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