So far, my blog has been heavily skewed towards vegan/vegan options places closer to where I live, or easily and quickly accessible for me by public transport. I don’t drive and this has been holding me back from giving some blog love to the many awesome places that are located in areas I rarely need to go to.
I wanted to rectify this as soon as I could as I’ve been asked a few times if I can review places in the eastern and south eastern suburbs. And funnily enough, the day after I received a message suggesting I review World Vegetarian Cafe in Elsternwick, it turned out I had to go to a nearby suburb to drop something off! WIN!
World Vegetarian Cafe has been open for around six months and I’ve heard some pretty good reviews in vegan circles, especially about the BLAT (veggie bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato) burger on a Turkish pide. It was hard work deciding what to get but I also heard good things about the masala dosa (which is gluten free, $13.95), so I opted for that.
The dosa was perfect with crispy edges and the spiced potato and pea filling was really good, ditto for the coconut chutney. I didn’t get a nice photo of the filling because I made a big mess by this time:
The real surprise though was the side of lentil soup that comes with the dosa. I never order soup and for me the stars of a meal are the non-soup elements. But this soup was excellent and as good as the dosa (and I loved the dosa):
My son ordered the cardamom pancakes ($15.50) which were also gluten free. Made with buckwheat and topped with berry compote, maple syrup and coconut yoghurt I was half tempted to get these myself but I pulled parental rank and tried some of Arthur’s. I had thought perhaps the cardamom wouldn’t appeal to him as I’m sure I made something with cardamom in the past and he wasn’t a fan, but he loved these. The amount of cardamom was just right, nice and subtle and not overpowering at all:
DeeW was very happy with her vegetarian cheese pizza (staff were very good about adding pineapple to the pizza) and iced chocolate. Arthur also ordered a hot chocolate and gave it a thumbs up.
Be sure to check out the specials board too, I liked the sound of the wild mushroom arancini with the minted pea puree and pomegranate salad. Sweet treats are in a display but we were too full to get something.
Service was great and our meals came out quickly, always handy when you have kids! The cafe is family friendly (there’s a kids menu with four options), spacious and has a kids area. World Vegetarian Cafe also provide catering services and host private functions. They’re now open for dinner on Friday and Saturdays until 9pm.
I saw lots of good looking dishes going past me and I’m planning on going back for sure, now that I’ve discovered I just need to catch two trams for a nice easy journey! When I left I was feeling pretty bummed that I don’t live closer as this is a place I’d easily return to, but it’s certainly worth many return trips.
World Vegetarian Cafe
452 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick
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