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Lentil as Anything Abbotsford

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by Michelle Coates (subscribe)
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Published June 11th 2013
Embrace the weekday space
Lentil as Anything at the Abbotsford Convent has a little more room to move on a weekday and it was a good move to come in for lunch as they seem to be constantly exceeding their own cullinary mastery week by week. For non veg/vegan people, I can say without doubt that every one of my friends, regardless of taste, ethnicity or dietary requirements, have absolutely loved this place. Seeing a very fussy 7 year old declaring how yummy the vegetarian noodles were on a lazy Sunday resulted in me breathing a huge sigh of relief.

For those who are yet to hear about the philosophy of Lentil, it has quite a history and it was lovely to see founder Shanaka Fernando here today. We are vegetarian and as a single income family, we have so appreciated this 'pay as your heart feels' system of popping your money in the box given many other vegetarian restaurants can be very expensive for a family when children start ordering drinks. When we can afford more, we hope we are giving generously and other days when money is tighter, we know we have a place that is welcoming and appreciative of our organic eggs we bring in for the kitchen.

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Today's selection was so healthy and filling. This place has so much food you won't go hungry so give generously on the days you are able to.

Regarding drinks: water is freely available and the staff are on duty dashing between tables to get as many coffees and hot chocolates out as possible. The man next to me just ordered a 'chilli soy hot chocolate' today and I will be keeping that in mind for next time. We had a chat about what other goodies from the cafe are possible. This is what Lentil is all about: connections with real people in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable in Victoria.

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The Convent building is stunning from many angles. (photo copyright: Michelle Coates)
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Thanks to the Abbotsford Convent Coalition that campaigned for the region to remain public space for all to enjoy. Huge effort at that time I'm sure. We are very grateful.

I had been to Lentil many times but never really had a good look beyond the gardens down near the river. I was able to walk off lunch in such a lovely environment. I said hello to some cows but found they like to maintain 1.5m personal space so our chat didn't last too long as I approached the fence. There were enough interesting items along the way drawing me further into idyllic scenery.

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I would like to take the dog next time as I now realise the trail is dog friendly also.
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Land for people, shared with Land for Wildlife

Land for Wildlife is a great program that hopefully lasts well beyond the DSE changes.

I come for the food but stay for the awesome people both present and those 'watching over us'. Check Lentil's Facebook page for the daily menu.

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Many creative people have passed through this homely place. (photo copyright:Michelle Coates)

Hearing music from a decade of peace, love and hope was as fulfilling as their food.
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Why? To re-nourish your soul and your body.
When: Opening Hours: 9 AM 9 PM Breakfast: 9 AM to 11.30 AM Lunch: 12 PM to 4 PM Dinner: 6 PM to 9 PM
Phone: (03) 9419 6444
Where: 1-3 ST Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia
Cost: What you can afford but please be generous as the money is used wisely.
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