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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
Northcote
VIC 3070
(03) 9077 1335

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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.

 

Chew Burgers

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

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

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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).

 
Chew Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

 
The Cornish Arms Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.