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Pizzas From The Pizza Doctor In Brunswick West

‘Paging all vegans. Paging all vegans. Your vegan Nutella pizza is waiting for you at the clinic.’ Just one of the many medical-inspired Instagram posts from the recently-ish opened The Pizza Doctor in Brunswick. They’re vegan friendly and gluten free friendly too! I haven’t had the vegan Nutella pizza yet but the two pizzas I have had were pretty good and I’ll be back to try more. There’s also vegan-option arancini, potato croquets, eggplant chips and a few focaccia to choose from. Lots more to try on my future visits. The pizzas are more a medium size, and the box measures 26cm.

Shown up top there is the pumpkin leek pizza ($16 including the $2 vegan option charge). I ordered this at the ‘clinic’ and ate it outside. There’s a bench inside the clinic which is the waiting area, but there are two two-seater tables outside on the footpath.

Previously I’d ordered the vegan salami pizza for home delivery. The bases are thin, and nice and crispy on the bottom, more so for the pumpkin leek pizza which I ate as soon as it was out of the woodfire oven. I enjoyed both and it’s always good to see vegan options in new establishments, serving up pizza to people who may be egg or dairy free as well as vegan. The staff were lovely too, always a bonus!

The Pizza Doctor is in the same building where the pink cupcake bakery used to be, on the 58 West Coburg tram line right near Brunswick Road. 

You can order online as well for home delivery, or pick up your order in person.

The Pizza Doctor

9 Grantham Road

Brunswick West

http://www.thepizzadoctor.com.au/

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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 ūüôĀ¬† 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 Lankan Tucker in Brunswick West

Lankan Tucker is tucked away in a strip of cafe restaurants in Albion Street, Brunswick West. I’ve tried their food before at a night market stall and loved it, so I was keen to try out the cafe version.

I had planned on visiting a¬†couple more times to show you more photos and meal variety but I won’t be able to return for another couple months (doing a nutrition experiment which eliminates eating out, arghghgh) so here’s a brief review.

I ordered the Sri Lankan Staple ($17) which was ‘rice OR house made Red Rice Flour Stringhoppers served w Pineapple Curry, Mung Beans, Coconut Sambol, Lentils and Spinach, Apricot Chutney & Pappadums’. This was a pretty filling meal with a little spice– just right for me.¬†

Service was friendly and knowledgeable about vegan requirements and the menu is marked with vegan options/what can be made vegan. I really want to go back but given the nature of this nutrition experiment I’m doing, it rules out eating away from home. Argh!

The menu can be found at

http://www.lankantucker.com/menu/

Lankan Tucker

486 Albion Street

Brunswick West

 

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Many Visits to Handsome Her in Brunswick

I’ve been to Handsome Her on Sydney Road a few times now so it’s time to blog about it! I kept going back to get ‘one more photo’ for the blog.

This is old news now in the Melbourne¬†food scene but for the benefit of non-local readers, Handsome Her burst on to the scene with a bit of ‘controversy’. I put that in quotes because it was all pretty ridiculous the way some people reacted and left fake negative reviews everywhere (feel free to safely ignore those).

So, Handsome Her is not just a fully vegan cafe. It’s also¬†a space by women for women and, to quote the Facebook page, is a ‘community based cafe focusing on female empowerment, social responsibility and environmental justice’.

The bit that got everyone talking (and leaving negative reviews) is that men are invited to pay an 18% surcharge to reflect the gender pay gap. This surcharge is voluntary and goes straight to a women’s service. It resulted in a bunch of clearly fake negative reviews which, funnily enough, backfired a bit as I spoke to quite a few people who¬† saw all this complaining and went to Handsome Her to check it out (and loved it).

I really like the vibe at Handsome Her. It’s a safe space for women and is laid back with friendly staff. The menu is pretty amazing though and I always have a hard time deciding what to get. On my first visit I got the Michelle Obama brownie hotcakes ($20) with peanut butter mousse, salted caramel brittle, strawberry baobab icecream (pictured at the top). Quite nice, and I’m not really a brownies fan.

For my second lunch visit I met up with Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe and after some deliberation, we both ordered the special which was the Kelis jackfruit burger. This was a winner for me:

I also got a warm peanut butter chocolate brownie slice which was so good. I mean look at all the peanut butter!

My son and I went on another visit. I got the peanut butter chocolate cake pop (cakesicle I think) and my son got the cheesecake slice. Both were great:

I went back today as the new summer menu is out. Again, I had a hard time deciding what to get but I knew I wanted savoury. I ordered the Frida Kahlo which was a most excellent cheese and bacon bagel with beetroot and edamame and was just so.fricken.good:

I apologise for not taking better photos of everything (I only had my good camera on the first visit, all the rest are phone pics) or better note of the prices but they’re around/above the $20 mark. Gluten free options are clearly labelled.

The meals are just beautifully presented¬†each time. As for coffee, there are no environmentally unfriendly takeaway cups– you either bring your own cup, or you’re given a mug from the stash hanging on the wall.

For more pics of meals, check out Where’s the Beef? here and here, as well as Quinces and Kale.

Handsome Her
206 Sydney Roadd, Brunswick
http://www.handsomeher.com.au/

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Vegan Burgers And Fries at The B.East in East Brunswick

B.East in Brunswick has been mentioned often in vegan circles, and the reports I’d heard were pretty complimentary about the vegan burgers and fries. I’m hit and miss with burgers and really have to be in a burger mood, but I’m always interested to see how not-vegan places do vegan burgers. When patties are made in-house, I’m more interested!

And so, some of the fam and I headed along to B.East in Brunswick East recently.¬†The outside tables were full because it was a nice day, and I was happy to sit inside because of the blaring old school G’n’R soundtrack (though the noise level made it hard to talk, still, You Could Be Mine is one of my favourite songs so no way am¬†I going to complain because she’s not my mother TODD and I didn’t have a mulleted friend with me and I can’t do pull-ups Sarah Connor style or any style but anyway, moving ON).

Okay, so the vegan burgers are the Neil (smoky BBQ bean and red lentil burger, vegan cheddar, caramelised jalapenos, crispy sweet potato fries (in the burger), cos lettuce, tomato and chipotle aioli, $15) and the Morrissey (southern fried mock chicken, sweet corn relish, cos lettuce, tomato and jalapeno salsa, $13). I figured the southern fried chicken might be the sort used at other places for the ‘fried chicken’ dishes so I went for the Neil. Picture at the top there.

In short, it was a pretty good burger. The patty was a little soft and kinda mooshed everywhere but it wasn’t a big deal, plus it was a big generous sized patty and nicely flavoured. I recall I wasn’t really in a burger mood when we went, but I was glad I had it.

We ordered a side of sweet potato fries (gluten free, menu says $5/$8.50 ¬†but I can’t remember what we paid) with vegan lime chipotle aioli ($1) which were very well done:

We also ordered the beer battered fries ($4/$7) with BBQ seasoning (not GF unfortunately) and agreed these were some of the best fries we’ve eaten:

I would happily go back to try any new vegan burgers or special I hear about. I’m guessing the lunch and dinner times are really busy, we went well after lunch and had no problem with a table inside though outside was full. My dining buddies said the music was way too loud but ehhh, depending on what’s playing, I don’t mind so much.

The B.East has been visited by Where’s the Beef? a few times, you can read about their most recent visit here which links to their previous two visits.

The B.East

80 Lygon Street

Brunswick East

http://www.theb-east.com/