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Fitzroy

Smith & Deli

All Vegan, Baked Goods, Bakery, Bonsoy, Breakfast/Brunch, Gluten Free, Inner North, Lunch, Shop, Takeaway, Vegan Groceries, FitzroyThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Smith & Deli
111 Moor Street,
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9042 4117

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Opening Hours:
Tue to Sat 8am–7pm


Smith & Deli is an all vegan, New York style deli bought to life by our friends from Smith & Daughters. This is the place to stop by for bread, pastries, coffee, cheeses, meats (all vegan remember!), salads, soups, pies, meals to go and an incredible array of over 25 sandwiches.

Sandwiches are king at Smith & Deli and the menu may stun you with the sheer amount of options of available, so check it out before you go. The 'Rubenstein' ($15) is a good pick with pastrami, sauerkraut, pickles and Russian dressing on rye; or go for a 'Buffalo the Vampire Slayer' ($12) with buffalo tofu, ranch, shredded iceberg, carrot, onion and celery in a roll. Next time I think I'll channel Kevin and try the 'Home Alone' ($15) made up of turkey, roasted brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, mashed potato & gravy, all on a roll. Gluten free bread is available for all sandwiches for an extra $2.

Some lighter options that are more in the breakfast camp are also on offer, including a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches ($8-$12), croissants, and chef Shannon Martinez's take on a popular fast food breakfast item with the 'Egg McMartinez' ($7) including egg, bacon and cheddar on an English muffin with your choice of sauce.

Meals to go, such as pizza ('pepperoni' $16), lasagne, pies (four different flavours everyday, in both single and family sizes), sausages, schnitzels, tofu and tempeh are all available.

The cabinets are full of sweet treats too, where (with options rotating daily) you might find 'Maple Bacon Donuts' ($5), 'Vanilla Slice ($6), 'Apple Pie Bars' ($5), 'Lemon Tarts' ($7) and much more.

Black coffee is $3.50 or $4 with non-dairy milk – or add an extra $2 for Smith & Deli's own fresh nut milk. The chai soy latte sweetened with agave nectar ($4) is great.

As their slogan goes: Thank you for being a friend, Smith & Deli!

 

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.

 

Gelato Messina

Fitzroy, Inner North, IcecreamThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Gelato Messina
237 Smith St,
Fitzroy Vic 3065

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Opening Hours:
Sun-Thur: 12pm-11pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-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)

 
Gelato Messina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

 

Fatto a Mano

Baked Goods, Bonsoy, Fitzroy, Gluten Free, Inner North, Organic, BakeryThe Good HeartedComment

Fatto a Mano
228 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: 03 9417 5998


Tue-Fri: 6am - 6pm
Sat: 6am - 3pm


I usually only make it to organic bakery Fatto a Mano on a Saturday morning when I'm booked in for an overpriced haircut nearby. Without the lure of this vegan and gluten free friendly institution I may have stopped going to said hairdresser years ago!

There's always an abundance of vegan pizza slices in the window display of Fatto a Mano that draws me in every time. I can never go past a slice of their potato and olive pizza ($4) or the spelt pizza slice which is loaded with a rainbow of roasted pumpkin, eggplant, zucchini, capsicum and olives ($4). There are usually vegan muffins ($4) on offer and on this occasion we scored a banana and plum version which was a delight. It's the amazing vegan crostata (a rustic fruit tart) however, that really takes the cake (pun intended!) - with chunky peaches and crispy, sugared pastry - it's a standout from the usual vegan treats about town.

There are other vegan offerings often available too, such as the vegetable calzone and the vegetable pie (GF), as well as some cookies and brownies. It's a real case of first in, best dressed at Fatto a Mano, with goodies often selling out quickly at this popular little bakery. Not to be overlooked are the organic sourdough breads and the odd gluten free bread, which are vegan too and definitely don't disappoint.

 
Fatto a Mano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Soulfood Cafe (Closed down)

Fitzroy, Inner North, CafeThe Good Hearted1 Comment

Closed Down.

Soulfood Cafe
273 Smith Street
Fitzroy VIC 3066
www.soulfoodcafe.com.au/

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Putting animals on the menu didn't do Soulfood Cafe any favours. They have closed down. (June 2013)

Since the Mercy Seat closed down, I've being missing a good scrambled tofu. I hadn't been to Soulfood Vegetarian Cafe in a while so thought I'd give it a go - Soulfood is a Melbourne Institution for the good hearted eater after all, right?

With a whole new fitout and a new menu, SoulFood is actually no longer even vegetarian. The scrambled tofu is still there but that's about as far as the options go for vegans; Eggs, dairy, bacon and chorizo are littered throughout the rest of the menu. I can only presume that the eggs are from caged hens too, since the menu points out that the bacon is free range but fails to do so with the eggs. It's pretty loud and clear that Soulfood isn't what it used to be.

Ok, so now down the food. My scrambled tofu with an extra of hash browns looked pretty appetizing on arrival. Overall, it was quite nice - the toast that was served was good sourdough but could have done with a drizzle of olive oil to make the whole affair less dry. The scrambled tofu was nice but could only be described as "not very breakfasty" - it was a bit too dependent on carrot, onion and soy sauce - three ingredients I don't associate with breakfast. The hash browns also had a lot of grated carrot in them - they were tasty but again "not very breakfasty".  The soy latte ordered was just ok and the orange juice wasn't freshly squeezed.

Price: Reasonable. $29 for 1 x scrambled tofu with side of hash browns, 1 x scrambled tofu with side of beans, 1 x soy latte, 1 x orange juice.