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It's with some trepidation that I decided to eat at Om Vegetarian on Swanston Street. All you can eat for $6.50 you say? It's tempting, but your expectations are low.
Just a few meters off Swanston Street in the a small L arcade known as Wales arcade is a a small open restaurant that is in all honesty not that appealing to look at. But given that the premise of the food is cheap, all you can eat and somewhat humble, it's quite fitting.
Personally, when I see all you can eat I set myself the challenge of seeing how many plates I can put away and how much I can get down.
I expected small servings so I order the Thaali (all you can eat) dish and a couple of samosas. The Thaali comes with buttered naan, basmati pilau rice, a potato and green bean curry, a chick pea curry and lime pickle.
The serving was much more generous than I had expected. The bread was warm a well buttered, and each of the curries were tasty if a little bland. Enter the lime pickle which was nuclear enough to spice up any dish.
The samosas were pea filled and crunchy and super tasty, but I should have stuck to the Thaali, as the samosas negated my ability to go back for a third refill.
You're not going to rave about the cuisine to your friends, but if you feel like a generous, tasty and filling vegetarian meal them Om is well worth a shot.
There are other dishes on the menu, and I'll definitely give them a shot the next time I go back.
Om has several locations around the city. Check out their website for more info.