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Green Refectory

Inner North, Brunswick, CafeThe Good HeartedComment

Green Refectory
115 Sydney Rd
Brunswick VIC 3056
Phone: 03 9387 1150


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

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Green Refectory cafe has being a popular haunt on Sydney Road since it opened a decade ago, largely due to it's offerings of healthy, tasty food without the hefty price tag.

A visit to this cafe on a weekend can be challenging due to the fact that you need to secure your own table among the crowds and then order at the counter near the busy doorway after navigating the huge blackboard menu behind the counter to decide on what you want (read on, and you can arm yourself with what to order).

The standout vegan option at Green Refectory is the vegan 'Scrambled tofu w/ mountain bread and picked veg' ($10) which is such great value. The lightly spiced scrambled silken tofu with caramelised onion is among the best on offer in Melbourne, and surely must be cheapest. The pickled veg can include pickled beetroot, olives and a pickled cucumber/carrot combo.

Another savoury vegan offering is the 'Spicy sweet potato and pinenut parcel' with I opted to have with a couple of vegan salads ($8.75), including a tahini broccoli salad and a spicy lentil salad (which was the standout). Soup ($6.95) is another option for lunch and on our recent visit there was a vegan 'Pumpkin soup', along with a vegan 'Pumpkin, lentil and ginger soup' on offer.

For sweets, I spotted a vegan 'Apple & ginger loaf' ($3.50) among a crowd of cakes in the front glass cabinet. Coffee is $3.70 which includes a 70 cent soycharge for Nature's Soy.

 
Green Refectory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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

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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

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery (Closed - Replaced by The Dharma Hub)

Cafe, Gluten Free, Mornington Peninsula, Vegan Groceries, Frankston, Raw, South, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted1 Comment

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery
439 Nepean Hwy
Frankston, VIC 3199
03 9783 2899

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10 am - 4 pm
Sun: Closed

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A trip to Frankston to meet a brand new baby boy was the perfect opportunity to also check out the 'much loved by locals' vegetarian cafe Aum Shanti. 

Aum Shanti Vegetarian Cafe & Art Gallery has such an earthy, homely feel that you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the main street of Daylesford as opposed to seaside 'Franga'. There is a lovely array of homemade meals and salads to choose from in the glass cabinet, or you can order funky pies ($5.50), wraps ($8), sandwiches ($8-8.50), soup of the day ($9 and always vegan) or a lentil and chickpea burger ($9) off the menu. Sourdough toast is the main vegan breakfast option so you'd be better off making your visit to Aum Shanti a lunch date.

I had a 'Lentil & mushroom shepherds pie' with a scoop of quinoa salad ($12, GF) and it was a truly comforting homemade meal. The quinoa salad had a great crunch thanks to the addition of toasted seeds. A non vegan friend also partook in this dish and was as equally impressed.

There are plenty of vegan sweets on offer including lemon melting moments ($2), Mr Nice Guy cupcakes ($4.50), an assortment of chocolates, and some raw desserts by Naked Treaties. We gave the raw choc mint slice ($7) a whirl and it was reminiscent of the peppermint and chocolate layer cake at Shoku Iku - very rich so ideal to share. The Nickers Bar ($4) - a raw, vegan, sugar free 'snickers', was an ideal accompaniment to my soy latte ($4 - includes 50c soycharge). If soy milk isn't your thing, you can also have your coffee made with organic rice or almond milk, which will also attract an extra 50 cents - as does organic coffee.

Along with being a great lunch place, Aum Shanti stocks a few vegan products which you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else on the peninsula.

Notzarella, Castlemaine dips, Sweet Freedom 'vegan honey', Plamil organic chocolate spread, vegan jelly crystals and vegan condensed milk are among the loot. This cafe is a shining light in Frankston, and we're sure it will continue to be for many years to come.

 

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

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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