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Respond to Review of CLOSED: A Caterpillar's Dream Cafe
by Tiggy

Review: It could just be a regular suburban cafe in the middle of a local shopping centre - uniform laminate tables and matching upholstered chairs, fridge full of soft drinks and a modern wood-finish interior - but it's actually a vegetarian cafe with a decent-sized western/Asian menu and a good number of vegan options (75 to 80 percent. It was fairly quiet last Sunday afternoon when we went in for lunch. While the vegan snd gluten-free options were clearly marked on the menu, the friendly staff member was able to offer us extra details, like whether there was pumpkin in the lasagna. (Unfortunately there was.) We ordered and shared a vegetable pie with mushroom and spinach and the 'chicken' fillet burger. The pie crust was very light, almost too thin, but a nice change from the hard short crust found on a lot of vegan pies. The filling, although moist, was a bit limp and insubstantial, with only vegetables and sauce. It was accompanied by a plain garden salad and nicely cooked chips. The burger was fine, with the mock meat not too offensive. Both of these meals cost around $16, which is not unreasonable compared to similar fare but not cheap either. We had noticed vegan sticky date pudding on the specials menu and during our main had decided to go for it. This was a little disappointing: the pudding was pretty ordinary and the 'mixed berries' just strawberries. The one thing it did have going for it was a decent amount of soy ice cream, as I find a lot of places skimp on this. However it was not worth the $12. All in all this is an intriguing place that I will check out again, but the jury is still out.


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