Recently I’ve been hunting out vegan options around the city (what we Melburnians call the CBD area). I don’t mean the well known veg*n places that everyone knows– I mean those places which aren’t vegan but offer some great plant based meals and are handy for vegans who are visiting or working in the area. Paperboy Kitchen in Little Lonsdale Street is that kind of place, offering two really tasty vegan meals that you can choose to have in a bread roll banh mi style, or with noodles.
The first time I visited, I ordered the red curry cauliflower in a bread roll. Red curry paste is simmered down with coconut milk, offering a mayonnaise-like kind of sauciness (in fact, I thought they may have mixed mayo through it and so I had to clarify. No, there’s no mayo). This was really good, huge, and a bit tricky to eat. Which is essentially my way of saying I dropped stuff everywhere:
On my second visit, I went with the satay tofu with noodles. This was full of lovely fresh ingredients and made for a light, filling lunch:
Your order comes with a little serving of sweet spicy popcorn on a wooden board– take care if, like me, you’re a slobby eater and keep an eye on runaway cauliflower pieces. The noodle bowl options both come with Asian slaw, carrot and daikon pickle and coriander. The Sriracha mayo that comes with all bowls is not vegan (there are non-vegan bowls that all receive the same ingredients).
Paperboy Kitchen gets quite busy during lunch but I was lucky to grab the only free spot by the window. There’s a bench along the window and a couple of larger table inside though there were quite a few people waiting outside for their takeaway order. On my first visit, it was well after lunch and not busy at all. Service was great and my meals came out quickly. When you place your dine-in order, you get a plastic animal instead of a number 🙂
I’m pretty chuffed to learn about all these places that offer really good vegan meals, not some lazy afterthought kind of vegan meal. Paperboy Kitchen have two winners here and I have to go back to try the banh mi or noodle bowl versions of what I’ve ordered.
320 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD area
Open during lunch hours Mon-Fri 11:30-3:00