Divine Realm Vegie Delight

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 15 Reviews
This eatery is situated in a mini food court under the Cambridge International School. Food is without onion, garlic, shallots, or chives. Offers different size lunch boxes. Summer 2013 reported change of ownership, but menu is the same; previously Chan House. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Vietnamese, Chinese, Asian, Fast food, Take-out
422 Little Collins St, Shop 10 (Queen Street)
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
0420289448

Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm.

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First Review by feorag
beancurdled
beancurdled
10

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  • vegan

tasty convenience

4 Posted on 03 / 13 / 2014

It's rare that I'm up this end of town but have stopped in here a couple of times and have always been surprised by the freshness and quality of the food, given that it's sitting waiting for you in the bain-marie.

It's cheap! $5.50 for one dish with steamed brown rice, fried rice, or fried noodles, $6.50 for two dishes, $7.50 for three. When I've been there, the offerings have always been two dishes heavy on fake meat, and two lighter vegetable based dishes. There's also a menu of about ten dishes cooked to order for $9 - Malaysian and Singaporean faves such as char kuey teow and Singapore noodles - but I'm yet to try any of those. A notorious Scrooge, and failing health nut, I go for brown rice and the two healthier looking dishes and have always walked away satisfied.

I don't mind the food court vibe at all. With a bit of imagination, sitting at communal tables with students and CBD workers takes me back to visits to KL. The only thing that really irks me is that whether you eat in or take-away your food gets dished onto or into disposable plastic plates or containers. However, the staff are relaxed and super friendly so I reckon if you brought your own container and asked them to fill it up, they'd be happy to oblige. I'm gonna give this a go next time.

Overall, based on price, quality, and friendly interactions with staff and fellow food court diners, I feel good about eating at Devine Realm and probably will again.

Pros: CHEAP! , friendly, brown rice + other healthier options
Cons: disposable plastic everything
KingKong
KingKong
18

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  • vegetarian

Nice little takeaway

3 Posted on 01 / 06 / 2013

Basically a takeaway located at a vocational school with a few other little takeaways. The big problem with this place is it's opening hours, it's at the mercy of the school so strictly business hours and no weekends.
That said, the food's good and in a nice little (hidden) location.
You can order fresh cooked or just get the pre-cooked stuff.
We had their XO noodles.

Pros: Food, Location
Cons: Opening hours, Visibility
Kittybiscuit
Kittybiscuit
17

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  • vegetarian

great lunch option

4 Posted on 12 / 30 / 2012

This is near where I work and reasonably priced.

I often take brown rice with two other dishes which always have lots of flavour. I love the tempura vegetables and the tofu curries. I'm not big on mock meat so I usually choose the veggies and tofu options.
I've also tried the spring rolls and curry puffs, both are great.

Pros: cheap, tasty
TonyPitman
TonyPitman
1

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  • vegetarian

Best vegie lunch in the city!

5 Posted on 11 / 02 / 2012

For a quick and cheap vegetarian lunch in the city, this place is the best! Delicious food! Love their imitation meats! And their feast on Chinese new year was EXQUISITE!!

Pros: Tasty food, Cheap, Variety of portion sizes
Aloo
Aloo
64

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  • vegan

For a quick bite!

4 Posted on 06 / 07 / 2012

I have been going here since early 2011 and I absolutely love the food. It is so fresh and crave-worthy! Selection was good and def value for money. Hits the spot when you feel like a little mock chicken or the like. They also have "prawn" toast (yummo) and "prawn" crackers, as well dumplin:gs. The service was great.
Updated from previous review on Sunday February 06, 2011

Pros: value, variety, location
Cons: food court ambience, not open for dinner

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sisi
sisi
1

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  • vegetarian

Happy Diner

5 Posted on 05 / 28 / 2012

I have been eating food from Chan House for a couple of months now and I have never had a dish I didn't enjoy. The quality of the ingredients is excellent, the choice each week is varied and creative, but best of all the taste is always delicious.

I recommend Chan House to anyone who wants a beautiful vegetarian meal prepared with care.

Pros: delicious food, healthy choice, fresh ingredients
SJ (Australia)
SJ (Australia)
2

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  • vegetarian

Great value tasty food, friendly service

5 Posted on 03 / 13 / 2012

ChanHouse is a family run, food court style vegetarian / mostly vegan restaurant.
They generally have a selection of about 4 dishes that you can chose 2 from and are served with white, brown or fried rice. The selection changes daily so you can be sure to get a variety even if you go a few times a week. The dishes are consistently really tasty, lots of mock meat, tofu and vegies. The chef clearly knows what he's doing! These are really good value at $6.5 for small and $7.5 for large.
Theres a range of fried finger foods like spring rolls, siew mai, etc. I particularly recommend the sesame "prawn" toast. Its way better than I remember the real thing being.
They also have a menu that you can order from with lots of noodle and rice dishes. These take a bit longer but are always great.
If they have jars of their home made XO sauce available to buy then I suggest you grab one as its a fantastic sauce. Just the right amount of spice and sweetness.
The ladies at the front are always super friendly and helpful, and even the chef usually pops his head out to say hi. They're all vegie and I know they take veganism very seriously when looking at ingredients so you can be confident if they tell you its vegan then it will be.
Highly recommended lunch spot :)

Pros: Great value, Tasty, Fast service
Cons: None!
JazzPal
JazzPal
1

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  • vegetarian

Great Pricing and Friendly Service

4 Posted on 01 / 16 / 2012

I pop in here a couple of times a week. Staff are always very friendly, enthusiastic and keen to help in any way. I enjoy the food and generally have whatever the staff recommend.

Pros: Price, Service
dumpling
dumpling
14

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  • vegetarian

No Dumplings

3 Posted on 08 / 10 / 2011

Can't complain about the food. It tasted alright. Not a big selection, wouldn't be full of excitement like I was on the way there for the first time. There was 5 different dishes, hokien noodles, fried rice, tofu curry, some veges, and mock pork, I was allowed to select 2 for $7.50 or $9.50. Was told they serve dumplings on Fridays. Appreciate the effort.

Pros: it exists, no onion or garlic, nice people
Cons: sml selection, no dumplings, should be allowed to select from 3
Thommo
Thommo
1

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  • vegetarian

Tasty food and friendly staff

4 Posted on 05 / 07 / 2011

Lovely place

Pros: Friendly staff, tasty food, decent portions
Cons: Not so easy to find
cinzecha
cinzecha
1

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  • vegan

Yummy in my tummy!!

5 Posted on 02 / 26 / 2011

Eating at the Chan house was a pleasant experience. The food was delicious, amazingly cheap and the staff were very warm and friendly people. Do yourself a favour and visit them, i know i will again soon!

A+++!!!


sol theta
sol theta
1

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  • vegan

Good People and great food

5 Posted on 02 / 26 / 2011

It was my first time eating at the Chan House the other day and i must say i am a believer! The food tasted great, it was very cheap and the staff were a lovely, friendly family.
The food was full of flavour and i could taste that it had been made with compasion and love.
A great place to eat lunch when your in the city.
I will definitely be back there soon..


taylorfoster
taylorfoster
1

reviews

  • vegan

Cheap, filling, tasty, healthy* and 99%** vegan!

5 Posted on 02 / 07 / 2011

I've been going to Chanhouse at least once a week for the last couple of months and have found the food to be cheap, plentiful, filling, tasty and the vast majority of it healthy and vegan. There are usually a mixture of tofu and mock meat-based meal options available, so those who find the taste of accurately-textured mock meat weird be reassured that there are always options for you including the incredibly tasty tofu, chickpea and vegetable curry or bitter melon in blackbean sauce. Their mock meats (as far as I can tell mostly gluten-based) however are amongst the best I have tasted in Melbourne, giving more expensive and established restaurants like Enlightened Cuisine and White Lotus a run for their money. Their vege bbq pork, soft vege Hainan chicken and vege pepper steak all stand out and should be tried when available (if it's a Thursday/Friday special best to pre-order by phone as they sometimes sell out!).

On availability of vegan food: Due to having so many Vegan customers they have stated on numerous occasions that everything is vegan unless marked as being vegetarian. Only a couple menu items contain egg noodles or eggs, are clearly marked as such and these ingredients are easily replaced upon request (for example their fried koay teow can be made without egg and it is heavenly!). As such I would have to say they are probably one of the if not -the- most vegan-friendly Asian takeaway/restaurant in the CBD.

It's great to know I have a place to go to in the city for lunch where I can be assured of finding multiple different vegan options at a very reasonable price served by the friendliest staff ever! Also, how many Asian takeaways put chickpeas in their curries?!?!

Here is Chanhouse's Facebook page with food photos and where they announce end of week specials:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/chanhouse.healthyvegetarianoption

*Compared to other takeaway and many other restaurants and obviously if you stay away from the deep-fried finger food!
**Rough guess.

Pros: cheap, filling & tasty, healthy and (mostly) vegan, supremely friendly staff
Cons: Not open for dinner or on the weekend
vege_scouse
vege_scouse
1

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  • vegetarian

Tasty food

5 Posted on 01 / 29 / 2011

Ate here almost everyday when I was in Melbourne for the Australian Open tennis.
Real tasty food and nice portions too for the price.
Staff were friendly too.
Too bad they aren't open for dinner as well.
They no longer open on Saturdays.
Highly recommended.


feorag
feorag
39

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  • vegan

Slightly better than you'd expect

3 Posted on 09 / 04 / 2010

Chan House is located in a small food court, and serves a different selection from the menu each day. It's pretty much what you'd expect - not haute cuisine nor exquisite surroundings, but perfectly good food at an excellent price.

When I asked what was vegan, I was told "all of it today". I had a large plate ($6.90) containing lemon "chicken" and tofu in mushroom sauce with loads of rice. Both were good, the tofu dish being essentially a non-spicy ma po doufu. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

Pros: cheap, friendly staff, plenty of vegan options
Cons: food court

 

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