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Lentil as Anything at Abbotsford Convent

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by Anna Bourozikas (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in and reviewing Melbourne's West.
Published August 29th 2011
Lentil as Anything
Dahl, vegie pattie and salad. Nom.

Lentil as Anything is a unique dining experience in food mad Melbourne. Patrons enjoy a vegetarian or vegan meal and then make an anonymous payment in a wooden box, what they believe the meal is worth.

The are three Lentil as Anything restaurants in Melbourne: Abbotsford, St Kilda and Footscray with the Abbotsford eatery being the biggest.

It is situated at the picturesque Abbotsford Convent, and open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast menu includes eggs and pancakes while lunch is a help yourself buffet of healthy vegetarian fare including dahl, salads and vegie curries.

A band plays every night.

The restaurants are staffed by a mix of paid staff and volunteers who may be: struggling to find employment; new migrants; refugees; and people with disabilities.

The restaurant provides them with training and educational opportunities which builds their confidence, and skills. Staff can also receive assistance with access to legal, health, housing and education services.

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Why? Eat healthy food and help others.
When: Daily, 9am-9pm.
Where: Abbotsford Convent. 1 Helliers St, Abbotsford.
Cost: Pay what you think the meal is worth.
I really like the concept of Lentil as Anything. I haven't yet been but it's definitely on my to-do list. And your photo of their delish-looking food is making me hungry!
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 30th of August @ 02:06 am
Have eaten here several times and it is always very nice. I am not vegetarian, but willing to try most of the food on offer, love the gardens around the Convent.
By janef - reader
Saturday, 11th of August @ 11:49 pm
Thanks for this article. Yours is the only one I read to mention that payment is anonymous (which is great for avoiding embarrassment), and to cover the whole day's lineup. I think the map may need updating though, because being near the TransCanadian Hway doesn't help us Melbournians much.
By lynnb - reader
Sunday, 26th of January @ 03:53 am
Not yet found how to get to this place by public transport. It seems a long walk from connection for disabled person ....
By fluffynut - reader
Friday, 11th of May @ 02:44 pm
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