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True North

Bonsoy, Cafe, Coburg, Inner North, NorthAmy JohannsohnComment

True North
2a Munro St,
Coburg VIC 3058

(03) 9917 2262

www.truenortharcher.com/


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, DessertsAmy Johannsohn1 Comment

Smith & Daughters
175 Brunswick Street,
Fitzroy, VIC 3065

www.smithanddaughters.com/


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 NorthAmy JohannsohnComment

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

www.facebook.com/AlNadaSweets


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, TakeawayAmy JohannsohnComment

Disco Beans
539 Plenty Rd
Preston VIC 3072

03 9478 1461

www.discobeans.com/

Takeaway: www.menulog.com.au/disco-beans


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

http://www.ceres.org.au/cafe/cafe.html


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

Licensed.


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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Also visited by: where's the beef?

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).

facebook page


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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Also visited by Vegawesome!

Gelato Messina

Fitzroy, Inner North, IcecreamThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Gelato Messina
237 Smith St,
Fitzroy Vic 3065

NSW Stores

www.gelatomessina.com/


Opening Hours:
Sun - Thurs: 12pm to 11pm
Fri - Sat: 12pm to 11.30pm


Gelato Messina make all of their gelatos and sorbets from scratch using raw and natural ingredients and have had queues out the door since opening up on Smith Street in Fitzroy. All of the current sorbet flavours (in the first cabinet) are vegan and the ones we tried were sensational.

We sampled the 'Salted coconut and mango salsa' flavour, which is reminiscent of salted caramel and unsurprisingly, incredibly delicious. The 'mango' flavour was also top notch and surprise, surprise tasted of unadulterated mango! Just be careful about visiting on a hot day... you'll be in for a daunting wait out the door and down the street.

The full vegan sorbet list is as follows:

  • Salted Coconut and Mango Salsa
  • Blood Orange
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Sorbet
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Pandan & Coconut (pandan is a green asian leaf used in asian cooking)
  • Passionfruit
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry

Prices: 1 scoop ($4), 2 scoops ($6), 3 scoops ($7)

 
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Green Refectory

Inner North, Brunswick, CafeThe Good HeartedComment

Green Refectory
115 Sydney Rd
Brunswick VIC 3056
Phone: 03 9387 1150


Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 7am - 8pm
Sun: 8am - 6pm

Cash Only


Green Refectory cafe has being a popular haunt on Sydney Road since it opened a decade ago, largely due to it's offerings of healthy, tasty food without the hefty price tag.

A visit to this cafe on a weekend can be challenging due to the fact that you need to secure your own table among the crowds and then order at the counter near the busy doorway after navigating the huge blackboard menu behind the counter to decide on what you want (read on, and you can arm yourself with what to order).

The standout vegan option at Green Refectory is the vegan 'Scrambled tofu w/ mountain bread and picked veg' ($10) which is such great value. The lightly spiced scrambled silken tofu with caramelised onion is among the best on offer in Melbourne, and surely must be cheapest. The pickled veg can include pickled beetroot, olives and a pickled cucumber/carrot combo.

Another savoury vegan offering is the 'Spicy sweet potato and pinenut parcel' with I opted to have with a couple of vegan salads ($8.75), including a tahini broccoli salad and a spicy lentil salad (which was the standout). Soup ($6.95) is another option for lunch and on our recent visit there was a vegan 'Pumpkin soup', along with a vegan 'Pumpkin, lentil and ginger soup' on offer.

For sweets, I spotted a vegan 'Apple & ginger loaf' ($3.50) among a crowd of cakes in the front glass cabinet. Coffee is $3.70 which includes a 70 cent soycharge for Nature's Soy.

Also visited recently by:  where's the beef

 
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Spring Street Grocer

Gluten Free, Vegan Groceries, Organic, Melbourne CBD, IcecreamThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Spring Street Grocer
157 Spring St,
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9639 0335

www.springstreetgrocer.com.au

info@springstreetgrocer.com.au


Opening Hours:
Grocer:
Mon-Fri: 8am-10pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm

Rolls/Burgers available Weekdays Only: 11am-3pm

Gelateria:
Mon-Fri: 7am-12am
Sat-Sun: 9am-12am
(Gelateria Cash Only)

The Spring Street Grocer is an impressive organic grocery store, come takeaway lunch spot, come gelateria. The vegan options for lunch are impressive, as are the bountiful vegan sorbet and gelato options.

For lunch, you can't go past the 'Tofu and corn fritter w/ curried cashews, cucumber & coriander' ($9.50) complete with a side of salted potato chips. An 'Open vegan salad sandwich' ($8.50) is also available.

If a burger doesn't take your fancy, you could try one of the daily 'organic, non dairy, wholefood salads' ($8 small, $12 large) or a takeaway vegan soup. The catch with these delicious lunches is that they are available only on weekdays (11am-3pm) so will be of benefit mainly to those lucky office workers nearby. There is very limited seating inside, so takeaway is a good option.

The grocery store is jam-packed with an assortment of organic goodies, many of which are vegan. The cold pressed juices (made on site) are highly recommended and you can also stock up on vegan yoghurts (coyo and babushka), as well as many vegan chocolate varieties.

The gelato/sorbet bar has 8-9 vegan flavours that change daily. All of the sorbets are vegan, and the vegan gelati varieties have a base of almond, oat, rice or coconut milk in lieu of dairy. The sorbet flavours are quite exotic and include 'pear & cinnamon', strawberry & mint' and 'white nectarine & basil' - they are divine. Vegan gelato flavours include 'chocolate & orange' and 'zesty coconut'.

Coffee is $3.30 (plus 40c soycharge for Pureharvest Nature's Soy). Espresso is $2

This is an amended post. The 'Tempeh burger w/ kimchi and abc sauce' which was highlighted in the original post is not vegan as it contains fish sauce. The following apology was received from Spring Street Grocer:

"Firstly, let me apologise for the misinformation provided to you. The Tempeh Burger is not a vegan option as it does contain fish sauce.

We take this incident very seriously 

and I can assure you that we will be looking into this matter to prevent such an incident happening again.

As a responsible business, we endeavour to train all our staff on the products that we sell. So we appreciate you contacting us and making us aware of this situation.

We love the blog and always value your feedback and comments."

 
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Wonderbao

Melbourne CBD, Takeaway, RestaurantThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Wonderbao
4/19-37 A'Beckett St
Melbourne VIC 3000
(accessible via Literature Lane - off Little Latrobe Street)
(03) 9654 7887


Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am - 6pm
Sat: 11am - 4pm
Sun: Closed

Cash only


Wonderbao is a hidden little gem devoted to the humble steamed bun. It's a little tricky to find if you haven't been before, so we suggest ignoring it's official address and heading down Literature Lane (off Little Latrobe Street) where you can't miss it; just look out for the green milk crate seats out the front.

The great thing about Wonderbao is that all of the savoury vegetarian offerings are vegan. There is 'Choi bao' ($2.20), a steamed bun filled with shitake mushrooms, tofu and vegetables and a 'Fried silky tofu gua bao' ($4.20), which is a thoroughly delicious open steamed bun with pickled mustard, coriander, sweet soy sauce and crushed peanuts. For dessert, a vegan 'Taro bao' ($2) hits the sweet spot nicely.

We tried all 3 vegan offerings in a vegie lunch pack for $8.20, which offered a monumental saving of 20 cents. Wonderbao also make their own organic soy milk ($3) which is served hot or cold, ladled into a takeaway cup. Regrettably I didn't try the soy milk as it's out of my comfort zone to drink soy milk straight up - I'll vow to be more adventurous next time.

Also visited recently by: veganopoulous

 
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