Handsome Her

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 7 reviews )
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206 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Victoria, 3056

Vegan cafe focusing on female empowerment, social responsibility, and environmental justice. Open Tue-Sun 9:00am-3:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Bakery, Australian

7 Reviews

First Review by Dilkara

great concept - Edit

i like the idea and their concept. came here with my boyfriend who was also impressed. the dishes they serve look so good. and it was very tasty and special. u will not find any ordinary dishes. but at the end i was still a bit hungry and find it a kind of pricey.

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Pretty Gimmick - Edit

I've dined here three times now, and the last experience will probably put me off returning. Although I wasn't particularly hungry when we arrived, assessing that a light meal would be sufficient, my $23 bagel barely touched the surface. The most edible part of the meal was, in fact, the very pretty garnish of edamame beans and beetroot puree on the outskirts of the plate.

The worst part was that the 'bagel' - which I assumed would be pretty spectacular for $23 - was nothing other than a fluffy white hamburger half-bun. When I queried the waiter about this, instead of apologising for their shabbiness, she tried to tell me that this was a 'particular type of bagel' (yes, and it's called a hamburger bun).

I'm happy to pay these sorts of prices for appearance and style - but when corners like this are cut, what are patrons actually paying for?

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-02

Pros: plant-based (apart from the HONEY-WASHED coffee?!), attractive presentation, great concept

Cons: pretty pricey for the portions, some substandard items

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verbosity 23 Jan 2018 - "honey washed" is a process that does not involve honey  


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Tofulicious 23 Jan 2018 - Good to hear :)  


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Amazing modern Australian food - Edit

We ordered three dishes and thought the Rosa Parks was the best.

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Tasty and appealing menu - Edit

We spotted a table at lunchtime so we grabbed it when we could. I got the Michelle Obama (brownies with peanut butter mousse and bananas and strawberries) and a hipster frappe and my partner ordered the jackfruit burger. Both dishes were very nice. The service was efficient and friendly. They also wanted to make sure that we enjoyed our meals. I was quite full when I left but the servings were not too big. It isn't a cheap option for lunch but I really enjoyed it. I will be back to try the other dishes.

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A beautiful lunch - Edit

We had the eggplant with faux chicken nuggets and tabbouleh and the polenta and apple porridge with gingerbread croutons as well as a curry puff and a macadamia mylk hot chocolate. It was all beautifully presented and tasty too. The atmosphere was lovely and staff were friendly and helpful. I love that they avoid waste (no disposable coffee cups, no paper napkins etc) and that it's all vegan. The menu has a bunch of interesting options. The only downside for me is that it's quite expensive... Despite this, it's good enough that I'll be coming back for more!

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Beautifully executed dishes - Edit

I was impressed with the setup in this cafe space and the menu was interesting. We ordered the Rosa Parks, a pumpkin- and (vegan) mozzarella-based burger with tomato and feta salad , and the Yoko Ono, eggplant with black bean tabbouleh, (vegan) chicken nuggets and vegetables. I also ordered a Pinot Gris, (recommended on the menu to accompany the eggplant dish) and my companion ordered an espresso smoothie. The burger was nice, with the mozzarella and condiments making up for the pumpkin, which I usually don't like. The Yoko Ono was delicious, with the eggplant beautifully flavoured even without the avocado purée and other condiments, which made it even better. The presentation and attention to detail is a feature of this place, with the combination of flavours working well. However, serving sizes were dainty, so we weren't stuffed when we left, and we paid $55 for the above, which is on the high side.

Pros: Delicious, well-executed dishes, Nice cafe space

Cons: Serving sizes not huge for the price

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Ethical and amazing food - Edit

This new vegan cafe is very women-focused, with feminist decor and meals named after inspirational women from history. There's also a slight surcharge for men reflecting the gender pay gap. Handsome Her does its best to eliminate waste, with metal straws and washable napkins instead of disposable- and don't expect to get any takeaway coffee cups as they only provide mugs or presumably will fill reusable takeaway mugs.
On top of all that the food is incredible, extremely colourful and flavourful with some interesting but delicious options. My girlfriend and I had the burger and black waffle, both of which were awesome- the vegan cheese on the burger was especially good. Also highly recommend the iced chocolate which is blended like a frappe.

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