Sister of Soul

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73 Acland St (at Shakespeare Grove), St Kilda, Victoria, 3183

Vegetarian global inspired menu, Asian, Mexican, American and Indian. Signature dishes include the soul burger, papaya salad and stir fries. There are several vegan and vegan optional dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Thai, Western, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out

31 Reviews

First Review by Aloo

Incredible food - Edit

While we ordered on ubereats and didn't get there full experience the food was absolutely incredible, so delicious and flavoursome. Would highly recommend the Nasi Goreng!!

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Extensive menu and great food! - Edit

What a menu! There were so many things I'd love to try with heaps of vegan options. We had lunch at Sister of Soul and had the jack black burger and pumpkin gnocchi as well as a beer and a hot chocolate. All of it was delicious. Service was fast and staff were friendly and it's a lovely environment to enjoy a meal. Very keen to come back and try more of the menu!

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Great food & lovely atmosphere - Edit

We loved our first visit to Sister of Soul yesterday. Lots of meals to choose from. I had the berry and acai smoothie bowl which was delicious. My partner had the avocado on toast and they do it better than other places - it was yum.
Very nice atmosphere, prompt service with a smile and muted music made for a lovely time. Relaxed and welcoming and, with the doors all opened, the sun was able to stream in.
We will be back to work our way through the wonderful menu!

Pros: Broad choice, Delicious food, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: None experienced

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Average and overpriced - Edit

We were really excited to visit Sister of Soul based on their breakfast menu, but ended up visiting for dinner. It was really busy and loud and didn't feel like the sort of place we could sit back and enjoy a meal, but we had made the effort to get to St Kilda and had heard good things so stayed.

The menu is eclectic, which in my experience is never a great sign. Some options seemed very expensive for their ingredients ($13.50 for dhal?). We ordered the gnocchi and the "Om-mazing yellow curry". The gnocchi was delicious but not an immense portion for $18. The yellow curry - turns out the "vegan option" is simply to omit the labneh rather than replace it with anything - was quite small, and again quite overpriced for a dish consisting of lentils, potatoes, peas and a side of rice and poppadums. We shared a side of fries which were very good.

We made our visit quite fleeting as we didn't feel it was the sort of place we could lounge around, and weren't that inspired by the dessert options following our mains. The only word to describe the experience is "average".

Pros: Varied menu, Close to St Kilda beach (if that's your vibe)

Cons: Average food, overpriced, Not all vegan, "vegan options" poorly thought-out, Loud and overly "trendy"

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OMG amazing - Edit

I experienced the best breakfast I have EVER had here at Sister of Soul. The menu is a delight with almost too much to choose from and is clearly marked with the vegan options (everything is at least vegetarian though). The meals came out in a reasonable time although the drinks were much slower which is the only part of the experience I could fault. The wait staff were friendly and efficient also.
Do yourself a favour and order the Rainbow Breaky Bowl. You're welcome ☺️

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varied cuisine lots of vegan choice - Edit

Service was quick and the food delicious. They have a wide range of vegan foods including an amazing rocky road dessert! Can be a bit loud of an evening, but worth a visit!

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Delicious ethical food by the sea! - Edit

I went here for a nice dinner with my (mostly vegetarian) family and we had a great night! The beer selection was expansive, the Thai raw noodle bowl that I had was delicious, and the staff were really inviting! It was packed on a Friday night so I would definitely suggest booking ahead

Pros: Big portions, Great food, Ethical ethos

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Must try the vegan raw lasagne - Edit

I've eaten here twice and loved the vegan buckwheat pancakes and the raw lasagne!

The vibe is very relaxed and boho, and there is lots of seating.

Pros: Delicious vegan choices, Funky vibe

Cons: Can be a bit pricey, Can get noisy / busy

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So much to choose from! - Edit

During a short visit from the United States, I totally enjoyed an early dinner at Sister of Soul with a vegan friend who is a Melbourne native. There were so many vegan options at this all-vegetarian restaurant that it was hard to choose just one, but I went with the Bibimbap Nutrition Bowl and was very happy with my choice. Exactly as described, this is a "traditional Korean bowl with marinated tofu, salted cucumber, bean shoots, pickled carrot and daikon, shiitake mushrooms, seaweed salad, brown rice and topped with shredded nori and bibi hot sauce." All very authentic, fresh ingredients. (The hot sauce is indeed pretty hot - so if I return to this place, I will probably ask the staff to dial down the spiciness a bit.) I found the atmosphere as fresh and inviting as the food.

Pros: All vegetarian; dozens of vegan options, Fresh, tasty food, Lovely environment

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so good! - Edit

Had the notella crumpets there this morning for breakfast. It was the bomb digity. Highly recommend it

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disappointed each visit - Edit

I've been to this place more than a handful of times mainly because it's always been the easiest option when in at kilda. The first couple of times I thought I'd ordered wrong but I'm consistently being let down. The sweet potato fries are soggy and Cold. The stir fry portions are so small considering the price and the jack fruit burger to me is mediocre. The only positive for me is that staff are nice.

Pros: lots of vegan options

Cons: pricey , lacking the 'wow' factor , a lot of dishes are rather small portions

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ahh the burger!! - Edit

So the pulled jackfruit burger was incredible!!! Honestly amazing. My mum had the rawsagna which was also super tasty, and my brother had the nachos (again I loved!) The menu is broad, there is something for all tastes I believe! I will be back for the rocky road :D

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Something New - Edit

Fairly reasonable pricing for what it is, but small portions. Friendly staff, nice venue, tasty food and good variety. Service was speedy and the venue was clean. Presentation is immaculate.

Pros: Many vegan options

Cons: Little pricey

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more schmick than soul - Edit

Took my partner out for lunch here after a Sunday stroll along the foreshore. It was pumping but we still got a table right away. I'd describe the atmosphere as more shiny than soulful and, coming from the northside, VERY St Kilda. Shiny stainless steel tables, long wooden bench seats along the window that runs all the way along one wall. It's certainly bright and airy.

We both started with the white miso soup which had a warming touch of ginger. My partner had the okonomiyaki, which he said was the best he'd ever tried - crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. I had the fried eggplant salad. Chunks of eggplant were silky inside with a slightly chewy surface and not too oily. The dressing was tart with black vinegar and the salty bite of fermented black beans. Sweet, fresh tomato and loads of Asian green herbs finished it off. The tastes were so intense that it might have been nicer balanced with a side of brown rice. An enjoyable dining experience that I probably won't repeat - proximity and price make it a bit inaccessible.

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Great place, good location - Edit

Already having eaten elsewhere dropped in for a drink. Tempted by desert - almost rocky road. Vegan jelly and marshmallows with chocolate paste and crunchy bits - wonderful. A bit small to satisfy both stomach and wallet. Good vibe and plenty of seating. Looked like it had a good range of food.

Pros: Good vibe, Tasty food

Cons: Potion size small

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Love this place! - Edit

Great space, friendly staff, extensive menu, yummy food!

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Amazing flavours! - Edit

This place is vegetarian and vega, however, vegan options are clearly marked. They have a fairly good range of food here and everything thing I've had so far (I've been twice in two days) has been absolutely amazing!

Pros: Delicious food, Large seating area, Friendly staff

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Lacking some soul - Edit

Gave this cafe another go for brunch, after a disappointing first visit for dinner 12 or so months ago. First off the bat was a very ordinary coffee. It's great they use Bonsoy, but the coffee was weak and poorly brewed.The vegetarian breakfast menu is fairly extensive, yet only features 2 or 3 rather uninspiring options for vegans. Our meals were pleasant enough, if a little bland but quite pricey for the serving sizes. Unlikely to go out of my way to return for a 3rd attempt.

Pros: Location

Cons: Bad coffee, Confused service staff

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Pricey more than nicey - Edit

We went there on a public holiday because a couple of other places were not opening until midday. The breakfast menu was all that was available and is surprisingly restrictive for Vegans considering it is a vegetarian establishment. We did ask if they would serve us from the starters/main menu 20 minutes prior to 12pm, but they refused, which is okay but no chips before 12pm is a bit daft.
Fairly decent food, some interesting ideas and good flavours, reasonable serving size; but definitely room for improvement and more effort required. Over priced. 2 breakfasts and 2 coffees = $47 (including 10% surcharge due to public holiday)
Not quite living up to it's potential.
Coffee was bad.

Cons: Pricey, Coffee

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Decent but not amazing - Edit

Checked this out with some buddies who had eaten there a bunch of times and love it. I had the big vegan breakfast and added a sausage. My wife had the avocado smash. It was ok but not amazing. The service was friendly but a bit hit and miss. One of our friends ordered an extra with his breakfast that never arrived. We followed this up a couple of times but it never arrived. The coconut water and mango juice had a freaky almost jelly consistency. All of that said the food was ok and there is a generous number of options to choose from. I'd go back if I happened to be near by but I wouldn't drive across town to get there again.

Pros: Big menu

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Overpriced, terrible, unsatisfying food. - Edit

The food is terrible. Overpriced, and tasteless. The agedashi tofu - the tofu was okay, though not the silken tofu the dish demands (yes, I know it's easier to work with firmer tofus, but you're a chef, figure it out, skill up), the vegetables in the broth were however from a packet and the broth was from the dishwashing sink. Seriously. Yuck. Tepid, under flavoured, with a fine film of oil from the tofu. Nasty, overused oil.

The DIY wraps were a joke, $17 for a few wisps of spiralled carrot, some tiny, over-trimmed lettuce, a few dry slices of chilli, cucumber sliced in a way that ensured it did not work in the wraps, nori, some soya chunks that had been deep fried to desiccation (and again cut wrong for the wrap concept) and some unidentified slightly sweet brown sauce with a thin scum of oil on top. No idea what the sauce was, and the only reason I'd look it up is to make sure it never, never enters my life again.

Unlike some others, I had no real issue with the service. They were nice enough, and fast enough (but it was a Monday lunchtime, hardly peak) and even double checked a typo on the menu with regard to an item's gluten-free status with the kitchen (I probably shoulda worried right then, given they're trying to cater to GF types. Getting the description right might be a start)

Coffee was adequate. Service, as I say, nice enough. But fundamentally I paid $30 for a meal that left me hungry, dissatisfied and mildly cross. I went over the road and bought fruit from a supermarket to fuel me.

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Cons: Terrible food, Overpriced, small portions

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Scrumptious breakfast - Edit

Popped in here for breakfast during St Kilda festival and it was a very satisfying experience. I was very impressed to find the option of avocado and vegemite crumpets on the menu - one of my favourite combos, but I have never before seen it on a restaurant menu. I had a couple of hash browns as a side and they were delicious - thick and fluffy with crispy outsides. They call them roosts on the menu, but they are not like the traditional thin crispy rostis (which disappointed one of my friends) but I loved them. I also had a gorgeous drink comprised of coconut water and mango puree. The others at my table had vegan sausages and vegan breakfast, with smoked tofu, corn salsa, avocado, toast, spinach. They all loved their meals and various juices. This is definitely on my return visit list.

Pros: Food is delicious, Food is fresh, Service is excellent

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Great food, friendly staff, good value - Edit

I have to say, I'm honestly surprised at the number of negative reviews here. Sister of Soul is our regular, and we really love the food.

Both my partner and I are vegans with coeliac disease and we've only had positive experiences. The food is great - we love the quinoa patties, fries, Eggplant Rasavagny and Green Sister Stir Fry. Although we've tried other things, we always go back to our regular choices in the end!

The service has always been good, although a few of the wait-staff have been a little funny about making an extra note to the kitchen staff about gluten.

Pros: Great food, Great gluten-free options, Great vegan options

Cons: Staff sometimes unhelpful

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average - Edit

Went here for brunch and the wrong meal was brought out, ingredients were added to the old meal and brought out again so part of it was cold. The food was very average. Staff seemed very disorganized and had to wait ages for cutlery. Would not recommend

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Great food, atmosphere, location and service - Edit

I've eaten lunch at Sister of Soul twice now and have been impressed on both occasions. The prime location is fantastic, as is the trendy décor, ample menu, attentive staff, quick service and great tasting meals.

I think this is a great example of the future in vego restaurants.

Pros: location, decor, food and service

Cons: pretentious St Kilda

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Yummy...fresh...healthy - Edit

Only discovered this place recently... So I can't wait to go back to check out the rest of their menu!... I had so much trouble deciding on a dish in the first place.
I had the taco trio... The chili non carne mix is awesome!... And they use plenty of fresh ingredients. I didn't like the actual taco... But I think this was mainly for a lack of salt.
If you're looking for healthy... And something a bit new... Different... You have to try this place!
It's also pretty busy... Makes it difficult to get the waiters' attention... But when the food is this good... It's worth it!

Pros: Yummy, Fresh, Different

Cons: Busy

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Amazing location with a promising menu but...., - Edit

We visited soul sister in its opening week and had a disappointing meal. So gave it a few months and booked for a special date treat meal that was equal disappointing as our first visit. Everything about the place is so promising to a great experience until the food shows up. If it's not completely bland then it will be overdosed I conflicting strong flavours. Rawsanga made with dill laced through it. Burrito that tasted of jarred jalapeño and not much else. We had a few starters that were fiat but nothing stand out. On top of this staff were inconsistent and prices too much for food that does have even basic balance of flavour.

I don't think we'll return in a hurry which is a shame as I really love location decor and feel of place.

Pros: Location, Clean, Decor

Cons: Terrible flavour, Inconsistent service

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