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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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Mantra Lounge Vegan Cruise

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What a fab evening on board the Victoria Star, thanks to Mantra Lounge hosting their first vegan cruise! As someone who hates being on boats, gets motion sickness easily, can’t swim and once went to a fancy dress party dressed as Gilligan, I might have had enough reasons not to go. But… VEGAN CRUISE. So of course I was there, even if I had to rock up solo (minus Gilligan costume).

We were treated to some presentations by Mark and Jason (both vegan) from Vegetarian Victoria, and a talk on food and consciousness by someone whose name I didn’t catch unfortunately (I’ll edit this when I find out his name). Lots of laughs and interesting information!

And the food, of course, was awesome:

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Check it out! The menu was loaded lasagna, nachos, mesclun salad (or cous cous salad), salsa and a cashew(?) cream. I love big servings of lasagna! Mantra Lounge prepared a lot of food so people were able to go back for seconds, but I was full enough and wanted to leave room for dessert:

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MANGO. CHEESECAKE. Big serves!!! Bad photo:

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Some of the view:

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After dinner there was the raffle draw, some music, Q&A and then time to go home. I didn’t get any photos of the music performance as the light was really low and the pics didn’t turn out.

Mantra Lounge will hopefully make this a yearly event which would be awesome! You can check Mantra Lounge’s Facebook page for future updates. Or go in to Mantra Lounge for a meal, because the food is fantastic.

Thank you and well done to everyone involved in hosting this cruise!

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