All Reviews by Fred Phillips
The Passage, Old Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Fantastic vegetarian food
We ate here twice in the space of 5 or so days in Siem Reap. Great food, so fresh and some innovation in the menu too. Can't recommend this place too highly. My expectations for vegetarian food in Siem Reap were exceeded massively at this restaurant. Very small inside so you may need to wait for a table. Also, it has no aircond so that's a bit of a struggle. Suggest a table outside if you can get it.
3 Taojiang Lu, Shanghai, China
We chanced on this cafe, although I had read about it. Nice place for lunch or afternoon tea/coffee. They have a good range of dishes - some Chinese style but mostly not. I had the vegie burger which tasted great although both burger and bread had some structural integrity issues and were a little dry, while my wife had a salad which looked interesting and she enjoyed it. There was a very relaxed vibe. Kind of a unique place. Very pleasant experience all 'round and I daresay I would eat there again when I next go to Shanghai.
159 St Georges Road, Northcote
Vegan-friendly; delicious food
Have been here many times. Get the banquet. I think it is about $28 pp these days. Good value as you get about 5 courses and it will leave you stuffed. Friendly service. Place is run by two sisters who are from Taiwan. Food is presented well and there's obvious love and pride in it. They make everything in-house, including tofu. Hard to find anything bad to say about Veggie Kitchen.
422 Little Collins St, Shop 10, Melbourne
Cheap and tasty
Very happy to have stumbled across this place totally by accident today. It's just a little take-away joint in what is a very basic (if not shabby) food court. There's a bain marie with a few pre-cooked options, most of which looked inviting. Then they will also make up some other dishes from scratch - noodles and noodle soups, fried rice and stuff. I had Singapore Noodles which was vegan and which featured tofu, mock pork and mock beef. Very tasty and I would get it again. Quite a lot of options. Look forward to returning and trying out other stuff.
141 Queen Street, Melbourne
I work near this place and go weekly for lunch. It is pretty busy most days, but there's still a relaxed atmosphere. Good selection of dishes including some mock meat dishes. Everything I've had there has been quality. Great service - everyone is really friendly. Food comes out quickly. Recommended.
L3 264 Swanston St, Melbourne
Glad this place is here
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.
Ji Ming Temple, Ji Ming Si, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Nanjing, China
Simple, hearty food
It's worth visiting this temple even without the promise of vegetarian fare, but the food is fine and the view is great at the top also, as others have noted. We had noodle soups and some mushroom dumpling things. It is fairly basic food and you are eating in a cafeteria-style room. Not really classy, but tasty enough food and we enjoyed it. Afterwards, exit the temple at the back and this takes you onto the city wall which has fantastic views of the city and beyond.
465 High Street, Preston
Great pies and sausage rolls
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.
44 O'Hea Street, Coburg
This place rules!
We are lucky to live nearby and go here again and again. Most of the time, we have brunch so we are usually having eggs on toast with sides. They use great sourdough and all the sides are well done and servings usually generous. But the non-eggy stuff is really what sets this place apart. They have many varied and interesting dishes. It's clear a lot of thought and effort goes into the menu. There's fairly straight ahead stuff like salads and a mushroom burger etc, but then things like cauliflower schnitzel or zucchini fritters and a variety of tasty pasta dishes as well as risotto. Haven't sampled their desserts but they are there on display and they look fancy. The open kitchen is a nice look. The coffee is done well. Struggling to find anything negative to say. I've read reviews where people say they waited ages for their food, but have never had that experience in many visits here. My only complaint is the place is closed in the evenings. Otherwise, I reckon I would be eating dinner here on a near-weekly basis.
Updated from previous review on Monday April 29, 2013
Upstairs, Bourke St Overpass, Melbourne
Happy LOTF has opened up here
If you are heading to the football at Etihad and are vegetarian/vegan, this is a godsend. Burgers and fries are really tops. Hard to fault. Yeah, it's unhealthy but they're not pretending otherwise.
323 Lygon St, Brunswick
Excellent home-style Lebanese food
Very vegan friendly. Lots of options including pizzas and the best falafel in town. Love this place.
183 St. Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
One of the best vege joints in town, no doubt
Haven't had a bad meal here. Get the banquet - plenty of food and it is all good. Mid East style - chickpeas, lentils, etc. Really good quality. The only downside is you can almost never get in. No bookings. So go early or you will have a long wait.
65 Sukhumvit Soi 1, Bangkok, Thailand
We had a lovely dinner here in March 2013. It was a Wednesday night (I think) and the place was close to empty. We had way too much food. I remember we had a mushroom salad entree which was really good, then a couple of mains, one of which was a really delicious mock duck curry. I can't remember everything we had but it was all good. I would be likely to go here again next time I'm in Bangkok.
175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Went here a couple of months back. I think this is Melbourne's only completely vegan restaurant. It has a kind of rock'n'rolly bar sort of vibe and is pretty loud, so bear that in mind.
Food is absolute quality, without blowing your mind. A range of dishes, some with mock meat and some not. We had a chorizo dish which was great, the tuna croquettes (really impressive) and the Mexican combo thing that comes in the edible bowl (good). We only got the bowl thing because they messed up our paella. This was disappointing, but at least they were honest with us. The manager came out and told us she would rather not serve us something half-assed and that they were sorry. It wasn't a big deal and they had been super-busy that night. We also had cocktails which were very good.
Prices are reasonable. Not expensive by any means. Dishes tend to be smallish, so err on the side of more if anything. No real cons I can think of. I definitely look forward to going here again.
258 Fengxian Road, Shanghai, China
Well worth a visit
We had a lovely dinner here a few weeks ago. Two of the three things we tried to order were unavailable, but it may have been our fault for not getting there early enough. We ended up eating a "chicken" hotpot, a grilled cauliflower dish with "pork" strips, and some Chinese broccoli. It was all very tasty. Service was very friendly, although there's next to no English being spoken. Just be aware this place shuts really early - 9.30pm, I think. That is when they are closing the restaurant for the night, not when the kitchen closes. So aim to get there by 8 at the latest, I reckon. Otherwise, no complaints about this place.
349 Xinhua Road, Shanghai, China
Contender for best vegetarian in Shanghai
Absolutely loved this place. We went on a Monday night without a booking and had to wait half an hour for a table. Well worth it though. I'd say make a booking but you will probably have trouble doing that unless you can speak the lingo because they have negligible English here. Very extensive menu in a handwritten book. There's an English version of the menu. Dishes are around 25-30RMB and not huge so you'd probably want three for two people, as we ordered. We had a braised cauli/broccoli dish which came in a delicious broth, some house-made noodles with mushrooms and a plate of vegie dumplings. Plus we had tea. They have quite a range of teas as well. These weren't cheap but they seem to take tea quite seriously here and the tea we had was quality. This is a really classy place and we couldn't fault it. My only regret is going there on our last night as I would've loved to have sampled heaps more things on the menu. I don't think you would get into repeats until you'd been there at least 4-5 times. Staff were very friendly too. Undoubtedly, we'll be going here again whenever we're in Shanghai.
Updated from previous review on Sunday April 14, 2013
421 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
One of the best vegie joints in Melbourne
Have been here only twice, both times within the last month or so. Can highly recommend it. Very relaxed vibe with friendly staff. Huge range of dishes from noodles to curries, burgers, wraps, salads, etc. Great selection of (non-alcoholic) drinks. Desserts too. I really enjoyed the Dragon Bowl with soy beef on my first visit. Second visit we had a variety of things to share, most notably the cold noodles which were delish. Cashew cream cheese cake with raspberry coulis also a highlight. Even the coffee is really good here. My only regret is not living closer to this place. Can't wait to eat at Yong's again.