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Ubuntu Vegan Cafe In Hawthorn

Ubuntu Vegan Cafe is another one of Melbourne’s brand new all-vegan additions, this time on Burwood Road in Hawthorn. I’d seen a few photos of some lovely looking meals and today was the day, thanks to an Instagram photo of a hot chocolate. It’s cold and rainy today, therefore perfect for a good hot chocolate.

I was told the Wholesome French Toast ($20) wasn’t too sweet and that sounded good to me, so that’s what I went with plus the Mork hot chocolate with a house made blend of cashew and coconut milk:  

Both were excellent. The French toast is described as ‘thick cut brioche pan fried and topped with whipped mascarpone, berry compote, crushed pistachios and maple syrup’. I was tempted by the Big Breakfast ($24, ‘sunny side up or scrambled egg with smashed avo, haloumi, crispy tempeh, blanched kale, portobello mushroom stuffed with pistachio pane croccante, served with buttered sourdough’), though I’m not that keen on tempeh so French toast it was. The person next to me had the Big Breakfast and it looked beautiful.

There are gluten free options and all the desserts in the cabinet are raw and GF. The menu also boasts some Superfood Lattes such as the intriguing-sounding Butterfly Pea Flower Latte ($7, ‘butterfly pea flower (Blue Tea), maca, lucuma, monk fruit juice, natural dates, cinnamon and all spice’). Maybe next time, because today for me was all about that lovely hot chocolate.

The cafe is nice and bright with friendly and helpful staff. It’s a short walk from Glenferrie train station and the Victorian Telecommunications Museum which is open to the public on the last Wednesday of the month from 10-3. The museum is awesome, I suggest you visit then follow it up with a meal at Ubuntu for a good day out!

Ubuntu Vegan Cafe

460 Burwood Road

Hawthorn

https://www.facebook.com/ubuntuvegancafe/

http://www.ubuntuvegancafe.com

 

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Lunch At Veggie On Board In Hawthorn

The first thing I do when I have an appointment is look up vegan food options in the area. I was in Hawthorn today and a few steps away from Veggie On Board. I’m not sure if I’ve heard of it before, there are loads of places I file away in my memory as soon as I hear of them, then I forget.

My son and I chose some sides from the menu, rather than bigger meals. They were all reasonably priced, around the $4 to $5 mark I think. First up, the popcorn mock chicken (son’s choice). This was good in that plain salty way:

Next, the (I think) deep fried bean curd which ended up being regular tofu deep fried. Which isn’t a problem but I thought it would be something else. No matter, it was still nice with the sauce and as my son has gone off tofu, I was glad to see him digging in to this:

I got the mock bbq pork mini burger. This was excellent, even if I did manage to eat all the filling in the first bite. I’d go back just for this:

And I’d also go back for this sesame sticky rice filled with mushroom. Absolutely delicious:

Of course I forgot to take a photo of the outside as usual, I was babbling on to my son about how much I enjoyed that meal and then lamenting that I’m never in this part of Melbourne.

Veggie on Board is only a few minutes walk from Glenferrie train station so at least it’s easy for me to get back to. What a gem this place is, with the vegan options clearly marked (otherwise the food is vegetarian) and not too expensive either.

Veggie On Board

397 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

https://www.facebook.com/veggieonboardmelbourne/