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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


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

The Isthmus of Kra (Closed Down)

Restaurant, Special Occasion, South Melbourne, South, DessertsThe Good HeartedComment

The Isthmus of Kra
50 Park Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
03 9690 3688

After a long and sunny afternoon in South Melbourne for a friends birthday, our group had the growing need for a close by and vegan friendly place for dinner. We racked our brains and remembered Shakahari's sister restaurant, The Isthmus of Kra.

The Isthmus of Kra is predominantly southern Thai cuisine and unfortunately not 100% vegetarian like Shakahari. There are some vegan winners on the menu though and the staff are also very willing to 'veganise' anything. As it's kind of pricey, we didn't have entrees but can report on these two options: Monsoon Oysters - Vegan Version (silken tofu, oyster mushrooms and baby spinach topped with herbs, spiced lime, and lemongrass dressing - $14) and Cassava Mushroom Pillows (beancurd pastry rolls with a mixture of mushrooms, julienned cassava, roasted almond flakes and herbs - hot plate seared, with a wasabi mustard herbal salsa - $15). Hmmm, what were we thinking... we should have had entrees...

We did try the Vegetarian Dialogue ($18.50) and it was a delightful conversation (ha!) of french black puy lentils, steamed baby spinach, tofu crisps, beanshoots, crushed macadamia and snow pea strips - all tossed in a caramelized chilli and kombu dashi dressing. The crunch of the tofu crisps and macadamia really made this salad something special - it was a delight and sizeable enough for sharing.

We also had a Mushroom, Tofu and Vegetable Laksa ($23.50). It wasn't a typical spicy sour soup laksa, but a saucy tamarind curry with ginger flower, kaffir lime leaves and Vietnamese mint. The laksa was full of different delicious mushrooms which I especially loved along with the juicy tofu strips. It also had thai green eggplant in it which I really didn't like, but that could just be me?!

There are vegan desserts including Tofu Caramel with Crushed Toffee Pistachio ($12.50) which is also an old favourite at Shakahari. I believe the Caramelised Mango, Black Rice Pudding with Shredded Coconut ($13.50) was also vegan (will confirm).

Price: Pricey but a bit special too.