The Good Hearted - Vegan Food in Melbourne

Billy & Lucy

All Vegan, Fitzroy, Fructose free, Gluten Free, Inner North, Licensed, Onion/Garlic Free, Organic, Restaurant, Special Occasion, Wheat FreeThe Good HeartedComment

Billy & Lucy
350-352 Nicholson St
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

03 9191 8350


Billy & Lucy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Billy & Lucy is a friendly all vegan, organic restaurant in Fitzroy.

Vegetables and whole foods are the heroes of the largely gluten free menu, with no mock meat to be found. Creative dishes include a ‘Roasted Mushroom Tahini Crust Tart’ ($18) which is an entree, but could pass as a main dish with its generous fresh garden salad and barbecued picked onions.

The much enjoyed ‘Sweet Potato Gnocchi’ ($23 GF) is a bit of a signature dish and includes confit tomato, maple spiced almonds and a thyme and cauliflower puree.

Billy & Lucy proudly support the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses by displaying a large “You Bet, They Die” banner out the front, and we think that’s pretty cool.

Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 5-10pm


I Dream of Sushi

Gluten Free, Japanese, Moonee Ponds, Takeaway, WestThe Good HeartedComment

I Dream of Sushi
6 Margaret St,
Moonee Ponds
VIC, 3039

03 9375 7961

vegan menu

I Dream of Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I Dream of Sushi is a cute little Japanese restaurant with a seperate vegan menu, conveniently situated opposite the Moonee Ponds train station. Classics such Agedashi Tofu ($10) and Tofu Don ($14) are on offer, along with a Bento of the Day ($15) where you can often expect crunchy fried mixed veggies, tofu steak, edamame, steamed rice and whatever else is on offer that day. Whatever you go for, it’ll be fresh, tasty and quick.

There is limited bench seating inside, but takeaway is also an option. Do be aware that this isn’t a fully vegan place, and our fish friends are often on display in the glass cabinet.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11am-8pm Fri-Sat: 11am-9pm Sun: Closed


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


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


Ray Cafe

7 days, Breakfast/Brunch, Brunswick, Cafe, Desserts, Gluten Free, Lunch, Outdoor SeatingThe Good HeartedComment

Ray Cafe
332 Victoria Street
Brunswick VIC 3056

(03) 9380 8593

Ray's Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ray is a super friendly cafe with a full vegan menu that will require a few visits to work your way through. One epic offering is the Black Maple Society (GFO $18), with spiced french toast, banana chocolate mousse, black tahini, maple, ginger miso ice cream sandwich, blueberries, walnut halva and carrot vinegar. Woah. There are plenty of savoury options too, with Pastadon ($16) – tagliatelle, greens, capers, almonds, miso cheese and garlic crumbs, being a fave.

Ray's is deceptively large, with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7.30am-4pm Sat-Sun: 8.30am-4pm


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"


The Cake Collective  Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.


Vegan Food in London - Eight we Ate

International, United Kingdom, LondonThe Good HeartedComment

1. Nama - Vegan Raw Food Cafe

110 Talbot Rd,
London W11 1JR, UK


Nama Artisan Raw Foods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Raw food can be hit and miss (a mountain of zucchini 'pasta' comes to mind), but not at Nama. Try the 'No-meat feast' pizza (£14) with cultured cashew and chipotle cheese, semi dehydrated tomatoes, aubergine bacon, portobello sausage, crispy shallots and ketchup or the 'Full English' breakfast (£12), which includes cashew and coconut scrambled ‘eggs’ on artisan raw 'toast'.

Opening Hours:
Mon: Closed | Tue-Wed: 12–10pm | Thur-Sat: 12–11pm | Sun: 9am–6pm


2. Temple of Hackney - Vegan Fried Chicken Shop

Whether seitan gives you a 'mud guts' or not, it's just the rules that vegans visiting London have to swing by here. A '2 piece' with chipotle mayo (£5) will be enough delicious regret for some. The 'Temple spicy burger' with crispy fillet, cheese, coleslaw, jalapeños with hot sauce and chipotle mayo (£6) is another option, however it's definitely not a 'neat eat' – keep the napkins handy.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12–9 | Sun: 12–6

Temple of Hackney
10 Morning Ln,
London E9 6NA, UK



3. Tibits - Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant


Tibits is changing the reputation of buffet restaurants, one piled up plate at a time. Stop by for a smorgasbord of fresh and interesting hot and cold vegan options to load onto your plate, which is then weighed and priced accordingly. Try a comforting hot lemon and ginger drink here too; especially useful if jet lag is still lurking.

Opening Hours: 
Mon-Wed: 9am–10.30pm | Thurs-Fri: 9am–Midnight | Sat: 11.30am–Midnight | Sun & Bank Holidays: 11.30am–10.30pm | Food served until 30 min before closing
Note: There's another Tibits in Bankside behind the Tate Modern (124 Southwark Street SE1 0SW) and whole bunch of them in Switzerland too.

12-14 Heddon St, Mayfair, London



4. Norman's Coach & Horses - Vegan and Vegetarian Pub


Norman's Coach & Horses
29 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DH UK


Proudly declaring themselves as London’s first Vegetarian and Vegan pub, their signature dish is 'Tofish and Chips' (£11.95) – tofu wrapped in seaweed, marinated in lemon and battered in vegan beer batter served with peas, chips and vegan tartar sauce. It's crispy and comforting but would be hard pressed to rival Melbourne's Cornish Arm's. Vegan shortcrust organic pie 'n' mash (£10) flavours are aplenty, with the 'mushroom & leek' (paracini mushrooms and chestnuts in a creamy sauce) sounding pretty damn tempting.

Call ahead to make sure the kitchen is open: 020 7437 5920. We found Mondays to be unreliable so have not listed them open on that day.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 12pm–3pm/5pm–10pm | Sun: 12pm–9pm.


5. La Suite West - Vegan Afternoon Tea


La Suite West
41-51 Inverness Terrace, London W2 3JN, UK


There's nothing more British than a spot of afternoon tea, and the vegan offering at La Suite West Hotel is commendable. You can expect delicious sandwiches graced with the likes of cashew cream cheese and bbq tempeh, along with warm homemade scones with strawberries and whipped coconut cream, cakes, fresh roasted Italian coffee and a selection of loose leaf tea. If you're staying here (they also do a vegan full english breakfast), take advantage of the opportunity to pre-book your afternoon tea and you'll save around £12 each.


6. Planet Organic

Planet Organic
42 Westbourne Grove,
London W2 5SH, UK

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Planet Organic endeavours to supply the best and widest range of organic foods available, and there are plenty of vegan goodies in that mix (there is sooo much amazing chocolate). The hot food and salad bar is worth a visit for a quick and nutritious feed, where you'll find delicious curries, sides and soups – just check the labels for the cruelty free options labelled vegan.

Bowl sizes: small £4.99, medium £6.99, large £7.99
Complimentary filtered water and sparkling water available

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 7.30am–9pm | Sun:12pm–6pm

Note: Other UK locations are Wandsworth, Devonshire Square, Muswell Hill, Torrington Place, Islington, Tottenham Court Walk


7. The Gate Hammersmith

The Gate Hammersmith
51 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QL

phone: 020 8748 6932
book a table

The Gate is an all vegetarian and vegan institution of sorts, that have been serving London for almost 3 decades. It’s a fine dining restaurant with accessible prices and unless you arrive early and eat quickly, you’ll definitely need to book a table. We tried the wild mushroom risotto cake with a creamy cep (mushroom) sauce, rocket & lemon truffle dressing ( £16) and shared the most amazing vegan Eton mess one could wish for (yep, I’m still dreaming about it). 

Opening Hours:
Mon–Fri: 12–2pm / 6–9pm | Sat:12–2:30 / 5–9pm | Sun:12– 9:15

Other locations are Islington and Marylebone


8. Mod Pizza


Mod Pizza
17-18 Irving Street
London, WC2H 7AT
Sun-Thu 11AM-11PM
Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM

Mod Pizza is not even a vegetarian pizza chain, let alone all vegan – but they do have vegan cheese and the servers do go to the trouble of changing into fresh gloves when making a vegan pizza. There are around 22 veggie toppings to choose from to build your own creation, the service is prompt and the prices are fair at £7.87 for an average size pizza. Do note that there are no vegan 'meats' on offer at this stage if that's a deal breaker for you. (hint, hint, if you're reading this Mod Pizza)

Opening Hours: 
Sun-Thu 11am–11pm | Fri-Sat 11am–12am

Note: Other UK locations are Leeds, Nottingham and Gatehead. There's also a whole bunch of them in the US as Mod was founded in Seattle.


Augustus Gloop Gelatery

7 days, Pascoe Vale, North, Icecream, Gluten FreeThe Good HeartedComment

Augustus Gloop Gelatery
15a Pascoe St,
Pascoe Vale VIC 3044


Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am–11pm

Augustus Gloop Gelatery joins Miinot Gelato in serving up cold treats to the Pascoe Vale crowd, and business is absolutely booming.

All of the store-made sorbets on offer are vegan, and there are around 6-8 different flavours each day. Great flavours we've tried include piña colada, mango and watermelon sherbet; while some other flavours we've seen include lemon, strawberry, raspberry, coconut and turkish delight.

Pricing refers to 'gloops' instead of scoops, with 1 gloop for $4.50, 2 gloops for $6.50 or 3 gloops for $8.50 – enjoyed in a cup or waffle cone. Take away tubs are also available in a half litre ($12.50) or full litre ($20). 

Augustus Gloop Gelatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spiral Beans (Closed Down)

Bonsoy, Gluten Free, North, Preston, LicensedThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Spiral Beans
539 Plenty Rd
Preston VIC 3072

03 9478 1461

Opening Hours:

Tues-Fri: 8am-3pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm


Spiral Beans is Yuka Mikayama's reincarnation of her homestyle Japanese cafe Disco Beans, and is a collaboration with Spiral Foods, who's greatest hits include the famed Bonsoy.

The focus at Spiral Beans is very much about traditional Japanese flavours within a predominantly organic vegan menu, with gluten free, raw, fermented and macrobiotic options to boot.

The 'Okara Nuggets' (gluten free $11.5) are shallow fried spiced chickpea nuggets, and have our approval. Funnily enough, okara defines as soy pulp or tofu dregs (!), but never fear as this dish proves fried tofu dregs to be very delicious! 

Yuka's version of 'Nasu Dengaku' (gluten free $11.50) or deep fried eggplant, is cut up into bite sized pieces making it easier to eat and share than the usual whole eggplant half we are used to.

As a hats off to Disco Beans, the much loved Okonomyaki (gluten free $19.5) remains on the menu, and is presented sizzling in a teppan. The sweet sauce and vegan mayo are both made by hand and from scratch and Spiral Beans are not afraid to declare that their version is better than any okonomyaki found in Osaka. I personally would have liked a bit more vegan mayo – slather it on I say!

The 'Soba Salad' ($18.5) is tossed in a wonderfully balanced homemade balsamic dressing, with greens and baked tempeh and was my favourite.

There are vegan desserts, including 'Coconut Milk Kuzu Pudding' along with an impressive range of high quality Japanese green tea. Japanese tea ceremonies are hosted and cooking classes are also available.

Spiral Beans Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



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
VIC 3070
(03) 9077 1335


order online

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.


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

sandwich menu

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!