Om Vegetarian - Capitol Arcade

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113 Swanston St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Vegetarian Indian food inside a mall with some seating in the walkway. Option for all-you-can-eat or order a la carte. Can ask for vegan. Several outlets in Melbourne. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-8:00pm.

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

14 Reviews

First Review by Tiggy

Great value, enjoyable meal - Edit

I had the $6.50 all you can eat vegan thali with only bread (no rice). It came with a chick pea curry and a mixed vegetable (largely potato-based) curry. Both curries were tasty. The naan without butter was a little dry, but still enjoyable.
The staff were friendly and seemed on top of what is and isn't vegan.
It is certainly a great value meal. The food wasn't as good as at my favourite Indian restaurant, but it's hard to beat the price at Om Vegetarian!

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So good, so cheap - Edit

For $6.50 honestly you can't go wrong, and every time I've been I've been above impressed with how good the curries are. It's really easy to make the meal vegan (they omit the butter from the bread) and I've always been so full I've never had to ask for seconds. I also love that they feed people in need for free.

Pros: Really tasty curry, dirt cheap, all you can eat

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Om Vegetarian - Edit

I was surprised by the negative comments. I was very surprised for $6:50 got three dishes, rice and Indian bread (was vegan). Everything was perfect. For that set menu price what more can you ask for? Place was busy, an indication it serves good wholesome food. Next table of 6 people all went back for another serve.
I gave it the Happy Cow sticker.

Pros: 100% plant based, Not 100% vegan. , Busy place, outdoor seating

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all you can eat - Edit

The last two times I ate here have been disappointing. Last time the rice was undercooked and therefore hard and dry. Soaking in the sauce didn't help much. The staff are volunteers I think. As rice is the main part of the course, I expected it to be reasonable - don't they taste test after cooking? I was given lots of burnt buttered naan
bread. The watery sauces semed to be missing one of the two varieties. Ok if living homeless,suitable for a fill up but low on protein.

Pros: a place to sit while eating, inexpensive

Cons: food quality wanting compared to some years ago , 'glasses' are plastic so less hygenic, staff seem too overworked to communicate properly

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Disappointing - Edit

The food is certainly very cheap - $6.50 for a vegetarian thali. They will make it vegan on request, although the vegan naan is very dry without butter, it's a shame they don't use oil. Food was lukewarm. It sits out in bain marie so you don't know how fresh it is. Quite spicy but the bread helps. In general a very unsatisfying meal, you're better off paying a bit more somewhere else and getting food you can enjoy.

Pros: Easy to get vegan options

Cons: Food was lukewarm, Not very tasty

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Cheap Indian food - Edit

Since writing this review the place has gone downhill in a big way. We went over the Christmas - New Year break and the food became plain with a few beans slathered in a sauce. Just in case the cook was having a bad day, I tried it again and there were hardly any vegetables. The hot snacks have been replaced by essentially a potato filled samosa and other deep fried potato patty (no more vadi or other typically Indian snacks). If you are happy filling up on carbohydrates (bread and rice) and don't like vegetables or pulses then you might be happy, but it is too carb heavy and tasteless in my view.

The emphasis here is cheap - it serves a purpose but it is no longer a place I go to.

Older review (2015) below--------
This is a really cheap tasty place to go out for lunch in the city. The food is served fresh apart from a few fried items in the bain marie. The only problem is that service can sometimes be extremely slow - so go at the start of your lunch break.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Slow service, Limited variety, Carb heavy with few pulses or veg

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Good but.... - Edit

I've found this place to be the best of all the Om restaurants. The restaurant is in an arcade and you can sit in the arcade to eat your food. I usually take the vegan dosa which is really tasty, but recently they have started serving tomato sauce with it as a side. I would rather have nothing than the tomato sauce! It is cheap and convenient and they can veganise most things. I think the birds have become a big problem though. Please put something on the door to stop them getting in. I love sparrows but not near my food!

Pros: Cheap, Mostly vegan

Cons: The birds!, Tomato sauce with dosa

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easy and cheap - Edit

I come here regularly to get the vegan dosa special. $7.90. Yum.

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Homestyle value - Edit

Busy little cafe with wider choice than the other 'Om cafe's. A vegan thali-all you can eat for $6.50-now that's a bargain. Not full of ghee and cream as your usual Indian restaurants and pleasant place to sit inside or in the arcade.

Pros: Easy to order a thali and let them provide you wit, Price, Relatively healthier than other Indian cafes

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Om my - Edit

Amazingly tasty, great value Indian meals; in fact better than most of the Indian restaurants I have been to in Melbourne.

Eager to revisit and try the other meal deals.

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More Indian than Indian - Edit

This is the best Indian food that I have had so far in and around Melbourne... for a fraction of the price of other establishments. Very impressed; will be back and will definitely be checking out the other Om Vegetarians as well

Pros: Flavour, Value

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Best of the Oms, and best value lunch in the city - Edit

Great value, quick and friendly service.

I just had the thali for lunch today (I was really hungry), and now I'm so full!

The thali dishes are not amazing, but are ok , and great value ($6.50 all you can eat).

The other dishes on the menu look more fetching than the thali, and are still appear to be very good value ($7.90 to about $8.50).

Updated from previous review on Wednesday January 28, 2015:
I had one of the dishes off the menu, the spinach and mustard leaves curry.

Pros: Great value, Quick & friendly service, Central location

Cons: Naan a bit too buttery, Curry a bit too salty

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best of the OM offerings - Edit

With three branches of the Om Vegetarian enterprise all within a couple of city blocks, I'd go to this one in the Capitol Arcade every time. They have a more extensive menu than the others, still including the all-you-can eat thali. The lights are lower and the decor is a little more thoughtful, with cute, colourful stencils on the walls.

Their masala dosa seems extremely popular and it's easy to see why. For $7.90 it comes with all the trimmings - sambar and creamy coconut, tangy tamarind, and refreshing green chutneys. The sambar is above par with chunks of eggplant, okra, and yellow split peas. The dosa itself is the right balance of crispy and chewy, stuffed with golden spiced potatoes. Yum! It's the only thing I've tried there so far but even the ubiquitous $6.50 thali looks a bit more tasty and interesting than the others so might even give it a go when I return - which I inevitably will since it's in the same arcade as my hairdresser (Rocco at Clash City Hair, FYI).

Pros: cheap, filling , tasty

Cons: limited menu, longer wait than expected

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A welcome addition with improvements... - Edit

I was pleasantly surprised with this new addition to the Om vegetarian restaurants. The others have generally been places to go for a quick, cheap all-you-can-eat meal and not much more than that. When I discovered this place I noticed the different menu items and my interest was piqued. There are signs indicating any meal can be made vegan. On my first visit I ordered a masala dosa and this was simply delicious with its side condiments. On a second visit with my partner we got the dosa again as we'll as the Maki Roti Combo. The roti was a little bit dry for me but fine with the spicy sarson ka saag accompanying it. Unfortunately this time they also added butter to my requested vegan dish, and some (but only some) staff seem to not quite understand vegan. (Most are very vegan savvy.) This has become a regular spot for me when I need a quick dinner in town.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Occasional mistake with vegan request

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