What I Ate Out And About In Melbourne

I haven’t done a What I Ate in a while, so here’s a big selection of meals out I’ve really enjoyed. I’m going a bit overboard in my gushing praise but I love everything shown here and feeling pretty damn happy with our amazing vegan options here in Melbourne.

My new favourite is Sandwitch, found at Coburg Farmers Market and Alphington Farmers Market. If you follow Sandwitch on Instagram (@sandwitchau) or Facebook you can see which markets they’ll be at.

My favourite sandwich is the ‘colli-sour’ which has divine beer battered crispy cauliflower, pickle, green salad and preserved lemon tahini in really good pita bread:

I also loved the Meze Brekkie Bowl:

Sandwitch’s mushroom shwarma is also great:

And to finish off lovely Sandwitch lunches, here’s their sweet (but not too sweet) dessert delight made with coconut milk cream, a hint of rosewater, crushed nuts, coconut, seven spices and hibiscus syrup:

In keeping with the market theme, I was thrilled to try these bean based akara from Tribal Tastes at the Queen Victoria night market. Lovely texture and delicious:

I’m rejoicing that for the next month I’ll be walking past Wonderbao once a week, so lunch is settled. I’m loving the crispy eggplant, the tofu and the taro bao especially:

The Cornish Arms have a two week special on vegan chicken kiev served with peas, gravy and potato gems (that’s tater tots. I never knew what tater tots were until I realised they were potato gems. And I think they’re called something else in another country or two but I can’t remember now):

After the kiev I squeezed in the sticky date pudding:

Divine Realm Vegie Delight in the city (lunch hours only, Monday to Friday) is still a favourite. You get a plate of rice with three mains for $7.50 which is a bargain in the city, vegan or not. The menu rotates and this is what’s served on Thursday and Friday. My favourite menu days:

I’m still loving Good Days on Sydney Road in Brunswick, with the epic spring roll noodle salad:

Loving Hut in West Melbourne opposite Queen Victoria Market is another favourite. Here’s the Malaysian char kway teow and some roti in the back:

This is the Mongolian BBQ:

Moving along to my absolute hands-down favourite Miinot Gelato, here’s the Violetta and Darkness flavours. Miinot have the best, most inventive flavours for vegans/dairy free folks too. Their dark chocolate variations (mint slice, black sesame, chilli, and more) won me over to the dark chocolate side:

If you haven’t been to Olivia Spring Cafe in Moonee Ponds, make it a priority! I always get the vermicelli salad with the optional (but mandatory in my opinion) spring rolls:

I was surprised the night we went to Pinarbarsi Turkish restaurant on Sydney Road because there’s a vegan pide on the menu that I hadn’t noticed when I checked out the menu online. I went for the large option and it was pretty big, and really tasty. We’d gone for a last minute family dinner when a relative was visiting, and husband had one of those Entertainment Book vouchers. So all in all a really nice surprise:

Another recent favourite is the macadamia milk peanut butter chocolate shake from Ratio Cocoa Roasters on Sydney Road. This was the perfect level of sweetness for me. A bit of a splurge at $10 for the vegan option but I don’t consider it ‘just’ a milkshake. Love love love:

Moving on again to more great meals at Ray Cafe. I love Ray (I know I know, I love a lot and subsequently gush a lot) and enjoyed this latest version of the Black Maple Society French toast:

The Tofumanchu was excellent:

This vegan kraut dog with sweet potato fries was a board special and also a good meal:

I was at the Southbank side of town a couple weeks ago and got this from the Little India outlet. Nice, but a little too much heat for me in one of the dishes:  

Son and I are big Trippy Taco fans. Here are the nachos and Trippy Fries, we always get the fries then when done we go next door to Fatto a Mano:

I met up with a dear friend at Ubuntu Vegan Cafe in Hawthorn. We both enjoyed our Lizz burgers. The sweet potato fries were fantastic and I also had the blue butterfly pea flower latte:

We’re fans of Zaatar in Coburg here at casa Veganopoulous. My son is happy with the regular zaatar but lately I’m going for the pumpkin kibbeh as well as my spinach pide:

And that wraps up this batch of phone-camera photos, many of which were taken over the past months as I didn’t put them in my May What I Ate due to laziness.


Thanks as always for reading my blog. I’ve had a few annoying technical issues lately resulting in some images not displaying and intermittent problems with answering comments. Even as I went to publish this there was a problem, gahhh…

8 thoughts on “What I Ate Out And About In Melbourne

  1. Wow that is an epic post of eating out – so much good food – I heard from sandwitch that the woman running it is overseas until sept and then will be back at the markets. Love potato gems. And I feel sad now that when I last tried to go to wonderbao it was too full to get a seat so we went elsewhere. I’d like to try olivia spring – too long since I have had noodle salad with spring rolls.

  2. I’m a long time reader but haven’t commented before. This is an amazing post! We just moved to Coburg and I feel like I need to screenshot everything you have mentioned! So much stuff to try – thank you!

    • thanks! Coburg is awesome for vegan food! True North, Zaatar, Glass Den, Little Deer Tracks, then further down Sydney Road 😀

  3. Wow wow wow! So much amazing food! Except for Trippy Taco, I hate them with a fiery passion. They gave me food poisoning, and I’m petty like that. 😉
    Glad I was eating lunch as I was reading this, or I would have been ravenous!