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Published October 3rd 2017
Try the great food at this cosy cafe
Every now and then I find a real "treasure" in a cafe or restaurant, and Veggie Mama is one of these! It could be easily missed as it is not on the main strip of the many cafes on Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley, however, it is well worth a visit.
Many of my friends would scream at the thought of going to a vegetarian cafe, however, this one is so good - the food so fresh and tasty. In the three times, I have been here, all my friends were amazed at what can be created without meat!
It is owned and run by a Dylan Weiner who started it about 6 years ago. In this time, several cafes have closed down in the area, however on the day we went, Veggie Mama was full, apart from one table, and we arrived for an early lunch at around 12.30 pm.
Veggie Mama from across the road
It is situated next to a divine gift shop which has very unusual items and is always worth a look around after having lunch. It has a very detailed bronze statue outside.
Bronze statue next door
It is another quite small, unassuming looking place from the front, however, the range of foods is quite diverse, and I have never had anything that I have not immensely enjoyed here.
Dylan has two waitresses, both of who were very busy while we were there and both were very friendly and helpful.
Waitresses joking about my "indecision"!
THE FOOD The food is displayed at the back of the shop and there is also a printed menu and a blackboard, however, you order at the counter.
One page of their menu
Once again, it took me about 10 minutes to decide what to have - should I have what I always have (cheese and spinach wrapped in crispy filo), or should I try something else for a change? To me, that was a huge question I kept asking myself, and in the end, I came to a fabulous decision - have what I always have, and instead of filling the plate with their delectable salads, have another "main" and no salad!
So, yes I again chose the cheese and spinach filo which is like no other! It is packed with ingredients making it a thick filo unlike many you buy where the filling is not so plentiful.
I also chose one of their 5 or so different patties which you could have either in a roll or on their own, and this time I did display willpower and ordered it without the bread.
"Have my cake and eat it too!"
As we got the last table in the cafe and it was too cold to eat outside where there are more tables, my friend sat down to make sure we had somewhere to eat. We ordered separately, so therefore, our meals did not come exactly at the same time, however there was not a long wait.
Fay was our waitress and my food was brought on two separate small plates with just a hint of salad as decoration.
Fay serving my meal on two plates! (Well it WAS two different items!)
Well, I had eaten the filo before, and it was just as delicious as I remembered it! I then tackled my mushroom, walnut and quinoa patty, which had an unusual but quite delectable taste, and this cost just $5.95 and was large and thick.
My friend had the mushroom and cheese filo ($7.95) with a choice of salads at a total cost of $14.95, and she was very impressed with the whole meal.
Mushroom and cream cheese filo with salads
As usual, I could not have a meal without having something to satisfy my sweet tooth, even though I am not supposed to eat much sugar. I chose a small raw slice called a raw swirl, and this was just $4.50 which is cheaper than at other places I have had raw slices at.
It was only a few mouthfuls (which took away any guilt I might have felt for eating sugar) and consisted of goji berries, cranberries, pistachios, dates, coconut and sesame seeds, and it was "just what the doctor ordered" in that even though it was small, it did satisfy my sweet tooth!
Some of the irresistible cakes at Veggie Mama
My friend just had to try their "Rainbow Latte" which is a Turmeric latte which had cinnamon and ginger in it and was available as a dairy product or with soy milk. The scent of the cinnamon was wafting towards me and I was sorely tempted to also have one of these after trying a bit of hers.
However I wanted a coffee so had an ordinary coffee while my friend had one of their scones with jam and butter or Nuttelex, and of course, the scone was made with wholemeal flour instead of white, bleached flour, and this cost $3.50.
Wholemeal scones with butter and jam
Dylan is running a very health conscious cafe, with such things on the menu as:
Fresh green smoothie
Power protein shakes
Beetroot and rose latte
The cafe is also one of only two Kosher cafes in the whole of Perth, and also caters for many dietary tastes and allergies. There are about 10 tables inside and about 5 outside. There is also free parking outside. They are open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and dinner on some days, they do take-away, and also take bookings and credit cards.
All in all, this is a cafe that is well worth visiting both for the excellent food, the low prices and the casual but atmospheric atmosphere. Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat eater, don't miss out on going to Veggie Mama.