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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

McGain's Nursery, Cafe and Food Store

Anglesea, Bellarine Peninsula, Bonsoy, Vegan Groceries, Cafe, Gluten Free, Organic, ShopThe Good Hearted2 Comments

McGain's Nursery, Cafe and Food Store
1 Simmons Court,
Anglesea VIC 3230
(03) 5263 3841

info@mcgains.com.au
www.mcgains.com.au/


McGain's Nursery, Cafe and Food Store is a green and welcoming oasis hidden in the industrial centre of coastal Anglesea. Whether you're visiting Anglesea or just passing through, you must stop by McGains to stock up on vegan goodies from the store or to enjoy what could be the only decent soy latte (w/ Bonsoy) for miles.

The cafe is set in a light filled gazebo bursting with greenery, flowers and twisted tomato vines and is truly a relaxing place to sit and enjoy. While the cafe doesn't offer a huge vegan range, we were thoroughly satisfied with a delightful organic quinoa salad w/ fresh orange segments and pistachios, aside a cos salad w/ fresh dates, dried apricots and almonds ($15) - it really was something rather special. Another vegan option on offer for lunch was a falafel wrap ($12).

We sampled a couple of refreshing Wort organic drinks as we'd never seen them before and the unusual flavour of 'peppermint and ginger' caught my eye. A vegan muesli slice ($4.50) made in-house and full of nuts and seeds also hit the spot.

Great efforts have gone into stocking the best of everything at McGain's food store, including the freshest of fruit and vegetables. Tallyho Farm soy burgers, Earnest Bean Co organic smoked tofu and Primasoy three seeds tempeh (the one smothered in paprika and cumin) were available - which was impressive as these delicacies can be hard to find (in Melbourne, you can get these products at The Land of Soy & Honey).

If sweets are your thing, you can pick up anything from the Loving Earth or Cocoa Rhapsody chocolate ranges or settle instead for a SuperOrb, date and walnut ball, organic dried mango, or my favourite - organic dark chocolate almonds!

 
McGain's Nursery and Organic Food Store 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

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

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

Shokuiku

All Vegan, Gluten Free, Northcote, Organic, Raw, Restaurant, Desserts, Inner NorthThe Good HeartedComment

Shoku iku
120 High Street
Northcote VIC 3070
0403 569 019

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Lunch served Wed to Sun 11:30am – 4pm

Dinner Sat only 6pm – 8pm

Cash Only


Shokuiku is a new raw, organic, macrobiotic, vegan eatery in Northcote that's created a flurry of curiosity amongst Melbourne's vegan community. Raw dining, where food is not heated above 48 degrees so that enzymes, vitamins and minerals are not destroyed, is a new experience for us, so we thought we'd better check out the April dinner menu in it's entirety in order to report back to you good (hearted) people.

Shoku iku is open for dinner only on Saturday nights at this stage and you must book a table if you want to partake. There are two choices available for each course (first courses $12, second courses $20, desserts $10 and side salads $9). We opted for the three course meal with side salad ($46) and were off to a great start with their 'Curried crepes w/ julienned apple and zucchini and plant-based yoghurt'. The vegan yoghurt made this dish something special.

A 'Whole tomato, stuffed w/ sunflower pate and served w/ walnut pesto' also arrived to compete with the crepes and it definitely held its own! The incredibly moreish walnut pesto (complete with garlic hit) gave the vegan yoghurt sauce a real run for it's money.

After a little wait, our main courses arrived complete with a side salad on each plate. The 'Vegetable ravioli, filled w/ plant based cream cheese and served w/ chunky tomato sauce' was accompanied by a huge serving of a 'green leafy salad w/ vegetable cous cous and red grapes w/ a fig and balsamic dressing'. The raw raviolis saw vegan cream cheese sandwiched between sliced radish and apple and it went down a treat, however the salad had copious amounts of a grated root vegetable (perhaps celeriac) masquerading as cous cous and while it was super vitamin hit, we couldn't quite stomach eating all of it.

The other main of 'Kelp noodle and vegetable pad thai w/ sweet and spicy almond sauce and activated teriyaki nuts and seeds' was more salty than sweet and spicy and I felt healthier just looking at all that kelp! On the side was a 'Marinated carrot ribbon salad w/ creamy curry spiced dressing' but again, there was rather a lot of it and there's only so much ‘carrot ribbon’ one can eat in a single sitting!

The evening peaked again when dessert arrived, delivering us an extraordinarily rich and creamy 'Peppermint and chocolate layer cake' along with 'Poached strawberries w/ lucuma (a subtropical fruit from Peru) and cupuacu (an Amazonian 'super fruit') sabayon and orange cream' which despite the extravagant description was a simple and refreshing dessert which was also garnished with strawberry leather (aka fruit rollup).

There are plenty of herbal teas ($3-3.50) on offer (warmed only) along with teeccino which is a herbal coffee served with freshly made almond milk or warmed cacao ($5). The teeccino and cocao is rather creatively warmed in a vitamix.

 
Shokuiku 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

Licensed


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

St Ali - South / Passion Foods

Bonsoy, South, South Melbourne, Organic, Shop, Vegan GroceriesThe Good HeartedComment

St Ali - South
12-18 Yarra Pl,
South Melbourne VIC 3205
(03) 9686 2990

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menu

Opening Hours:
Open 7 days, 7am-6pm


Passion Foods
219 Ferrars St,
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: 03 9690 9339

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am - 7.30pm
Sat 8am - 7pm
Sun 9am - 6pm


After checking out the Rainbow Warrior which was docked at Port Melbourne on the weekend, we went off in search of breakfast in the unfamiliar territory of South Melbourne. After scanning the menus of a few cafes near the South Melbourne market, we ended up off the main drag at the very busy, but large, St Ali - South (there is also a St Ali - North in Carlton).

After scanning the menu, I noticed a vegan option right away that I had to try - the 'Wholefoods gluten free sandwich' ($16) which is a braised kale sandwich on gluten free bread with saffron chickpeas, sumac onion, vegan mayo and green salad. This sandwich deserves a much more exciting name as it's absolutely sensational! The kale is deliciously crispy and seasoned, the saffron chickpea is in a soft pattie that is amazing with the red cabbage and creamy vegan mayo and if you're accustomed to gluten free bread, then you'll especially appreciate how good this bread is!

My sidekick was set on a more traditional breakfast, so he opted for a DIY option of some extras  including field mushrooms ($4.50), roasted tomatoes ($4.50) and fresh avocado ($4.50) on sourdough ($2). Whilst this made for a simple breakfast, every element was cooked to perfection - he was especially impressed with the roasted tomatoes, which 'rival' the confit tomatoes at Wide Open Road. A point to note if ordering extras is that the bean ragout isn't vegetarian, let alone vegan (what's up with cafes ruining perfectly good beans with ham hock and the like?!).

St Ali roast their own coffee beans which are also for sale, so needless to say their coffee was great - and good ol' Bonsoy is used at no extra charge which seals the deal nicely.

If you pay a visit to St Ali - South, be sure to also swing by the nearby Passion Foods to stock up on a variety of vegan groceries including vegan yoghurts (CO-YO!), ice creams, cheeses (Vegusto!), snack bars and more. There's also a good array of take home organic vegan salads that may take your fancy.

 
St Ali Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Monk Bodhi Dharma

All Vegetarian, Bonsoy, Cafe, Gluten Free, Organic, SouthThe Good HeartedComment

Monk Bodhi Dharma
Rear 202 Carlise Street,
Balaclava VIC 3183
03 9534 7250
www.monkbd.com.au


Open 7 days. Open for dinner of Friday nights - bookings necessary.


Monk Bodhi Dharma has possibly ruined all weekend breakfasts for me - simply because their food and coffee is sooo good that we'll never be able to go anywhere else again.

Big call? Well yes it is, but mainly because MBD is in Balaclava and too far away from us to visit every single weekend. The fact that we do make the trek regularly though, is testament to the fact that they really know what they're doing. The menu is all vegetarian (dairy available, no eggs) but the majority of choices are vegan and everything is vegan optional.

I always get a vegan version of "The Avo" ($15.50) which is smashed avocado with mint, chilli and lemon on top of a vegan cashew sour cream spread on organic sourdough. The avocado mix is always stacked generously high and really is the most special avocado on toast I've had.

My sidekick always gets the vegan version of Umami Mushrooms ($18.50) which is a rather decadent mix of creamy slow roasted oyster, shitake and swiss brown mushrooms on house made pumpkin, spinach and sundried tomato polenta bread. The vegan cashew sour cream also makes an appearance on top of the polenta bread. It's just as delicious as it sounds and looks a work of art to boot.

If you visit Monk Bodhi Dharma it's also worth checking out the Coles on Camden Street, Balaclava for vegan Vienetta's (about $17 each) and other non dairy ice-cream treats and frozen delights such as vegan boreks. Rishon Foods at 23 William Street, Balaclava also has plenty of vegan foods including ice-cream desserts and homemade fresh fruit sorbets. They also stock some great vegan whipping cream (should you need to make a vegan chocolate ripple cake!) and plenty of other goodies. Rishon is closed Saturdays but open Sundays.

 
Monk Bodhi Dharma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato