‘Paging all vegans. Paging all vegans. Your vegan Nutella pizza is waiting for you at the clinic.’ Just one of the many medical-inspired Instagram posts from the recently-ish opened The Pizza Doctor in Brunswick. They’re vegan friendly and gluten free friendly too! I haven’t had the vegan Nutella pizza yet but the two pizzas I have had were pretty good and I’ll be back to try more. There’s also vegan-option arancini, potato croquets, eggplant chips and a few focaccia to choose from. Lots more to try on my future visits. The pizzas are more a medium size, and the box measures 26cm.
Shown up top there is the pumpkin leek pizza ($16 including the $2 vegan option charge). I ordered this at the ‘clinic’ and ate it outside. There’s a bench inside the clinic which is the waiting area, but there are two two-seater tables outside on the footpath.
Previously I’d ordered the vegan salami pizza for home delivery. The bases are thin, and nice and crispy on the bottom, more so for the pumpkin leek pizza which I ate as soon as it was out of the woodfire oven. I enjoyed both and it’s always good to see vegan options in new establishments, serving up pizza to people who may be egg or dairy free as well as vegan. The staff were lovely too, always a bonus!
The Pizza Doctor is in the same building where the pink cupcake bakery used to be, on the 58 West Coburg tram line right near Brunswick Road.
You can order online as well for home delivery, or pick up your order in person.
The Pizza Doctor
9 Grantham Road
I’ve been to Rude Boy twice now, so it’s blog review time. Rude Boy are located in a small strip of cafe/restaurants on Albion Street in Brunswick West, further away from the Sydney Road end. They have a vegan burger called Vegan Latina ($13.50) on the menu and it’s pretty good.
The description reads “chilli and spring onion fried potato cake, chick pea salsa, chimichurri, avocado, jalapenos, chipotle relish, lettuce, tomato and onion”. Potato cakes in a burger, I’m sold.
Surprisingly it isn’t that messy to eat, with the chickpeas and salsa. Even better is Tightarse Tuesdays, where burgers (excluding specials) are half price from noon to 6pm. Nice!
There are fries but they’re cooked in the same oil as non-vegan stuff (though they said they do their best to keep things separate where possible). As I write this I wonder if the same applies to the potato cakes. If it bothers you, just ask.
Both times my burgers were pretty good but I recommend you be very clear you want the vegan burger. I had to repeat it a few times on my second visit (vegans, you know how we have that sixth sense that we’ll get the vegetarian, not vegan option made?) and eventually ended up with the vegetarian burger. And they tried to tell me I ordered the vegetarian… I pointed out not likely as I’m a) vegan and b) dairy intolerant! The person who made the burger was nice and apologetic about it though (I wish I could say the same about the two other staff who did not seem impressed at my polite insistence I only ever ordered the vegan burger). My only other gripe is about the cups for water. They’re single use plastic cups 🙁 No glasses. I hope this changes.
Rude Boy Burger
482 Albion Street, Brunswick West
Lankan Tucker is tucked away in a strip of cafe restaurants in Albion Street, Brunswick West. I’ve tried their food before at a night market stall and loved it, so I was keen to try out the cafe version.
I had planned on visiting a couple more times to show you more photos and meal variety but I won’t be able to return for another couple months (doing a nutrition experiment which eliminates eating out, arghghgh) so here’s a brief review.
I ordered the Sri Lankan Staple ($17) which was ‘rice OR house made Red Rice Flour Stringhoppers served w Pineapple Curry, Mung Beans, Coconut Sambol, Lentils and Spinach, Apricot Chutney & Pappadums’. This was a pretty filling meal with a little spice– just right for me.
Service was friendly and knowledgeable about vegan requirements and the menu is marked with vegan options/what can be made vegan. I really want to go back but given the nature of this nutrition experiment I’m doing, it rules out eating away from home. Argh!
The menu can be found at
486 Albion Street