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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

Cash Only


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

Also visited by:  where's the beef

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

A Minor Place

Bonsoy, Brunswick, Inner North, CafeThe Good HeartedComment

A Minor Place
103 Albion St
Brunswick, VIC 3056

Phone: 03 9384 3131
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Mon-Sat: 8am - 5pm (kitchen closes at 4 pm)

Sun & Public Holidays: 8:30am - 5pm (kitchen closes at 4 pm)

Fully Licensed

Must Try: Henry's White Beans


As far as cafes go, A Minor Place is a bit of a faithful old friend. It's been around for ages, always has something tasty and vegan(isable) on offer, makes a decent soy latte and is reliably open on public holidays when everything else is shut.

'Henry's White Beans' ($13.50) is a trusty vegan favourite of creamy cannellini beans in garlic and rosemary with dukkah, rocket and toast. A more recent addition to their menu is the 'Scrambled Tofu' ($14.50) which is quite a rich combo of silken tofu and mushrooms in an asian sauce. It's usually piled in a generous heap on top of sourdough with rocket, although on our last visit it was presented in a little bowl on the side - which luckily was still enough to satisfy my hunger!

GH: The scrambled tofu is no longer on the menu - current menu here

You can almost always expect to find a vegan dahl or soup on offer on the specials board, which never fails to impress. We recently sampled the' Lentil & Spinach Dahl w/ Toasted Turkish Bread' ($10) which was a wholesome delight. Be sure to hold the yoghurt on this dish though.

The 'Quesadilla' ($13.50 GF) is another popular veganisable choice for lunch, with spicy paprika red kidney beans with mushrooms, avocado, lettuce and corn salsa. You can add your own lashings of Tabasco sauce if that takes your fancy too.

For something smaller, the 'New York Style Bagel' ($11.50) - a seeded bagel with avocado, dukkah and lemon can be veganised (just hold the cream cheese) or a vegan 'Berry and Almond Muffin' ($4.50) from Sugardough is the way to go.

Coffee is $3.80 with a 40c soycharge for Bonsoy.

 
A Minor Place Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Bear Cafe (Closed)

Bonsoy, Cafe, Fitzroy, Organic, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted1 Comment

The Bear Cafe
439 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
0414 507 635


Opening Hours:
Sun: 11am - 2:30pm,
5 - 9pm
Mon-Tue: Closed
Wed-Thur: 5 - 9pm
Fri-Sat: 5 - 10pm


The Bear Cafe has closed down.

Baskets of organic fruit and vegies adorn the footpath outside The Bear Cafe on Brunswick Street, and once inside we discover that the cafe is also home to "Animal Lovers by Neo Tokyo's" retail store (which Melbourne vegans know of largely due to those towels in the last World Vegan Day showbag!). The important bit to note though, is that The Bear Cafe has an all vegan food menu!

All day breakfast options are a feature and include 'Homemade museli' ($7) with fruit, nuts and coconut yogurt, 'Fruit toast' ($5.50), Avocado and chilli on toast ($7) and the big ticket item, 'The Big Bear breakfast' ($12.50). With baked beans, mushrooms, scrambled tofu and guacamole topped with dukkah, the Big Bear breakfast is a hearty winner and a fair price to boot.

Also on the menu are a selection of toasties which all list cheese as an ingredient, and luckily for us (and for the cows), it's vegan cheese! You can order a cheese and tomato version known as the 'The Classic' ($6), a 'Mitey' ($6.50) with cheese and vegemite or a J.P's garden' ($6.50) with cheese, mushroom, roasted peppers and caramelized onion. My sidekick went for the 'Double decker' ($10.50) which, with vegan cheese, baked beans, mushrooms, scrambled tofu and guacamole is basically the Big Bear breakfast condensed down into one mega sandwich - so needless to say, he loved it.

Some specials of 'Organic pumpkin and coconut soup' and 'Organic tomato and basil soup' served with bread of your choice (quinoa and pumpkin bread were two options I recall) ($8.50) also deserve a mention for a good wintery lunch option.

If your sweet tooth leaves you wanting more, you can grab a Mr Nice Guy ($4.50) or Merry ($3.60) cupcake, a Tinkernicks Cookie ($3.50) or some (incredibly amazing) raw Pana Chocolate ($7.60). Homemade muffins ($3.50) and homemade banana bread with nuttelex ($3.50) is also on the sweets menu.

I had a soy latte ($3.30 - 30c soycharge for Bonsoy) which was pretty good, albeit a little weak. Dairy makes an appearance for the hot drinks, hence the soycharge mention.

 

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

Cash Only.


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.

 

Code Black Coffee

Bonsoy, Brunswick, Cafe, Inner North, Gluten FreeThe Good HeartedComment

Code Black Coffee
15-17 Weston St
Brunswick, VIC 3056
Phone: 03 9381 2330

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menu


Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 7am-5pm


What do you do if you have a day off during the work week? You follow your weekend routine and head straight out for a vegan brunch! This time we checked out new cafe and specialty coffee roastery joint Code Black Coffee.

The first thing that struck us about Code Black Coffee is that the interior/exterior designers seriously like black; almost every surface is painted black which makes the large warehouse space kind of dark. In saying that, it's certainly not gloomy and it's actually pretty swish.

The menu is really well labelled for vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meals, with two menu items being vegan. I chose the 'Baked Silken Tofu w/ parsley and lemon crumb, roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach, pine nuts w/ sourdough toast' ($17.90) and wasn't disappointed. The silken tofu itself was a bit liked cooked egg white and was quite plain - which worked well with the salty topping of parsley and lemon crumb. The cherry tomatoes were full of flavour and the spinach was ok. This meal is definitely getting up there in the price stakes, but it was the first baked silken tofu I've had - and it was really good, so I can justify the price this time.

My sidekick opted for the other vegan option of 'Breakfast couscous, steamed w/ fruit juice, roasted nuts, dried peaches & cranberries served w/ house made coconut yoghurt and berries' ($13.90). The berries came in a separate little jug so that you could participate in assembling the final masterpiece before tucking in (or could it have been for those wanting the sans berries option?). Regardless, it was a delightful dish, with the house made coconut yoghurt a particularly super creamy highlight.

The coffee was really good, although it comes at a price. I ordered a soy latte and it came in a small coffee cup with a 60 cent soycharge for Bonsoy. So... not only was it expensive, but it was smaller than the usual latte in a glass that I've come to expect in Melbourne. Sidekick also had a bottled fresh orange juice for $4.

 
Code Black Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Also visited by: wheres the beef?

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

Milkwood

Bonsoy, East Brunswick, Gluten Free, Inner North, CafeThe Good HeartedComment

Milkwood
120 Nicholson St
Brunswick East VIC 3057

(03) 9380 4062


Mon-Fri: 7.30am-4.30pm (Closed Tuesday)
Sat-Sun: 7.30am-4pm


After a Saturday morning trip to the CERES organic market for some fruit and veg, a visit to Milkwood cafe for a vegan breakie was in order -  SoyMilkwood would have been a better name though!

The cafe with it's cathedral ceiling and fresh flowers has a lovely warm atmosphere. There is also an overflow room for Milkwood which is accessible from Nicholson street, but as it's not connected to the main cafe it feels a bit weird and shut-off from the action.

There are two decent choices for a vegan breakfast at Milkwood, Warm cannellini bean, lemon & rosemary mash with sliced avocado on sourdough toast ($14.50) is vegan and a real winner. It's a bit like the Henry's white beans of Wide Open Road and A Minor Place, but not as saucy and with a much bigger rosemary hit. The other choice of Lemon thyme mushrooms with avocado on sourdough toast ($14.50) is veganised as it replaces ricotta with avocado. I tried it on the house gluten free toast which was great (trust me, there is some baaad gluten free bread out there), and the mushrooms were rich and full of flavour.

Milkwood make a delicious soy latte ($4) and you guessed it, they use Bonsoy.

 
Milkwood Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato