Zagame’s is a family friendly bistro/restaurant and not the kind of place you might expect to introduce a decent vegan menu. But they’ve done just that and the vegan options are quite impressive.
Having heard about the new menu through local vegan groups, I told the family that’s where we were heading for our next meal out. Now that my kids are older, we don’t need to visit the kid friendly eating places as much but I appreciate the thought Zagame’s put in to making it fun and appealing for kids. There’s a big play area and the staff make it a priority to bring out the kids’ meals with the starters, so children don’t have to wait too long for their food. We visited today (a Sunday) and it was noisy with kids running around but that’s what you need to expect from such a kid friendly venue. I noticed staff interacting well with the kids who were running about.
There is however the gambling/gaming area attached to the restaurant and one tv on the wall had betting game results, with another showing the main channels (nightly news in our case). So keep that in mind if that’s something you want to avoid.
Okay, so the vegan menu is actually pretty good, though there are only three gluten free vegan options and unfortunately no GF vegan dessert. I hope that changes. There’s even a vegan kids menu. I think it’s a great example of the times changin’ when a chain restaurant like Zagame’s introduce vegan meals that aren’t… well, crap. You know what I mean, veggie stacks and fruit salad. The Zagame’s menu has polenta fries, a burger with cashew cheese, and orange poppy seed cake. You can find the menu at http://zagames.com.au/reservoir/ (the menu is the same at the other locations).
For my starter, I got the polenta fries (also GF, $11). They were nice, like regular polenta fries but not something I ever make at home so I treated myself. I wouldn’t get them again unless it was to share with a group, as they were very filling. The sauce is house made:
I had a tough time deciding on a main. The spiced Moroccan bean ragout (not marked GF possibly due to the bread it’s served with) sounded good, but I ended up with the beetroot burger ($16). This was a tasty beetroot patty, cashew nut cheese, onion jam, lettuce, tomato, red onion in a beetroot bun and served with a lot of chips. It rivals burgers you can get at other vegan/vegan option places:
Despite the full stomach, I ordered the churros with chocolate sauce ($10) as blog research. These were just okay, though I’m very fussy about churros. The other dessert option was the orange poppy seed cake so I might try that next time:
Check out the menu and you’ll see that a fair bit of thought that has gone in to the vegan options. I confess to being quite surprised (but pleasantly so) that this style of restaurant would come up with some decent vegan options, and kids vegan options too. I don’t usually bank on bistro style places even knowing that cashew cheese is a thing, so hats off to Zagame’s for making a good effort. Hopefully they’ll introduce more options, or at least a dessert, for the vegan-GF folks.
Zagame’s is also located in Caulfield, Berwick, Ballarat and Boronia.
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