It's so nice to have somewhere to eat good vegan food that doesn't involve the city. You can get parking pretty easy, don't have to battle through crowds or deal with nervy hipsters. Nope, at A Caterpillar's Dream, the hardest thing is knowing what to order because there's so much choice, and that's something that most vegans don't get when eating at a restaurant.
This cute little cafe looks like any other regular coffee shop from the outside, and the inside. The difference is, it's all vegetarian. There are loads of vegan options and most things can be made vegan on request. The staff are always really polite and attentive, I've never had an issue at all. They're consistently friendly and you never feel imposed upon, nor ignored.
The food options are exactly what you'd get in a regular cafe, but with a vegan/vegetarian twist. A lot of dishes tend to have an Asian influence, which makes it all quite flavoursome and good for a light meal. You can choose from your typical breakfast options: pancakes, beans, mushrooms, toast and so forth and for lunch you can have a range of sandwiches, burgers, wraps, soups, noodle dishes, pies and pasties, rice dishes, pasta and a load of great entrees like sesame tofu, spring rolls and my favourite which is the battered sweet potato wedges. I like to get something different each time I visit, but there's so many great options it's hard to choose. I've never been disappointed with what I've ordered. It's fresh, clean food that is presented neatly and full of flavour.
Desserts are in the glass cabinet at the front, but I love the vegan yo yos on the counter. They are simply fantastic, buttery and creamy and melt in your mouth. I haven't had better yo yos anywhere else. Their coffee is also really good and they make their own soy milk, which is pretty awesome.
By no means is this place fine dining, or a unique foodie experience, it's just a good tasting light meal in a casual little cafe, where you don't have to ask a million questions about ingredients and can simply sit, relax and eat. And there's not a lot of places where a vegan can do all that. Definitely a cafe worth trying.
Cons: Hard to find off main street