Sunday, December 19, 2010


Ok so maybe these places aren't really "new." And maybe they're aren't really "kray kray." And maybe I just said that because I've been trying to get the term "kray kray" to catch on as an alternative to "crazy" for a while and it hasn't taken as well as I expected. But I suppose they are relatively new to me and hopefully can add something fresh to your usual dining experience!


Now I know I often refer to things as being, "the shit." I also often say stuff like, you look up "the shit" in the dictionary you see a picture of this. And, this is so "the shit" that I'm embarrassed for everything else that ever existed. But this is "legit the shit." I'm talking hard core, bad ass vegan goods. There is a sentence you don't hear everyday. Not only do they do raw food that is in no way douche bag-esc only delicious. But they have a massive variety of stuff. This isn't all bean burritos my friends. The focus is on more asian style dished with such specialties as vegan Pho, yeah that's right you heard me. You can finally have Pho again. Plus a pretty sweet raw sushi platter and home made kimchi delights. They also venture to some new taken on old favorites like the raw burger with cashew bread, and raw lasagna (or rawsagne as they call it LOLZ) complete with cashew cheese. Actually come to think of it, they do a lot of banging stuff with cashews.
But the prom queen of the whole place has got to be the RAW GREEN TEA CHEESE CAKE! I hear the blueberry option is also pretty nice but I settled down and had 3 kids with the green tea one after one bite so never got that far. And best of all the people are not at all douche bags like at some vegetarian places *cough* Vegie Bar *cough*. In fact they're all super cute and helpful and will not make you feel awkward at all over all the questions about the wide variety of mock meats. Which although I categorically hate, I will lament and say their selection does seem less hateable than most. And maybe I almost thought about considering their Korean BBQ, almost.

Lasagna, so RAW!

Yong Green Food

(03) 9417 3338
421 Brunswick St Fitzroy

Open for lunch and dinner everyday except Monday.

Now I usually do my best to keep my rampant personal life out of the press, but I'll let y'all know that I recently moved north side, more specifically to Northcote. Before moving here I thought the best part of living in this are would be being surrounded by like minded hipster douche bags who think they are lesser douche bags for not living in Fitzroy but are in reality just the next evolution of post modern douche bag-ness. Turns out I was wrong. Well not about the douche bags, that I was totally right about. But about it being the best thing. Turns out a little local place called Veggie Kitchen is the best thing. Now the awesome thing about this is considering how amazing the food is, it's still pretty low key. You're usually get a table no stress and the take away is yet to take longer than 15 minutes.
But that's not what makes it so special, you see again straying from the usual Asian vegetarian food stables like stir-fried greens, these guys are actually doing some pretty amazing stuff with tofu. And they do it in pretty much everything on the menu.
Now the funny thing about vegetarian and vegans that seems to always surprise people, is that very few of us really indulge too heavily in this soy based snack. You see, we too see how gross it can be. But these guys take things to the next level by, get this, home making it all! Which ensures that it's not only way less processed than most, but that they also can change the textures and taste to compliment each dish.
The result, light, interesting and totally satisfying fare that always hits the spot and never gets boring!

Braised tofu, baked pumpkin, Tawainesse stuffed capscium and vegetable cutlet.

Veggie Kitchen

(03) 9489 2120
159 St Georges Rd Northcote

Open for dinner everyday!

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