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Casa Del Gelato

Following a delicious meal at Ganesh, we headed to Lygon St to eat gelato. After receiving bad customer service further down the road (she didn’t offer to check ingredients), we wandered up the road, to find Casa Del Gelato at 163 Lygon St.

On the back wall of Casa Del Gelato is a list of their soy gelato flavours, which are also sweetened with fructose, and definitely ok for vegans!

I tried the pistachio, bacio and chocolate. Nom city!


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Mr Natural Vegetarian Pizza

Pictured is the Vegan, and the Broccolini. Nom.

Their website isn’t working at the moment, so I will tell you about their pizza bases. The pizza bases are made of wholemeal wheat flour and are really nice. They have heaps of different pizzas on the menu, which can be seen on this slow-loading website: http://www.menulog.com.au/mr_natural_vegetarian_pizza

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For a ‘pay what you feel like’ place they sure don’t shove their politics down your throat 🙂  The service was respectful and friendly.

Ganesh use organic ingredients where possible, with their menu changing all the time for what is seasonal.  The food tasted very healthy, with the organic veggies given the chance to show their flavour.  The stir fry was particularly good.  It is BYO-all-alcohols with a bottleshop being just past the merry creek north of Ganesh.  It is definitely worth a visit.  Really nice atmosphere, suitable to all kinds of occasions.

376 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy

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Curry in Melbourne

Finding decent curry in Melbourne seems to be a lot harder than it looks. With more and more Indian restaurants and take aways appearing all over Melbourne, I did not expect the dissatisfaction that I have had.

Since moving here a few months ago there have been more times that I’ve wished I’d eaten baked beans at home, than times when I’ve been honestly satisfied with the food. It seems to be normal to use poor quality ingredients and heaps of oil.

Bangla Sweets & Curry Cafe
I suspect that this Aloo Muttar came from one of those $2 packet curries. More sauce than vegetables, and bland and sickly at that, it was possibly the most horrible curry I have ever had. Pakoras were dry and bland, and I was never quite clear if they were lying about animal products. Very rude service, and the first place I have encountered that usually add cream to their Aloo Mattar. Avoid.

Funky Curry
I think the name says it all. Out of a bain marie with the only flavour being cheapo chili powder.

Tandoori Times
This place seems a bit hit and miss, with there only being one time when it was actually really good.

Lentils as anything at St Kilda and Abbotsford
Spot on with their flavours. And finally – quality, organic ingredients. Once I went and it was mostly greasy sauce, but the other times have been great.

I’ve already written about this place, well worth going for lolz and the fantastic naan and aloo gobi. Edit: Dishes on the menu are not well described, and the waiter’s inability to speak english gets frustrating, also their beer is not cold enough. That garlic naan, and the aloo gobi is enough reason to return though.

Wild Yak Tibetan Restaurant
Not Indian, but delicious, healthy tasting curry with an excellent balance of flavours. The steamed Tsel Momo with hot sauce are especially delicious, as is the Shoko Tema Curry. Fair prices, and well worth the trip out to Northcote. Heaps of vegan options and excellent service.

Fitz Curry Cafe
This has to be the best Indian take away I’ve had. I tried the pumpkin masala (usually made with dairy, but they were happy to make it without) and the mushroom mutter. The vegetables were organic and perfectly cooked. The curries were full of vegetables, with a good amount of sauce.

Ganesh, St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy

Very nice atmosphere, organic, seasonal ingredients and lovely service – without their politics being shoved down your throat.  BYO everything, there is a bottleshop just past the nearby merry creek.  All vegan except for the lassi as of 3/1/09.

Places I have yet to try:
There is some all veggie place in Preston that’s really cheap
Vegetarian Nirvana Cafe on Bridge Rd

Please comment if you know of anywhere good!

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