The Good Hearted - Vegan Food in Melbourne

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The Cake Collective (Now at Curators Collective)

All Vegan, Baked Goods, Celebration cakes, Desserts, Moonee Ponds, Outdoor Seating, West, TakeawayThe Good Hearted1 Comment

The Cake Collective
778 Mt Alexander Rd
Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
In Queens Park Gardens

59 Tram,
Stop "Queens Park Gardens"

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If you like the sound of walking the dog* in a beautiful garden with a vegan toastie or sweet treat in tow, then head to Queens Park. This all vegan hole-in-the-wall whipped me up a 'Fried Chick'n Sammich' ($15) with schnitzel, pickle, slaw and mayo; it was fresh and tasty, although the schnitzel was more akin to Fry's than the Temple of Seitan action I was secretly dreaming of.

A large array of vegan cakes are on offer, along with hot drinks and smoothies & shakes, and some casual outdoor seating.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: Closed | Thur-Sun: 10–4 | Open 7 days on Uber Eats

*Adopt Don't Shop – find a new BFF near you here.

 

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!

Spot Burger (previously Il Gobbo) - CLOSED

All Vegan, Gluten Free, Takeaway, Restaurant, Essendon, West, BurgersThe Good Hearted4 Comments

Spot Burger
305 Keilor Road,
Essendon, VIC 3040
03 9379 9540

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Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tues-Thurs: 5-9pm
Friday: 2-9pm
Saturday: 12-9pm
Sunday: 12-8pm

Cash Only

Spot Burger (previously Il Gobbo) is an all vegan burger and hotdog joint (with some Mexican and Italian dishes too) in Essendon. It's opened up in front of Down to Earth Tattoos, who've also made the compassionate stance of using only vegan inks.

Everything is vegan, although the menu doesn't state it as such - so hopefully a few corpse eaters will dine here and be none the wiser. There are five burgers to choose from and I couldn't go past 'The Sailor Jerry' ($10) - a nori wrapped vegan fish patty with a tofutti cheese slice, lettuce, pickles, onion and herbed mayo. It was a delicious choice, especially thanks to that lovely herbed mayo.

My sidekick loves a chilli hit, so went for a 'Volcano Burger' ($10) which had an Il Gobbo patty (a bit like a LOTF patty), tofutti cheese slice, chilli sauce and jalapenos. He thoroughly enjoyed it, but being particularly hungry, wished it was a bit bigger. Perhaps he should have had 'The Spot Burger' ($14) which has a double Il Gobo patty, vegan cheese, vegan bacon, pickles, onion, ketchup and mayo. The 'Bogan Burger' ($10) also caught my eye to try next time, with vegan chicken, herbed mayo, lettuce, beetroot, cheese and pineapple ($10).

No burger is complete without a bowl of fries ($7 GF), and the Il Gobbo variety were well seasoned and hit the spot nicely. If you also fancy a soft drink (Papasito, Lemon Squash or Creaming Soda) then the 'meal deal special' of a burger/hotdog with fries and a can of soft drink for $15.95 is the most economical option.

There's still plenty for us to come back and sample at Il Gobbo, including 3 varieties of vegan hot dogs ($9.95), a vegan burrito ($12), vegan nachos ($12 GF), vegan lasagne ($13) and spaghetti ($13). There are no desserts on the menu (as yet anyway...) but you could opt for a chocolate, banana or raspberry 'Shake' ($6) if you needed a sugar fix.

 

Also visited by: vegawesome

Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop

Baked Goods, All Vegan, Bonsoy, Cafe, Desserts, Gluten Free, Ascot Vale, West, Fructose free, RawThe Good HeartedComment

Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop
151 Union Rd
Melbourne VIC 3032
0424 422 878

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Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat - Sun: 9am - 5pm


Mister Nice Guy became known for their huge variety of vegan cupcakes when they first started getting their bake on back in 2010, however a visit to their bakeshop in Ascot Vale reveals that they have so much more to offer these days than cupcakes alone!

In addition to the cupcakes, the Ascot Vale bakeshop offers an array of dreamy all-vegan savoury options, with soy and gluten free options too. I'm a sucker for a bagel in any form, so was delighted to see a vegan 'BLT' ($8) on offer, as well as a vegan 'curried egg' bagel ($8). The BLT bagel was delicious with Cheatin' rashers and delicious mustardy mayo, along with the lettuce and tomato. The curried (tofu) egg bagel with homemade mayo, was also a delight, especially as I've never really tried a vegan curried egg alternative before. If you're after a gluten free bagel, (yes - they exist!) the cost is $9.

Other savoury options that have been popping up in the bakeshop are 'Dawgs in blankets' ($6.50) which are dough wrapped vegan hot dogs, 'Spinach cheezy scrolls' ($4.50) and the sensational cheezy garlic pockets ($5) which are doughy triangles filled with melty garlicky vegan cheese. Mm-mmm...

I can never go past a sweet treat at Mr Nice Guy and recently had my first 'Chocolate babka' ($4.50) which had swirls of chocolate through a lovely tender dough that easily pulled apart. The 'cheezecake' slices ($8) are also always tempting - especially if my favourite 'Peanut butter brownie' flavour is on offer.

Coffee is by Naked Espresso and you can choose from soy, almond, rice or hazelnut milk. The coffee is a little bitter for my taste, but the hot chocolate ($4.30) made with hazelnut milk is a decadent amazement. I'm also yet to try the homemade, self brewed chai-latte which I'm tipping to be a winner.

 

Novel Kitchen

Takeaway, Cafe, West, Williamstown, Gluten Free, OrganicThe Good HeartedComment

Novel Kitchen
80 Ferguson Street
Williamstown VIC 3016
03 9399 8437

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Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm

Cash Only


With all three Sea Shepherd ships docked at Williamstown at the moment, we found ourselves touring the Steve Irwin and learning about the crew's last campaign, which saw 932 whales saved thanks to their direct action in the Southern Ocean. The Sea Shepherd crew don't contradict their values by protecting some animals while eating others; they are in fact all vegan, which is truly honourable! Speaking of eating, we got hungry after our tour so a mad google search led us to the Novel Kitchen nearby.

Williamstown is anything but a hub for vegan eating so we thought it a great discovery to find Novel Kitchen which has plenty of clearly labelled vegan options throughout the all-day breakfast and lunch menu. A few of the items such as the 'Tofubake' ($14 GF) and 'Silverbeet, potato and chickpea burger' ($15) were sold out so we delved deeper into the menu to discover a vegan 'Kashmiri vegetable pie' ($14), which was a healthy mix of lightly spiced organic vegies in a pastry base, topped with seeds. It had a good mix of spices and was accompanied by a salad which was reminiscent of the side salad from TOFWD* with grated fresh beetroot and carrot.

We also tried the homemade baked beans which were seriously good and had plenty of flavour. Too often, homemade baked beans at cafes are either tarnished with ham hock, or are a bland let down - but not this time! I had a side of avocado, tomato and coriander salsa which was an odd choice on my part to accompany beans, but it was fresh and tasty nonetheless. Other vegan options on the menu that we didn't try included 'Lightly spiced lentil and pumpkin patties served on quinoa and almond salad' ($13.50 GF) and a vegan 'Lentil bake, topped with a pumpkin mash' ($14) - a bit like a shepherds pie.

Take home meals are available at cheaper prices and there are some vegan cakes and biscuits on offer too, including an organic vegan chocolate mud cake ($3.30 GF), which would tempt any sweet tooth. Novel Kitchen uses Espresso Syndicate coffee (which is organic, rainforest alliance and fair trade) and has no soycharge for Vitasoy. The Good Hearted would love to see an end to the mother-flippin' soycharge in Melbourne so we give huge props to any establishment that bucks the trend and doesn't discriminate against compassionate consumers.

If you want to visit the Sea Shepherd crew for a tour (and perhaps to deliver a vegan food donation?!), you can do so until May 26th, 2013 at Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown (entry via Ann Street) - 12-4:30 pm on weekend days.

 
Novel Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Reverence Hotel

Licensed, Pub, West, Footscray, Gluten FreeThe Good HeartedComment

The Reverence Hotel
28 Napier Street
Footscray VIC 3011
(03) 9687 2111
www.reverencehotel.com/


Thurs/Fri/Sat from 6-10pm. Sun from 3pm


Former owners of The Arthouse are bringing new life to Footscray - not only through live music, but through the magical qualities of vegan pizza!

This pub's menu is currently really simple with homemade corn crust pizza, empanadas, fries and tacos (on Tuesdays). We tried the Veg Ham & Cheese ($10) and the pizza special of the week "The Holy Christo" ($11) which had lots of veggies and chilli harissa. The Veg Ham & Cheese was really simple (just the way I like my pizza…) although the mock ham was probably better described as mock chicken I'd say. 

The pizzas are large and great value and the staff are happy to box up what you can't eat so you can take it home. Good old fashioned service indeed.

An even bigger winner at the Reverence are the homemade vegan empanadas (2 for $6). We tried the black bean ones, which coupled with the creamy dipping sauce (vegan) were absolutely delicious. A potato and vegan chorizo version is also on the menu but wasn't available on our recent visit (we'll be back to try these!). We also had a bowl of spicy fries ($6) which owed their greatness largely to the vegan homemade aioli that accompanied them.

Word has it that the Reverence is currently working on a full mexican menu which will have many vegan options. Footscray locals must be rejoicing!

 
Reverence Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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