Shakahari Too often comes up when someone asks for recommendations on a nice, slightly fancier vegan restaurant. I’m gonna lose vegan points by admitting I haven’t been to long time veg*n favourite Shakahari in Carlton (I did go once but it was closed). Today though, I was around the corner from Shakahari Too on a day when they’re open for lunch.
It took me a while to decide what to get, because everything sounded so good! There was a separate lunch menu and one of the offers was a combination of two dishes for a set price of $15.00. I got the Baobab rice gnocchi, described as “steamed rice “gnocchi” of a mixture of rice and boabab, shredded swede, sweetcorn and organic soy milk. Served with blanched kale and spinach, mixed raw greens and an egg-free baobab mayonnaise.” The “gnocchi” are the two triangular pieces in the photo above. This was a surprise, I just assumed it would be something resembling gnocchi pieces but I really enjoyed this.
The second part of my lunch combo was the satay Shakahari, described as “deep fried skewers of beancurd, seitan, onion and capsicum dressed with a mildly spiced peanut sauce. This dish comes with pickles, blanched greens and turmeric rice.” This was also really good and I’m glad I got to try two dishes like this, though I’m curious to see what they would be like full size.
Getting a lunch special combination meant I had room for dessert. I usually don’t go for tofu in desserts but I chose the tofu caramel: “organic, gluten-free tofu caramel with crushed pistachio toffee and ginger gula melaka (raw coconut sugar) sauce” ($14.50). The texture was lovely and custardy and yes you could taste tofu but for me it wasn’t unpleasant. I was surprised at how much I liked it, given when I’ve ordered similar tofu based desserts in the past, it was just too overpowering.
The staff were great, really friendly and look after their customers well. I’m glad I followed the recommendation of trying a combination lunch special as it honestly was really hard to decide. Check out their menu and see why!
Everything on the menu is vegan except a couple of the desserts. I can see why Shakahari Too is thought of as more of a slightly fancier place to eat at and prices are a little higher. I haven’t had any of the main meals so I can’t comment on the serving sizes but based on this first visit, I’ll definitely be back.
225 Clarendon Street