More and more vegan venues are sprouting up in the city, but what do you do when you want a raw superfood salad and your buddy is on a mission for a pork belly roll? It can mean an hour of Googling or a long, hungry menu-hop through the city. Here are some places to keep in your back pocket the next time you need just a few choices in a meat-eater’s world.
Happy World Vegan Day to these cafes, bars and restaurants that go beyond the bowl of hot chips for their vegan friends.
Organic silken tofu salad with black rice, avocado, peanuts (or the organic tempeh baguette if you need to load up on carbs). Neapoli is open for your early-morning coffee run too, and they make their almond milk in house.
5 & Dime Bagel
5 & Dime Bagel hand-roll, boil and bake their bagels the traditional way. Try their everything bagel (vegan-friendly) with vegan cream cheese. They’ll soon be introducing coconut-based butter from Halfpint Vegan Dairy.
Ichi Ichi Ku Izakaya
Ramen for breakfast? Yes. Ichi Ichi Ku Izakaya’s vegan breakfast ramen hits the spot and it’s a quiet, cosy place for brunch with friends (vegans and meat-eaters alike).
Shebeen is a non-profit bar and kitchen where 100% of the profits from drink purchases help charitable organisations in each beverage’s country of origin. Try their Vietnamese baguette with smoked tofu, grilled eggplant and asian slaw–just tell them to hold the housemade chipotle aioli.
Nestled away in Midcity Arcade off Bourke Street, you’ll find a not-to-be-missed vegan treasure – ShandongMama’s zucchini and tofu vegan dumplings. Go all out and have them pan-fried. Their portion sizes are huge, so if you need a smaller feed, try ShanDong Mama Mini in Centre Place.
When the Vegemite toast craving strikes–don’t despair! Seedling Cafe on Flinders Lane have Nuttelex (and actually, they use a gluten-free Vegemite alternative.) Seedling Cafe specialise in raw, vegan and paleo treats, so you have lots of options.
If you’re hanging out for pay day and can’t break the bank, the silken tofu banh mi at Vietnoms will leave you full for the rest of the day.
What are your picks for vegan-friendly spots in the city where you can also take your carnivore friends?