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Gelato Messina

Fitzroy, Inner North, IcecreamThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Gelato Messina
237 Smith St,
Fitzroy Vic 3065

NSW Stores

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thur: 12pm-11pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-11.30pm

Gelato Messina make all of their gelatos and sorbets from scratch using raw and natural ingredients and have had queues out the door since opening up on Smith Street in Fitzroy. All of the current sorbet flavours (in the first cabinet) are vegan and the ones we tried were sensational.

We sampled the 'Salted coconut and mango salsa' flavour, which is reminiscent of salted caramel and unsurprisingly, incredibly delicious. The 'mango' flavour was also top notch and surprise, surprise tasted of unadulterated mango! Just be careful about visiting on a hot day... you'll be in for a daunting wait out the door and down the street.

The full vegan sorbet list is as follows:

  • Salted Coconut and Mango Salsa
  • Blood Orange
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Sorbet
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Pandan & Coconut (pandan is a green asian leaf used in asian cooking)
  • Passionfruit
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry

Prices: 1 scoop ($4), 2 scoops ($6), 3 scoops ($7)

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


Restaurant, Gluten Free, Organic, Northcote, Inner North, DessertsThe Good Hearted4 Comments

219 High St
Northcote 3070
03 9482 7033

Opening Hours:
Tues-Sun: Dinner

Papasito is an organic Mexican restaurant in Northcote that has replaced the cashew milk dessert specialist Coco Loco (which they also used to run). Rumours of cashew based cheese or 'queso', led us to High Street to check out their vegan offerings.

We started with the 'Totopos (fresh house yellow corn chips) w/ Smoked Cashew Queso' ($10) which were fresh and delicious - that smoked cashew queso is a hit! If it had being warmed slightly it would have been even better.

For mains we opted to share the 'Huitlacoche Tacos' ($17); 2 x 7 inch handmade soft corn tortillas with grilled mushroom, potato, queso and mexican black truffle, along with lettuce, tomato, coriander and lime. The cashew queso and chipotle mole sauce were the clear highlight, but the tacos risked being a little dry without an adequate spread of these condiments. 

The 'Mamaita Sizzling Casserole' ($19) of eggplant, potato, tomato, mint and chipotle mole came with 2 x 7 inch fresh corn tortillas, which were doughier than the taco tortillas. The casserole was quite hearty with the chipotle mole again being the star.

I quenched my thirst on a 'Mint Cooler' ($6) with fresh mint, lime, soda and vanilla nectar - which was absolutely chock full of delicious fresh mint. My sidekick tried the 'Polemo' ($6) - pink & white grapefruit, soda and vanilla nectar. Another beverage choice of interest was the 'Kluklu' with cashew milk, cinnamon and vanilla nectar ($6), which could be a good choice in lieu of dessert.

The dessert menu is an old Coco Loco menu (complete with Coco Loco printed at the top!) which could be a bit confusing for diners not aware of the connection. Nevertheless, we were delighted to select a 'Raspberry Chocolate Mousse' ($17 GF) made with cashew milk. The mousse had quite complex and rich flavours and was lovely with the fresh raspberry coulis on top. The serving was huge, so it's an ideal choice for sharing. A 'Mango Dark Chocolate' ($17 GF) version and a 'Caramelised Banana Dark Chocolate' ($19, GF) mousse is also on offer for vegans, along with housemade 'Pure Dark Chocolate Gelato' ($15 GF).

Papasito's prices were quite high and the service was a little haphazard, but they were friendly, so we'd still recommend it for catering well to vegans over all three courses and for drinks - and let's face it, housemade cashew cheese will always be a huge draw card!

Quirks: NOT CHILD FRIENDLY - Must be over sixteen to dine here. (a little odd, but true)

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

Veggie Kitchen - Intention of Love (Closed)

All Vegetarian, Desserts, Gluten Free, Inner North, Northcote, Restaurant, TakeawayThe Good HeartedComment

Veggie Kitchen has closed.

Veggie Kitchen - Intention of Love
159 St Georges Road,
Northcote VIC 3070
Phone: 03 9489 2120

Closed Mondays

Veggie Kitchen has closed.

Veggie Kitchen - Intention of Love is such an adorably off-putting name for a restaurant, we thought it was about time we tried it.

Veggie Kitchen is all vegetarian (der!), mainly vegan (or vegan optional) and Taiwanese. The menu is quite large with lots of really tempting entree goodies like satay skewers, dumplings, veggie buns, yam spring rolls, tofu rolls and more ($4.80-$6.80). We tried the Veggie Cutlet (2 pcs $6.80) - crunchy crumbed nori wrapped delicacies of soy prawn and cabbage. I've never being down the 'soy prawn road' before so it was a nice surprise to find these so tasty.

I also went for a Bean Curd Burger ($8.80) which was layers of sweet beancurd, marinated tofu, crispy lettuce and tomato skewered together into a burger. It's juiciness made it delicious, but also messy to eat, so be prepared with a napkin before tucking in. It's a full on hit of marinated and fried tofu and while I'm glad I tried it, it was quite rich, so I think I'd rather take pity on my belly and go halves with someone next time.

My sidekick had Hong Shao Tofu with Taiwanese Shitake Mushrooms ($12.80) with black rice (2.80). Whilst you couldn't fault the homemade tofu, the dish only had two small slices of shitake mushroom in it which was pretty lousy. The wholesome black rice side dish made up for the lack of fungi though.

There were also vegan desserts including Tofu Pudding, Black Sesame Pudding (both $4.80) which I look forward to trying next time. Mister Nice Guy cupcakes were also available.

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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.