Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you.
I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published November 19th 2012
Shakahari first opened it's doors in the early 70s in Melbourne. Since then, it has become a Melbourne institution with a reputation for fine vegetarian food, inspired by Asian traditions with a unique twist.
The venue does feel different from the original, just by virtue of the decor; bright orange walls and murals. There seating at the front and further seating at the back.
The service is excellent. Staff are only to happy to answer questions.
The menu is similar to the original restaurant. Menu items are marked as vegan V, non-dairy N-D, no onion or garlic NO O-G and/or gluten-free G-F.
Items on the menu all sound tempting to me. For example, Avocado Magic which is described as avocado wedges and red capsicums rolled in thin eggplant slices, tempura fried in a rice batter. Served with a jade green coriander and sesame puree. Have you ever heard of such a dish?
I chose the green, green laksa - Organic Japanese udon noodles, young spinach, mushrooms and bean sprouts cooked in a Thai krachai (lesser galangal) and basil green curry coconut stock. This is topped with fried tempeh, tofu and fragrant herbs (around $20). The flavours were intricately woven to give it an amazing multidimensional flavour. This is a skill of a good chef.
Dessert also features some interesting choices, such as black rice sago chacha, cooked with dates and banana, tofu caramel, or pandan coconut cheesecake. I couldn't resist the seasonal fruit crumble baked with nutty shortcrust topping.
STUNNING!!! And very reasonably priced :-) I had 3 courses and they were all perfect... I'm desperately trying to find a recipe for the Black Rice Sago Chacha... but I will be back to this restaurant soon..despite the 95km round trip from home! Bravo!!