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Gozleme King At Docklands

My son and I headed to ArtVo yesterday and Google Maps kindly showed me that Gozleme King was a few minutes walk away. I’d heard about Gozleme King’s vegan options in some local groups and was looking forward to trying it out vegan style as I haven’t had gozleme in about six years.

There’s a nice ‘vegan gozleme’ sign in the window at Gozleme King. I’m always surprised when eating places that offer vegan options don’t advertise even with a little sign on their window, because word of that little sign can spread pretty quickly. Aaaanyway. When I asked for a vegan gozleme I was given the regular menu and the staff there told me which were able to be made vegan. I went with the Veggie Plus (vegan cheese, olives, spinach, mushroom and capsicum). 

My gozleme was tasty, though if you’re ordering spinach and mushroom I’d say be mindful of it getting a bit soggy on the bottom as mine was. The gozleme are served in a cardboard pizza box. My son’s non-vegan gozleme was crisp on the bottom, though he didn’t have veg in his. Some of mine stuck to the box making it slightly messy to eat but who cares, right? I’m going back if I’m in the area.

Gozleme King have quite a few locations in Victoria, ACT and NSW. For Melbourne, there’s Docklands, Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre and a future nameless location mentioned on the website.

Find your location on their website at http://www.gozlemeking.com.au/location.html and check out the menu at http://www.gozlemeking.com.au/menu.html

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Rude Boy Burger In Brunswick

I’ve been to Rude Boy twice now, so it’s blog review time. Rude Boy are located in a small strip of cafe/restaurants on Albion Street in Brunswick West, further away from the Sydney Road end. They have a vegan burger called Vegan Latina ($13.50) on the menu and it’s pretty good.

The description reads “chilli and spring onion fried potato cake, chick pea salsa, chimichurri, avocado, jalapenos, chipotle relish, lettuce, tomato and onion”. Potato cakes in a burger, I’m sold.

Surprisingly it isn’t that messy to eat, with the chickpeas and salsa. Even better is Tightarse Tuesdays, where burgers (excluding specials) are half price from noon to 6pm. Nice!

There are fries but they’re cooked in the same oil as non-vegan stuff (though they said they do their best to keep things separate where possible). As I write this I wonder if the same applies to the potato cakes. If it bothers you, just ask.

Both times my burgers were pretty good but I recommend you be very clear you want the vegan burger. I had to repeat it a few times on my second visit (vegans, you know how we have that sixth sense that we’ll get the vegetarian, not vegan option made?) and eventually ended up with the vegetarian burger. And they tried to tell me I ordered the vegetarian… I pointed out not likely as I’m a) vegan and b) dairy intolerant! The person who made the burger was nice and apologetic about it though (I wish I could say the same about the two other staff who did not seem impressed at my polite insistence I only ever ordered the vegan burger). My only other gripe is about the cups for water. They’re single use plastic cups 🙁  No glasses. I hope this changes.

Rude Boy Burger

482 Albion Street, Brunswick West

http://www.rudeboyburger.com.au/

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Lunch At Cafe 435 In Pascoe Vale

Pascoe Vale has a new all-vegan cafe: Cafe 435 on Kent Road. It’s located in a strip of shops and marks the first all-vegan cafe in this area.

The menu is quite sizeable, with a few Middle Eastern, Turkish and Greek/Cypriot dishes in amongst the burgers on offer. My sister and I employed our system, that being we never order the same dish as the other, instead getting two separate meals and having half each. I forgot to take photos of the menu and so can’t remember the names or prices, but we got the double pattie ‘Big’ burger and another with salad and mayo (possiblly called the Vopper). Each burger came with a large bowl of chips.

The patties I don’t believe are house made, but the burgers were tasty nonetheless. The dessert menu had loads on offer, with many treats by one of my favourites, The Compassionate Kitchen. Baklava and kadaifi were in the desserts cabinet but we were way too stuffed for any more food.

Cafe 435 is spacious inside with loads of outdoor seating and a play area for kids:

 

Brunswick and Coburg tend to be the more vegan friendly areas in the inner north, so it’s pretty good to see Pascoe Vale, which is the next suburb to the north-west, on the map too. Pascoe Vale has a handful of very vegan friendly places, but an all-vegan place is fantastic to see.

Cafe 435

104 Kent Road

Pascoe Vale 

https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-435-570396236661717/

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Dinner At Zagame’s In Reservoir

Zagame’s is a family friendly bistro/restaurant and not the kind of place you might expect to introduce a decent vegan menu. But they’ve done just that and the vegan options are quite impressive.

Having heard about the new menu through local vegan groups, I told the family that’s where we were heading for our next meal out. Now that my kids are older, we don’t need to visit the kid friendly eating places as much but I appreciate the thought Zagame’s put in to making it fun and appealing for kids. There’s a big play area and the staff make it a priority to bring out the kids’ meals with the starters, so children don’t have to wait too long for their food. We visited today (a Sunday) and it was noisy with kids running around but that’s what you need to expect from such a kid friendly venue. I noticed staff interacting well with the kids who were running about.

There is however the gambling/gaming area attached to the restaurant and one tv on the wall had betting game results, with another showing the main channels (nightly news in our case). So keep that in mind if that’s something you want to avoid.

Okay, so the vegan menu is actually pretty good, though there are only three gluten free vegan options and unfortunately no GF vegan dessert. I hope that changes. There’s even a vegan kids menu. I think it’s a great example of the times changin’ when a chain restaurant like Zagame’s introduce vegan meals that aren’t… well, crap. You know what I mean, veggie stacks and fruit salad. The Zagame’s menu has polenta fries, a burger with cashew cheese, and orange poppy seed cake. You can find the menu at http://zagames.com.au/reservoir/  (the menu is the same at the other locations).

For my starter, I got the polenta fries (also GF, $11). They were nice, like regular polenta fries but not something I ever make at home so I treated myself. I wouldn’t get them again unless it was to share with a group, as they were very filling. The sauce is house made:

I had a tough time deciding on a main. The spiced Moroccan bean ragout (not marked GF possibly due to the bread it’s served with) sounded good, but I ended up with the beetroot burger ($16). This was a tasty beetroot patty, cashew nut cheese, onion jam, lettuce, tomato, red onion in a beetroot bun and served with a lot of chips. It rivals burgers you can get at other vegan/vegan option places:

Despite the full stomach, I ordered the churros with chocolate sauce ($10) as blog research. These were just okay, though I’m very fussy about churros. The other dessert option was the orange poppy seed cake so I might try that next time:

Check out the menu and you’ll see that a fair bit of thought that has gone in to the vegan options. I confess to being quite surprised (but pleasantly so) that this style of restaurant would come up with some decent vegan options, and kids vegan options too. I don’t usually bank on bistro style places even knowing that cashew cheese is a thing, so hats off to Zagame’s for making a good effort. Hopefully they’ll introduce more options, or at least a dessert, for the vegan-GF folks.

Zagame’s is also located in Caulfield, Berwick, Ballarat and Boronia.

Living Social by Cudo currently has a discount coupon deal for Zagame’s: $60 value for $30. Read the fine print! You can find this discount here at Living Social.

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Blissful Station in Box Hill Central

Blissful Station is an all-vegan food outlet at Box Hill Central shopping centre and train station. It’s been around for a while now but I never got the chance to visit because I’m never in that part of town. I was today though, well about ten minutes away by bus so I made sure to make time for a quick visit.

First I did two laps of the food court to find Blissful Station. I had to ask someone for help and it turned out Blissful Station is located more towards the market/fruit-veg area (judging by the huge ‘market’ sign) than in the main food court.

We were in a bit of a hurry so I just went with the advertised vegan lunch special, which was $9.90 for a large serve of rice and the three mains on offer:

We also got a radish cake and a zucchini pastie, which I’m sure contained the same filling you get in the dumplings. It was pretty good but my favourite was the sweet potato peanut ball:

For a quick fix food court meal, Blissful Station is a great option.

Blissful Station – Vegan Wisdom

Box Hill Central Shopping Centre