear Cafe, 439 Brunswick Rd, Fitzroy - 0414 507 635 (currently closed)
Las Vegan Cafe, 22 Smith St, Collingwood
Cafe Tru Track, 52 Leveson St, North Melbourne - 03 9328 8753
Little Dear Tracks, 44 Oheas St, Coburg - 03 9354 3449
Life Skills Cafe, Latrobe University Bundoora - 03 9479 1525

GROCERY STORES:

Cbd
Habib Wholefoods, 260 Flinders St, Melbourne - 03 9639 5515

North
The Cruelty Free Shop, 385 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy - 03 9495 6673
Mad Cowgirls Vegan Grocery, Shop 2, 93 High Street, Preston - 03 9943 9184
Aunt Maggies, 188 Gertrude St, Fitzroy - 03 9417 5504
Golden Mini Mart, 2-10 Murray Rd, Coburg North - 03 9355 7786
Yarra Groceries, 736 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056 - 03 9384 0414
Hayat Spices, 852 Sydney Rd, Coburg - 03 9383 7233
La Manna Fresh, 403-407 Sydney Road, Brunswick - 03 9380 1909
Al Alamy Bakery, 51 Waterfield Street, Coburg - 03 9355 8866
IGA Fitzroy, 424 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
IGA Brunswick, 614 Sydney Road, Brunswick
IGA Nth Melbourne, 20-26 Errol Street, North Melbourne

South
Prahran Convenience Store, 196 Commercial road, Prahran - 03 9529 2050
Foodworks Sth Melbourne, 135 Wells St South Melbourne - 03 9696 0995
IGA Sth Melbourne, 36/38 Park St, South Melbourne - 03 9699 3820
IGA Brighton, 765 Hampton St, Brighton - 03 9592 3598
IGA St Kilda, 64 Fitzroy St, St Kilda - 03 8598 9644
IGA Albert Park, 133 Dundas Place, Albert Park - 03 9690 3772
IGA Middle Park, 19-21 Armstrong St, Middle Park - 03 9696 2532
IGA Richmond, 518 Bridge Rd, Burnley - 03 8459 7086

West:
IGA Moonee Ponds, 118-126 Maribyrnong Road, Moonee Ponds - 03 9372 8777
IGA Essendon, 347 Buckley St, Essendon West - 03 9337 8228

 
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Disco Beans

Bonsoy, Cafe, Desserts, Gluten Free, North, Organic, Restaurant, Vegan Banquet, Preston, TakeawayThe Good HeartedComment

Disco Beans
539 Plenty Rd
Preston VIC 3072

03 9478 1461

www.discobeans.com/

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Opening Hours:

Tues-Sun: 8am-4pm

Dinner Tues-Sat: 5.30-9.30pm

Cash Only


Disco Beans is a sweet little cafe in Preston offering up homestyle Japanese food with vegan options aplenty.

A breakfast favourite is the ‘Disco Bonanza’ ($15.50) with pan-fried marinated organic tofu, baked mushrooms, roasted potatoes, rocket and homemade tomato sauce served with organic 7 grain toast. Gluten free bread ($2) is also available. 

The 'Disco de Fiesta’ ($16.50 GF) is the other notable vegan option, with a combination of homemade guacamole, homemade black beans, homemade tomato sauce, corn chips, lemon and jalapeño served on grain rice. Most ingredients are available as sides, so you could also build your own vegan brunch extravaganza if you wish.

Disco Beans is now also open for dinner with a multitude of vegan options including ‘Gyoza’ ($10.50), ‘Fried Chicken Do’ ($16.50), ‘Vegan Okonomiyaki’ ($14 GF), ‘Organic Tofu Don’ ($14.50) and ’Organic Tofu Steak’ ($7.50). A six course vegan Japanese banquet (Regular, Winter or Sushi) dinner is also available for $30 per person (cash only, bookings necessary).

There are also some vegan sweets on offer including traditional Japanese rice cakes 'Daifuku' ($3 GF), 'Chocolate and Black Bean Brownie' ($4 GF), 'Banana Cake' ($4 GF) and 'Vegan Muffins' ($4).

Coffee is $3.80 with with a 40c soycharge for Bonsoy.

 
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CERES Cafe (currently closed for renovation)

Inner North, East Brunswick, Cafe, Gluten Free, OrganicThe Good Hearted2 Comments

CERES Cafe (located in CERES Community Environment Park)
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets,
Brunswick East, VIC 3057

Phone: 03 9389 0155

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am - 4pm
Sat-Sun: 9am - 5pm

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CERES Cafe is located in Brunswick East's popular Community Environment Park - where much of the produce used by the cafe is organically grown on the grounds and 90% of the menu uses certified organic goods. The vegan options at CERES cafe have become plentiful lately so we thought it deserved a fresh visit.

The 'Dukkah Eggs' ($15 GFO, VO) with tofu instead of eggs is fabulous. Fried tofu, homemade hummus, pumpkin sourdough, raw spinach and spicy tomato kassundi is a winning combination; however there is only so much undressed raw spinach that one will feel inclined to eat, and there was a little too much for my palate.

'Hot Indonesian Eggs' ($15.60 GF, VO) is an old menu item that is now offered with smoked tofu instead of eggs - hallelujah! Fried smoked tofu on brown rice served with chilli sambal, spring onions, mint, coriander, salad greens, roasted peanuts and a fragrant tamari dressing combine to make a fiery and filling breakfast. The chilli sambal can pack a punch, so beware if you can't handle the heat!

Another vegan option is the 'Green Eggs' ($15 GFO, VO), which also comes with tofu in lieu of eggs along with creamy rosemary white beans (perhaps inspired by A Minor Place) on toasted pumpkin bread, a macadamia parsley gremolata and raw spinach.

There are also some traditional 'Slow Cooked Beans' ($12.50 GFO) on offer, and a 'Quinoa and Roast Beetroot Salad' ($15 GF) which are available as vegan. The 'Tomato, roast vegetable and red lentil' soup of the day ($9.50) was also vegan on our visit.

Coffee is organic and fairtrade, with no soycharge for a soy latte ($3.80) using Nature's Soy.

The CERES cafe composts all organic waste, recycles plastic, paper and waste water and uses solar electricity and tank water. All profits earned from the cafe go towards supporting other CERES projects and programs.

 
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Veggie Villa

Inner North, Organic, Flemington, Raw, Gluten Free, West, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Veggie Villa
331 Racehorse Road,
Flemington VIC 3031


Opening Hours:
7 days: 11am-10pm

Takeaway and home delivery available (min $30).

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Veggie Villa has recently opened in Flemington and is hopefully set to breathe new life into the vegan friendly dining scene in the area.

With the stark interior of the restaurant and dangerously long menu of raw, Indian, Mexican, Asian, salads, burgers and wraps, smoothies and desserts, we didn't hold high expectations for Veggie Villa; our fears were indeed allayed however when our food arrived.

I tried the 'Macro gold veggie bowl' (GF $13.50) with green salad, steamed vegetables, biodynamic brown rice, sprouts, tempeh and wakame - with miso gravy and satay sauce on the side. It was pretty good, and almost comparable to the 'Macro Dragon Bowl' at Yong Green Food.

We also had the 'Mexican red chilli bean' (GF $14) with spicy red chilli beans, biodynamic brown rice, salad, guacamole and cashew cheese which was a healthy and hearty feed. There are dozens more dishes on offer which we'll be back to try including, 'Raw pizza' ($10), 'Raw lasagne' ($12), 'Stir fry mock chicken' ($14), 'Smoked eggplant curry' ($14) and a vegan 'Pho' ($12).

For dessert there are a variety of raw vegan cheesecakes ($7), including chocolate, blueberry and white chocolate. A 'Raw pecan tart' ($7) and 'Raw brownie' ($6) is also on offer, and all desserts are organic, vegan and gluten free. We took a 'Raw chocolate cheesecake' to go and it was deliciously rich, whilst being not too sweet.

 
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