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Top 5 Vegetarian Meals in Melbourne

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Published September 1st 2014
There are many popular vegetarian restaurants around town, but what are some of the best meals?

I've listed some great vegetarian meals I have experienced and but would love to know if you think anything is missing.

1. Malaysian Curry Laksa: Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, 141 Queen St, CBD

Located in a Buddhist art gallery complete with a meditation hall, this place also serves soothing teas and lunch.

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery
Malaysian Curry Laksa

For $12 this laksa was enormous and filling, full of tofu, mock meat and vegetables. It wasn't overly spicy but the flavours were still strong and addictive.

2. Tofu Katsu: Yong Green Food, 421-423 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Yong Green Food is especially popular for its innovative and healthy vegan and vegetarian menu.

Yong Green Food
Tofu Katsu with coleslaw

I love katsu dishes and this tofu patty was beautifully and lightly crumbed whilst the coleslaw provided a healthy side with a different sort of crunch. I only wish the serving was slightly larger for $19.

3. Vietnamese Salad: Lentil As Anything, 288 High St, Preston

Lentil As Anything runs on the donations of visitors - you pay however much you feel the meal is worth, whilst the cooks and waiters/waitresses are mostly volunteers.

Lentil As Anything
Vietnamese salad

I was a bit wary of ordering the Vietnamese salad at a non-Vietnamese restaurant but it turned out to be great. The tofu they used was soaked in some sweet flavour that provided the winning touch. Once again, I would have loved more tofu!

4. Falafel Souvlaki: Jimmy Grants @ Rue & Co, 80 Collins St, Melbourne CBD

Located with the popup stalls for Kong and St Ali at Rue and Co, Jimmy Grants is always a safe choice with its souvlakis.

Jimmy Grants
Falafel souvlaki

I tried the falafel souvlaki for the first time and found it packed with falafels with some nice salad and sauce to complement it. A winner if you need a takeaway meal and if you're passing by.

5. Avocado Magic: Shakahari Too, 225 Clarendon St, South Melbourne

Last of all, a bit of an unusual one, but an extremely creative vegetarian entree, Shakahari Too's Avocado Magic.

Shakahari Too
Avocado Magic

The avocado pieces were rolled with capsicums inside some eggplant, and had a tempura coating. The sesame coriander puree was a fragrant and suitable dip to go with it.

So there are my picks but what amazing vegetarian dishes have you had? Feel free to share in the comments below and I look forward to trying them!
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I'm a vegetarian of 20+ years. I'd say Crossway on Swanston St for a nice lunch. For dinner, there are so many Indian restaurants that do great vegetarian.
by erinp (score: 0|3) 2163 days ago
Don't be put off by the decor- Veggie Villa in Newmarket (Flemington) has a wide range of scrumptious dishes.
by Peras (score: 0|5) 2162 days ago
3. Vietnamese Salad: Lentil As Anything looks delicious!
How much did you pay for it?

Also I agree about the felafel from jimmy grants, I had one last night and it was delicious. The slaw and homemade bread makes it one of the best felafels in melbourne (excluding felafel from King Johns, King St).

I disagree about the vegetarian laksa though, Chef Lagenda and Laksa King in Flemington do the best Laksa hand down.

If you're a vego into mock meat, try White Lotus for delicious chinese dishes made form vegies, tofu or soy/gluten meat.
by ChefJohnSmith (score: 1|68) 2164 days ago
You missed Crossways and Om Vegetarian - between $5-7 for awesome unlimited veg curry (and halava and custard at crossways) and lassi!!
by nicol (score: 0|2) 2163 days ago
Pho Chu The on Victoria St, Richmond does a fabulous vegetarian Pho. Loaded with vegetables & really cheap & a free thermos of tea
by karen109 (score: 1|11) 2163 days ago
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