Small bakery that specializes in a wide variety of Australian continental breads. Many vegan options in addition to dairy baked goods. Catering available with advance notice. more-less
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First Review by vegiemelb
TransmogriBenno
TransmogriBenno
10

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  • vegan

Oasis in the middle of nowhere

4 Posted on 07 / 12 / 2014

This place seems like it's out in the middle of nowhere (I'm not from Melbourne, so forgive me if I'm wrong), but I always manage to make it out here when I'm in town.
A good range of sweet baked goods, as well as hot pies, pasties, sausage rolls, etc.

Pros: Amazingly cheap, tasty, unhealthy goodness, did I say how cheap it is?
Cons: I wish all the sweets were vegan :(
beancurdled
beancurdled
10

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  • vegan

takes you back to the tuck-shop!

4 Posted on 03 / 14 / 2014

90% of the time I'm one of those punishing, self-righteous vegans who eats a wholefoods-based diet but sometimes I just need the comfort of a fake meat pie from La Panella. It takes me back to the school playground where, actually, we didn't have a canteen but a "lunch order" system where you put your money in a milk crate in the morning and the milk crate got returned at lunch time from the local roadhouse* loaded with paper bags filled with dreams.

My standard lunch order was a meat pie and a jam donut and La Panella can fix me up with a convincing vegan substitute. Plus I usually grab a few cold to stash in the freezer coz it's a long way from Brunswick to Preston but now that I live with my BF and it's on his way home from work, I might be in trouble.

La Panella has been around since I was living in Reservoir and started eating a vegan diet more than 10 years ago, I reckon. Comforting to see then still doing good business. They seem to be nice peeps, worth supporting.

*petrol station that sells takeaway food and a few essentials - ya with me?

Pros: small family business, reliable product
Cons: ain't health food but ain't pretending
Soybean
Soybean
22

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  • vegan

Love it.

4 Posted on 09 / 03 / 2013

Yeah, it's a pie and pastry shop. It's not healthy, it's not high cuisine. But it's _really_ cheap and it has many vegan and vegetarian options. And it's really tasty.

The plain pie, mushroom pie, curry pie, pasty and sausage roll are all vegan, and are $2-3 which is competitive with 'real' pie shops. Around half the donuts, 'hedgehogs', slices, pies and tarts are vegan. Everything is clearly signed as 'vegan' - everything else is vegetarian. Also has cheap vegan bread - regular sliced white, wholemeal etc loaves and round and special loaves.

I recommend a mushroom pie and a jam donut, maybe with a vegan custard tart chaser. That should set you back less than $5.

Pros: Cheap as you can get., Traditional 'Aussie' food, vegan!, Really tasty if you like that stuff
Fred Phillips
Fred Phillips
11

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  • vegetarian

Great pies and sausage rolls

4 Posted on 04 / 27 / 2013

I'm lucky enough to be working within walking distance of this place. Have had many, many of their "sausage" rolls and "meat" pies. The pies in particular, while not exactly gourmet, are really something and you could pass them off as actual meat pies I'd say. There's also a lot of vegan doughnuts and pastries, although I haven't ever tried them. I sometimes wonder how long some of stuff has been sitting there, but they appear to turn over a lot of pies/sausage rolls. Good to buy the pies and sausage rolls cold and then pop them in the oven when you have friends over for the footy.

Pros: Amazing meat pies
Cons: It's in Preston
wipey
wipey
3

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  • vegan

cinamin donuts no longer vegan

3 Posted on 06 / 21 / 2011

Beware some donuts are no longer vegan. Food is ok for hunk food.

Pros: vegan pies, cheap
Cons: some things are no longer vegan, sometimes not fresh

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Aloo
Aloo
64

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  • vegan

"meat pies" for the footy!

5 Posted on 09 / 26 / 2010

I have been buying the pies and sausage rolls from this bakery for years. I drive across town to stock up on them cold, pop them in foil in the freezer and then into the oven when I feel like it.

You know how mad Melbournians are about sport? Well, nothing goes with sport like a pie apparently. So this little vegan pops one of these pies in the oven and it's all good and no-one is wondering what kinda wierdo food you are eating, because it looks like meat! So you can enjoy it quietly if you wish.

Joking aside, they also do good donuts. You know how exciting it is for a vegan to get a good donut? Yeah,last time they even had donuts with vegan cream and jam...hmmm.

Another good hint: Jam tarts - if you are wanting to stock up are vegan, of course. I pop these in an airtight container in the freezer. Take them out 1/2 a day before you want to eat them. Perfect.

They do have some vegetarian foods as well as vegan, but they are all clearly labelled.

Pros: "meat" pies, Freeze - able, friendly service
simpsonyellow
simpsonyellow
26

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  • vegetarian

Great Bakery for Vegans!

4 Posted on 07 / 12 / 2010

What a fantastic place! Vegan meat pies, sausage rolls and pasties. All are tasty and pretty convincing substitutes for the real thing.

Their baked treats are also awesome. Cinnamon donuts, iced donuts, Boston rolls, cream buns and custard slices are all vegan. The only one I wasn't a huge fan off was the cream bun, which used a hard and fairly tasteless cream substitute. Everything else tasted great though. Note that some of the baked goods contain dairy (lamingtons for example), but all the vegan options are clearly labelled.

It's also very cheap. Last time I went, I bought two meat pies, a sausage roll, 3 mini donuts and a loaf of bread for around $9. It's not fancy, and is basically just your standard neighbourhood bakery.

I've eaten there a few times and never had an issue with the uncooked pastry mentioned in the previous review, so maybe they've picked up their game.

On a side note, it's worth a wander down High St to check out all the Asian supermarkets. Head south from La Panella - there are 3 or 4 within about 100m. There are some really good imported veggie / vegan products to be found.

Pros: Veg Meat Pies!, Very Cheap
Cons: Not Gourmet (a positive in my book), Not next door to my house.
vegiemelb
vegiemelb
10

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  • vegetarian

Need to make sure hot food is hot

2 Posted on 06 / 27 / 2010

Sometimes the hot pastries are not heated all the way through. If you buy a hot pastry which is not heated all the way through, is cold in the middle, please complain. You don't need to be angry or want a refund or anything. You can have a smile and say that you thought they would like to know their hot food was cold on the inside. This is the only way they will change their practices and make sure the pastries are heated all the way through (I think they microwave them first and then the oven maintains the heat so if they are not microwaved properly then there can be problems).

Apart from that, the pastries, comprised of two types of pies, a pastie, and a sausage roll, are an excellent and very cheap snack/small meal if you are in the area (and they are usually hot all the way through (but not always)).

Pies are currently $2, pasties $1.80, and sausage rolls $1.50. You can't beat that anywhere in Melbourne.

I also see people buying them in bulk to take away and heat at home.

The main business of the bakery is the wide range of vegetarian / vegan bakery options available


Guest
Guest

AWESOME

4 Posted on 07 / 14 / 2007

They make yummy vegan cinnamon donuts and pies and pasties with assorted vegan fillings. The breads and rolls are mainly all vega, the service has always been super-friendly and helpful when stuck on what to buy, I highly recommend this bakery when craving cinnamon donuts!!

Pros: Yummy donuts, Tasty Pies, Friendly Service
Cons: Got a parking fine for, parking outside bakery, Don't do it too!

 

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