Upon first appearance, it is quite easy to skip over this hidden gem. Located on Brunswick street, a few blocks down from Vegie bar, the vegan raw food restaurant has an abundance of food and drink on offer.
When entering into the small restaurant, a selection of mixed and matched vintage furniture is scattered around, and the Korean girls who run it, with happy smiles and an inviting nature, greet us warmly.
Once seated, we are quick to receive menus and glasses of water, as we look over the hefty choices, from salads, to wraps, to burgers and the raw selection. I choose the Mock tuna with steamed veggies, a bed of brown rice and Tabasco sauce. My partner chooses the mock chicken wrap with cashew cream and salad.
The atmosphere is warm and cosy, but busy as the girls quickly prepare your meals in the two separate kitchens. The main kitchen is in the main part of the restaurant, and you are able to watch the fresh ingredients being prepared as you wait.
Before long, our meals are placed in front of us and the aroma was delectable. Both meals looked fresh, yummy and full of colour. My mock tuna fillet was beyond delicious. Being a vegan, tuna was one of the hardest things I had to give up, and the texture of Yong's mock tuna was almost spot on. The taste was very similar also, that for a moment I was worried it wasn't actually mock!
Yong Green only use brown or black rice, as they wish for their meals to be full of as much nutrients as possible. My partner's wrap looked very appealing, and with a bite I had cashew cream (similar taste to mayonnaise, but better) oozing from the crevices of my mouth, as I chewed through fresh salad and mock chicken. The mock chicken also had a very similar texture to the real thing, and my partner's tastebuds were having the time of their life.
The meals were a substantial size, and we both felt a content full. I have a sensitive stomach to additives and preservatives, as well as oil and gluten, and needless to say, I felt wonderful after dinner. We had indulged in an abundance of fresh nutritious ingredients, and our wallets barely had a dint in them.