When I'm going out to dinner with a friend, and they drop the 'V' word I panic. By V word I mean 'vegetarian'. Immediately I start scouring my head for places that serve good vegetarian food and not just salad! The worst part is my vegetarian friends are all really nice and say things like 'let's just go somewhere you like, don't worry about me ', making me feel even worse.
So you can imagine my relief when I heard of the Veggie Bar, where all food choices are vegetarian and supposedly delicious. Tucked away between Rose Street and Leicester Street along Brunswick Street, I almost didn't find this place. It might be just me, but I always have trouble finding things along Brunswick Street. Located in an old red building, a red and green neon sign announces its presence. The place was overflowing with customers and we were asked if we would mind waiting 20 minutes. At this point I was desperate to find a good vegetarian restaurant and the funky vibe of the place attracted me. So we agreed and headed to the bar area at the back to sip something while we waited.
The place was decorated in true bohemian style with things like mirrors and plants. As we walked inside it became apparent that the actual restaurant isn't as small as it first appeared. Behind the main eating areas there is a small outdoor courtyard as well as the bar area. We ordered a honey and lemon drink and another beverage (the name of which has completely eluded me) and sure enough, as promised, they tasted healthy and delicious. A combination you don't get too often!
The wait didn't feel that long sitting in the funky bar and with some serious catching up to do! Music blared out and we were surrounded by happy people. Finally we were called up and we got our own table. Browsing through the menu we finally decided to go for a pizza.
Moroccan Pizza? Apparently according to the menu it is a 'fresh infusion of fresh tomato and hummus base, topped with mushrooms, roasted pumpkin, eggplant, red capsicum, olives and finished with toasted sesame seeds'. I usually love meat but while I was devouring this rather unusual pizza, I was like 'Meat who?' The menu boasted all kinds of cuisine from burgers, noodles, and ravioli to tacos. It was a testament that vegetarians aren't missing out on anything.
The place has been operational for over twenty years and the experience and improvements are obvious. The place is not just for vegetarians but is great for people who want to have a healthy meal out as well. So grab your friends and head over here to embrace your inner vegetarian /health freak!