Dependable vegan fare
Posted on 12 / 31 / 2009
Iku is about the only chain vegan place I know of in Australia (Melbourne has Lord of the Fries, but it's only vegetarian with vegan options). And for that reason alone I think it's worth supporting. Just imagine if every Australian town had an Iku? We'd never go hungry.
Given that it's a chain, Iku's menu is a little predictable. It has some very dependable options though -- there's a miso and caramelised onion tart that I just love, and the bancha cakes are also good. I've been to the one in Glebe and in Rozelle, and both have a very different 'vibe', so I imagine that people's experience of Iku depends where they go (my sense of it, for instance, was certainly not "pretentious" -- the staff are very friendly).
My family are not so keen on Iku, because they find a bit bland and "70's vegetarian". I think they just haven't tried the right dishes. Their house salad dressing is delicious, and can be purchased by the bottle. But I find their dessert tart (now is it cheesecake or a lemon tart? I can't remember) a little tofu-y. The Chai tea is very nice, but they don't do coffee (at least not at the Glebe store).
vegan food wherever you are in Sydney, tasty and dependable, friendly service
could be a cheaper, menu a bit predictable