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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!

Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

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:

Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

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:

Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

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:

Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

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:

Krishna On Barkly Indian Restaurant Footscray

[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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Lunch at Lakshmi Vilas in Dandenong

Update August 2016: Please be sure to confirm all ingredients as I’ve returned to Lakshmi Vilas and received the opposite information to what I was given in the past.

Today we ventured out to Dandenong for a social group outing. It was due to end at noon so I looked up vegan options in Dandenong so the family and I could have some lunch.  I was very pleased to see there was a South Indian vegetarian cafe about a five minute drive from our social event that also have vegan options.  Here it is, Lakshmi Vilas:

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There was a small bain marie and I chose rice with the two vegan dishes there, both potato curries.  I was a little disappointed that the dahl contained dairy because I was in a dahl kind of mood. Regardless, these curries were tasty (even though I prefer my curries to be full on flavourful, these were more subdued):

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I ordered a vegan veggie pakora, samosa and curry puff for the family to try.  When the food arrived, DeeW said the words many parents dread when out in public: “I need to go to the toilet”. Arthur wasn’t hungry. From what we could see, Lakshmi Vilas did not have a toilet so Husband took the kids across to the magistrates court as we figured there were bound to be toilets there.  This meant I got the samosa, pakora and curry puff to myself, as the fam were going to go off and find a bakery. Score! I was assured the sauce below was vegan:

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I only had a little of each because I had ordered two dosas.  One plain, the other with a potato filling which I think was the same potato curry I had.  I only had a bit of the dosas (dosa?) at the cafe because I was full and had planned on taking a lot of stuff home.  The dosa(s) were great, they look so easy to make on YouTube but I just know I will screw them up and end up with something completely blergh if I tried it myself:

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This is what I ended up taking home.  Later on I ate the samosa and pakora.  Very tasty:

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I didn’t take photos of the dining area because it was full and I don’t think anyone would have appreciated a photo in such close quarters!

For a simple, affordable, tasty lunch I was happy. Service was friendly and when I said I was vegan, the woman there told me what my options were.  The cafe was very busy as it was lunch hour but I didn’t have to wait long at all.  Lots of people were coming in to pick up take away orders.  Although it is unlikely I will visit Dandenong again (I don’t have friends or family around there and it is an hour drive from where I live), I would happily head back to Lakshmi Vilas if I was in that part of town. I’m very much looking forward to eating more leftovers tomorrow.

Lakshmi Vilas is located at 31 Pulteney Street in Dandenong. I didn’t ask if there was a toilet but a glance around told me there didn’t seem to be one for customers.  This is a small cafe which offers more home style cooking than fancier cafe/restaurant fare, but I very much enjoy eating dishes the cooks would make for themselves at home. I paid cash but didn’t ask about other payment options. http://www.lakshmivilas.com.au

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A Short Birthday holiday: Inverloch and Phillip Island

This past week saw us take off on an early ‘summer’ holiday.  Early, because we like to go on holidays when school kids are still in school, so holiday venues and tourist spots are not crowded.  And ‘summer’ there is in quotes because the night before we left, I checked weather forecasts, unpacked most of the summer gear and replaced it with winter clothing.  Because we saw this weather most of the time we were away:

inverloch weather

The drive there had lots of this:

Melbourne to Inverloch

Melbourne to Inverloch

DeeW has turned six and her birthday was on the second day of our holiday.  A couple of days before we’d ordered a cake from Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop and ate it with family and packed the leftovers.  Delicious!

Mister Nice Guy's Bake Shop unicorn milkshake cake

We received some discount specials on accommodation in Inverloch and Phillip Island so when we booked them over a month ago, we assumed we’d have some nice warm weather and hang out at the beach swimming.  Ha! Regardless, they’re both great holiday spots.  Here was our view from our fancy pants (as in, we got a big fat discount) cabin in Inverloch:

inverloch cabin

inverloch cabin

The cabin, before we messed it up.  I took care to enjoy this one, because our cabin in Phillip Island was kinda divey in comparison:

inverloch cabin

We walked along the beaches admiring shells and rock formations:

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We went to the shell museum which had a fantastic collection and good information for kids and adults alike:

Shell museum Inverloch

Shell museum Inverloch

Shell museum Inverloch

Pretty green shells!

Shell museum Inverloch

I found a store called Green Heart Organics.  Although not vegan, there were a lot of products you’d find in many vegan kitchens such as my own:

Green Heart Organics Inverloch

Green Heart Organics Inverloch

Nearby were these tile mosaics:

Inverloch tile mosaics

We drove up to Korumburra to visit Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, which showcases life from the 1870s to the 1920s after coal was discovered in the region.  Not everything was open (we missed out on a train ride) but there was still much to see and learn.  Most of the staff are volunteers.  Photo time!

Coal Creek Korumburra

The spinners room.  I felt a bit embarrassed taking a photo of the two women in period costume because I was talking to them and felt awkward doing the whole “say, can I take a photo?” thing, even though they have a million photos taken:

Coal Creek Korumburra

I wanted to steal this dear little housey:

Coal Creek Korumburra

Shoes!

Coal Creek Korumburra

Truly vintage hair styling tools:

Coal Creek Korumburra

The music school:

Coal Creek Korumburra

The general store, where I had a lovely conversation with the woman there.  She was very complimentary of the homeschool kids that come in which was fantastic to hear.  Too often we get a lot of silly comments, so when people in an education role are very positive and tell you how much they enjoy working with the home ed kids, it’s very special:

Coal Creek Korumburra general store

Coal Creek Korumburra general store

Coal Creek Korumburra general store

 Coal Creek Korumburra general store

Coal Creek General Store

DeeW made a friend:

Coal Creek Korumburra

Inside the Pig and Whistle Cafe (no vegan options unfortunately, but I didn’t expect anything different as such places rarely have vegan food):

Coal Creek Korumburra Pig and Whistle Cafe

As usual, I walk around taking photos of doors, wood paneling and windows:

Coal Creek Korumburra

Coal Creek Korumburra

From Inverloch, we drove to Phillip Island.  Phillip Island is famous for the penguin parade, motor sports events, Australia’s largest fur seal colony as well as beaches and being a great holiday spot in general.  We only had two days there,which is hardly any time at all.  We did go to the penguin parade which was pretty good, though you are not allowed to take any photos, flash or not, so unfortunately I don’t have any to share with you. Here’s an image from the official Phillip Island tourism website (clicking on the image will take you there):

Phillip Island penguin parade

We walked along the beaches, though it was quite cold so we didn’t stay there long:

Cowes beach

Amaze’n Things has a maze, mini golf, puzzles, vertical drop slide and whacky zany rooms.  There was the anti gravity room, which had a warning sign about possibly feeling nauseous.  I felt nauseous alright.  I had to get out of there as I get motion sickness easily.  Arthur and DeeW liked the big tap outside.  I would quite happily put something like this on my house, but more so if it was a teapot pouring:

Amaze'n Things tap

Amaze'n Things mini golf

Arthur and DeeW said their favourite place was the Phillip Island Panny Chocolate Factory.  What’s not to love about free samples, and printing out squiggles of (non-vegan) chocolate that you can eat? Husband liked it too.  Me, I tend to be pretty mehhh about these kinds of places but had to admit it was better than I expected.  These games, where you could win these wooden balls then exchange them for chocolate, were pretty addictive:

Panny Chocolate Factory

Panny Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Not to be outdone, I bought myself vegan dark peppermint chocolate:

Panny Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Some old advertisements for chocolate.  The photos are larger so you can read the print.  Even if you can’t be bothered, just remember that MOTHER IS THE QUARTERMASTER– THE SUPREME AUTHORITY OVER RATIONS:

Panny Phillip Island Chocolate Factory vintage chocolate ads

Panny Phillip Island Chocolate Factory vintage chocolate ads

Panny Phillip Island Chocolate Factory vintage chocolate ads

Panny Phillip Island Chocolate Factory vintage chocolate ads

On the way back to Melbourne, we stopped off at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine and went on the underground tour.  This was really interesting, just when you think you know all about the horrible conditions miners had to work in, you learn some new information that makes you realise it was worse than you previously thought:

Wonthaggi State Coal Mine

We visited Cobber the pit pony, who hadn’t done a day’s work in his life apparently:

Cobber the Pit Pony at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine

Before we left home, I had prepared a lot of meals for myself in anticipation of zero vegan dining options.  Here’s a selection of What I Ate.

Beefy Asparagus Stir Fry from Isa Does It.  I used salt-and-peppered soy chunks:

Isa Does It Beefy Asparagus Stir Fry

Also from Isa Does It, the Roasted Vegetable Romesco Sandwich:

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Pasta with walnut mince made with walnuts, olive oil, tamari and oregano, mixed in with some tofu bacon and the leftover romesco sauce:

walnut mince tofu bacon spaghetti

I brought along a supply of muffins made with kamut flour and some biscuits:

vegan muffins and biscuits

I took my blender along so I could keep a smoothie in the car during the day.  I only made two smoothies.  Next time, no blender:

smoothie

I had made some blueberry waffles at home and frozen them for the holiday:

blueberry waffles

In Inverloch we had pizza dinner for DeeW’s birthday.  The pizza bases were vegan so I got myself a vegie-minus-cheese pizza.  Vegan pizzas like this from standard pizza joints tend to be bland, but this pizza joint on A’Beckett Steet (it might have been called The Pizza Pasta Place, with a large eat-in area) poured some minced garlic over the top which was a tasty touch:

Inverloch vegan pizza

Sausage sizzle, vegan style:

vegan sausage sizzle

I made myself a Fry’s burger with some kale and roasted red peppers:

Frys vegan burger

In Phillip Island I was happy to find Cowes Indian restaurant, located at 134 Thompson Avenue in Cowes.  I went in and asked if their vegetarian dishes were vegan and the friendly fellow there said they could make up whatever I liked.  I got the Baingan Masala (eggplant cooked with, peas, onions and tomatoes) with a serving of coconut rice and plain roti.  The leftovers were eaten for breakfast:

Cowes Tandoori Indian Restaurant

My meal was lovely, I ate there on my own while Husband, Arthur and DeeW sat across the road in the pizza parlour.  Bliss!

Cowes Tandoori Indian Restaurant

I found some gelato that appeared vegan when I checked the ingredients list:

Vegan Gelato in Cowes

I also had another vegan pizza from Jessie’s Pizza.  The chap at the counter was very friendly and told me what the bases were made from and he would use different gloves to make my pizza.  When he brought it out to me he said he used a new pizza cutter.  That’s big to me, lots of places don’t understand why you don’t want hands or cutters that have touched animal products to touch your food:

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One big thing I realised on this family holiday was that Mum wasn’t really on a holiday.  Mum often still has to wash up, cook, clean, deal with arguing children, make sure everyone has jackets and water bottles and so on.  Arthur, DeeW and Husband are very forgetful about such things.  I knew there were some op shops in Cowes so I said to Husband see you all later, I’m going to the op shops.  From the Rotary op shop I bought some old glass jars, a round silicone cake tin and some books:

old glass jars

op shop Australiana books

I found this tennis set in an antiques and collectables store and bought it for my brother in law for Christmas.  He likes tea with biscuits and cake so I think this will suit him fine:

Alfred Meakin tennis set

For myself, I bought this magazine rack from another collectables store.  I think I’ll put my library books in there:

old wooden magazine holder

I bought this carnival glass bowl in a lovely collectables shop in Korumburra which unfortunately is closing down. All stock was discounted.  There was soooo much I wanted but I knew I really wanted a new fruit bowl so this is what I chose:

carnival blue glass bowl

carnival blue glass bowl

As nice as it is to get away on a short break, I am really happy to be home!  I have about six loads of washing to get done and I am determined more than ever that we will follow the One Bag approach to travelling light when we go on our big dream trip– you only pack one carry on bag.  No checked luggage!  We took a big suitcase on this holiday and I said to Husband there is NO WAY I am taking suitcases on an overseas holiday.  My sister and brother in law went on a ten week Europe/US adventure following One Bag advice and they said it was the best thing ever and will never go back to checked luggage.  These days, with easy dry crease free travel clothing and garments by companies like ScottEVest, it’s not difficult.

Okay, speaking of all that washing, I best get to it.  I have all this washing and folding plus all the other travel bits and pieces to put away.  Which often involves sorting through brochures I picked up, wondering why on earth I grabbed them in the first place!

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A Return to Magic Mint and Some *wheeeeze* *huh?* Funnies

* UPDATE March 23rd 2014:  We went to Magic Mint tonight and I decided to confirm again if the onion kulcha was vegan as the last couple of times they told me it was.  But when I googled recipes they all seemed to have dairy.  Anyway tonight I was told their onion kulcha has milk in it  🙁  I’m hoping it didn’t the times I ordered it but well, it would explain the (TMI alert) Sneaky Dairy Poos.

 

Husband and I returned to Magic Mint in Moonee Ponds for a lovely meal.  Magic Mint always has great service, the food is good and I get to take leftovers home for breakfast.  So it’s a win on all fronts!

The first time we visited, I ordered the mixed veg curry.  On the second visit, I got the eggplant, potato and pea masala.  For this third visit I went back to the veg curry with coconut rice.  I ordered onion kulcha on the side but forgot to take a photo:

magicmintvegcurry

Husband and I are always happy with our visits to Magic Mint and it’s our go-to Indian restaurant.

Now on to the humour part of today’s broadcast.  I’m usually a bit slow catching up on all these funny clips and stories that float around the WWW so I’m guessing a lot of my readers have seen the following clip.  The “you have never seen a more inexplicable clip than this” really sums it up for me.  I swear I sat there in a state of utter confusion and speechlessness, with some laughter (hello Tonya Harding!) thrown in before going back to being utterly confused.  Enjoy!

http://sabotagetimes.com/funny/you-have-never-seen-a-more-inexplicable-clip-on-the-internet-than-this