OM Vegetarian - RGIT Building

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Level 1, 28 Elizabeth St (at Gurhka Institute Building), Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Cafe-style vegetarian Indian buffet plus a small menu of extras. Several outlets in Melbourne, this one is near Flinders street station. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Fast food, Take-out

19 Reviews

First Review by KingKong

An old favourite - Edit

I used to go here quite a bit back in the day to grab a cheap meal while I was studying. From memory, not everything was vegan but the basics (curry and rice) was and the staff was knowledgeable and would tell me what was what.

It's not fancy food, just (very) cheap basic curries but they're yummy and will make you full and happy.

Pros: Incredibly cheap, Yummy, Filling

Cons: It's pretty basic

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A Melbourne vego institution - Edit

I would venture to say that the all-you-can-eat thaali meal could be the cheapest, most nutritious, most delicious meal that you can get in Melb. Highly recommended

Pros: Delicious, Cheap, Nutritious

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love this place - Edit

It's my go to for a catch up with a friend as we can eat for hours while we talk and it's affordable for everyone and obvs the food is yum!

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quick, cheap & big - Edit

Small place on 1st floor with very cheap food 6.5$ and you can eat as much as you can. But don't expect a high quality & tasty food. For me it was too salty..

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Don't come if you're either hungry or don't have all day - Edit

I came here for lunch on a Sunday afternoon, around 12:30. You go up to the counter, with a steam table filled with food, and pay a remarkably inexpensive A$6.50 for a "All You Can Eat Thali". You expect him to hand you a tray of food but, then--nothing. I go and sit down and notice eight other people sitting at tables with no food. Other people come in. He takes their money. Still, no food. About 15 mins after I come in he does come out with trays with food for everyone. A pile of rice, two pieces of naan, and small amounts of two curries. I try not to fill up on the naan and rice, but had some, and ate the curries (which tasted pretty good). Some minutes later he walked around of a plate of naan (which I still had some of). I asked him if I could get some more of the curries. Answer: "Sure, no problem." After sitting there for some time, no curries came. I finally left in frustration and went to Lord of the Fries (a veg hamburger fast food place) to get some more food. It gets 2 stars because the curries tasted ok.

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my fav out of all the oms - Edit

Always great tasty food and the naan bread is soooo good! $6.50 all u can eat. The place may not look appealing but the food is great!

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Tasty and Cheap! - Edit

We had already eaten lunch but were a bit hungry so they let us share the all you can eat platter just not go back for more, Which was flexible of them I thought. The food was quite tasty - I love salt - but may have been a bit too salty for some. The amount of food was less than I expected (shallow dishes) but that wouldn't matter anyway cos you would usually get all you can eat...and for $6.50! It was definitely good value. The naan is what got me in but it was disappointing - not naan as much as crispy flat bread. Other than that though...the food was really good.

Pros: Tasty food, BEST VALUE EVER!

Cons: naan more like crispy flat bread

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insanely afforable food! - Edit

as mentioned before: this is amazing value for anyone on a small budget! Melbourne is extremely pricey but this is a safety & affordable haven for any veg person.
OM vegetarian is located in Melbourne's very city centre near station flinder's street. The atmosphere is a little off-putting and cold, but food was tasty and a great variety of different flavours! I was a little anxious about asking for some more food, but others around me did the same, so I gave it a go - and it was no problem at all :)

Pros: price, price, location

Cons: atmosphere

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Good only if you are on the high carb diet - Edit

The price is cheap at $6.50 for all you can eat but you only get two very watery curries with like one or two pieces of potatoes and very little beans. Even though it's cheap, I really don't feel that I am getting my money worth unless you are on the high carb diet.

Pros: Cheap, high carbs

Cons: No teal substance to the meal unless you want to b

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YES, GO - Edit

Seriously, I went here 8 times when I was in Melbourne. In a city where you usually have to pay 13$ for a sandwich this is the cheapest and tastiest food you can get. Lovely staff, great location, a bit better than their other restaurant around the corner because this one is brighter, bigger and more comfy. All-You-Can-Eat means you get a big plate with usually some Lentil or Chickpea Curry, rice, and the most delicious Naan Bread (just ask for a vegan Thaali Meal and the Naan Bread will be vegan too) The Curry usually changes every few days but the dish itself stays the same. I love this place!

Pros: Great Price, Tasty, Lovely staff

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It was a filling meal - Edit

We climbed the stairs to check the place out and then came back later to eat. The place was not crowded and with some nice background music, it was easy to have a conversation. The server brought the meal to our table and the lentils, rice, and naan made for a satisfying meal. We did not need seconds. Not fancy but agreeable.

Pros: Good value , Well spiced

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Cheap, delicious feed in the heart of Melbourne - Edit

I had been to OM vegetarian in my pre-vegan days, but one phrase lured me back "Vegan Naan". I dragged my girlfriend along knowing that it would be a cheap, decent meal.

I ordered the vegan plate, only $6.50 with free refills. We waited a little while for the food to come out, since they were very busy, but still not that long on the scheme of things. The meals come with a vegetable curry, a bean/lentil based curry, rice, naan, and pickles. The non-vegan meal also comes with a small dessert. Everything, perhaps with the exception of the pickle, was delicious. The bean/lentil curry was among the best I've ever eaten, and I've eaten a lot.

If you're looking for a cheap, vegan meal in the heart of Melbourne, you really can't go past this place. Cheap, filling, delicious. That's all you can ask for.

Pros: Cheap, Filling, Delicious

Cons: Busy

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cheap and good - Edit

Stumbled on by accident. Went upstairs and thought we were in a hare Krishna restaurant. Similar food for Cheaper price. Rice, lentils, vegetables and naan bread. Yummy

Pros: cheap price , nice food

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Eh. - Edit

Ordinary to flat food at a cheap price. Vegans are catered to, but must wait longer for service. There are two restaurants, actually. The day I visited, the one was flooded, so customers for both were jammed into one. The counter help was a bit grumpy, but seemed to realise this and later apologized. The long wait was understandable, but unfortunately made us more critical of the food. Two dishes, rice and bread. The bean dish was fine, nothing special, but fine. The other was more of a stew with TVP chunks. I had the vegan version, which made it obvious the flavour was all in the non-vegan ingredients. The wait to get refills was long and tedious in the packed restaurant. The food was well below par, and I kept thinking I would rather buy some ingredients at home for $15 and cook something 10x better. Having said that, it is cheap grub in a central area.

Pros: cheap, refills

Cons: slow, NOT self-serve, blah food, mall-basement ambience

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no frills cheap food - Edit

I go here a lot, its cheap, always reasonable quality, seems is connected to the college, so its helping the students. and being Indian I know it is safe vegetarian with no hidden fish sauces as in Malaysian vegetarian. Yes the staff may be hard to understand but I think its a cultural issue.

Pros: price, quantity, clean taste

Cons: limited menu, can be busy

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Excellent and so cheap - Edit

My kids and I went there for lunch for the first time. We were very pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed our meal. There was naan bread, dhal and curry as well as rice and pickle and it was all you can eat. So cheap for $6.50 and tasty. I also bought a couple of the indian sweets, Gulabjumans and Ras malai. So yummy. Highly recommend to anyone.

Pros: cheap, all you can eat, tasty

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Super cheap all-you-can eat Indian food - Edit

Location is perfect in the heart of the CBD. At $6.50 AUD per meal, all-you-can-eat, it's the cheapest meal you'll have in Australia, guaranteed. Indian food is about average quality. Some food tends to be watered-down and runny, perhaps to stretch the revenue a bit further. This is a perfect spot for backpackers and people trying to save money whilst in Melbourne.

Naan bread is tasty. Mango lassis aren't vegan but are definitely a tasty $2 upgrade. We eat here about 2-3 times per week.

The staff can be "clueless mumblers" sometimes. You may not understand what it is they've mumbled to you, and you may not have a high degree of confidence you will be served quickly in peak hours. You're served in an inelegant metal prisonware tray. Be careful the staff don't hand your metal tray to you hot-end first, causing you to burn your hand or drop your food! (They tend to do that, blindly handing you your tray in a way where you'll be surprised by the heat.)

Pros: Cheap, 100% vegetarian, Reasonably decent Indian food

Cons: Limited vegan options, Limited selection of 3-5 dishes max, Staff communication skills are poor

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Best lime pickle - Edit

Great curries, I love curry and pickle so always go for a fix more for flavour than appearance its basic but great for price. It has a good positive energy and always has a great mix of people.

Pros: Flavour , Price, Positive place

Cons: Set menu, They run out of pickle quick

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Simple, healthy and very tasty. - Edit

OK, first thing. It's all you can eat BUT it's a set menu. For the price, its very good. Ideally located, it's very casual with a positive atmosphere. If you're a backpacker, it's probably perfect for you.

Pros: Cheap, Healthy, Location

Cons: Signage

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