Chinese vegetarian restaurant located above Noodle Kingdom with access via a lift. Food is all vegan except for 1 or so dessert containing dairy. Has vegetable dishes and mock meats. A main dish cost approx. $18-20 for a family size serving. Pleasant decor. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Taiwanese, Asian, Take-out
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First Review by KingKong
David Ward
David Ward
  • vegan
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+31

Brilliant

5 Posted on 06 / 10 / 2014

Been here once now, it was fantastic. We were fast to be seated and got a view over the street. The menu was full of pictures and good descriptions so off to a good start.

There is lots of variety in their menu. Took some time to have our order taken but it arrived prompt and tasted delicious.

Pros: Taste, Variety, Service
pbhasin
pbhasin
  • vegetarian
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+11

Huge Variety in Menu for Vegetarians

3 Posted on 01 / 12 / 2014

This is the first place in Melbourne CBD that I have come across for a chinese cuisine and that too completely vegetarian. They have a lot of options to choose from in their Menu. We ordered Iced Tea with Spring Rolls, Vegetable Noodles and another Main Course dish of Mushrooms. Spring Rolls were good but not great. Iced Tea was with a bit extra sugar. Vegetables Noodles was really good and filling too. The other main course dish of mushrooms for which , I do not remember the name was real spicy but then it was indicated int he menu too.
Overall nice food and can be visited once in a while.The ambience looks good if you get seated to one of the tables near window where you get a view of the outside world. Else, it had a decent ambience. But it is a bit difficult to be located. You need to enter a small lift which will take you to the 3rd floor where the restaurant is located. At all other floors, there are other Chinese restaurant located. For the first timers, it might be a bit difficult to spot the restaurant. Service was good but could have been more warm.

Pros: Many Options to choose from
Cons: Difficult to Spot for the first timers
Tiggy
Tiggy
  • vegan
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+385

Not really impressed

3 Posted on 12 / 06 / 2013

I first reviewed this place in February this year and was not particularly impressed but now having been a few times my opinion has changed a bit. I still think you have to be selective about what you order and some menu items - especially some mock-meaty ones - are pretty bad (for example the 'steak'). However, some dishes have taken me by surprise: the soy fillets are actually quite nice. I was here with a friend this week and we took the cramped lift (now attended by a security guard during busy periods) up to the very clean and slightly tacky restaurant and were seated in a booth by a friendly staff member. We ordered from the menu and took photos of our food as it arrived (me for this site, my friend for Facebook). Our meal consisted of: spring rolls (nice but not exceptional), pan-fried mushrooms with rice (tasty), pan-fried rice cakes (unfortunately a bit doughey) and stirfried string beans (a recommended staple of mine at this place, with a delicious garlicky flavour). My non-veg*n friend remarked on how good it was. Mains come with free orchids (as garnish). Previously I had found it a little challenging to know what was vegan but now it is clearer. There is a business card saying "Fully Vegan" and I have been informed by staff that all dishes are vegan except some desserts. I still find this place a little expensive for what it is: mains are in my experience around $18-$20. After gaining some familiarity, I feel this place is fine as an option when you're in the Melbourne CBD but order judiciously.

Pros: A veg*n option in the difficult CBD, All non-desserts are vegan
Cons: Prices a bit too high, Menu can be a bit hit-or-miss

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coling
coling
  • vegetarian
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+76

hard to find but worth it

4 Posted on 09 / 28 / 2013

when you enter the noodle kingdom doors there is no real directions, but get the lift to level 3. pleasant decor as opposed to so many " vegetarian places" ho think veggie means down-market mix no match decor. food is $16 to $20 for mains however servings are quite ample and quite tasty. Have been veggie for 20 years and quite pleased to find this place, not having to suffer the dodgy veggie dishes in nearby Chinese cafes. This is above the cafe level and is a restaurant, staff are possibly volunteers as it seem to be run on the Buddhist realm, all in all, great place and worthy of a revisit

Pros: value, tasty, comfortable
Cons: bit pricy but is reasonable, entry
bendrum72
bendrum72
  • vegetarian
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+21

Very Uninspiring And Uninspired Food

2 Posted on 09 / 20 / 2013

Bland, boring, oily and the staff are so rude! Plates stick to the tables so hygiene is quite suspect here too. Beware the veggie pancake, it had no veggies in it! Lol.
This place is a bit of a joke. Very expensive for what the dishes entail. If you've been vegetarian only for a couple of weeks, you may like this place, however most vegetarians care about what they eat and there is no care in this flood

Pros: Cbd
Cons: Expensive, Oily, No Taste
vegelover
vegelover
  • vegetarian
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+59

Nice Noodles!

4 Posted on 09 / 03 / 2013

Went with family, easy to locate (but of course parking in CBD always a problem). Nicely decorated, clean.
Very impressed by Fried Noddle With Assorted Vegetables NO. 2.
Staff friendly.
Tried RO1 Fried rice with vegetarian pork in casserole but I think this dish a bit bland. Healthy though.
Will go again to try!

Pros: Nice Noodles!, Food very nicely presented., Nice view from the restaurant.
Cons: Parking a bit of problem.
Fred Phillips
Fred Phillips
  • vegetarian
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+35

Glad this place is here

4 Posted on 08 / 22 / 2013

Pretty happy with the noodles I've had here a couple of times (see pic). Tea is nice too. One of the better lunch options in the CBD. Big menu with lots of different stuff including mock meats etc. Can't speak for all that stuff but my food was really good and came out quickly. Food on other tables looked good as well.

Pros: Tasty food, nice tea
fletchiekins
fletchiekins
  • vegetarian
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+47

Really liked this place shame about the building

5 Posted on 05 / 31 / 2013

I have been here twice for food and have had a great time both times however even though the restaurant is nicely decorated the lift and restaurant below (it's on the 3rd floor) is not so nice. Well worth a visit for the food - I loved the sweet and sour 'pork'.


KingKong
KingKong
  • vegetarian
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+88

Nice, healthy and great taste

4 Posted on 01 / 28 / 2013

I came across this place literally yesterday.
It's above Noodle Kingdom on Swanston street, a stones throw from Bourke street, Melbourne Central and QV. Access is via the lift which is the main negative of this place. If you're a bulky wheel chair or have a double pram... plan ahead. I ended up just ditching the double for a single and a baby carrier.
Once upstairs, you're greeted by professional staff with nice decor. Very Eastern Buddhist influence.
Food wise: good price, good size servings and more importantly, tastes great. Loved their Jade Buddha fried rice and that Egg plant... well done.
Criticisms? The lift aside, and there's not much that could be done about that, a few more rice and noodle dishes can't hurt. For the lunch crowd, might be a little limited. Otherwise, it's a nice, healthy option. The thing I love about it is that there isn't an over-reliance on Mock meat. This is a vegie place that knows Vegetarianism's roots.

Pros: Location, Price, Food
Cons: The lift, Exposure, Lunch Variety

 

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Added: 2013/01/27

 

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