I haven’t taken pics of my own home made food in ages because it’s the same old that I’ve photographed for the blog many times before. Instead, I’ll share some photos of meals out. I finally made it to Handsome Her but will keep that for a separate post because I need to go back for more meals and pics.
Back to The Merri Clan for lunch yesterday, with my sister. She got the breakfast tacos which were pretty damn good:
I got the small version of the Big Mock burger. I made a mess but damn, this is a good burger:
Another visit to Divine Realm Veggie Delight in the city for the $7.50 three-meal-plus-fried-rice deal. This place is fantastic:
My son and I went to The Glass Den. He got the vegan roti stack:
and I got the Donnka Burger (vegan version has a veg patty) which I ate too quickly, even while picking at my son’s meal:
I was the northern end of Lygon Street and stopped in for some roast veg lasagna at Vege2Go, where you can buy ready made meals to take away:
Zaatar has become one of my son’s favourites (he loves the plain zaatar breads, like me). The spinach pide triangles are great:
Good Days in Brunswick is one of my favourites, I get the spring roll noodle salad every time:
I call this the Melbourne Harry Potter building:
And finally, an image of the community gardens at the Brunswick Food Forest.
I didn’t think my schedule allowed me to quickly return to the new Loving Hut West Melbourne so soon after my first visit but turns out I was able to go a couple more times, with company. I’ll sneak in the photos of that first visit again, just to get all the food pictures in one post.
I hadn’t tried a Loving Hut Malaysian char kway teow ($13, gluten free option) and on a solo visit, that’s what I went for. This was pretty good and something I’d probably order again:
When I visited with family, we ordered the crispy delight ($10, add on mayo for $2) for our entree. These are taro and enoki mushrooms in a battered seaweed and beancurd pocket:
My sister and I liked the sound of the Thai eggplant and tofu ($17) described as ‘…rich, spicy fragrant chilli-basil sauce’. Delicious, and not too spicy:
We ordered a second eggplant dish but really because we wanted something from the Thai selections and something from the Malaysian selections. We’d already had the Royal Rendang ($16, gluten free) at Richmond back in June and it’s always hard for us to go past an Assam curry on a menu. This had eggplant as well as beans, pineapple and soy fillet ($16). In hindsight I think one eggplant dish would have been enough, but no matter as this was also pretty good:
From other visits, the Royal Rendang and the satay skewers with peanut sauce ($8, gluten free):
That’s three visits to Loving Hut West Melbourne and we’ve enjoyed our meals every time. Desserts are available now too, we would have ordered the sticky date pudding but had already made plans to pick up something sweet from the Queen Vic market around the corner.
Loving Hut West Melbourne
185 Victoria Street
Melbourne now has a new Loving Hut restaurant, located right near the Queen Victoria Market in the same space that was previously the White Lotus restaurant. For those unaware, the Loving Hut restaurants are all vegan, with the first Melbourne Loving Hut located in Richmond and the second in Northcote.
The new West Melbourne Loving Hut has a menu based on the Richmond restaurant. The space has been redesigned inside from how White Lotus was set up, and looks more open and bright.
The official opening day was to be tomorrow (September 24th) but an Instagram post by Loving Hut West Melbourne said they were having a pop-up opening on the weekend, so today (Sunday) was their first full trading day. I headed down with my son and ordered the satay skewers:
I loved the Royal Rendang from my last visit to Richmond, so I got that again today along with some rice and roti (I brought a container to take leftovers home as the serving was too big for me to finish off):
I really like the meals at Richmond, so I’m glad I can access the same menu at West Melbourne which is closer to home for me and involves a single journey on public transport. I’d hoped to go back again this coming week and blog some more photos in this review but it’s not looking likely, so I’ll put this post up now to help spread the word of a new all-vegan restaurant in town.
Loving Hut West Melbourne
185 Victoria Street
I loved my first visit to The Merri Clan so much that I went back pretty soon after. In fact I think I’ll repost my photo (above) for the Fully Loaded Poffertjes and the nachos to have all my photos here in one spot for your convenience:
So, the second time I rocked up for the BBQ jackfruit burger only to be told it wasn’t available for another day. But that was cool because I ordered the Merri Breakfast and it was excellent.
I didn’t have the big camera with me on this second visit, so forgive the phone-camera photos. This was one really, really good dish. Slow cooked beans hiding some roasted sweet potato, a decent amount of avocado and tomato, pesto and two almond feta topped mushrooms. Gluten free as well. I had zero disappointment from missing out on the burger:
I also got one of the Earl grey tea donuts. So, so good (but not GF sorry folks):
The third visit back, I got the BBQ jackfruit burger. I made a huge mess (it was tricky to eat all delicate like) but this is a fine burger– slightly spicy if that’s not your thing:
My son got the poffertjes with jam and, for the second time, said they were great:
I forgot to note down prices on those other visits. There’s more on the menu I want to try, so I’ll be sure to update. Staff have always been friendly and helpful at The Merri Clan, so I’m looking forward to trying more of the menu.
The Merri Clan
15 Gilbert Road
The Merri Clan showed up on my radar thanks to an Instagram photo I saw of an amazing looking pile of poffertjes. Better yet was this pile of poffertjes being sortof down the road from me in Preston. I used to live in Amsterdam and haven’t had vegan versions of the famous Dutch little pancakes yet. I really need to get on to making my own recipe seeing as I lugged a cast iron poffertjes pan over on my final trip home.
So I did that thing where I didn’t read the entire menu because a) I had hungry kids with me and my youngest was already attacking those sachets of sugar on the table and b) as soon as I saw vegan nachos with black beans and the fully loaded option of the vegan poffertjes I really didn’t feel a need to read the whole menu. I was confident I chose well and choose well I did.
These nachos (vegan option $18.50) are hands down the best vegan nachos I’ve tried anywhere. It’s a big serve with loads of guacamole and really good black beans. Lovers of coriander, like me, will be happy but if you’re not a fan perhaps ask if they can leave it off. I loved everything about this dish. I can’t even remember the exact details and haven’t yet found the menu online, but from the ingredients alone I’d say it’s also gluten free:
My daughter ordered one of the vegan muffins on the counter, which were either berry vanilla or apple cinnamon. This is the berry muffin:
These fully loaded poffertjes (25 pieces, $18.00 I think) were excellent. The fully loaded option comes with all the toppings. There was a maple cashew cream, nutella style cream, candied pecans and berry compote. A fantastic option for vegan pancake meal lovers:
The Merri Clan is conveniently located right by a route #11 tram stop. Service was friendly and it’s nice and comfy inside with some armchair/couch seating towards the back. I didn’t get pics of the inside but we sat at a table by the front window.
I’m always happy to see kickass vegan options on menus where there has been clear thought put in to the offerings and where the vegan options are a standout. Both the nachos and poffertjes ticked those boxes.
The Merri Clan
15 Gilbert Road