eating vegetarian @ Vegie Bar
I am generally not the biggest enthusiast for civilised vegetarian dining alternatives when more primeval carnivorous options are available. It is therefore not surprising I rarely visit solely vegetarian spots on my own accord. In most cases, it would be a futile mission to try to persuade me otherwise. I actually baulked when someone from work suggested vegetarian for an after work dinner, but grudgingly conceded.
[Disclaimer] please be wary that the photos may be pixelated or blurry due to extremely low lighting.
Walking inside this 20 year old eating house and bar, you find yourself surrounded by an eclectic mish-mash of the new comfy dining furniture almost clashing with the old tattered walls plastered in posters and advertising. The space is needless to say warm, loud and energetic, but the floor staff can be a little rough around the edges, at times snobbish and impatient.
Specials on a whiteboard? Love it!
Something to tempt the tastebuds, but ’twas too far for me to reach…
Mexican burrito – tortilla bread with refried kidney beans, spinach, onion and mushrooms, served with rice, topped with melted cheese, chilli, sour cream & guacamole.
Duo – roti bread & steamed brown rice with a duo of chickpea dalh and potato / lentil curry served with a side of minted yoghurt.
These however I could reach…
Sprouted chickpea and cashew hummus – with a little olive oil, lemon juice and pine nut sour cream, toasted sesame seeds. Give me a box of those gluten free crackers any day, and I’ll be happy!
Gyoza dumpling – these little steamed dumplings filled with a blend of carrot, peas, coriander, cabbage, onion and ginger, whilst ok, seriously lacked the meaty juices of the carnivorous varieties.
Stuffed mushrooms – which really looked more like falafels than mushrooms, but on biting you find not only piping hot button mushroom, but also tofu and herbed fetta. An acidic tomato / pineapple based relish comes with it.
Vegie Special smoothie – is a sweet and wholesomely satisfying concoction of banana, honey and bee pollen.
Yogizen pizza – for a thin based pizza this was incredibly filling. Although maybe I ate too much before this arrived? A little Asian twist with Indonesian tempeh, that brings with it tamari, ginger and chilli. Loads of roasted pumpkin, field mushrooms and baby spinach to keep your health in check. Too bad you have a lot of mozzarella to ruin all that hard work.
Being very full to the brim with food already, there was a moments faltering. But ultimately given the complete lack of meat at this occasion, there was no way (we) I was going to pass up some sweet additions…
Rhubarb crumble – soft cuts of rhubarb with not so much as a scant scatter of crumble mixed in. More crumble please.
Berry Cheesecake with soy ice cream.
Sticky date pudding – the sticky, moist tower of sticky date with a flowing pool of caramel was a satisfyingly deadly final blow to the stomach.
Rating: Yummy. The place is packed full, and bookings are difficult, not to mention the staff can be rude. But all is forgiven (or at least forgotten) when the food is up to scratch. Vegie Bar serves honest, relatively healthy, and very affordable food.
Where: 380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Contact: 03 9417 6935
Bookings available, but be wary they only seat you when all have arrived.
[This post is featured on Gram Magazine]