We’ve discovered some vegetarian restaurants so delicious, even the non-vegetarians will enjoy.
Bay City Burrito [838 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn] is, you guessed it, all about the burrito. It offers tasty vegetarian options ranging from the breakfast burrito to the Valencia Veg which comes with veggies, black beans, brown rice, and mild salsa. If the vegetarian menu doesn’t tickle your fancy you’re more than welcome to build your own burrito with Bay City’s huge selection of fillings.
Located in the lovely suburb of Niddrie, Mister Hoffman [85A Hoffmans Road, Niddrie] offers a delicious menu that has something for every taste. While meat lovers can chow down on a number of menu items including the breakfast burgers, those who prefer meatless diet can indulge in all things veggie.
Vegie Bar’s [380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy] motto is food for the mind, body and soul; they love comfort food that’s good for you. Everything on this menu is veggie friendly and so delicious even your carnivorous friends will be happy to dine in. Impress your mates and turn veggie doubters into veggie lovers!
Little Sister [52 Wingara Avenue, Keilor East] is the perfect place for a catch up with friends. Give up the late night for an early morning vegetarian brekkie, like the Jim Dandy Hot Plate which boasts eggs any way, house made beans, thyme mushrooms, slow-roasted truss tomato, potato rosti and grilled halloumi on artisan bread.
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Teta Mona [100A Lygon Street, Brunswick East] is all about traditional Lebanese recipes, created using the best wholefoods ingredients. There are plenty of vegetarian options on the flavour-packed menu —think falafel and pita, tart pickles with tahini and hand-made pastries.
With lines out the door on the weekend, you know you’re onto a winner at Combi [140 Ormond Road, Elwood]. The healthy menu focuses on organic vegetarian and vegan food. Be sure to grab one of its brekkie superbowls or a superfood smoothie.
When his vegan mother would visit from Trieste in north-east Italy, Lorenzo Tron found he had nothing to cook for her. So, he started Shop225 Pizzeria [225 Melville Road, Pascoe Vale] where 11 of its 13 pizzas can be done vegan, as can all its pasta and desserts dishes. There’s even a house-made vegan Nutella pizza, perfect for dessert.
Serotonin Eatery [52 Madden Grove, Burnley] is a plant-based eatery that accommodates almost all dietary requirements. Its philosophy is that a plant-based diet ensures the body, mind and earth all function at their best. Also offering personal training and health education services, Serotonin takes a holistic approach to health.
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After being favourites on the farmers’ market scene, pals Lousia Allan and Shuki Rosenboim opened Very Good Falafel [627-629 Sydney Road, Brunswick]. The business really is a family affair — +they use falafel-making equipment sent by Rosenboim’s family in Israel as well as chickpeas grown by Allan’s dad on the Mallee. With your vegetarian eats served in a delicious freshly-baked pita, you may have just found your new favourite falafel joint.
If you’ve got dietary requirements, Fox in the Box [169 Martin St, Brighton] has you covered. From low FODMAP to gluten or diary free diets, Fox in the Box is arguably one of the best allergy-friendly cafes you’ll find in Melbourne. There’s also plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans on offer.
At Fort Green [202 High Street, Northcote] you’ll find salads that you will want to eat not only because they are healthy, but because they are delicious. With vegan pad thai on its menu, while yoga classes run upstairs, Fort Green is full of surprises.
If you’re after a fine dining option, then pay a visit to O.My [23 Woods Street, Beaconsfield]. The degustation-only restaurant has a seasonal menu and a commitment to championing locally sourced fresh produce. Its kitchen is dedicated to making vegetables the hero of each dish, so they will happily adjust menu items to be meat-free.
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Another Lebanese favourite in the north, Tiba’s [4/195 Somerton Road, Roxburgh Park] offers authentic food with vegan options. Mains are served with garden salad, tabouli, pickled turnips, home-made dips and rice. Lighter (and cheaper) options include the fried cauliflower, mixed pickles, vine leaves and spinach pie.
It may look like an average house on the outside, but inside you’ll find the Zen Den [736 Main Road, Eltham] has something for everyone. Bustling with positive vibes and delicious meals, Zen Den has many options for vegan and vegetarians.
Attention lovers of Vietnamese food — this one is for you. Ethically-sourced vegetarian food is more than an afterthought at GOODdays [165 Sydney Road, Brunswick]. Half the menu is vegan-friendly, including the delicious four mushroom pho. With only 25 seats get in early, as this place fills up fast.
For a great value meal with friends, you can’t go past Laksa King [Shop 3, 39-51 Kingsway, Glen Waverley]. A favourite among Melburnians, Laksa King has a reputation for serving the best laksa in town. There’s plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, with the vegan laksa a must-try.
If you are struggling to find vegetarian food in the east, check out Vegie Mum [2 Village Avenue, Doncaster] which boasts 98 all-vegetarian options. The exterior and décor are simple, but with the sheer variety of vegetarian, vegan and mock-meat options, you’re bound to find something to suit your needs.
At Sister of Soul [73 Acland Street, St Kilda], the aim is to create memorable vegetarian dishes with broad appeal. As well as its fully vegetarian menu, Sister of Soul prides itself on a strong sense of community. It partners with community gardens and donates its green waste every week.
While many pizza places have a few vegetarian options, at Shemesh [825 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South], there’s not a meat-lovers pizza in sight. All 20 plus pizzas here come with only vegetarian toppings. It also offers vegan cheese and gluten free bases.
Having been at its Carlton location for 15 years, Shakahri [201-203 Faraday Street, Carlton] is one of the longest-standing and best, vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne. The menu changes each season, calling on mostly Indian flavours, with Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Western influences.