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What I Ate: Some Celebrations

Glass Den tiramisu hotcakes1

This is a What I Ate based on a few weeks of eats. Again, I didn’t do my planned weekly What I Ates because I kinda feel stuff is so boring for the blog, or the better stuff was eaten for dinner when there’s no good lighting at this time of year (and the photos I do take of dinner look hideous). And there’s only so many green smoothies I can show you!

We’ve had a few birthday and anniversary type celebrations, one involving stopping in at Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop (all vegan and one of my favourite places) for some treats: lemon bun, cinnamon bun, chocolate babka and a cinnamon donut:

mrniceguyscakes

Also from Mister Nice Guy’s is this curried egg salad in a brioche bun. The bun was excellent:

mrniceguyseggsaladbrioche

A birthday brunch at The Glass Den in Coburg to try the new tiramisu hotcakes from the recently introduced winter menu, pictured at the top up there. Loved these!

My favourite simple meal is sweet potato, broccoli and tofu. Here, I pressed the tofu in to sesame seeds and baked it. Then promptly dropped the tray so that the sesame seeds all fell off:

sesame tofu veg

Cleaning out our upright freezer, I was happy to find some of the Pumpkin and Kale Soup I’d made from the Green Gourmet Giraffe blog. Guess I better clean my windows too:

pumpkin soup ggg

We tried the Gardein Beefless Burgers. These are pretty meat-like and had that kind of flame grilled smoky flavour:

gardein beef burger

A banana smoothie made with malt extract:malt cacao smoothie

Hopefully I’ll be on time with my next (weekly) post…

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What I Ate: The Glass Den Edition

The Glass Den Coburg Hotcakes

The Glass Den in Coburg continues to be one of my favourite places to eat. I first reviewed The Glass Den in October 2015 and blogged about another visit. Since then I have enjoyed many more meals alone (that’s my ‘me time’!) or with family. Here’s a look at some of my favourite meals since then (which of course include things I’ve already blogged about, I just order them again because they’re so good).

I can’t go past the gluten free coconut hotcakes as the first photo up there! They’re always presented so beautifully. These seemed slightly different to the last time I tried them, a little more puffier and cake like but still great. The coconut mousse melted a bit before I had a chance to take the photo. Every time I’ve seen this dish, the toppings have changed a little.

My sister enjoyed the breakfast soba, probably my favourite on the menu. They’ve changed the presentation a bit, with all the components mixed up together (previously they were separated more). The noodles are different too but still my top pick:

The Glass Den Coburg breakfast soba

I’ve heard quite a few people say how much they love the beer battered fries. I’ve never ordered them before but got a large serving for our group of four to share. Some of the nicest chips I’ve had and the aioli was spicy with a bit of a chipotle (I think) heat:

The Glass Den Coburg fries

From a recent Special board, I ordered the Pattalung mushroom curry served with Turkish bread. This was excellent and although I’m purely a curry-with-rice person, this was good enough for me to put that personal preference aside. Still, I wouldn’t say no to a serve of this over loads of rice:

The Glass Den Coburg pattalung curry

My mum ordered the portobello burger. I had this the last time I visited The Glass Den and was surprised how great it was. Surprised, because I rarely order mushroom burgers when I’m out. The almond feta in this was really good:

The Glass Den Coburg mushroom burgerThe Glass Den Coburg seating

Pics of stuff on my long walk from from The Glass Den:

Bridges reserve coburg memorial West Coburg door Coburg flatsLofts shoe store sign Coburg

I’m slowly working through my backlog of restaurant photos and hope to be back to my regular weekly What I Ate (during the week) posts next week. Sometimes I feel the eats are a little too boring to stick up on the blog– I mean compared to the hotcakes up top there, everything pretty much pales in comparison!

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More Visits To The Glass Den In Coburg

The Glass Den Coconut Hotcakes Summer fruits

Back in October 2015, I visited The Glass Den in Coburg. You can read about that here. I’ve been back a few times because it’s quite easily my favourite place in Melbourne, or anywhere really, for breakfast/brunch (though I’d eat there at any time).

I’ve loved every meal I’ve had and service is consistently good. Make sure you check out the specials board too!

One of the nicest meals I’ve had anywhere is the Breakfast Soba. I’d love to make this at home but I suspect I’ll leave it for trips back to The Glass Den. Green tea soba noodles alongside sauteed kale, garlic polenta crusted oyster mushrooms (these were excellent), pine nuts (though these weren’t on mine) and a kale sesame crumble for $16.50:

The Glass Den Coburg Breakfast Soba

The vegan option Biggy ($22) was another I wanted to try and it didn’t disappoint either. Sourdough toast with Dutch carrots, smoked coconut, mushrooms, beans, tomato, sautéed kale and a beetroot relish. This was fantastic, though the coconut bacon is not shown in the photo.

The Glass Den vegan Biggy

I’d seen online that the toppings on the coconut hotcakes ($18) had changed since my last visit and are now served with different fruits. The current menu says “almond meal hotcakes, grilled banana, jackfruit, lotus root compote, maple syrup, toasted coconut, taro chips and coconut mousse”. These look beautiful and like last time, diners near me were looking at my meal with big eyes (and I was kicking back like The Fonz going ehhhh, vegannnn *thumbs up*). The hotcakes themselves aren’t sweet which is perfect for me, though the toppings are pretty sweet making this overall a great option for those who love a sweet breakfast. It’s gluten free too:

The Glass Den Coconut Hotcakes Summer fruits

Neglect the specials board at your peril! I couldn’t decide what to order off the menu and took a look at the specials board. Sticky date pancakes with cashew cream and pistachio brittle? Yes please! These tasted great though the pancakes did defeat me with their sweetness and I couldn’t finish it all. The cashew cream was just right for sweetness. If you love sweet pancakey meals and see this on the specials board, get it! I can’t remember if this was gluten free though:

The Glass Den sticky date pancakes

 

Food is always beautifully presented. The vegan meals are also popular with non-vegans and I truly believe The Glass Den does an exceptional job with showcasing how awesome vegan food can be and busting the silly myth that we only eat boring salad.

With their excellent, well thought out vegan options, The Glass Den continues to be my top pick! If you’re visiting Melbourne, it’s really easy to get to. Just catch the #19 tram up Sydney Road from the city and get off at Bell Street. The Glass Den is a short walk from there.

You can read about some recent visits to The Glass Den by bloggers Green Gourmet Giraffe, Quinces and Kale and Where’s The Beef?

The Glass Den

15 Urquhart Street

Coburg

http://www.theglassden.com.au/
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Vegan Brunch At The Glass Den, Coburg

The Glass Den Coburg

The Glass Den came to my attention through the vegan community, when there was a bit of a buzz about a new vegan menu coming up. I also love this part of Coburg, with the historic Pentridge Prison that was built in 1850 (closed in 1997) and have wandered around there many times. I was excited to hear of more vegan options around the Bell Street end of Sydney Road, but also to see what had been done with the space.

I wasn’t disappointed– it’s roomy, colourful and light filled inside with plenty of original features. It’s clearly a popular place too: there were two large smiley groups finishing up when I left and lots of people coming through.

The Glass Den Coburg

I enjoyed spotting original features here and there– the big prison-y gates, bare bulbs and of course the bluestone walls. I loved the large tables such as the white one you see in the pics. It used to be a (very large) door. The gate door stop is even from Pentridge days of old and the chairs are a cheery mismatch from past decades:

The Glass Den Coburg

The ‘outdoor’ space is enclosed and like the inside, it’s roomy and colourful. There’s a play space for children in the far corner (with an awesome old trunk). It’s doggy friendly too!

The Glass Den Coburg

It was the lure of the new menu and the recommendation of the coconut hotcakes from Where’s The Beef? that drew me to The Glass Den, but I was tempted by many of the options. First off, the vegan meals sound great– very well thought out and I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I always love a vegan-options menu where you can tell at a glance that the business has really sat down and thought about how best to serve vegan customers, or those with certain dietary requirements. The Glass Den ticks all those boxes and I was also impressed with the interaction between one of the staff and the vegan communities on social media, showing they were listening to what vegan customers want.

I had gone there with the coconut hotcakes in mind but I faltered a bit when I read more of the options, like the crushed avo (seeded loaf, avocado, dukkah, coconut bacon, macerated raisins and beetroot relish, $14.90) and the crispy wonton pad Thai (crispy wonton skin, tofu, alfalfa, radish sprouts, bean shoots, chives, chili, red onion with a tamarind dressing and toasted cashews, $16.00). I was there more at brunch hour but the lunch options, like the breakfast options, are served all day. The coffee menu vegan milk options include Bonsoy, almond and coconut at a small charge and sweet accompaniments are available on the counter, including treats from vegan bakery The Compassionate Kitchen.

The Glass Den Coburg

But coconut hotcakes ($16.00) it was. These are gluten free and are served with grilled banana, berry foam, maple syrup, candied almonds and a big dollop of a coconut cream. I was chatting with the person at the table next to me and although he had enjoyed his meal, he told me he wished he’d ordered the hotcakes too as my meal looked so nice. I saw a few of these being served and a lot of googly eyes watching the plates go past:

The Glass Den Coburg

I also went for the flu fighter juice ($7.00) made with carrot, orange and ginger:

The Glass Den Coburg

It was an excellent meal all up (in case the photo alone doesn’t tempt you!) I was nearly defeated and wondered if I could fit in the last couple of forkfuls and bit of juice (I did). The hotcakes were really filling and the coconut cream on top was a generous serve. Cindy from Where’s The Beef? compares the texture to a flourless almond cake and I agree. These aren’t light fluffy pillowy bouncy castle pancakes though I’m happy to say they’re far better. A truly excellent gluten free vegan breakfast, with the bonus of being available all day!

There’s also a small kids menu with the vegan option being a pancake with coconut icecream for $6.50.

Service was great too and I didn’t wait long for my order. My neighbour at the next table and I had a good chat about how meals like the hotcakes really do well to represent how awesome vegan (and gluten free) food can be.

The Glass Den are currently not open in the evenings but starting on the 30th they’ll be having happy hour on Friday nights from 4pm to 7pm with a tapas board (vegan available) and a jug of Thunder Road Brewing Company‘s Pacific Ale for $20, or the jugs for $12 until 10pm. You can follow The Glass Den’s Facebook page to keep updated.

Coburg really has itself a winner here. Located parallel to Bell Street (near the intersection with Sydney Road) and right near the Moreland Council offices, The Glass Den is easy to get to with public transport. The #19 tram stops a short walk away, along with buses 903, 527 and 513. The closest train station is Coburg. There are car parks nearby (though possibly ticketed, I’m not too sure as I use public transport to visit that area) or you can try your luck in Elm Grove, which has a few spots just off Bell Street. When you’re done with dining, take a little walk around the Pentridge site or up to Coburg Lake.

You can view The Glass Den’s menu online or follow them on Facebook to keep up with news. I’m tempted by everything vegan on the menu, so I don’t think it will be too long before I go back  😉

The Glass Den

15 Urquhart Street

Coburg

http://www.theglassden.com.au/

 

The Glass Den Coburg

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