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Recently we took my son's girlfriend out for dinner. She's a vegetarian which isn't an issue but she also doesn't eat certain cheeses because of the rennet. Apparently rennet is an enzyme found in the stomach of calves and that was an issue.
A week later I found myself in a position of finding a restaurant suitable for a vegan. That meant no meat, eggs, dairy products or any other animal-derived ingredients.
I tried a couple of local restaurants. One said they could come up with something vegan if the chef had 72 hours notice but given the previous experience I wasn't prepared to risk it. Plus I wanted my friend to have some options on the menu to choose from.
After extensive internet scrutiny I found Veggie Kitchen so we trekked across town to Northcote.
Veggie Kitchen ended up being a very quiet subdued restaurant in a suburban stretch of St George's Road. Calm might be the best word to describe it; quiet decor, quiet music and quiet waitresses.
The food is Taiwanese and for someone like myself who is neither a vegan or a vegetarian it was also incredibly delicious.
Entrees including items such as dried tofu mix, enoki mushroom on lettuces, hand-cut sweet potato chips, skewered soy protein served with peanut chilli sauce, dumplings filled with cabbage, radish and bean curd, and tofu pockets stuffed with green bean noodle, black fungus and tofu paste. Entrees ranged from $5 to $9 and there were lots of great options to share.
The two sisters who run Veggie Kitchen are interested in the health properties of various foods so these are sometimes listed next to the dishes. For example their signature dish is five elements veggie pot with various fresh vegetables and the added goodness of goji berry and gingko. They also serve red moss omelette soup which is a clear vegetable broth with ginger, greens and steamed red moss omelette. The red moss helps blood circulation and increases hematopoiesis. Mains were around $13.
I survived on the list for along time since moving to Melbourne. If you are going overseas and you have an Android smart phone, download the app called "Happy Cow" -- yesyou will make the cows very happy -- which has heaps of veggie friendly restaurant / cafes across the globe. Very handy when I traveled overseas.
Ooh, I must give this a try! Not just because of the delicious-sounding food, but also because chairs look suitable for bad backs - like mine. Thanks so much for including a photo of the chairs - info about the seating in a restaurant is always so hard to find!
My husband and I dined at the Veggie Kitchen last Saturday night, we are vegans and found this place by chance. We don't live anywhere near Northcote but we are willing to travel for good Vegan food. We found the food to be amazing with plenty to chose from. We did have many entree dishes so we could sample the food and as I stated earlier it was great. We were too full for desert, however we did buy a cupcake to take home! We will certainly be back!