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What I Ate: The Krishna Indian Restaurant Vegan Buffet Version

Krishna On Barkly Christmas buffet

Back in December, Krishna Indian Restaurant (aka Krishna on Barkly) in Footscray held a Seven Days of Christmas all vegan buffet. I KNOWWWW RIGHT?! SEVEN DAYS OF INDIAN FOOD BUFFET. I was lucky enough to go twice and enjoyed some fabulous food and good times. Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe has a more detailed writeup of the food we ate, which you can read here.Krishna On Barkly Christmas buffet

Krishna On Barkly Christmas buffet

Krishna On Barkly Christmas buffet

That was all quite a while ago now, and I’m supposed to be blogging What I Ate weekly… whoops. Here’s a tofu veg noodle stir fry made with ginger, garlic, sesame oil and orange juice:

orange ginger tofu noodles

I made a slightly modified version of the black pepper tofu recipe from Where’s The Beef?:

black pepper tofu

I’ve pulled out the cookbooks again so I can get some more reviews happening. I’ve previously blogged about what I’ve made from Isa Does It but the photos were so awful that I feel I have to do justice here and revisit my favourites and the recipes I haven’t tried. Here’s the Harira (from Isa Does It). Love this:

vegan harira from Isa Does It

Another book I’m going through to review is Isa’s Vegan Brunch. I don’t really do justice either to this book, because I only really use it for a couple waffle and pancake recipes. I’m not a brunch-at-home person but of course these recipes can be made any time. These are the old fashioned Chelsea waffles, topped with strawberries and nectarines:

vegan waffles from Vegan Brunch

I love blueberry banana smoothies. Unfortunately this awesome smoothie jar that I had won broke (that’s what you get when you’ve left it in the sink then empty boiling water from the pasta pot on top of it). Like the Bee Gees would say, TRAGEDY:

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Krishna On Barkly are gearing up for a Valentine’s Day buffet. Oooooh!

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Return To Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant, Footscray

Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

Since my first visit to Krishna On Barkly a few months ago, I have been waiting impatiently to go back. Fortunately we were passing through Footscray around dinner time so Arthur and I headed in for what we were certain would be an awesome feast. And it was– Krishna On Barkly are hands down my favourite Indian restaurant. They’re a family business of twenty years who have recently removed all meat from their menu and they’re incredibly helpful when discussing changing up meals with you. There are many vegan dishes on the menu, or the vegetarian options can easily be made vegan.

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My first visit in July was for takeaway food and my poor photos of takeaway containers didn’t do Krishna On Barkly any justice! Their food really is fantastic and the family team so friendly and welcoming and supportive of the vegan community that I armed myself with my good camera this time and snapped away at everything, because I want to encourage everyone to go and visit. There are many Indian restaurants in Footscray and Krishna On Barkly have broken away from the heavy meat offerings, making them unique and absolutely worth trying out.

I forgot to confirm the name properly! The Facebook page for the restaurant says Krishna On Barkly, though the menu and website say Krishna Pait Pooja. Please bear that in mind if you’re Googling!

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If you’re not able to get to Footscray, Krishna On Barkly will be at World Vegan Day and yes, they’ll be serving their superb vegan gulab jamun! In equally better news, they’re also planning a seven days of buffet service in the lead-up to Christmas!

We ordered the mixed vegetable pakora (five pieces, $5.50) for our entree which came with a tamarind dipping sauce. Made with spinach, potato, onion and lentil flour these were really tasty and not as heavy as other pakora I’ve tried elsewhere:

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Okay yes, we ordered a lot of food but the plan was to take enough leftovers home for a couple more meals. It’s hard for me to resist eggplant dishes in Indian restaurants so I had to get the Baingan Bhaji ($9.50). Cooked with potatoes, peas, onion and capsicum, this was a winner:Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

The second main was the Veg Kofta ($9.95), made with a mix of mashed vegetables and cooked in a nutty sauce. The kofta are quite sizeable and mildly spiced. I never order the same dish twice (usually) but I think I’ll get this again next time. For now, I’m pleased I have the leftovers in the fridge:

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We ordered the Lemon Coconut rice ($6.50) which we both enjoyed. Arthur chose the Bread Basket ($10.00) and I expected a couple of pieces of each style of the four included breads to come out in one basket. Boy, what a nice surprise to get everything on its own plate because this way, they kept on coming! Arthur and I loved the Kashmiri Naan, stuffed with dried fruits and nuts so it’s on the sweeter side. The Kashmiri Naan is on the left of the photo following. Also included in the Bread Basket were plain naan, garlic naan and masala kulcha, the latter stuffed with onions and potatoes. All so good:

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We were kindly treated to the entree of Stuffed Mushrooms (not sure of the price). I admit mushroom dishes are probably the last thing I would order in a restaurant anywhere, even though I like mushrooms. But wow, what a nice surprise these were! The stuffed mushrooms were battered and fried with a nice crisp shell in a pool of a very tasty sauce (which I forgot to ask about, sorry!). The stuffed mushrooms are on the left, below:

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Of course, no matter how stuffed I am, I’m not ever going to pass on vegan Gulab Jamun. I loved these so much last time but chose to get one each along with a serve of Carrot Halva. The halwa was pretty good– not too sweet as I anticipated which I appreciated because by this point I was so full and wouldn’t have been able to finish off something really sweet. The Gulab Jamun was sweeter but as I dove in to that first, it didn’t matter (and it’s not too-sweet for me anyway, it’s just right). I am definitely buying these from World Vegan Day:

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[Added October 25th, 2015] Here’s another serve of the stuffed mushroom pakora. These are just fantastic:

Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

I’ve since tried the Vegetables Manchurian. These are veggie balls in a sort of sweet and sour sauce. Absolutely delicious, if you prefer to add in a sweeter dish:

Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

Since visiting in July, I’ve been hearing more positive reviews about Krishna On Barkly from others and there have been some vegan get-togethers there. If I drove, I’d be there more for sure! Unfortunately I live way out of the delivery zone. You can order online (if you live in the surrounding suburbs) from menu websites like Menulog. The owners of the restaurant also own the imports and wholesale store next door, something I’d really like to check out one day.

The staff are very happy to help you with any questions about the meal preparation. If you’re vegan or have dietary requirements, please let them know and they will gladly accommodate you or offer suggestions and alternatives.

All up, a great second visit and I’m already looking forward to a third and more!

Krishna Indian Restaurant also provide catering, delivery (fee is $4) and ordering online for the immedate surrounding suburbs. The restaurant is BYO (wine only) and have some meal deal specials listed on their website and menu.

Krishna On Barkly

Shop 3/578 Barkly Street

West Footscray

Closed Monday

http://www.krishnapaitpooja.com.au/
Krishna Pait Pooja Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Krishna On Barkly, Footscray

Krishna On Barkly, Footscray

Tonight I finally got to visit Krishna on Barkly, an Indian restaurant in West Footscray that have recently removed all meat from their menu. The menu now states “all food is egg and peanut free. Most curries can be made dairy free, please specify when ordering if you are vegan or are allergic to dairy products. We use coconut cream for dishes”. Menu items are marked D (dairy free), G (gluten free) or V (vegan). It’s great that the vegetarian options can be made vegan. Awesome!

I met up with family tonight and we decided to head to Krishna to pick up some take-away (take-out). It was tough work deciding what to get! We settled for the spinach kofta ($9.95), vegetable korma ($9.99), onion kulcha ($3.00), a heap of naan ($1.50 each), saffron rice ($3.50) and some gulab jamun ($2.00 each).

Please forgive the photos, snapping pics of take-away (when everyone is hungry and waiting) isn’t something I was going to spend loads of time on! I’d love to return to eat at the restaurant and take better photos as I really feel I am not doing Krishna justice here. We all enjoyed our food, though I screwed up and wasn’t clear when ordering a third main dish because when we got home it wasn’t in the bag and we hadn’t paid for it. Next time, pumpkin masala!. Still, we were so full with what we ordered. When we placed our order we were asked if we wanted the food mild or medium, we opted for mild. I was also impressed with the level of detail I was given when being told about how the vegan options would be prepared.

I loved that these weren’t really oily dishes. The korma was great with the coconut cream and the spinach kofta was incredibly filling and my favourite:

Krishna On Barkly, Footscray

Vegan gulab jamun!!! These were sooo good. So happy we can get these vegan now! I was told that the carrot halva and icecream were also vegan:

Krishna On Barkly, Footscray

After hearing many positive reviews from other vegans who have visited, and reviews by Where’s The Beef? I was confident I would enjoy my meals. Service was very friendly and I was happy to hear that since going meat free about four or five months ago, Krishna have been busy!

Krishna On Barkly, Footscray

Krishna Indian Restaurant (also called Krishna Pait Pooja on advertising material) provide catering, delivery (fee $4) and ordering online. The restaurant is BYO (wine only) and have some meal deal specials (check the menu when you order). If I lived nearby I’d be ordering all the time!

 

Krishna On Barkly

Shop 3/578 Barkly Street

West Footscray

Closed Monday

http://www.krishnapaitpooja.com.au/

 

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Dinner at Lentil As Anything in Footscray

Lentil As Anything is one of those places non veg*ns know about so I’m a little embarrassed to admit that tonight was my first trip there.  It’s been on my to do list for ages but I just never seemed to get around to it. I was visiting some family nearby and we’d originally planned to go and eat dinner at one of the veg*n places in Fitzroy but we were all feeling pretty tired and preferred something closer .

This page explains how LaA operates: http://lentilasanything.com/philosophy.php

The vegan options tonight were plain rice, a dhal, pumpkin curry, a fab salad made with potato and green apple and a tomato-lettuce plain salad.  The vegetarian options were creamy pasta and rice pudding for dessert:

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While we were eating, the lovely cook brought over a large bowl of her own special eggplant-tomato salad:

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 She (I didn’t think to ask her name, silly me) said she is from Eritrea and this is a dish she makes all the time.  Okay so it was delicious, spicy and refreshing but the thing that moved me most was that I felt like I was being treated like a special guest in her home.  When people give you that genuine, proud smile as they bring you something they’ve made and chat excitedly to you about it, you see just how much love and thought went in to it all 🙂

Lentil As Anything have three locations: Footscray, Abbotsford Convent and St. Kilda.  The Footscray LaA is located at 233 Barkly Street, Footscray. http://lentilasanything.com

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A Visit to A. Bongiovanni & Son, Seddon

I was passing through the suburb of Seddon today and dropped in to the A. Bongiovanni & Son grocery store.  I’ve been meaning to check it out for a while so Husband and I did just that.  The store stocks organic and gluten free products from foodstuffs to personal care, baby care and cleaning items.  I forgot to take my camera so the photos were taken on my phone.  I’ll let the photos do the talking:

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Some of the fruit and veg:

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Jam:

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Oils and vinegars:

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Drinking chocolate:

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Tea:

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Tempeh and tofu:

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Chips:

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Flours:

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Sauces:

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Nuts:

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Yay for finding chilpotle peppers in adobo sauce!  I have so many recipes with this that I want to try so hurrah for finding a can:

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This is a store I would visit again for those “something special” items.  I was pretty impressed with the variety on offer and the staff were very friendly and helpful when I asked if they had canned black beans (they do, but not today as they’re a popular item and sell quickly).  Husband loaded up with some beverages because he’s a beverages head and I’m more the ooooh chilpotles in adobo sauce head.  I got a nice looking flour for pizza bases, a raspberry wine vinegar, a balsamic vinegar, hazelnut chocolate milk and plain firm tofu.  I bought the hazelnut choc milk because I KNEW Arthur would like it from the carton even though the one I made myself weeks ago tasted exactly the same but he said it was yuck.

This store is not vegan or vegetarian specific but does supply enough stuff that you can use in a vegan kitchen, or gluten free vegan kitchen.  I was in a bit of a rush so I didn’t have time to properly note what more was vegan.

A. Bongiovanni & Son is located at 176 Victoria Street, Seddon.  It is close to Middle Footscray train station.  Check out their Facebook page for opening hours and contact details.