The Good Hearted - Vegan Food in Melbourne

Melbourne CBD

Union Kiosk

7 days, All Vegan, Bonsoy, Lunch, Melbourne CBD, Outdoor Seating, Takeaway, Gluten FreeThe Good HeartedComment

Union Kiosk
Shop 2,
Causeway Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

0413 402 331

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Union Kiosk Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Union Kiosk is a hole in wall found in Causeway Lane which churns out delicious and creative vegan toasties. We tried the 'Veg Bolognese, mozzarella + garlic butter' ($7) and 'Mushroom, basil, spinach + mozzarella' ($7) and they are were top notch. They have indeed perfected the essential melty cheese and golden crust.

Sweet toasties are also a thing, including one consisting of 'Melted hazelnut vego bar'– yikes, dangerous! Vegan cookies and slices are baked daily, and coffee, turmeric lattes, matcha, chai etc are available in a variety of plant milks. Cows milk is still available for now, but will be phased out soon. 

Note: Union Kiosk can be under the pump post any animal rallies held in the CBD, but cruelty-free toasties are worth the wait.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm

 

Supercharger

All Vegan, 7 days, Cafe, Gluten Free, Fructose free, Lunch, Melbourne CBD, Nut Free Options, Onion/Garlic Free, Organic, Raw, Sugar Free, Takeaway, Wheat FreeThe Good Hearted6 Comments

Supercharger
Emporium
Lvl 3
287 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
03 9020 4334

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Opening Hours:
Sat-Wed: 11am-7pm
Thurs-Fri: 11am-9pm


Supercharger is a completely vegan restaurant in the Emporium Melbourne food court. Yes, compassionate ladies and gents, we now have an all vegan restaurant in a food court - things are looking good for Melbourne.

Supercharger has a build your own bowl system which requires you to tick your selections off on a reuseable paper menu. Firstly you need to select two bases for your bowl, choosing from a couple of mashes, rices, quinoa or fresh baby spinach leaves. I recommend including 'mashed potato w/ mustard seeds' in your combo.

Next step is to decide how many items you want in your bowl (not including bases), you can have 4 items ($12), 5 items ($13) or 6 items ($14). Items include 'super smashes' such as 'green peas w/ avocado, lime, coconut oil & mint', 'super proteins' such as 'fresh tofu simmered in tom yum broth' (this got my tick of approval), 'super raws' including 'kale, red cabbage & shredded green apple w/ tahini sauce', 'super sauces' such as 'coconut yoghurt raita', 'super ferments' such as 'daikon & garlic' and 'super simmers' including 'dalika dahl w/ tumeric, cumin & ginger'.

'Super porridges' (all $6) are on offer too, including a 'Bircher muesli w/ orange juice, seasonal fruit & soy milk' and a savoury 'Jasmine rice congee w/ ginger & spring onion'.

Desserts are also not to be missed with a selection of raw cheesecakes by Evelyn Reid ($7) and some jars of 'Raw cocoa mousse w/ raspberry couli' ($6) amongst other delights.

The drinks on offer here create such a colourful display in the fridge that they're almost irresistible - they're not blended up until you order one, so you get to see the whole ingredients before the 'whizzing' process.

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

Also visited by: veganopoulous and where's the beef?

Spring Street Grocer

Gluten Free, Vegan Groceries, Organic, Melbourne CBD, IcecreamThe Good Hearted3 Comments

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

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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 organic grocery store, come takeaway lunch spot, come gelateria. The vegan options for lunch are quite good, 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. There is also a 'Tempeh Burger', which disappointingly contains fish sauce.

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

 
Spring Street Grocer Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wonderbao

Melbourne CBD, Takeaway, RestaurantThe Good Hearted4 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.

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

Also visited by: veganopoulous

Miss Chu

Gluten Free, Melbourne CBD, Restaurant, TakeawayThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Miss Chu
Shop 2,
297 Exhibition St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 9077 1097

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am-10pm
Closed Sunday

It can be a real brain strain to come up with a last minute, no fuss, no booking required, non expensive, vegan friendly dinner option in Melbourne's CBD (and no, Lord of the Fries doesn't count). Fortunately, Miss Chu fits the criteria rather nicely.

Miss Chu is a manic Vietnamese restaurant with a tuckshop style ordering system requiring you to tick boxes on your menu/order form. There are a good number of vegan items that are really well labelled, with gluten free options being well signed too. Miss Chu call themselves the 'Queen of Rice Paper Rolls' and offer a 'Vegan tofu' version (2 per serve $7.50) however I was drawn instead to the 'Traditional Vietnamese steamed rice crepes (bánh cuốn)' ($12) which were filled with

mushrooms, black fungi, tofu and spring onion and topped with fried shallots, coriander and fresh chilli -  delicious!

Another good choice is the 'Vegan sauteed shitake, enoki & shimeji mushrooms' ($15) which arrives with either a Vietnamese warm vermicelli salad or with steamed rice and greens. We went for the rice and greens options and were happy to be presented with red rice and royal quinoa, as opposed to boring white rice. There was also a generous amount of tofu along with the mushrooms.

The 'Vegan soup' ($13) wasn't really bursting with flavour, but is still a hearty choice, full of fresh veggies, including an array of mushrooms, broccoli, capsicum, carrot, snake beans and basil, along with silken tofu and plenty of chilli on the side. The 'Hanoi Curry' ($15) served with rice vermicelli and Vietnamese herbs is listed as vegan online, so I'll be certainly trying that next time.

If the self serve water doesn't take your fancy, be sure to try a 'Frozen young coconut crush' ($6.50). I tried the refreshing pineapple & mint combination, however lychee & cucumber and banana & mint flavours were also on offer.

Miss Chu have delivery (although I've heard it isn't that speedy unfortunately) and pick up options that you can order online. It can get very busy at Miss Chu's and it certainly isn't a place where you can get too relaxed and linger, as there will always be omeone waiting to take your table the second you depart.

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

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

TOFWD* (*the organic food and wine deli)

Cafe, Desserts, Melbourne CBD, Takeaway, Vegan Groceries, Sugar Free, Shop, Raw, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, OrganicThe Good Hearted5 Comments

TOFWD*
*the organic food and wine deli
28 Degraves Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9654 5157

also at:

Orrong Park Tennis Centre,
Sydney St,
Prahran VIC 3181

www.tofwd.com.au


Mon-Fri 7am – 7.30pm
Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm


Sometimes we're at a loss when trying to think of where to have an easy vegan lunch in the CBD (apart from the time-tested choice of Lord of the Fries) but now we'll always remember TOFWD* (*The Organic Food and Wine Deli) for their array of delicious and healthy meal options.

TOFWD have a range of pre-prepared organic salads, pies, sandwiches/wraps, nori, sweets and cakes. Almost everything is vegetarian and there are plenty of well labelled vegan options, as well as wheat free, sugar free and gluten free options. Seating is predominantly outdoors with a few seats at the indoor counter too.

I tried an organic vegan vegie & dahl pie with salad and chutney and my sidekick tried the tofu and mushroom pie with salad and chutney (both $12). The highlight for me was actually the awesome injection of salad goodness that came on the side - which had a lovely apple cider vinaigrette and was so fresh and wholesome (I clearly needed the vitamin hit!). The pie itself was made with maize pastry which made it gluten free, and it had a little spice to it. Without the awesome chutney to accompany it however, it may have been just a little bland. The tofu and mushroom pie was made with a rye sourdough pastry (wheat-free) and received much higher praise for it's flavour - it was quite delicious. Next time, I'd also like to try the tofu & carrot brown rice nori

We couldn't leave without taking a couple of sweets for the road and the organic raw lemon cheesecake ($6.50 & gluten/sugar free) along with a cashew brownie ($4.50 & gluten free) got the nod. It's not often that you feel healthier having had a dessert - but the raw lemon cheesecake just doesn't feel bad for you! It's lemony and light and not too sweet, whilst the chocolate brownie was rich without being sickly.

I also had a coffee which was about as good as a soy latte could get having being made with NatureSoy. (As mentioned in a previous post I'm quite the Bonsoy loyalist).

 
The Organic Food & Wine Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ezard

Gluten Free, Melbourne CBD, Licensed, Restaurant, Degustation, Special OccasionThe Good HeartedComment

Ezard
187 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9639 6811
www.ezard.com.au/ 


Lunch:
Mon-Fri 12-2.30pm
Dinner:
Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm


What better way to start the new year than with a vegan degustation with 11 friends at Ezard - the winner of The Age Good Food Guide 2013 Diners' Choice Award.

The degustation consisted of eight courses for $125 each, and with a group of 12 people we had enough numbers to make use of Ezard's private dining room. The dining room and table was roomy enough to accommodate our expectations, yet still modestly sized enough to allow for easy conversation.

We started with some lovely bread (this was not one of the eight courses - technically there were actually 10 dishes served up!) which prompted an olive oil frenzy, into either salted black pepper or chilli sugar. Unfortunately/fortunately the bread was replenished as soon as it was devoured, so we were mindful to 'save room' for the eight courses that were to follow (as the evening progressed it was clear that some of us had more willpower than others!). The first course to arrive was a Japanese inspired tofu shooter and nori cigar, followed by a white miso soup chaser. The shot was perfectly balanced, with tofu that just melted in the mouth and the spicy aftertaste ensured this first dish as quite a standout. The next course was a light salad of chioggia beetroot and asparagus on an olive sand (tastiest sand I've eaten all Summer!) with micro herbs and a white truffle vinaigrette.

Next up on our gluttonous food journey was steamed spice tofu with chilli, fragrant oils and crispy sweet potato followed by a warm salad of baby carrots, mandarin gel, coconut mousse and puffed rice with a delicious surprise of red quinoa and edamame hidden underneath.

The ante was upped with the 5th course of roasted jerusalem artichoke, pea-puree, asparagus, soft herbs and chive oil. The jerusalem artichoke was quite meaty - a bit like eating vegan scollops (the non-vegan in our party concurred with this). Next up was one of my favourites of the night - sesame rice noodle roll with asian mushrooms, soy mirin broth with black bean crumbs and candied chilli. Unfortunately a couple of us missed out on the rice noodle component of the dish which was a real shame considering how delicious the complete dish was.

We were all filling up by this stage, but Ezard had another savoury dish up its sleeve - caramelised eggplant (which was delightfully smokey) on jasmine rice, coupled with coriander lime salad and yellow curry.

A palette cleanser of mango sorbet with dehydrated strawberry crumbs was next and got us well in the mood for dessert...and oh what a dessert it was - summer berries on a sherbert crumb, blood orange sorbet, strawberry water, raspberry coulis and a sesame twill (see pic at the top of the page). A great way to end the meal.

Eight course vegan degustation: $125

 

Eat Pizza

Takeaway, Gluten Free, Glenroy, Footscray, Melbourne CBD, North Melbourne, West, North, Inner NorthThe Good Hearted4 Comments

Eat Pizza - Glenroy Store
1/749 Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy
03 9304 4040

Eat Pizza - Footscray Store
7/203 Ballarat Road, Footscray
03 9317 3177

Eat Pizza - Melbourne
Shop 1c/557 Flinders Street,
Melbourne
(03) 9620 1333

Eat Pizza - Nth Melbourne
55 Flemington Road,
North Melbourne
(03) 9328 4888

http://eatpizza.com.au


Sun-Thurs: 4pm-10pm
Fri-Sat: 4pm-11pm

Home delivery from 5pm (min delivery $16 + $4 delivery fee up to 3km)


Hands up if you've ever begrudgingly ordered a vegetarian pizza without cheese because, well quite frankly, that was the only vegan option available.

Well, if you happen to have an Eat Pizza near you (Maribyrnong, Glenroy or Footscray) then you'll never have to settle for a boring takeaway pizza again. Eat Pizza have the standard selection of traditional and gourmet pizzas, BUT… they also offer vegan cheese, vegan salami and vegan ham as optional extras. All of the pizza bases are vegan (including a gluten free option - $2 extra) which means that pretty much every pizza on the menu is veganisable by substituting ingredients rather than omitting them!

My favourite choice at Eat Pizza is basically a vegan capricciosa (tomato sauce, vegan cheese, vegan salami, mushrooms and olives). The salami is even a little bit spicy which makes the pizza extra delicious. For each vegan item (cheese, salami or ham), there is an extra cost of $2 per item for a small pizza, $2.50 per item for medium and $3 per item for a large pizza. This makes the cost of a large vegan capricciosa (pickup) around $18. A small garlic pizza with vegan cheese is $8.

To note: We've only ever ordered from the Glenroy store and while they're getting better, their pricing hasn't always been consistent. Ordering vegan seems to blow the minds of some of the staff and they don't know what they should charge.

 
Eat Pizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato