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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

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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.

 

Blue Buddha Cafe (Closed Down)

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


Blue Buddah is no longer open.

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.

 

Also visited by Veganopoulous

Veggie Villa (Closed Down)

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 closed down.

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.

 

Also visited by Vegawesome!

Raw on Rye (Now Closed)

Cafe, Gluten Free, Organic, Raw, Rye, Mornington Peninsula, All VegetarianThe Good HeartedComment

Raw on Rye
2347 Pt Nepean Rd
Rye, Victoria 3941
0418 940 653

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Tue:
9:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: Closed
Thur: 9:30am - 5pm
Fri-Sat: 9am - 7pm
Sun: 9am - 5pm


This cafe is no longer open.

If you're looking for a nutritious feed on the pointy end of the Mornington Peninsula, then Raw on Rye with it's extensive vegan, gluten free and raw menu might just save the day. 

We had lunch on our minds when we visited Raw on Rye, but noted for next time the vegan 'Seasonal fruit waffles' ($11 GF) on offer for breakfast, as well as 'Caramalised buckinis' ($6 GF) which is organic activated buckwheat with raw organic maca powder and your choice of almond or rice milk.

We gave the colourful 'Raw pizza and salad' ($11.50 GF) a whirl, which had a tasty tomato and basil topping with nut cheese, olives and sundried tomato. The broccoli in a tahini sauce was the stand out salad and the 'Raw tortilla wrap' with asparagus, avocado and capsicum filling was a unique take on a safe dish.

The raw vegan 'Quiche & salad' ($14 GF) filled with spinach and nut cheese wasn't available on our visit but sounds very tempting, as does the 'Raw nachos, sprout dip and salad' ($11.50) and the 'Raw cheese platter for 2' ($16) - served with fruit, veg and crackers.

For dessert we had a truly wonderful slice of raw 'Chocolate orange cheesecake' ($7 GF), primarily made of cashews. The 'Raw chocolate mousse' ($7 GF) in an apricot base was richer and heavier and didn't quite compete with the champion cheesecake.

Coffee and a huge range of chai and other teas are on offer, however soy is off the menu. You can have almond or rice milk which doesn't make the creamiest of lattes (in my humble opinion), so perhaps stick with a herbal tea concoction when you visit. While Raw on Rye has taken a soy free stance (even for organic soy), it surprisingly hasn't ditched the dairy which is a bit confusing.

Must Try: The raw cheesecake!

Quirks: Don't come here if you're in a rush (there is actually a warning on the menu about this!)

 

Yong Green Food

Fitzroy, Inner North, Gluten Free, Fructose free, Organic, Raw, Restaurant, Takeaway, Onion/Garlic Free, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Yong Green Food
421 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
03 9417 3338

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Opening Hours:
Closed Monday
Tue-Sat: 12-4pm, 5-10pm
Sun: 12-4pm, 5-9pm


The majority of Melbourne vegans need no introduction to the wholesome and delicious food on offer at Yong Green Food, and the midweek queues out the door are testament to the fact that the word has truly gotten around!

Yong Green Food offers an extensive all vegetarian (mostly vegan) menu with an abundance of gluten free options - along with raw, organic and biodynamic dishes. On our recent visit, we opted for the 'Oyster Mushroom Calamari' (GF $10.50), which was so incredible that I fear I won't try other menu options in the future in case they don't live up to this dish! The organic king oyster mushrooms are deep fried in organic rice butter (drool…) and served with salad, jalapeno marinara and vegan aioli sauces - clearly this dish is a 'must-try'.

Another delight from the snack menu are the 'Fried Nori Rolls' (GF $12.50) which are long, thin rice battered fried nori rolls of mung bean noodles, tofu and veggies. As stunning as this dish was, it didn't pip the oyster mushroom calamari at the post.

For mains, my sidekick gave the hearty 'Japanese Curry' ($15.50) a go - which had potato, carrot, mushroom, peas and sliced soy beef in a mild curry sauce with biodynamic brown rice. I'm not sure how many Japanese curries he's tried, but he did proclaim it the best he's had, which is a pretty damn encouraging recommendation.

I went for the most medicinally dangerous sounding dish on the menu - the 'Macro Dragon Bowl' (GF $18), without onion and garlic (OGF optional), which is a truly nutritious delight of biodynamic brown rice topped with assorted vegetables (including amazing shitake mushrooms), organic tempeh, seaweed and lemon tahini cream. As if all that doesn't sound fulfilling enough, the dragon bowl is also served with miso soup.

We took home a sneaky slice of organic 'Raw Chocolate Cheesecake' (GF $8.50) which is predominately made of cashew nuts, and I liked that it didn't have the strong coconut oil aftertaste that some raw chocolate desserts can have. We also wanted a slice of the organic 'Raw Pecan Pie' with cashew cream ($9) but alas, it's high demand had caused a sell out - which was no real problem for us really, because we'll be back at Yongs in no time.

 
Yong Green Food Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Also visited recently by: where's the beef and Green Gourmet Giraffe

The Bear Cafe (Closed)

Bonsoy, Cafe, Fitzroy, Organic, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted1 Comment

The Bear Cafe
439 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
0414 507 635


Opening Hours:
Sun: 11am - 2:30pm,
5 - 9pm
Mon-Tue: Closed
Wed-Thur: 5 - 9pm
Fri-Sat: 5 - 10pm


The Bear Cafe has closed down.

Baskets of organic fruit and vegies adorn the footpath outside The Bear Cafe on Brunswick Street, and once inside we discover that the cafe is also home to "Animal Lovers by Neo Tokyo's" retail store (which Melbourne vegans know of largely due to those towels in the last World Vegan Day showbag!). The important bit to note though, is that The Bear Cafe has an all vegan food menu!

All day breakfast options are a feature and include 'Homemade museli' ($7) with fruit, nuts and coconut yogurt, 'Fruit toast' ($5.50), Avocado and chilli on toast ($7) and the big ticket item, 'The Big Bear breakfast' ($12.50). With baked beans, mushrooms, scrambled tofu and guacamole topped with dukkah, the Big Bear breakfast is a hearty winner and a fair price to boot.

Also on the menu are a selection of toasties which all list cheese as an ingredient, and luckily for us (and for the cows), it's vegan cheese! You can order a cheese and tomato version known as the 'The Classic' ($6), a 'Mitey' ($6.50) with cheese and vegemite or a J.P's garden' ($6.50) with cheese, mushroom, roasted peppers and caramelized onion. My sidekick went for the 'Double decker' ($10.50) which, with vegan cheese, baked beans, mushrooms, scrambled tofu and guacamole is basically the Big Bear breakfast condensed down into one mega sandwich - so needless to say, he loved it.

Some specials of 'Organic pumpkin and coconut soup' and 'Organic tomato and basil soup' served with bread of your choice (quinoa and pumpkin bread were two options I recall) ($8.50) also deserve a mention for a good wintery lunch option.

If your sweet tooth leaves you wanting more, you can grab a Mr Nice Guy ($4.50) or Merry ($3.60) cupcake, a Tinkernicks Cookie ($3.50) or some (incredibly amazing) raw Pana Chocolate ($7.60). Homemade muffins ($3.50) and homemade banana bread with nuttelex ($3.50) is also on the sweets menu.

I had a soy latte ($3.30 - 30c soycharge for Bonsoy) which was pretty good, albeit a little weak. Dairy makes an appearance for the hot drinks, hence the soycharge mention.

 

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery (Closed - Replaced by The Dharma Hub)

Cafe, Gluten Free, Mornington Peninsula, Vegan Groceries, Frankston, Raw, South, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted1 Comment

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery
439 Nepean Hwy
Frankston, VIC 3199
03 9783 2899

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10 am - 4 pm
Sun: Closed

Cash Only.


A trip to Frankston to meet a brand new baby boy was the perfect opportunity to also check out the 'much loved by locals' vegetarian cafe Aum Shanti. 

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery has such an earthy, homely feel that you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the main street of Daylesford as opposed to seaside 'Franga'. There is a lovely array of homemade meals and salads to choose from in the glass cabinet, or you can order funky pies ($5.50), wraps ($8), sandwiches ($8-8.50), soup of the day ($9 and always vegan) or a lentil and chickpea burger ($9) off the menu. Sourdough toast is the main vegan breakfast option so you'd be better off making your visit to Aum Shanti a lunch date.

I had a 'Lentil & mushroom shepherds pie' with a scoop of quinoa salad ($12, GF) and it was a truly comforting homemade meal. The quinoa salad had a great crunch thanks to the addition of toasted seeds. A non vegan friend also partook in this dish and was as equally impressed.

There are plenty of vegan sweets on offer including lemon melting moments ($2), Mr Nice Guy cupcakes ($4.50), an assortment of chocolates, and some raw desserts by Naked Treaties. We gave the raw choc mint slice ($7) a whirl and it was reminiscent of the peppermint and chocolate layer cake at Shoku Iku - very rich so ideal to share. The Nickers Bar ($4) - a raw, vegan, sugar free 'snickers', was an ideal accompaniment to my soy latte ($4 - includes 50c soycharge). If soy milk isn't your thing, you can also have your coffee made with organic rice or almond milk, which will also attract an extra 50 cents - as does organic coffee.

Along with being a great lunch place, Aum Shanti stocks a few vegan products which you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else on the peninsula.

Notzarella, Castlemaine dips, Sweet Freedom 'vegan honey', Plamil organic chocolate spread, vegan jelly crystals and vegan condensed milk are among the loot. This cafe is a shining light in Frankston, and we're sure it will continue to be for many years to come.

 

Invita Living Food / The Land of Soy & Honey

All Vegetarian, Melbourne CBD, North Melbourne, Inner North, Gluten Free, Cafe, Organic, Vegan Groceries, ShopThe Good HeartedComment

Invita Cafe
76 Therry Street,
Queen Victoria Market,
Melbourne, 3000

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Tue-Thu 7am-3pm
Fri 7am-6pm
Sat 6.30am-4pm
Sun 8.30am-5pm

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The Land of Soy and Honey
Shop 10-11 Queen Victoria Market
North Melbourne, VIC 3051

Tues & Thurs: 6am-2pm
Fri: 6am-5pm
Sat: 6am-3pm
Sun: 9am-4pm


Invita Living Food is an all vegetarian cafe that has been feeding shoppers at the Queen Victoria Market for a good 10 years. To this day, Invita is still going strong by dishing up hearty vegan lunches and delicious vegan sweets.

Invita has a great range of ready made vegan salads, soups (the potato and leek is tops), pies and wraps (not all are vegan, but all ingredients are well labelled) to eat in or takeaway. A recent visit saw me choose a quinoa salad, along with a roast pumpkin and walnut salad ($6.50 each), which made for a very tasty lunch. 

Also on offer, for those eating in, is a lentil shepherds pie, a tofu burger (tofu burger pattie - no bun) or rice balls - all of these options come with salad and are all gluten and wheat free to boot. Oh, and there's a scrambled tofu ($12.50) on the breakfast menu too.

When it comes to sweets, there are also plenty of vegan options. The berry cheesecake ($6.50 takeaway, gluten free) is highly recommended, and must surely be one of the first ever vegan cheesecakes available in Melbourne (I've been eating it for years!!). Other delights include some seriously good berry muffins (which manage to have a crispy outside and a dense but fluffy middle - $4), lemon poppy seed cake and vanilla bliss balls ($3, gluten free). There was a really impressive looking vegan chocolate cake (gluten free) in the window last time which I'm yet to try.

If you make it to Invita, be sure to pay a visit to The Land of Soy and Honey in the deli section of the Queen Vic Market for some grocery supplies. They stock some of the best tofu, tempeh and burger products around - all which can be difficult to find in supermarkets. I picked up a large organic smoked tofu ($7.30), some Tallyho Farm organic tempeh ($7.30 and proclaimed by me as the BEST tempeh), and some Blue Lotus tandoori marinated organic tofu ($4.90). They also usually have my favourite ever vegan burgers which are the Tallyho Farm Soy Burgers (around $7).

 
Invita Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gong dè Lin

All Vegetarian, Melbourne CBD, RestaurantThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Gong dè Lin
Level 3,
264 Swanston St
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9663 7878

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We'd heard on the vegan grapevine that a new vegetarian restaurant had opened in the CBD, and so like moths to a flame, we found ourselves at Gong dè Lin Chinese vegetarian restaurant last Friday night.

Gong dè Lin is a bit off the beaten track (if that's possible in the CBD?!), given that it's necessary to take a lift to level 3 from the front of another restaurant at 264 Swanston Street (yes that is the old address of the Shaft Adult Cinema, you perverts). The restaurant seating is predominantly booths which we liked, especially if you end up in a window seat overlooking Swanston Street like we did - not only do we get a good view over the Swanston St rooftops, but the busker below provided a good soundtrack for the evening.

The menu is about a dozen pages long with ample mock meat and mock seafood options, as well as numerous mushroom and vegetable dishes. We decided to share some Cold Mushroom and Spinach Wontons ($5), the Soya Bean Fillets ($16.80), Sauteed Sliced Mountain Mushrooms with a Hot and Spicy Sauce ($16.80) and Sauteed Spinach ($14.80). The wontons were delicious in their sweet soy sauce, which I preferred over the other accompaniment, a diluted satay sauce. However, at $5 for six of these, you can't go too wrong.

I was expecting the soy bean fillets to be fillets of tofu, however they were more akin to crumbed crispy fried fillets of vegan ham and were easily the highlight of the whole meal. The sauteed sliced mountain mushrooms with hot and spicy sauce were definitely hot and spicy and more to my sidekicks level of tolerance. The mushroom in this dish was pretty amazing though, with a succulence and texture that could lend it to be mistaken as a mock chicken. We ordered sauteed spinach to ensure we had a balanced meal and while it had a good flavour, there was an over abundance of stalks, which not only made it tedious to eat but created some competition for the leafy bits.

There's plenty more on the menu that we'll have to go back and try. Some other dishes that jumped out to us include Sauteed Vegetarian Abalone with Broccoli ($20.80), Vegetarian Goose ($12.80), Deep Fried Shredded Black Mushroom with Salt & Pepper ($18.80) and Vegetarian Sea Cucumber with Shanghai Greens ($22..80). The menu doesn't highlight which dishes are vegan, and even though most dishes are, make sure you check when ordering.

(while this does appear to be Gong dè Lin's website, it's a shocker which doesn't even spell the restaurant name correctly...)

 
Gong De Lin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Also visited by vegan about town

Vegie Mum

All Vegetarian, Onion/Garlic Free, East, Doncaster, Restaurant, TakeawayThe Good HeartedComment

Vegie Mum
27 Village Ave
Doncaster VIC 3108
(03) 9816 3222


Opening Hours:
Tues-Sun:
12-2.30pm & 5pm-10pm
Closed Monday


What do you do when you're out in the 'vegan-friendly-eatery-starved' eastern suburbs, and dinner time creeps up on you? You swing by the all vegetarian Malaysian restaurant 'Vegie Mum' in Doncaster of course!

The menu here is really large (the menu numbering goes up to 98!) and all dishes without egg are vegan, aside from the honey 'chicken', due to… aah, honey. There are plenty of mock options including seafood, duck, chicken, beef/lamb and pork. There are also soups, hot pots, noodles, rice dishes, a variety of vegetable dishes, entrees and roti. This much choice makes my brain hurt!

The dining area is more functional than pleasing aesthetically, which was neither here nor there for us as we were in the market for takeaway. On recommendation from the staff we ordered the Crispy Sweet and Sour Abalone Mushroom ($13.50), and also chose the Roasted 'Duck' ($14), Chinese Mushroom with Pok Choy ($15.50) and some Satay Skewers (2 sticks $4) as an entree.

The crispy sweet and sour abalone mushroom dish was indeed a standout (salty, fried goodness!) and would be a good option in lieu of a mock dish as it's something a bit special. The roasted 'duck' is possibly the best mock duck I've had, it was crispy and succulent and the plum sauce topped it off nicely. The chinese mushroom and pok choy was fine, albeit a little soggy from it's trip in the takeaway container and the satay skewers were just ok (I found the peanut sauce to be a bit bland).

I would definitely go to Vegie Mum again if I was out that way, and I reckon Doncaster residents are  darn lucky to have this place on their doorstep.

Note: No onion or garlic is used at Vegie Mum. Mock products are made using wheat gluten and soy protein.

 
Vegie Mum Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Also visited by: where's the beef?