As you walk the streets of inner-suburban Fitzroy, home to Melbourne's bohemian culture, your taste buds tingle. Your nostrils direct you to Brunswick Street, a portal to the world's collection of flavours. A Japanese restaurant catches your eye, then, immediately the French Creperie snatches it away. Until, when it seems like you have scanned the planet, you spot it, sitting shyly on the corner. On its window, inscribed in budget lights, is the name "Vegie Bar". You push your way through the heavy door and enter what appears to be the soul of this community. A quick look at the menu will confirm, that like the people walking past, the food on offer is out of the ordinary.
Vegie Bar is so much more than your local vegetarian restaurant. Its fresh food - prepared in an open kitchen - uses organic and biodynamic ingredients where possible and caters to various allergies.
The menu, friendly staff and inventive, chic design is a celebration of vegetarianism and it actually feels as though the place is jumping with joy. If you're a firm meat-eater, these 'beefy' wholesome vegie options are sure to surprise you.
Whether you're after a quick snack (hand cut chips) or a hearty meal, Vegie Bar caters to the various 'eating slots' of your day. The diverse menu that spans ethnic curries to burgers and wraps filled with goodies like tofu, tempeh and lentils, will have your mouth watering. But don't skip the entrees because the dim sims, mini spring rolls and siamese samosas are parcels of bite-sized bliss.
At these generous prices you'll fancy a pick-and-mix of everything on the menu. While an array of thin crust pizzas are on offer, you may prefer something more exotic like the Roti Wrap or Mee Goreng. To keep your body bouncing, opt for a dish with tantalizing sauces like spiced peanut, temari, tahini, mint and coriander or garlic and ginger. If this isn't your style, then a pick from the daily curry and pasta specials might be more your thing. The unique menu keeps the patrons coming in a pack.
If you're after an intimate scene this isn't the place for you, especially during the evening when crowded and shared tables create a loud and eclectic buzz. Also, be prepared for a wait, which on occasion can be upwards of 30 minutes.
An outdoor terrace and bar will help the time pass. Here you can enjoy a selection of international and organic beers (Asahi, Kronenberg, Mountain Goat), basic spirits or a specialty like Sangria or the refreshing Melon Tingle.
If you're after something heart smart or trying to watch your waistline, choose a seasonal feast of fresh greens. If not, after the meal be sure to try the unique blend of chai and a pick from the vast dessert selection of cakes and slices. The flourless vegan mud cake is smooth and rich and a slice of perfection. The moreish flavours will have you leaving wishing secretly that you had licked your plate clean.
You exit, back out through the heavy doors and onto Brunswick Street. You are surprised at how quickly Vegie Bar guarantees your return. Once an ideal some 20 years ago to offer healthy options for the mind, body, and soul, the vegie patch on the corner has over the years flourished into a thriving garden.
I have been going to the vegie bar for about two years now and it has ticked all the boxes for me! Price is cheap, food is delicious with big serving sizes and the atmosphere is hip, trendy and fun! Staff are lovely offering suggestions about the food, whilst their drinks menu offers a wide range of alcoholic drinks (the ginger ninger.. My favorite!), soft drinks and scrumptious tea. I have even convinced some of the biggest meat eaters I know to give it a shot and they have all been back many times since, claiming it is the best place they have been!! Love love love the vegie bar!
By Anonymous Wednesday, 31st of October @ 12:37 am