I was a little hesitant when K suggested we try Vegie Bar on Brunswick st for dinner last Friday night – I imagined leaving hungry and stopping for a Big Mac on the way home.. But I was delighted to find that this was definitely not the case. In fact, for the first time in a long while I couldn’t even finish my meal!
I arrived at Vegie Bar pretty early (6.30pm) as I’d come straight from work. It was about half full when I got there (but was packed by the time we left), so I was surprised when the waitress made me take a seat in the back courtyard until my other half arrived. I only had to wait a minute or two before K poked her head around the corner, and we were promptly shown to a table by our waiter. I had brought a bottle of Pinot Gris, as I had read that it was BYO (delightful!). A waitress brought us over some wine glasses with the menus, as well as some water.
Miss K chose from the Specials Board – feta stuffed zucchini, drizzled with honey and served with cous-cous and yoghurt. The sweetness of the honey was balanced perfectly with the tanginess of the feta. A great choice. We got talking to the guy at the register after, who told us that they were trailing the dish for a permanent place on the menu. He was very happy to hear of our positive feedback on the dish.
I meanwhile chose the Gado Gado ($12.50) – a huge (HUGE!) serving of steamed vegies and tofu served with a beautiful satay sauce and fresh Thai basil. As I dipped each perfectly steamed vegetable into the satay sauce, they were transformed into the most delicious little morsels.. yum!
Like I said, however, the serving was huge and I was unable to finish my meal. While I had originally gone in thinking vegetarian food would never be satisfying, I was happy to be proven wrong. As we were sitting, a table of big builder-types in fluro jackets took a table behind us. They ordered THE BIGGEST wrap I have ever seen in my life. Seriously, I don’t even know where they would get a flat bread that big – it was 2 feet long! And so my stereotype stick-thin-tree-hugger type was shattered into a billion pieces then and there.
Of course being a Friday we couldn’t help but order dessert (Friday’s are always more wicked than the rest of the week!). I sent K off to take a look at the cake fridge at the front of the restaurant – from the selection of classics like berry cheesecake, sticky date and chocolate cake, we chose the lemon tart. I’m usually very wary about ordering lemon tart if I think it might not be home-made as they are often too sweet. But this one was just the right balance of sour lemon and sweet sugar, finished with a delicious almond pastry and a squeeze of passionfruit.
I was very pleased with our trip to Vegie Bar. The prices were reasonable (I’m sorry I forgot to make a note of exactly what we paid, but it was roughly $10-$15 for our mains, and $20 each all up including corkage). Will definitely be back!
380 Brunswick St,
(03) 9417 6935