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Serotonin Eatery

My sister and I have the worst luck when it comes to brunches. Out of about 5 attempts we’ve ever made to have brunch in our neck of the woods, about half of them have been thwarted by last minute closures. Today’s case was Trei Cafe – a hot new brunch place in Glen Waverley that just happened to be closed for electrical renovations on the day we visited. Unwilling to go back home to baked beans on toast, we made our way out to Serotonin Eatery in Richmond. Although located in a very non-descript section of suburban Richmond, this cafe has nevertheless made a huge splash in the Melbourne foodie community by promising food that raises levels of the…

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Shakahari Vegetarian

While Ming is slaving away at work like usual, I, Chris, have a convenient 3 weeks of holidays before starting a new job. Perfect time for a guest post if you ask me! I love lasagne. Ever since eating it at home as a child, I’ve always found myself irresistibly drawn to it any time I see it on a menu. It doesn’t even need to be a traditional Italian lasagne – so long as it has the trademark layers of pasta and cheese (or cheese substitute) with some kind of saucy goodness inside, I’m sold, so even vegetarian lasagnes – such as Shakahari’s Lasagne Pasolini – attract me just as much. As such, it should be no surprise that…

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There’s something to be said about doing one thing, and doing it well. Especially if that one thing is Shakshuka – the Middle-Eastern variation on baked eggs. After all, I’ve always thought it pointless to classify foods based on the times of day they’re ‘supposed’ to be eaten. I will have noodles for breakfast and baked eggs for dinner, thank you very much! Now Roy and Nat, they know what’s going on. After doing his time at a string of hot-shot Melbourne restaurants, Tel Aviv-born Roy decided to open up Tahina in order to cook the food he loves; that's to say, Israeli street food for the 21st century.

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Smith and Daughters

When offered vegan food, 9 times out of 10 my response would be to crinkle my nose and reach for the fried chicken. Although I like my veggies, and occasionally enjoy piling my plate with nothing but salad, I just can’t reconcile myself to the concept of an all-vegan diet. It’s not the lack of meat that bothers me (though that’s definitely part of it); it’s the fact that I feel like by cutting out all animal products, I am automatically shrinking my culinary world down to a bland, unimaginative pinpoint. And whilst I’ve enjoyed many meat-free meals, I’ve yet to find one that challenges my preconceived notions of what it’s like to be vegan.

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Lentil As Anything

For those of you who are heading out St Kilda way to have dinner at The Two Badgers, DON’T. It’s not that the food is bad... but I wouldn’t call an unexpected and abrupt closure a good thing either. And I had a $100 voucher for the restaurant too, boo! Thankfully of all places, it was St Kilda we were in. So instead of being stranded, cold and hungry, we walked 100m down the road to check out Lentil As Anything, a restaurant that has been on my to-eat list since the beginning of always. On the surface, Lentil as Anything seems like a run-of-the-mill vegetarian restaurant, but it is so much more than that. As far as I know,…

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