I am in Hobart right now, it’s not the most vegan friendly place on earth, but good food can be found, which I will post about later. At the moment I miss the food in Melbourne, so I will post about the last two lunches I had there before I left.
Friends of the Earth
For $6 between 12 and 4, for lunch is a delicious selection of healthy, organic dishes, including a variety of salads which are mostly vegan. When I went, there was a quinoa, orange and carrot salad which was especially nice. Friends of the Earth is a not for profit organisation doing important work around the world.
312 Smith St, Collingwood
They also serve coffees and cakes from 10-6, along with bulk wholefoods and natural health products.
Also on Smith St is a place where everything is vegan. I walk out of this cafe feeling healthy every time and really wish they had better opening hours. Las Vegan Nirvana make an excellent schnitzel burger with organic salad and mayonnaise. Their tofu and tempeh salad with satay sauce is also very good, as is the chili bean calzone. They make delicious muffins and I really should have tried more from their menu, but the burger keeps bringing me back, probably the best fake meat in Melbourne, it tastes much healthier than the other stuff out there.
Las Vegan Nirvana are open from 11-4 I think, Tuesday to Friday. They are at 22 Smith St, and lunch is usually around $8.50.
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!
While I thought curry platters were a standard item on the menu at the Abbotsford convent, I went there recently expecting some of their delicious cabbage curry. I was wrong.
On this occasion there was only one vegan item on the menu, which consisted of potatoes in a tomato sauce. While it tasted fairly good (the potatoes were delicious, but there was too much crap garlic), It’s really not a nutritious or filling main meal.
To add to the experience, the background music was really loud rap music! Rap is known for being sexist and violent, I don’t think it’s such a great thing to be playing in a place so opposed to these things.
At least the ‘pay what you feel’ system makes it less of a disappointment.
This place seem to be doing the right thing sustainably, taking responsibility for their own water collection, and all their food ingredients and beers sourced from Victoria. It’s been open for nearly a month now, and the other night I got to see what they were like.
I tried the sauteéd mushrooms, the tofu skewers and the chickpea battered vegetables. Shared between three, these were a nice size for a light meal. The vegetables had so much flavour, and the cooking really brought out the best in them. I would really appreciate more vegan options on the menu, it is sad to see a delicious sounding veggie burger that I can’t eat! The mushrooms weren’t labeled on the menu as vegan, but only needed to have the butter changed for oil, so maybe this is the case with some of their other dishes.
On tap the Holgate pilsner was delicious, I have emailed the brewery and all of their beers are suitable for vegans. The raspberry beer in bottles was quite nice, and they make a good vodka and raspberry too.
The service was not grumpy at all, and the atmosphere was really nice and relaxed, with an excellent beer garden, and plenty of different spaces to sit in.
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
Special vegan forest mushroom risotto, made by Jessika. This was full of flavour and perfectly cooked, I hope she will cook for me again someday.
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