Mahalo Tuna ($18)

MAHALO POKÉ

Although I’m not 100% sure about the poké bandwagon, I have to admit to feeling a little tug of curiosity every time I walk past a new specialty poké store. I mean, fresh fish and other titbits on rice? What’s not to like? So it was with that mentality that I decided to try out Mahalo Poké, just a few doors down from its older [...]
Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl ($12.5)

LANEWAY GREENS

I must’ve walked past Laneway Greens half a dozen times by now, yet I’ve never thought to actually stop and take a look at it. I guess I just assumed, based on the tiny space (with no kitchen in sight) and the clean, fresh interior, that it’s some kind of juice or smoothie shop. With that said though, I was at least partially right. But [...]
5 Element Meal Plate ($17.5)

SPIRAL BEANS

I’ve heard it told that being a vegetarian in Japan is hard business, and being vegan almost impossible. As sad as that may be for some travellers, this lack of dietary flexibility is also fairly understandable. Given that Japan is comprised of thousands of mountainous islands, it is reasonable that the diet there comprises mostly of grains, meat, and seafood. In fact, one thing I [...]
Salad Plate with 3 Falafel Balls ($13)

VERY GOOD FALAFEL

Very Good Falafel opened on Sydney Road about 6 months ago, and it sells – you guessed it, falafel. But is there a market in Brunswick/Coburg for expensive (read: $12pp as opposed to $7pp) Middle Eastern vegetarian food? There sure is, and here’s why: If you go back to the beginning, Very Good Falafel actually had nothing to do with falafel at all. Instead, it [...]
The Hawaiian ($10.95, regular)/Meat Lovers ($12.95)

POKÉD

I admit it – Buzzfeed is a guilty pleasure of mine. I just find their listicles to be perfect bite-sized pieces of entertainment; kind of like Maltesers – once you pop, you can’t stop! And one section I’m especially fond of aside from the quizzes – this magical test will give you your food patronus! – is the food section. It is positively a buffet [...]
Dragon Bowl ($19)

YONG GREEN FOOD

Yong Green Food, along with places like Vegie Bar and Lentil As Anything, are amongst the oldest, and most stalwart of vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne. They were around back when it wasn’t yet fashionable to eat gluten-free and plant-based, and remain popular to this day. And with a rating of 4.3/5 on Zomato (beating out the amazing Smith and Daughters!), it was about time I [...]