Friday, 10 October 2014

Sweet Bones Bakery Cafe, Braddon

Although we have blogged Sweet Bones before, the menu has evolved much since then and we thought it was worth a revisit to talk about two of our favourite dishes. The Italian tempeh sandwich comes with olive bread, salad, pickles and tasty flavoured tempeh. If you haven't tried tempeh before, we encourage you to give it a go, as the Sweet Bones people have really excelled on this one.

The nachos mountain is a great choice when you have a big hunger to fill. It is packed with interesting flavours -- chillies, olives, corn and beans with vegan sour cream & cheeses, on a large bed of corn chips. The chips are the Mission brand and are free of palm oil.

Sweet Bones cafe has moved to new premises. The entrance is now on Elouera St, close to the roundabout on Lonsdale. They now have a printed menu, which is a great improvement over the blackboard, and it has a number of new items that we can't wait to try.  

Italian tempeh sandwich

Nachos mountain

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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

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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.



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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

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