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Published July 31st 2011
Yong Green Food is easy to miss. Tucked away in the far end of Brunswick St, the wooden sign that hangs over the front door is obscured by the bright neon sign of the neighbouring bottle shop. The entrance is only a few metres wide, with the body of the restaurant extending deep into the building. The clientèle is small but persistent – not surprising, for a place that caters to a niche market of raw vegans. Yong Green Food serves no meat and prides itself on its selection of dishes that don't require cooking.
If you're not a raw vegan, don't worry: there are plenty of cooked options, including stews, burgers and curries. However, the raw lasagne (quaintly labelled 'rawsagna') is surprisingly palatable, and the raw cheesecakes are unforgettable.
Another of Yong Green Food's specialities is imitation meat: from wheat chicken to soy ham and even soy tuna or kingfish. While the soy tuna is delicious, the soy ham is rather tasteless and the kingfish is only identifiable as fish with the help of the menu. Luckily, the wheat chicken is amazing, both in taste and texture. Adventurous diners can order it in a main course or, more cautiously, as a wheat chicken skewer for an entrée. These options work best when the imitation meat is one of many different flavours, as in the spicy Dragon Bowl.
In keeping with its Asian aesthetic, the walls are covered with paintings of dragons and blossoming trees. Combined with the soft light and occasional candles, this gives Yong Green Food a romantic atmosphere. It's the perfect place to relax with a pot of honeyed tea after a long day – or to flirt over dinner with your date before a long night.
Yong green is awesome!! So happy to have moved to fitzroy.....
Also, there a new pop-up food stall operating at 50 Rose street, Fitzroy (in a warehouse) selling Dosas - savory rice and lentil crepes originating all the way in Southern India.
The place is super cool (keeping true to the street origins of the dosa) and the menu is all vegan and gluten-free, definately worth a check out!!
Here is the facey page www.facebook.com/overdosa K
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