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CLOSED: From the Art Ethical Handicrafts and Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )


Contact 03-98075158

1/3 Yertchuk Ave, Ashwood, Victoria, 3147

Vegetarian cafe and handicraft store. Serves fair trade organic tea and coffee, and makes food in-house. The cafe employs asylum seekers/refugees. It's a social enterprise which helps to support a community in need. Sells hand-crafted items which support disadvantaged communities from around the world to be economically independent. Confirmed closed December 2016. Open Tue-Sat 8:30am-6:30pm, Sun 11:00am-5:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Organic, Western, Take-out, Fusion, Middle Eastern

Reviews (8)

First Review by FlissBloom

Vegetarian! Cafe! In the SE suburbs! - Edit

This is my favourite place to eat in the SE suburbs!

First major point in it's favour: this is the only all-veg (unfortunately not all-vegan, but everything can be made vegan) food outlet that I know of this side of the city that has a "normal" vibe. It's not Indian, and it's not a Chinese mock-meat establishment (I love both of those, but not all the time). It's tastefully decorated, and there's no in-your-face veg propaganda. Furthermore, the menu items are similar to what you could expect to find in an ordinary, nice Aussie cafe. In other words, it's the sort of place I can imagine taking omni family members or friends without having to make excuses for it.

Everything I've had here has been delicious, if not exceptionally delicious. Particularly worthy of note have been the honeycomb vanilla milkshake, the hot chocolate (so rich!), the mock duck salad, and anything with their vegan brie.

They also have a wonderful selection of fairtrade jewelry, bags and other knickknack, and the owners are the nicest people.

Updated from previous review on Sunday October 04, 2015

Pros: Beautiful environment, Delicious, Fair Trade

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Wow delicious, fresh, quality food and coffee - Edit

This place is divine. They use delicious fair trade coffee, half pint vegan dairy ice cream and yummy Damona Almond feta. We tried the mock duck and almond feta salad and the quesadilla which we both devoured. Go try it you won't be disappointed.

Pros: fresh , high quality , atmosphere

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Worthy of discovery - Edit

Due to a lack of signage, this tiny cafe could easily be overlooked. Some of the menu items are a touch over-priced but the cook has genuine flair and based on the high standard I am keen to sample more offerings on a return visit.

Pros: Quality, Vegan options

Cons: Pricey

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Hidden talent - Edit

Small cafe (only 3 2-seat tables inside) with hardly any signage, serving a variety of vegan and vegetarian food & drinks.
The global puff platter and the Lebanese za-atar pizza were not great value, but suggested a great deal of culinary talent. The iced chai was a lot more flavoursome than most chai's tend to be and is definitely worth trying. Looking forward to returning to potentially try the vegan quesidilla and the old-fashioned english vegan pie.

Pros: Food quality

Cons: Value

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Great Cafe with Big Heart! - Edit

Great Cafe in the Heart of Ashwwod...

Delightful food, amazing personalised service and "fair trade" Wares abundant..

What stood out for me, apart from the amazing Quesadilla and superb Veg Omelette, was A MUG of Soy Chai Latte....mmmmm rich Creamy and full of spice.....as Arnie says "I'll be back!"

Pros: great vibe, delicious food (and chai late), friendly staff

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My favourite cafe by far - Edit

Exceptionally beautiful staff and service first and foremost. The menu is amazing and I endeavor to try every item.

Pros: Mostly vegan menu. , Must try the honeycomb milkshake!, Caring staff Awesome concept

Cons: None

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Best Cafe Ever - Edit

This is my new favourite cafe. It has beautiful decor, lovely bubbly staff (especially the owner!) and an amazing menu. I had a vegan pizza and almond milk iced chocolate. Both were amazing, I can't wait to go back and take all my friends!!

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