Welcome to a brand new segment on my blog that I hope to maintain throughout the year. I made a goal in 2018 that I would try eating at new (well, new to me) vegan-friendly cafes/restaurants in Melbourne because so many are popping up all over the place. My city is becoming one of the most popular plant-based areas in the world. I am so proud! Today, I am going to share with you 3 new ‘hotspots’ (as I like to call them), what I ate and what I thought. I hope you enjoy!
HOTSPOT NO.1 – CAFE DEL SOL
Located: 81 Marine Drive, Safety Beach, Dromana VIC
This place is amazing. It’s literally a vegan-friendly food truck right on Safety Beach! Francis and I went there over the summer break and ate a delicious lunch whilst watching the waves crash onto the shore. You can order coffee (with plenty of assorted plant milks), raw desserts, wraps, ice-creams, smoothies and fresh juices. The staff are super friendly and provide great service.
What I Ate: Avocado Toast with Cashew Feta Cheese
I’m not lying when I say this was some of the best avocado toast I’ve ever eaten. You get three generous slices topped with mouth-watering, salty cashew feta and optional lemon juice. I’m not sure how they seasoned the avocado spread but it was so tasty. I wish it wasn’t so far from where I live otherwise I would be eating there all the time!
HOTSPOT NO. 2 – VEGIE HUT
Location: 984 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill VIC
I went here for lunch with Mum recently and ate the most delicious food. I am definitely going back. This place is 100% vegetarian with plenty of vegan options clearly labelled. You can order practically any Asian mock-meat dish you want to. They even have mock shark-fin soup! The staff are very kind and the restaurant itself was packed which was a great sign.
What I Ate: Lemon ‘Chicken’
This Lemon ‘Chicken’ was made from gluten but you can order it to be made with soy instead. It tasted exactly like the real deal! I loved this dish but found it to be super filling so I couldn’t finish it. Next time I will probably order something that comes with veggies as well. I am really excited to return.
HOTSPOT NO. 3 – HERITAGE WALL
Location: 768 Burke Road, Camberwell VIC
Heritage Wall is literally 5 minutes drive from my place which makes it a very convenient breakfast/lunch spot to visit. There are a few vegan options available including a ‘Vegan Summer Tasting Plate’ at the moment which includes a Pitaya (Dragonfruit) Smoothie, Charred Greens and a Coconut Chia Pudding. I didn’t order that however as I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it. The cafe is quite big, modern and serves coffee with lots of plant milks to choose from.
What I Ate: Acai Bowl
If you want the Acai Bowl made vegan, you do need to let the waitstaff know so they can remove the granola which has honey in it. I added peanut butter to mine instead. As you can see by the picture, they gave me such a generous scoop! I really enjoyed the fruit selection and overall it was nice but definitely not the best acai bowl I have ever eaten. It was quite runny and not as cold as I like them to be. Nevertheless, a great option to have nearby.
I hope you enjoyed this new type of post. I certainly loved eating at these places and reviewing them! Stay tuned for more in the future. Thank you for reading.
Peace & Love xoxo