*the organic food and wine deli
28 Degraves Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9654 5157
Orrong Park Tennis Centre,
Prahran VIC 3181
Mon-Fri 7am – 7.30pm
Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun 9am – 5pm
Sometimes we're at a loss when trying to think of where to have an easy vegan lunch in the CBD (apart from the time-tested choice of Lord of the Fries) but now we'll always remember TOFWD* (*The Organic Food and Wine Deli) for their array of delicious and healthy meal options.
TOFWD have a range of pre-prepared organic salads, pies, sandwiches/wraps, nori, sweets and cakes. Almost everything is vegetarian and there are plenty of well labelled vegan options, as well as wheat free, sugar free and gluten free options. Seating is predominantly outdoors with a few seats at the indoor counter too.
I tried an organic vegan vegie & dahl pie with salad and chutney and my sidekick tried the tofu and mushroom pie with salad and chutney (both $12). The highlight for me was actually the awesome injection of salad goodness that came on the side - which had a lovely apple cider vinaigrette and was so fresh and wholesome (I clearly needed the vitamin hit!). The pie itself was made with maize pastry which made it gluten free, and it had a little spice to it. Without the awesome chutney to accompany it however, it may have been just a little bland. The tofu and mushroom pie was made with a rye sourdough pastry (wheat-free) and received much higher praise for it's flavour - it was quite delicious. Next time, I'd also like to try the tofu & carrot brown rice nori
We couldn't leave without taking a couple of sweets for the road and the organic raw lemon cheesecake ($6.50 & gluten/sugar free) along with a cashew brownie ($4.50 & gluten free) got the nod. It's not often that you feel healthier having had a dessert - but the raw lemon cheesecake just doesn't feel bad for you! It's lemony and light and not too sweet, whilst the chocolate brownie was rich without being sickly.
I also had a coffee which was about as good as a soy latte could get having being made with NatureSoy. (As mentioned in a previous post I'm quite the Bonsoy loyalist).