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A Quick Lunch At Mantra Lounge, Carlton

This is a bit of a delayed blog post as I went to Mantra Lounge a few weeks ago. My first taste of Mantra Lounge food was on the vegan cruise back in March.

Arthur and I were in the area so we stopped in at Mantra Lounge for one of their lunch time specials. For $7.50 you get a salad, main and a piece of cake. I had the choice of a tofu bean dish with noodles, or lasagna (the lasagna meal deal was $10). I liked the lasagna so much on the cruise that I chose that without hesitation and it didn’t disappoint the second time.The salad dressing had a nice spicy kick to it and the pineapple cake, though pretty plain but tasty, rounded out the lunch special nicely. Arthur had a piece of roti and gave that the thumbs up:

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The 100% vegan menu changes daily and I’m bummed I’m not around there more often to try the other dishes. I’ve had the tiramisu before and really liked it, same with the mango cheesecake on the cruise. For $10 my serving was a decent size and I was quite full afterwards. Staff are very friendly and initially I was a little overwhelmed by the blackboard wall and options (see the photo below!), but it was easy enough to just choose the lasagna special and go with that. Mantra Lounge Carlton Mantra Lounge Carlton mantralounge6 Mantra Lounge Carlton Mantra Lounge Carlton Mantra Lounge Carlton

Mantra Lounge also hold cooking classes, Think Out Loud sessions and mantra meditation-music sessions. Check the What’s On page for more info. Mantra also provide a catering service and venue hire in the room upstairs.

Mantra Lounge is located by Melbourne University and appears to be quite popular with students and staff. When I’ve gone past during lunch hour it’s all quite busy. With a full plate meal deal starting at $7.50 and a menu that changes every day, I can see why!

Mantra Lounge has also been visited by Where’s The Beef? 

Mantra Lounge

167 Grattan Street

Carlton, VIC

https://www.facebook.com/mantraloungemelbourne

http://www.mantralounge.com.au/

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Walking Around the City and Luncheon at Little India, Southbank

Husband and I had some appointments in the city yesterday and part of that is going out to lunch together.  Sounds good but it’s quite challenging to find a place we both like.  Although Husband is happy to go to a place that does veg*n, a lot of the vegetarian dishes contain vegies he doesn’t like at all, or tofu which he isn’t keen on.  He really doesn’t like mock meat so that’s out too.  So yesterday we went to the food court on the lower level at Southbank.  Naturally, there’s something for the omnivores and vegetarians but as I was walking around I was noticing an alarming lack of vegan options.  I used to get Grill’d before I realised they grill the vegan patty on the same grill plate as the meat patties.

Then I spotted Little India.  Indian food outlets in food courts often have vegetarian dishes and some vegan and boy was I pleased when Little India told me their eggplant curry and chickpea curry were vegan.  So I got those with some rice for $8.80:

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The eggplant was cut in to big chunks which meant it either hung from my mouth as I tried to eat half or I had to stuff it all in my maw (I did that).  I was pleasantly surprised to find the eggplant actually had some flavour, almost a kind of smokiness.  You know how eggplant thrown straight in to a dish like this just tastes boring?  I didn’t find this eggplant boring at all.

The chickpeas had a nice touch of spice but weren’t anything that special.  I do wish the vegan Indian options in food courts would include more veg!  Still, I would go back and get this meal again as it was tasty and filling.

After lunch, Husband and I walked around the city.  At one point I waited for him along St Kilda Road and this was my view when I lay down in the shade for a bit:

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We later parked the car right in front of one of my favourite old houses in Melbourne, at 82 Nicholson Street Fitzroy.  Such a shame about the graffiti, grrr:

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We walked around the Royal Exhibition Building.  Melbourne always amazes me with its architecture and when I go past the Exhibition Building I can’t help but wonder what it would have been like to visit back in the 1880s:

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It was quite a hot day (those blue skies are untouched in the photos!) and I’m not really a summer person so I was happiest inside the food court with air conditioning  😉