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Review: I ate here whilst stopping for lunch on the way from Hobart to Davenport, as it is the only vegetarian venue I am aware of in Launceston. It is a cosy little place overlooking the green and next door to an environment shop. To add to the bohemian atmosphere, the place itself is covered in flyers advertising events to do with permaculture, world music an queer issues and handwritten adds in search for vegetarian house mates. It really seemed a meeting place and a melting pot for Tassie's alternative community. To the food - I was with 2 omnivores who despite their flesh guzzling ways were kind enough to drive me from Hobart to Davenport and who were at least prepared to give this place a go. All items on the menu looked unusual and dazzling but no-one would decide so we settled for the $60 tasting plate for 3 - always a good choice for the chronically indecisive who are very, very hungry. I asked for 2/3 vegan and 1/3 vegetarian, as my diners were quite adamant on their dairy that day. The platter, when it came out, was very, very impressive, aesthetically as well as gastronomically. At least my vegan selection was, and I gathered from the satisfied grins of my fellow diners that their Uddery choices were much to their liking. The variety of dishes on the plate included: roast pumpkin with a raw beetroot dressing, corn fritters, grilled eggplant, giant pearl couscous which I've never come across before and which tasted like a better risoni pasta, a couple of colourful salads, and a couple of dips with flat bread. All very fresh, all very wholesome, very much of that half raw/half cooked approach to food which I very much like and very much craved for, having just come from Hobart with its myriad of mock meat Asian outlets. Although the cost at $60 dollars seemed foreboding at first, the fact that all three of us were very full at $20 each seemed like a good deal. So I was going to stop it at that, but unfortunately the vegan berry cake looked out of the world, so I had a slice of that with a soy chai. The cake turned out to be the close to the nicest cake I've had in Australia, turning out to be both fluffy and moist to heavenly proportions. Fresh on Charles turned out to be my best vegan dining experience in Tasmania by a long shot, and by a small shot perhaps in my top 3 eating sports in Australia. Needless to say this cafe comes highly recommended.