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505 La He Road, Battambang, Cambodia

simple, basic, wholesome affair

One of the staff told me they're open mornings from 6 to 11:30. Plenty of locals were dining here which is always a good sign.

I'm not big on savouries for breakfast so I grabbed some take-away for my lunch on the bus trip back to Phnom Penh.

I ordered 3 deep-fried (read: VERY deep-fried) spring rolls and pickled crisp vegetables; and a serve of thin rice noodles with mushrooms (very yummy), no egg (all up under 1 US dollar). However the first serve of noodles i received had sliced boiled egg on it, but they fixed it the second time around! Seems to be a family business, genuine and friendly people.

A bit of advice if you get take-away: if the rubber band is too tightly wound around the top of the plastic bag to open it (as mine was), stab it with your chopsticks to open it and get the food out!!

Shop 6, 57 Corsair Ave, Inala, Brisbane

love the dumplings and cakes !

This is a great little shop, located two doors down from Aimee Angel Bubble Tea (see my review above for directions). I especially like White Jade Garden's frozen dumplings and taro cakes and turnip cakes (defrost and steam them). They also have excellent peanut or red bean sweet rice cakes, etc, and fresh bitter Asian greens, plus the usual Asian/Vietnamese veg*n groceries. Plenty to choose from, and it's all vegetarian!

15 Phan Dinh Phung, Da Lat, Vietnam

good eggplant, noodle soup & bitter greens

You don't need to have mock meat stuff here. Very little if any English spoken in these 2 restaurants so we pointed out a bunch of dishes, including eggplant, potato, green beans, etc, all very nice. Also I recommend ordering the noodle soup (first thing on the menu) which has a bit of faux flesh you can remove, then the noodle soup is good and comes with a variety of bitter greens you dip into the hot broth. Delicious!

1 Floor, Western Pavilion, Barrack Square, Perth

left me hungering for something else

The views over the Swan River would be nice except it was so crowded that all the good tables were taken. The vegan food was bland and watery (and there wasn't much of it because the crowd had beaten me to the buffet). I hardly had anything of substance to eat (and was left hungry) so I gave them $3, but was promptly told that $5 was the minimum (so much for paying the amount you thought the food was worth)!!

Shop 9/1 Enogerra Tce, Red Hill, Brisbane

Best salads

The salads are super healthy and delicious. The $10 container (4 choices) is ample for my lunch (and very good value). I don't usually like queues and this place is popular but i don't mind sometimes waiting in line at lunch time because it's worth it! They have eftpos, and there's a lot of tempting cupcakes in the window too but usually only the yummy brownies are vegan. I haven't explored the drinks in the fridge yet. Friendly, prompt service. It's a lovely old renovated shop.

16 Mathers Lane, Hobart

Get Back to Your 'Green Roots'!

'Chai Gen Xiang' ('Roots of all Green'), better known as 'Chai' is found in Mathers Lane: a quaint strip of shops more like an arcade, located between Liverpool and Bathurst Streets, in the block between Murray and Elizabeth Streets.

I went to Chai a few times for the 'bain marie' lunch special: 2 dishes and rice for $9.50, and there was a different, yummy selection each time, including curry pot & mixed vegetables. The cold selection includes sushi rolls, spicy gluten 'meat' rolls & rice paper rolls. The board menu includes 'Duo Dishes' for two people (Layer Tofu, Chai Wan, Sizzling Ginger Soya, etc), and 'Cook-to-Order' meals (for one person) like Chili Hot Ho Fan, Korean Noodles, etc.

Open 10-5pm Monday-Friday (kitchen closes about 4pm), Saturdays 10:30am-2:30pm.

Catering platters and set menu Take Away dinners are available by phone order.

The Passage, Old Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

excellent food quality and service

I loved this place so much I dined there three times (each night of my stay). Intimate two-level place with very nice decor & table settings (including fabric napkins/serviettes). The food is simply delicious & portions are more than adequate: for example, mushroom & coconut dip with fresh baguette and raw chili on the side (entree); eggplant green curry with wild rice (main course); fresh watermelon or tamarind (yum), etc, juice (beverage). All for under 12 US dollars. The table service was friendly and prompt; interesting menu design. They had no problem with me being a single diner. Highly recommended. Only annoying thing is that people were smoking at the tables outside so I had to sit indoors, but that seems standard practice in Cambodia!

89-1 Sanjo-dori, Ohashi-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Classy, Romantic

Upmarket feel with prices to match. Had the vegan cheese platter, deli plate and a glass of red bio wine. All very, very nice. My friend had the curry which was rather bland. Comfy seats, soft lighting and pleasant background music.

34 Criterion Street, Hobart

all fresh & all vegetarian

i love this place! central location, friendly staff, fresh goodies & all vege (plus you can get a discount loyalty card)!

1 Luohansi Street, Chongqing, China

great decor, great food

Arhat temple is one of Chongqing's main tourist sites, and well worth a visit. There's a small admission charge for the temple complex (which you don't have to pay if you're only dining at the restaurant). No English is spoken in the restauarant, but a picture menu is available. Specializes in Sichuan-style (hot, spicy, Chinese) vegan food. Open for lunch (and maybe dinner?). I had mushrooms & pinenuts (Y12), Korean cabbage & black mushroom dumpling soup (Y12), corn & pea fried dumplings ('jiao zi')(Y5), thin rice noodle & vegetable soup (Y5) and coconut juice (Y6) - ok, I was hungry!! All the food was delicious, but unfortunately several people were smoking which was very annoying.

1 Chome-10-14 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka, Japan

Charming wining and dining

I headed here on Wednesday night, 7 October 2015.
I don't know the local language and I couldn't get the internet on my mobile phone beyond my guesthouse so I asked a Japanese guy at my guesthouse to write down the name and address in Japanese. I had no trouble getting to Akasaka train station and from there i asked three different groups of youngsters to help me and each time they found the address on their phones and steered me until I found the place (which is hidden away in a back street).
I chose the Y2000 four-course dinner set (from the blackboard menu written in Japanese) which turned out to include a rather petite steamed onion entree, and an equally-petite slice of orange cake with soy ice cream for dessert (and coffee), plus a glass of red for an extra Y600. I can't remember what was in the main course but it was fine. This place has an upmarket look and prices to match. My only whinge is that like so many places in Japan the portion sizes are tiny (compared with Australia at least) and you're lucky if they "fill" your wine glass even one third! There was only one other person dining here and I think I took a slice of chocolate cake back to my guesthouse.

Queen Street Mall, Myer Centre foodcourt, ground floor, Brisbane

Good Lo Han

The Lo Han vegetables and the glass noodles are good.

Shop 2, 302 Logan Rd, Stones Corner, Brisbane

tasty food & colourful decor

Clean & neat place with bright decor & friendly service. I had the vegan version of the standard 2-course $10 special: rice & lentils, curry, fresh salad, pappadam, halava (without the custard), watermelon juice. Just fine.

Across from the Express Bus Terminal, Gyeongju, South Korea

Top notch

Great food from very helpful owner who has lived in New Zealand, etc, and speaks very good English. We had a falafel plate, falafel pita and falafel tortilla, etc, priced from 5000 to 6000 won each. Currently open 10am to 6.30pm daily except closed on Thursdays. Thoroughly recommend this place!

85 Lake St, Shop 9, Cairns

Lovely and peaceful

I had a doughnut and Canadian maple pie with a cacao/rice milk drink. All were delicious. Great atmosphere, friendly service, comfy seats. Top marks.

699A, Preah Monivong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

"Fry Mixed Mushroom" was good

Open: 6:30AM to 9PM daily. Location: On Monivong Blvd (# 699) on the west side of the street between Street 360 and Mao Tse Tong road (easily found on a basic tourist street map). The staff speak basic English. The menu includes pictures of the food. Note that bubble tea drinks are made with powdered cow's milk, and some dishes have egg, but mostly vegan food. No air-con but has fans which do fine. Nothing flash decor-wise but the food is good and inexpensive. From their business card: Email: [email protected]; Mobile: (855) 98 955 689 or (855) 11 955 689. I had dumplings for entree (ok), fried mixed mushrooms on rice (very nice). It cost a couple of US dollars from memory.

Shop 5/225 Hawken Drive, St Lucia, Brisbane

simply scrumptious

One of my favourite cafes in Brisbane. The vegan lasagne is divine, the salads are fresh and wholesome and the vegan chocolate cake is to die for!

74A Fitzroy Street, Warwick

healthy stopover in 'rodeo and rose' city

Warwick is the 'rose and rodeo' city on the tableland about 2 hours drive west of Brisbane. I had gluten-free spaghetti with cannelini bean and veggie sauce and side salad, plus a fresh organic beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger juice all for $10 (see photo), and all very healthy and tasty. They also had soup and a tart (with egg ingredient), etc. Their menu changes depending on seasonal food. The attached health food shop has plenty of other goodies. It's a pity they don't open on weekends, but I like to support them whenever i'm visiting Warwick. Good on 'Oh So Natural' for providing an all-vegetarian eatery west of the Great Dividing Range.

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