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Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel

Degustation, Dinner, Desserts, Gluten Free, Licensed, Restaurant, Special Occasion, Dunkeld, Regional Victoria, Southern GrampiansThe Good HeartedComment

Wickens at the
Royal Mail Hotel
98 Parker St,
Dunkeld VIC 3294

(03) 5577 2241


Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

On winding down the distinctly native garden path to Wickens at the Royal Mail, the native bird chirps coming from speakers hidden in trees suggest that a live performance by actual birds couldn't be left to chance. Chef Robin Wickens wants this experience to be perfectly curated.

The dining room is moody and dimly lit, drawing our attention to the vast window framing Mount Sturgeon and the ancient gumtrees full of (real) birdlife. Italian hand-blown lights hover over impressive tables made of local solid sandstone, but unfortunately, animal leather placemats and chairs also take pride of place.

The Royal Mail Kitchen Garden is the most productive kitchen garden in Australia and provides all of the produce showcased in the five ($170) or eight-course ($195) degustations. We opted for eight courses (it ends up being more like 12) and ate like vegan royalty for I kid you not, over four hours.

The degustation starts with a series of canapes, such as the 'beetroot pop tart,' 'apple, watercress mustard cracker' and 'fermented radish, smoked maple with leek ash.' Funnily enough, though, it was the homemade sourdough bread that left the most profound impression, and we would go back again for that alone (ok, we may need to save for a bit first).

Other amazing dishes that came our way include 'chickpea pancake, spinach and tofu' and 'watercress custard, porridge oats, black garlic, and flowers.' We enjoyed no less than four deserts, including the playful 'jelly baby vegetables' and a unique 'green tomato on granola with sweet woodruff.'

Wickens at the Royal Mail Hotel was awarded 2 Hats in the 2019 Good Food Guide Awards, along with Regional Wine List of the Year.

Wickens at The Royal Mail isn't straight up vegan. Please specify vegan at the time of booking.


Vegan Food in St Kilda – with Melbourne Vegan Tours

Cafe, Gluten Free, Icecream, Licensed, Lunch, South, Vegan Tours, Vegan Tourism, St KildaThe Good HeartedComment

When Jess Ivers and Dan Pinne visited Paris and discovered that a vegan tour was on offer in the land of foie gras and buttery croissants, they thought, well, if you can have a vegan tour there, then you can definitely have one in vegan-friendly Melbourne. Soon after, in May 2018, Melbourne Vegan Tours was born.

We joined Jess on a vegan tour of St Kilda, meeting her at 2pm in front of iconic Luna Park. She’s down to earth and friendly, and as you’d expect on a vegan tour, the other attendees are the same. Our tour is a small group of four, and numbers don’t exceed ten people so that it can remain an intimate experience; this is much more of a walk and eat with friends vibe rather than the wrangling of a bunch of strangers in name tags.

An adult ticket for the St Kilda vegan tour will set you back $105 (or less if you book a group of 3 or more) and includes all of the food throughout the tour – and trust us – you won’t go hungry. We’d like to thank Jess and Melbourne Vegan Tours for the gift of hosting us on this tour. Check them out here:

Here’s where we went:

Ground Yourself Cafe


Ground Yourself Cafe
Shop G8
Acland Court
183/189 Barkly St,
St Kilda VIC 3182


First stop on our vegan tour of St Kilda is to Ground Yourself Cafe, which makes the cut thanks to it being voted as having the best coffee in Melbourne on BeanHunter.

We sample delicious delights from the Vegan Big Breakfast ($22.50) which includes fabulous scrambled tofu, fresh sauerkraut (this did not come from a tin!), a lovely mushroom jam and more. The house beans are rich and smokey, and a real stand out.

Other options on offer are a variety of cold bowls (all GF $17)), including an Acai Bowl and a Dragon Fruit Bowl (Superfood Pitaya (Dragon Fruit), Mango, Banana, and Passionfruit topped with Buckwheat Granola, Coconut Flakes and Fresh Fruit).

Most lunch items are also vegan and gluten-free, and include a Buddha Bowl ($17) and a Burrito Bowl ($19), although bacon from pigs, eggs, and dairy are also on the menu.

Melbourne Vegan Tour inclusion: Coffee or Prana chai, Breakfast board and smokey beans to share

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am–6pm | Sat-Sun: 8am - 6pm | Public holiday: 8am onwards


Empower Shop


3/112 Acland St
St Kilda VIC 3182


After getting caffeinated, we next stopped by the store Empower – a social enterprise helping girls and women from Asia whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and abuse. These women make all goods in the store with profits going back to them. Through rescue, rehabilitation, medical care, and ongoing nurture and skill development, these people have been able to turn their lives around, giving them a brighter future.

Melbourne Vegan Tour inclusion: 10% off all items in the store. (You may, of course, want to let them keep the 10% as a much-deserved donation)

Note: Not all items in-store are vegan


Trippy Taco Southside

Trippy Taco
6 Acland St
St Kilda VIC 3182


After a stroll down the leafiest part of Acland Street, our next stop is Trippy Taco's "southside" restaurant. It's a colourful space with more indoor seating (and perhaps more character) than it's "northside" sister restaurant, but the Mexican-style street food is just as good. 

We indulged in the crowd-pleasing vegan Tofu Asada Burrito ($13.50) with its seasoned chargrilled tofu, salad, salsa, guacamole, lime, and maybe the odd sultana thrown in for good measure (don't worry, it works). The vegan nachos (small $13) are made with those yummy corn tortilla chips (no Dorritos or CCs here) and include all the vegan trimmings, including sour cream. Just keep in mind that most items aren't straight-up vegan – always ask for the vegan version.

Melbourne Vegan Tour inclusion: Half a Tofu Asada Burrito each and Vegan Nachos to share.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thur: 5pm–9pm | Fri-Sat: 12.30pm–9pm | Sun: 12.20pm–8.30pm


Good Love

Good Love
56 Acland St
St Kilda VIC 3182


A refreshing walk along the foreshore brought us back into the heart of Acland Street and into Good Love, an all-vegan bar with food. It has a friendly and playful atmosphere (um, you can play Nintendo) and an exciting all vegan food menu – I'm talking a "Bacon and Egg Brioche" ($16) and banana blossom "Phish and Chips" ($23). YUM.

We all tried a slice of New York Pizza ($8), including a "Calabrese" with salami, napoli, cheese sauce and chilli oil, and an "Anti Pasto" with napoli, cheese sauce, feta, parmesan crisp, olives and rice paper prosciutto. The pizza dough has a pink tinge thanks to a waste-free approach of utilising excess beetroot from the kitchen – and it's of a more homely style than traditional pizza.

Melbourne Vegan Tour Inclusions: Cocktail or Soft Drink and a Slice of New York Pizza.

Opening Hours:
Mon: Closed | Tue-Fri: 11am–11pm | Sat-Sun: 9am–11pm

Piccolina Gelataria

Piccolina Gelataria
137 Acland St
St Kilda VIC 3182


To top off our afternoon of eating, walking, and chatting to good people, we made our way to the traditional Italian gelateria, Piccolina. Everything is made from scratch here, and the fresh fruit vegan sorbet is hard to beat. There is dark chocolate, passionfruit, lemon, strawberry as well as the odd bonus flavour on offer.

Melbourne Vegan Tour Inclusions: 1 x vegan sorbet each.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 2–10pm | Fri-Sat: 2–10:30pm | Sun: 12–10pm


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


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

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!


Miinot Gelato

Desserts, Gluten Free, Icecream, North, Pascoe Vale SouthThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Miinot Gelato
71 Melville Road,
Pascoe Vale South
03 94375569


Opening Hours:
Mon: 1-7pm
Tues: Closed
Wed-Fri: 1-7pm
Sat: 12-7pm
Sun: 12-5pm

North and westsiders no longer have to make the trek to Fitzroy to join the queues at Gelato Messina for amazing all-fruit based handmade gelato – thanks to Miinot Gelato, which opened in late 2014 in Pascoe Vale South.

Miinot Gelato is an impeccably presented family run shop with a small, but fruitful selection of quality gelato, including around 4-5 vegan flavours on rotation. On our visit, the vegan choices included lemon, forest berries, mango and strawberry & pear. The vegan dark chocolate gelato is also usually on offer.

The flavours are intensely natural and if you're lucky you might even encounter a little chunk of fruit or berry seed. The mango gelato was a particular highlight and exceptionally creamy.

Whether you're after a single plain cone ($4.20), a double waffle cone ($5.80) or even a tiny cone ($2.50), Miinot Gelato can accommodate. Cups range from a tiny cup ($2.50) through to a quad cup ($7.20), or you can grab a 500ml ($15), 1000ml ($20) or 1500ml ($27) tub of your favourite flavours to devour at home.

Miinot Gelato Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

also visited by veganopoulous

Chew Burgers

Burgers, Dinner, Gluten Free, Lunch, North, PrestonThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Chew Burger
147 Plenty Road
Preston VIC 3072
(03) 9484 9720


Opening Hours:
Tue-Thur: 12-9pm
Fri: 12-9.30pm
Sat-Sun: 12-9pm

Chew Burger popped up next to the The Racoon Club in early 2014 to bring burgers and fries to an otherwise quiet little strip in Preston. With the tip-off that they catered for vegans, we checked them out on a Friday night when they were bursting with takeaway orders and busy servicing the drinkers next door.

We discovered that there's actually only one vegan burger on the menu, aptly named 'Vegan' (GF $15). It has portobello mushroom, thyme, vegan mayo, guacamole, salsa and cos lettuce on a gluten free bun.

The burger's winning ingredient is the vegan mayo which they've really nailed, however it was let down a bit by the gluten free bun, which in the end dominated the flavours. Serving the vegan burger on a gluten free bun (substitute not allowed) led me to believe that perhaps this burger is intended as a 'cure all' for those pesky types who won't eat 'normal' food. Also, at $15 the price is really quite steep for a rather small burger.

We also tried a serve of 'Shoestring fries w/ roasted ghost chilli salt' and vegan mayo ($4.50). We're not sure if a mistake was made on the night, but the fries were sweet rather than salty. They looked as good as Trippy Taco's 'Trippy fries', but without any of the moreish salty goodness.

There's also an 'Apple, slaw, mint, pea salad' ($5) and a good array of Italian and Mexican soft drinks ($4.50-$4.50).

Chew Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato