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Veggie Villa (Closed Down)

Inner North, Organic, Flemington, Raw, Gluten Free, West, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Veggie Villa
331 Racehorse Road,
Flemington VIC 3031


Opening Hours:
7 days: 11am-10pm

Takeaway and home delivery available (min $30).

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Veggie Villa has closed down.

Veggie Villa has recently opened in Flemington and is hopefully set to breathe new life into the vegan friendly dining scene in the area.

With the stark interior of the restaurant and dangerously long menu of raw, Indian, Mexican, Asian, salads, burgers and wraps, smoothies and desserts, we didn't hold high expectations for Veggie Villa; our fears were indeed allayed however when our food arrived.

I tried the 'Macro gold veggie bowl' (GF $13.50) with green salad, steamed vegetables, biodynamic brown rice, sprouts, tempeh and wakame - with miso gravy and satay sauce on the side. It was pretty good, and almost comparable to the 'Macro Dragon Bowl' at Yong Green Food.

We also had the 'Mexican red chilli bean' (GF $14) with spicy red chilli beans, biodynamic brown rice, salad, guacamole and cashew cheese which was a healthy and hearty feed. There are dozens more dishes on offer which we'll be back to try including, 'Raw pizza' ($10), 'Raw lasagne' ($12), 'Stir fry mock chicken' ($14), 'Smoked eggplant curry' ($14) and a vegan 'Pho' ($12).

For dessert there are a variety of raw vegan cheesecakes ($7), including chocolate, blueberry and white chocolate. A 'Raw pecan tart' ($7) and 'Raw brownie' ($6) is also on offer, and all desserts are organic, vegan and gluten free. We took a 'Raw chocolate cheesecake' to go and it was deliciously rich, whilst being not too sweet.

 

Also visited by Vegawesome!

Miss Chu

Gluten Free, Melbourne CBD, Restaurant, TakeawayThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Miss Chu
Shop 2,
297 Exhibition St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
(03) 9077 1097

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11am-10pm
Closed Sunday

It can be a real brain strain to come up with a last minute, no fuss, no booking required, non expensive, vegan friendly dinner option in Melbourne's CBD (and no, Lord of the Fries doesn't count). Fortunately, Miss Chu fits the criteria rather nicely.

Miss Chu is a manic Vietnamese restaurant with a tuckshop style ordering system requiring you to tick boxes on your menu/order form. There are a good number of vegan items that are really well labelled, with gluten free options being well signed too. Miss Chu call themselves the 'Queen of Rice Paper Rolls' and offer a 'Vegan tofu' version (2 per serve $7.50) however I was drawn instead to the 'Traditional Vietnamese steamed rice crepes (bánh cuốn)' ($12) which were filled with

mushrooms, black fungi, tofu and spring onion and topped with fried shallots, coriander and fresh chilli -  delicious!

Another good choice is the 'Vegan sauteed shitake, enoki & shimeji mushrooms' ($15) which arrives with either a Vietnamese warm vermicelli salad or with steamed rice and greens. We went for the rice and greens options and were happy to be presented with red rice and royal quinoa, as opposed to boring white rice. There was also a generous amount of tofu along with the mushrooms.

The 'Vegan soup' ($13) wasn't really bursting with flavour, but is still a hearty choice, full of fresh veggies, including an array of mushrooms, broccoli, capsicum, carrot, snake beans and basil, along with silken tofu and plenty of chilli on the side. The 'Hanoi Curry' ($15) served with rice vermicelli and Vietnamese herbs is listed as vegan online, so I'll be certainly trying that next time.

If the self serve water doesn't take your fancy, be sure to try a 'Frozen young coconut crush' ($6.50). I tried the refreshing pineapple & mint combination, however lychee & cucumber and banana & mint flavours were also on offer.

Miss Chu have delivery (although I've heard it isn't that speedy unfortunately) and pick up options that you can order online. It can get very busy at Miss Chu's and it certainly isn't a place where you can get too relaxed and linger, as there will always be omeone waiting to take your table the second you depart.

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

Papasito

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

Papasito
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

Yong Green Food

Fitzroy, Inner North, Gluten Free, Fructose free, Organic, Raw, Restaurant, Takeaway, Onion/Garlic Free, All VegetarianThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Yong Green Food
421 Brunswick St
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
03 9417 3338

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Opening Hours:
Closed Monday
Tue-Sat: 12-4pm, 5-10pm
Sun: 12-4pm, 5-9pm


The majority of Melbourne vegans need no introduction to the wholesome and delicious food on offer at Yong Green Food, and the midweek queues out the door are testament to the fact that the word has truly gotten around!

Yong Green Food offers an extensive all vegetarian (mostly vegan) menu with an abundance of gluten free options - along with raw, organic and biodynamic dishes. On our recent visit, we opted for the 'Oyster Mushroom Calamari' (GF $10.50), which was so incredible that I fear I won't try other menu options in the future in case they don't live up to this dish! The organic king oyster mushrooms are deep fried in organic rice butter (drool…) and served with salad, jalapeno marinara and vegan aioli sauces - clearly this dish is a 'must-try'.

Another delight from the snack menu are the 'Fried Nori Rolls' (GF $12.50) which are long, thin rice battered fried nori rolls of mung bean noodles, tofu and veggies. As stunning as this dish was, it didn't pip the oyster mushroom calamari at the post.

For mains, my sidekick gave the hearty 'Japanese Curry' ($15.50) a go - which had potato, carrot, mushroom, peas and sliced soy beef in a mild curry sauce with biodynamic brown rice. I'm not sure how many Japanese curries he's tried, but he did proclaim it the best he's had, which is a pretty damn encouraging recommendation.

I went for the most medicinally dangerous sounding dish on the menu - the 'Macro Dragon Bowl' (GF $18), without onion and garlic (OGF optional), which is a truly nutritious delight of biodynamic brown rice topped with assorted vegetables (including amazing shitake mushrooms), organic tempeh, seaweed and lemon tahini cream. As if all that doesn't sound fulfilling enough, the dragon bowl is also served with miso soup.

We took home a sneaky slice of organic 'Raw Chocolate Cheesecake' (GF $8.50) which is predominately made of cashew nuts, and I liked that it didn't have the strong coconut oil aftertaste that some raw chocolate desserts can have. We also wanted a slice of the organic 'Raw Pecan Pie' with cashew cream ($9) but alas, it's high demand had caused a sell out - which was no real problem for us really, because we'll be back at Yongs in no time.

 
Yong Green Food Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Also visited recently by: where's the beef and Green Gourmet Giraffe

Shokuiku

All Vegan, Gluten Free, Northcote, Organic, Raw, Restaurant, Desserts, Inner NorthThe Good HeartedComment

Shoku iku
120 High Street
Northcote VIC 3070
0403 569 019

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Lunch served Wed to Sun 11:30am – 4pm

Dinner Sat only 6pm – 8pm

Cash Only


Shokuiku is a new raw, organic, macrobiotic, vegan eatery in Northcote that's created a flurry of curiosity amongst Melbourne's vegan community. Raw dining, where food is not heated above 48 degrees so that enzymes, vitamins and minerals are not destroyed, is a new experience for us, so we thought we'd better check out the April dinner menu in it's entirety in order to report back to you good (hearted) people.

Shoku iku is open for dinner only on Saturday nights at this stage and you must book a table if you want to partake. There are two choices available for each course (first courses $12, second courses $20, desserts $10 and side salads $9). We opted for the three course meal with side salad ($46) and were off to a great start with their 'Curried crepes w/ julienned apple and zucchini and plant-based yoghurt'. The vegan yoghurt made this dish something special.

A 'Whole tomato, stuffed w/ sunflower pate and served w/ walnut pesto' also arrived to compete with the crepes and it definitely held its own! The incredibly moreish walnut pesto (complete with garlic hit) gave the vegan yoghurt sauce a real run for it's money.

After a little wait, our main courses arrived complete with a side salad on each plate. The 'Vegetable ravioli, filled w/ plant based cream cheese and served w/ chunky tomato sauce' was accompanied by a huge serving of a 'green leafy salad w/ vegetable cous cous and red grapes w/ a fig and balsamic dressing'. The raw raviolis saw vegan cream cheese sandwiched between sliced radish and apple and it went down a treat, however the salad had copious amounts of a grated root vegetable (perhaps celeriac) masquerading as cous cous and while it was super vitamin hit, we couldn't quite stomach eating all of it.

The other main of 'Kelp noodle and vegetable pad thai w/ sweet and spicy almond sauce and activated teriyaki nuts and seeds' was more salty than sweet and spicy and I felt healthier just looking at all that kelp! On the side was a 'Marinated carrot ribbon salad w/ creamy curry spiced dressing' but again, there was rather a lot of it and there's only so much ‘carrot ribbon’ one can eat in a single sitting!

The evening peaked again when dessert arrived, delivering us an extraordinarily rich and creamy 'Peppermint and chocolate layer cake' along with 'Poached strawberries w/ lucuma (a subtropical fruit from Peru) and cupuacu (an Amazonian 'super fruit') sabayon and orange cream' which despite the extravagant description was a simple and refreshing dessert which was also garnished with strawberry leather (aka fruit rollup).

There are plenty of herbal teas ($3-3.50) on offer (warmed only) along with teeccino which is a herbal coffee served with freshly made almond milk or warmed cacao ($5). The teeccino and cocao is rather creatively warmed in a vitamix.

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

The Sweetwater Inn (Closed Down)

Gluten Free, South, South Yarra, Pub, RestaurantThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Sweetwater Inn
1/60 Bray Street,
South Yarra VIC 3141
0402 532 578

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Opening Hours:
Tues - Fri:
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Sweetwater Inn has closed.

Sweetwater Inn is a new faux pub in South Yarra that has been given a leg up by Shannon Martinez - the brainchild of vegan heaven South. Shannon will be at Sweetwater Inn until May (although her menu will remain), before she embarks on her own all vegan deli/eatery. We checked out the food at Stillwater over the Easter break.

We started with the 'Bubble and squeak croquettes' ($10) which are vegan by default, and served with Shannon's own herbed aioli - which she plans to bottle and sell in her new deli - and which will surely become a staple condiment in every Melbourne vegan household! The croquettes were soooo delicious; crispy on the outside with fluffy potato, carrots and peas on the inside which coupled with the incredible aioli, we couldn't find fault.

Next in line were the much blogged about vegan 'BBQ prawn skewers' ($15, gluten free), served with aioli, grilled lemon, chips and salad. The prawns which are barbequed with garlic and herbs, are light and fresh and are complemented with a good squeeze of the grilled lemon. The beer battered chips (using Fosters which is indeed vegan) are equal to the famed Gasometer chips and the dressed salad and addictive aioli seal the deal.

My sidekick couldn't look beyond the vegan optional (VO) 'Chip buttie with the lot' ($12), no matter how much I tried to sway him towards the VO 'Fosters fish and chips' ($16). To our delight, Shannon kindly provided a piece of vegan fish (nori wrapped and battered soy fish) for him to try and after all these years, he is now a faux fish convert. The chip buttie consisted of a soft burger bun, stacked with crispy chips, vegan bacon, beetroot and vegan cheese slice - all topped with tomato sauce and accompanied by pickled onions and dressed salad. A simple dish that hit the spot.

There are some more vegan options on the menu which we'll back to try. The vegan 'Pineapple and chipotle glazed ham steak' ($15, gluten free) was sold out when we visited, and there is also a VO 'Rissole sandwich' ($15), a VO 'Crispy calamari salad' ($16, gluten free) and a VO pie (c/o La Panella) floater ($16).

Whilst Sweetwater Inn doesn't have a full vegan menu like South (and there are some off putting skulls and a cow hide on display), it will still be a welcome addition for residents who are otherwise relatively starved of good vegan options in the area.

GH: Menu has changed since this post. View here for current menu.

 

Also visited recently by: Veganise This!

Misuzus

Licensed, Takeaway, South, Restaurant, Gluten Free, Albert ParkThe Good HeartedComment

Misuzus Restaurant
3-7 Victoria Avenue,
Albert Park VIC 3026

03 9699 9022


Opening Hours:
Open 7 days, Midday-10pm 


After an afternoon at the beach and in need of an easy takeaway dinner, all we could think of was "Oooh, I wish South was still open!" (Clearly, South had being making vegan life way too easy for us!). So the racking of the brains began, and we remembered that Misuzu's Japenese Restaurant has an awesome take home section that could sort us out.

The refrigerated glass cabinet was glowing with all sorts of tasty Japanese treats, including some delightful looking cold snacks of Sesame Tofu and Pea Croquettes. Unfortunately, neither of these were vegan as they contained egg (ughh, arrow through my hungry heart!). We got over that and our attention wandered to the selection of salads - all vegan!

We liked the look of the Hijiki Salad, Tofu & Veg Salad and the Sweet Potato Salad and snapped them up, leaving behind the Soba Noodle & Veg Salad and Green Seaweed Salad for another day. Prices for a large takeaway container of salad (choice of 2) is $9, while the small size (choice of 2 salads) is $6.20.

The Hijiki Salad had hijiki seaweed, julienne carrots and soy beans and was splendid. Even better was the Sweet Potato Salad, which was seriously amazing, with green beans, sesame and crushed nuts. The tofu in the Tofu & Veg Salad was firm on the outside, so silky in the middle and the dressing had a nice hint of chilli.  

We'd also picked up some vegan uramaki ($2.30 each) that contained seaweed salad, cucumber, carrot and sesame seeds. The accompaniment of white pickled ginger was much appreciated, especially as I recently learnt that the pink pickled ginger is sometimes white ginger that has been dyed using cochineal.

So next time you take yourself off for a swim at a southside beach, follow our lead and check out Misuzu's for a quick and healthy take home vegan meal or if you're not in a rush to return home, their restaurant is worth checking out too.

 
Misuzu's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gong dè Lin

All Vegetarian, Melbourne CBD, RestaurantThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Gong dè Lin
Level 3,
264 Swanston St
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9663 7878

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We'd heard on the vegan grapevine that a new vegetarian restaurant had opened in the CBD, and so like moths to a flame, we found ourselves at Gong dè Lin Chinese vegetarian restaurant last Friday night.

Gong dè Lin is a bit off the beaten track (if that's possible in the CBD?!), given that it's necessary to take a lift to level 3 from the front of another restaurant at 264 Swanston Street (yes that is the old address of the Shaft Adult Cinema, you perverts). The restaurant seating is predominantly booths which we liked, especially if you end up in a window seat overlooking Swanston Street like we did - not only do we get a good view over the Swanston St rooftops, but the busker below provided a good soundtrack for the evening.

The menu is about a dozen pages long with ample mock meat and mock seafood options, as well as numerous mushroom and vegetable dishes. We decided to share some Cold Mushroom and Spinach Wontons ($5), the Soya Bean Fillets ($16.80), Sauteed Sliced Mountain Mushrooms with a Hot and Spicy Sauce ($16.80) and Sauteed Spinach ($14.80). The wontons were delicious in their sweet soy sauce, which I preferred over the other accompaniment, a diluted satay sauce. However, at $5 for six of these, you can't go too wrong.

I was expecting the soy bean fillets to be fillets of tofu, however they were more akin to crumbed crispy fried fillets of vegan ham and were easily the highlight of the whole meal. The sauteed sliced mountain mushrooms with hot and spicy sauce were definitely hot and spicy and more to my sidekicks level of tolerance. The mushroom in this dish was pretty amazing though, with a succulence and texture that could lend it to be mistaken as a mock chicken. We ordered sauteed spinach to ensure we had a balanced meal and while it had a good flavour, there was an over abundance of stalks, which not only made it tedious to eat but created some competition for the leafy bits.

There's plenty more on the menu that we'll have to go back and try. Some other dishes that jumped out to us include Sauteed Vegetarian Abalone with Broccoli ($20.80), Vegetarian Goose ($12.80), Deep Fried Shredded Black Mushroom with Salt & Pepper ($18.80) and Vegetarian Sea Cucumber with Shanghai Greens ($22..80). The menu doesn't highlight which dishes are vegan, and even though most dishes are, make sure you check when ordering.

(while this does appear to be Gong dè Lin's website, it's a shocker which doesn't even spell the restaurant name correctly...)

 
Gong De Lin Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Warung Agus

Takeaway, North Melbourne, Inner North, Licensed, RestaurantThe Good Hearted5 Comments

Warung Agus
305 Victoria Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
(03) 9329 1737


Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 6pm till late


Fully licensed, no BYO

10% discount applies for takeaways.

No Efftpos. Credit cards accepted.


On arriving at Warung Agus for some traditional Balinese cuisine, we were greeted by a blanket of fresh rose petals on the footpath in front of the restaurant - a welcome sight juxtaposed with the red-eyed North Melbournites stumbling towards us before we entered. Once inside, the abundant greenery and Balinese decorations made for a perfect setting to our night.

There were a number of dishes marked (v) on the menu and we were delighted to learn that dairy is rarely used in Balinese cooking (aside from ice cream in the dessert menu), so all of the vegetarian options were also vegan. The four of us were feeling free and easy so we let our waiter choose four vegan dishes for us to share. 

First to arrive was the Toge ($20), which is a traditional Balinese gado gado with steamed veggies and bean curd in a rich peanut sauce, topped with cassava crackers - which were a bit like a (non) prawn cracker. We were also presented with Temple Jagung ($20) which is described as nutty soya bean morsels (it may have been easier to call it tempeh, but hey!) in sweet soy sauce with corn, spring onions and spices. Both of these dishes were incredible, so full of flavour and down right delicious.

Tuung Mebasa Santen Lalah Manis ($20) which is eggplant and tofu braised in coconut milk and sweet soy and spicy gravy was the next winner to arrive (this dish is the one not to miss!). Finally we had the

Tahu Istimewa ($20) which I failed to take a photo of (probably because it was devoured before I got the chance!), this was a lighter dish of tofu in spiced sauce with crisp bean shoots, capsicum and cherry tomatoes.

There are also some interesting Balinese drinks on offer, such as Es Jus Pisang ($7) which is fresh banana juice, sweetened and blended with ice and Es Jus Apokat ($7) which is fresh avocado juice, sweetened, blended with ice (very curious about this one!). We however couldn't go passed Es Jus Jeruk Nipis ($7) - fresh lemon juice, sweetened and blended with ice. It was like a fresh lemon juice slushy, really highly recommended!

I can't recommend Warung Agus enough for their incredible vegan food, attentive and friendly service and for the rose petals on the footpath!

 
Warung Agus Balinese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Vegie Mum

All Vegetarian, Onion/Garlic Free, East, Doncaster, Restaurant, TakeawayThe Good HeartedComment

Vegie Mum
27 Village Ave
Doncaster VIC 3108
(03) 9816 3222


Opening Hours:
Tues-Sun:
12-2.30pm & 5pm-10pm
Closed Monday


What do you do when you're out in the 'vegan-friendly-eatery-starved' eastern suburbs, and dinner time creeps up on you? You swing by the all vegetarian Malaysian restaurant 'Vegie Mum' in Doncaster of course!

The menu here is really large (the menu numbering goes up to 98!) and all dishes without egg are vegan, aside from the honey 'chicken', due to… aah, honey. There are plenty of mock options including seafood, duck, chicken, beef/lamb and pork. There are also soups, hot pots, noodles, rice dishes, a variety of vegetable dishes, entrees and roti. This much choice makes my brain hurt!

The dining area is more functional than pleasing aesthetically, which was neither here nor there for us as we were in the market for takeaway. On recommendation from the staff we ordered the Crispy Sweet and Sour Abalone Mushroom ($13.50), and also chose the Roasted 'Duck' ($14), Chinese Mushroom with Pok Choy ($15.50) and some Satay Skewers (2 sticks $4) as an entree.

The crispy sweet and sour abalone mushroom dish was indeed a standout (salty, fried goodness!) and would be a good option in lieu of a mock dish as it's something a bit special. The roasted 'duck' is possibly the best mock duck I've had, it was crispy and succulent and the plum sauce topped it off nicely. The chinese mushroom and pok choy was fine, albeit a little soggy from it's trip in the takeaway container and the satay skewers were just ok (I found the peanut sauce to be a bit bland).

I would definitely go to Vegie Mum again if I was out that way, and I reckon Doncaster residents are  darn lucky to have this place on their doorstep.

Note: No onion or garlic is used at Vegie Mum. Mock products are made using wheat gluten and soy protein.

 
Vegie Mum Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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