We often have enquiries from tenants who are staying in Melbourne and are Vegetarian, or who love Vegetarian food, about where the best Vege restaurants are in Melbourne. Melbourne in fact has some of the best in the world.
For the anti-carnivorous, Melbourne offers a list of purely vegetarian restaurants to suit their sensibilities.
The eatery that tops this list is the White Lotus Restaurant, located in 185 Victoria Street, West Melbourne. The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday; 6-10pm. Chef Shirley Lee offers a combination of Tofu and different legumes to toss up cleverly crafted dishes, known as faux meat. The menu includes Asian, Chinese, Vegan and a variety of vegetarian dishes. The specialty of the place is its Vegetarian Tamarind fish. There are even vegan desert options available. A meal for two costs between 40-60$.
Another very popular vegetarian restaurant in Melbourne is the Moroccan Soup Bar, located on 183 St.Georges Road.. The eatery has no fixed menu and the day’s menu is verbally delivered by the waiters. The colorful ambience is perfect for the livening of spirits. The chef uses organic ingredients as much as possible and the cuisine consists of North African dishes. Here, soups are a specialty varying from Egyptian style lentil to potato soup. A three course lunch can be enjoyed here at the price of only $17.
Shakahari Restaurant, on 203 Faraday Street, has been one of Melbourne’s most innovative eateries. Its two best features are, that it is strictly vegetarian and only uses fresh ingredients. It was originally inspired by India but now includes in its menu, Chinese, Thai and Japanese customs. The restaurant’s specialty comprises of Agnolotti Dumplings, their special Satay and their Lentil Magic. They also offer a variety of vegetarian deserts that include, Cherry chocolate pudding and Seasonal Fruit Crumble. A full course meal can cost upto $50.
Soulfood Café is another popular restaurant for the vegetarians of Melbourne. It is situated in 273 Smith Street, Fitzroy. The place is open for all three meals of the day throughout the week, and offers a menu which suits those particular about either diary free or sugar free etc. They offer a variety of burgers and pizzas such as, Lentil burgers and Tofu burgers and pizzas. They specialize in salads of all types which include Caesar salad, Asian mint salad and Pesto Pasta salads. Their main course includes all types of vegetarian lasagnas.
The Veggie Bar, on 380 Brunswick Street is also highly recommended. The place looks busy and has the perfect atmosphere to serve an international menu. The restaurant is designed with a long communal table, where customers can watch their orders being cooked in the open kitchen. A full course meal can cost anything between $9.50-11.50.
The other restaurant which needs to mentioned on this list is Lentil as Anything, located on 41, Blessington Street. The place is high on hippie-spirit, and what is unusual is that customers are not quoted a price for any of the dishes, they are asked to pay whatever they wish, based on what the customer thinks the dish deserves. The menu has a range of international dishes, from Sri Lankan cuisines to tofu burgers.