Dolly's Sister

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221 Moorabool St, Geelong, Victoria, 3220

Opened Jun 2015 this cafe serving both raw as well cooked meals, selection of desserts and organic beer and wine. The owners operate Australia's first vegan food van, Dolly Vegan Food Bus. Check webpage for upcoming workshops and events. Open Wed 10:00am-4:00pm, Thu-Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm. Kitchen closes an hour before closing; except for soup, dahl, curry & desserts.

Category: Vegan, Organic, Raw, Western, Beer/Wine, Australian

Reviews (13)

First Review by LynneEvans

Tried 5 times with no luck ;( Disappointing! - Edit

Our past two visits (2014, 2015) to Queenscliff music fest we have lived from Dollys Food Van, I appreciated it, the meals were fresh, lovely, presented well and full of flavour. The owners were absolutely lovely and the customer service not to be faulted. I was very happy to hear that Dollys had opened a restaurant, the first time we visited everything was pretty good (apart from hair and fluff in the wine glasses & the atmosphere and decor could use addressing, run down, old, def not the cleanest but we recommend Dollys because we enjoyed our meals) the meals and service were great but the next visits were not great and we've tried so hard to love it, time and time again. It's just been disappointing.

Wine glasses dirty and hair in two of the glasses
Waited 45 mins for a toasted sandwich
Meal quality/standards/service/size and flavour has deteriorated
Customer service poor!! Why? How hard is it to be friendly and kind and not make others feel like a burden for trying to order a meal. I must say the owners are lovely but the staff, I can't comprehend, it's dragging your biz down! I only wish you could see how your restaurant runs when you're not there. Find staff that care!
Arrived at Dollys after a vegan function which Dollys had advertised they were open and serving pizza after the event, arrived to be told by staff that they had heard nothing of it and were closed, I then show the staff the information and they say they'll call the owner and check. So they served dinner dry, flavourless burgers and a bean dish (chilli con carne) that was starting to ferment or had some rough tang to it. Oh and the delay, first to order last served? $20 per meal, never asked us re drinks, then they had marked our order as paid when we hadn't paid it, which of course we fixed.

Pros: vegan

Cons: flavourless dry boring bland expensive , poor service/unorganised , needs a good clean and a make over

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vegans delight! - Edit

I love this place and have never been disappointed! Staff are wonderful! Perfect place for vegans to go for lunch or dinner with a central location to the Geelong region! I suggest trying the satay skewers ?

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Unexpectedly uninspiring - Edit

Having heard much about this eatery and enjoying a smoothie from the food van, we had hopes the cafe would deliver.

Our order consisted of a lentil burger with no lentils...it's a tasteless and I suspect, pre-purchased patty with little condiment added to lend any flavour; the side was a serve of under-cooked, unseasoned chips. The nachos and garlic pizza fared no better, really. I wouldn't return in a hurry.

Pros: Vegan

Cons: Bland, Poor value

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Disappointing - Edit

Very surprised at just how bad this was. The lentil burger patty was close to raw and was bland, the salad and roll did not improve that. The chips were clearly under-cooked and the Nachos were unevenly heated. Everything was over-priced.

Pros: Vegan

Cons: Food, Value

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Definite improvements - Edit

This place has definitely improved since I was first here about a year ago. There have been attempts to improve the decor, but this is a big task given it looks like it was previously a pokies pub, with ugly imposing poles. I ordered the (new, I think) Schnitzel Burger, which was very nice, if perhaps in need of a little bit more sauce/moistening condiment. There was a generous side of fries, which were perfectly crisp and delicious, but surprisingly no dipping sauce. (I'm sure the friendly staff would have given me some if I'd asked.) Although this was a nice lunch, it was $22, which (as I've commented in other reviews about similarly priced burgers) is f~€&!@% expensive. Still, I like this place and it is a must-visit when we go day trips to Geelong. I hope it does well and continues to improve.



Updated from previous review on 2017-01-14

Pros: Good burger, Decent side of perfectly cooked fries, Friendly staff

Cons: Burger expensive, Ugly decor (but improving)

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Yummy yum yum! - Edit

I eat at Dolly's on a pretty regular basis. Came to know of it from the bus which the owner began before getting the cafe up and running.
The staff are amazing, incredibly friendly and engaging.
The food is fantastic, and constantly getting better as they are constantly expanding the menu and also trying new things like having cooking classes and specialty nights such as Thursday night Parmi night and Friday night Pizza night and now opening on Sundays.
My favourite - the eggplant parmagiana (divine!), nachos and vegie burger. They have a fantastic range of desserts and it's great to eat somewhere and to be confident that what you are eating really is 100% cruelty free and vegan :) Love it as a place to take friends, or to take my Kindle and read and relax over delicious food and drink.

Pros: Expansive menu of treat food and healthy, Delicious range, Great location in CBD.

Cons: Wish it was always open!

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yum! - Edit

Super impressed with this place, full vegan menu and lots of gluten free options which I'm always thankful for being coeliac. they are also happy to help with other allergies. A variety of healthy meals as well as burgers and cakes etc. I came here when these guys first started out and the improvement since is enormous. A lot more variety of food and drinks and a friendly atmosphere. Very large dining area so you won't miss out on a spot. I hope this place continues to be supported and only grows

Pros: all vegan, variety of meals, gf options

Cons: a bit chilly on a winters day due to such a large

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Nice place! - Edit

It's so great that Geelong has a Vegan cafe! We sat outside and had lunch there. The mushroom panini, coconut rice hot pocket, and a burger, all with salads and chips. Staff are super friendly, the food was great, especially the salads, all really fresh and tasty. It looked pretty cosy inside, they have a bar, the whole place is quite big, and I will be back soon for sure.

Pros: Fresh and tasty, Good atmosphere , Friendly staff

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Range of items - Edit

We ordered the macroni and "cheese" which can get a bit much after a while. It would be best served In a smaller size with a salad or something. We also had the veggie burger with chips. Lots of chips, generous serve. This was tasty. We also had desserts. The chocolate fudge was. Ice but there was a lot of it. We also had a cake which was nice. I really enjoyed my iced coffee, best I've had.

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Wow - Edit

What a great restaurant. This is a great place to eat. First the decode and atmosphere are excellent. Feels really nice just to sit there and take time out. Second, the staff are friendly and helpful. Third, the prices are so very reasonable. And forth, the food is to die for.

The one thing I hate about going to a place like this is that I just want to eat everything on their menu. So, guess I will be going back...again and again.

It is worth the drive down from Melbourne, or the train. It is only less than 10 minutes walk from the train station.

Enjoy

JTx

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Prices

Cons: It's in Geelong

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Very disappointing - Edit

I was really looking forward to trying out this place, but was extremely disappointed with the food and the value. I went for lunch and ordered the burger with chips and a banana smoothie with soy milk, which cost around $20.

The burger was very bland even though it had lots of a messy yellow sauce which didn't really taste like anything. The chips were first of all not at all crispy (as promised on the menu). They came with a "tomato sauce" which was really more like a tomato/capsicum salsa, which wasn't too bad. The "mayo" tasted like creamy air - adding some lemon or vinegar could vastly improve this. If your mayo doesn't taste like anything, don't have it as an option.

The banana smoothie was also quite disappointing. Barely any banana taste, and also very bland.

Overall, I think the menu could be vastly improved. There wasn't anything particularly exciting or different. Very few dessert options. For a vegan restaurant to survive (especially in Geelong), the food must be excellent so that non-vegan customers will want to eat there too. I really hope they step up their menu and food!
Updated from previous review on Monday June 15, 2015

Pros: Vegan, Friendly staff

Cons: Not great value, Food very bland, Uninteresting menu

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Geelong's First Vegan Cafe - Edit

Great cafe! Excellent food and service and friendly, helpful people.
Great atmosphere and the variety of cooked and raw vegan foods, as well as the drinks menu was exciting!

Pros: Good value, Excellent food, Friendly staff

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Well worth visiting - Edit

We loved our visit to Dollys Sister, the food was delicious, service impeccable and the environment inviting. We will certainly back again.

Pros: Good value for money

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