Monday, 15 September 2014

Mannu's Kitchen, Maitland

If you do an internet search for vegan food in Maitland NSW, not a whole lot comes up. There is the Momo Wholefood Cafe, but it wasn't open when we needed it to be (i.e. dinner time).

Mannu's Kitchen is an Indian restaurant in central Maitland that was open late for dinner on Saturday night when we were in town. After making the usual polite vegan enquiries, we were able to order three vegetable curries with rice and pappadums, as well as vegetable pakora entree. The pakora were among the largest we've seen – one serve is almost a meal on its own. All in all, it was a very filling and satisfying meal. Like some other Indian restaurants we've tried, their dhal dishes all contained animal products. We hope that in time restaurants will provide the option for coconut cream instead of dairy.

Vegetable curries

Pakora with tamarind sauce

Mannu's Kitchen Indian Cuisine on Urbanspoon

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Oaks Brasserie, Yarralumla

This week I attended a work lunch at the Oaks for a large party of people. A few days before, I enquired about vegan options, and received a fast response stating that there were a few items on the menu that could be veganised. In the end, I chose to have them make me a vegan surprise. I received this beautifully presented polenta dish topped with grilled vegetables, avocado and tomato. The grilled eggplant and capsicum were lovely in their own right, and the dish had just the right amount of herbs and salt. All of our meals had been pre-ordered, which saved a huge amount of time. The garden setting is a very relaxing atmosphere to have lunch. If you're looking for something a little bit fancier than usual, you might like to try the Oaks and give them some advance notice.



Oaks Brasserie on Urbanspoon

Monday, 18 August 2014

Cafe Essen, Civic

Lately we've been to Essen a few times for the monthly vegan coffee and cake meetup. We find that there's usually a few vegan items on the menu, as well as vegan cupcakes. On this particular evening, the specials board had a vegan burger, so a few of us gave it a try. It had a potato pattie – basically a hash brown – along with tasty eggplant puree, avocado and sauces. Highly recommended! Cheers to the friendly staff for letting us split the bill.

Vegan burger

Specials board

Cafe Essen on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Bombay to Byron, Byron Bay

Bombay to Byron serves "authentic Indian food". More importantly for us, they had some vegan menu items clearly labelled, and their kitchen was open late just as other restaurants were closing.

The vegetable pakora was astonishingly good, with a complex spicy flavour. The two vegetable curries that we ordered were hearty and spiced to perfection. The good food and service with a smile added up to a very satisfying vegan dining experience.

Pakora with tamarind sauce

Aloo Mutter

Dal Tadka

Bombay to Byron on Urbanspoon