The Alley

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 13 reviews )
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417 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004

Cafe offering a selection of plant-based food and beverages including gluten-free pasta, signature burgers, salads, desserts, smoothies, cold pressed juices, coffee and alcohol. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and grab-and-go options. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:00pm, Sat 10:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, American, International, Raw, Fast food, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Asian, Bakery, Catering, European, Australian

13 Reviews

First Review by AntD

Excess packaging - Edit

There are some good ideas on the menu but probably not enough variety to satisfy regular visitors as quite a few items are just variations on a theme. The burgers while ticking some flavour boxes, unfortunately lack texture and are too soft/mushy to work. The chips were floury and lacked crispness; they were also a very small portion at a generous price.

I was also disappointed to see all the dine-in options served on disposable bowls, cups, cutlery etc.

Pros: All vegan

Cons: wasteful packaging

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disposable - Edit

Decent space but the menu could use some work as there is quite a lot of repetition. We had the cheeseburger and the miso burger, both were decent, but not quite spot on due to texture.
Iced tea was very average and served in a disposable cup o.O
Air fried wedges quite bland and over-priced due to being a small serve

Pros: Vegan

Cons: disposable cup, disposable cutlery

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Amazing scrambled tofu! - Edit

I had the breakie bun with Avo so delicious. I would definitely have it again!

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fresh take - Edit

I loved the options they provide and the constant development of the menu, the food was really good but I felt the Mac and cheese could have packed a better punch in terms of flavour. I love the sauces and the fries!

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Tasty food in a lovely light filled vegan cafe - Edit

Tasty food in a lovely light filled cafe. We had the maple bacon burger, sweet potato fries, cinnamon scroll, fruit mince pie and soft serve ice cream ... The sweet potato fries and fruit mince pie were delicious, the burger and soft serve ice cream were good and the cinnamon scroll was quite good.
Food (except for cakes) was served in disposable containers (that look like they're biodegradable) even though we chose to eat-in. I'd be keen to see re-useable crockery and cutlery in order to reduce waste.

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Super delish - Edit

This place is really cool, they have lots of healthy options, burgers, pasta and deserts! I had the Hawaiian jack fruit burger and it was so amazing! We went on a public holiday so there was a 15% surcharge but that’s understandable, I’m glad we were able to get something! I also got the peanut butter choc shake but it was a bit too rich for me, I wouldn’t have it again but that’s a personal preference, I think I just like fruit smoothies more.

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Trendy vegan - Edit

I really enjoyed my Mi_so Hungry Burger and the soy coffee was excellent. Very contemporary decor and feel. Part of the new modem face of veganism. Now that's not a bad thing :)

Pros: Brekky, burger and salad options with smoothies av

Cons: Burger was delicious, perhaps a couple of dollars

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Vegan heaven! - Edit

So many awesome healthy options that taste just as great as all the deep fried stuff. I got the Mac and cheese with was a solid 9/10, and the macro bowl which was a 10/10 I loved it, their turmeric tahini dressing was amazing!!!! Best salad dressing ever!! I would love to try some of there burgers and sweet treats next time as they look amazing too! 100% recommended this place, its vegan heaven 😋👌🏻

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Good not great - Edit

Was terribly excited to try out The Alley has plenty of press and hype about its opening. The shop itself is in a great location and has a super fit out. As for the food the burgers were ok a bit on the sweet side for me and the sweet potato fries while tasty were extremely poor value at around $7 for about 10 chips. Found it to be an extremely underwhelming experience foodwise.

Pros: Great fit out!, Friendly staff, Good location

Cons: Chips poor value, Tiny burgers, Bit sweet for my liking

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Food OK but lots of waste packaging - Edit

We came here around 2pm on a Saturday and ordered two burgers and some wedges from the counter. When I expressed concern about the amount of waste, the friendly worker told me we could have the burgers on ceramic plates because the lunch rush was over. The Maple Bacon Burger was nice, but sweet. The Beet Steak Burger was more my taste with its vinegary Sriracha aioli, which also accompanied the wedges. Unfortunately the wedges were a bit limp rather than crisp. There was still a good deal of disposable material with the order, including a plastic sauce cup, although I noticed the wedges packet was biodegradable. For this reason (the waste) I wouldn't make a point of coming back. There was no toilet available because the one in the building shared with other food businesses was only open during regular business hours.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Lots of disposable packaging , No toilet

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OMG died and gone to heaven! - Edit

Finally, a great vegan restaurant in South Melbourne! Perfect mix of healthy and junky and sweet prices. I have been here many times now. Often have the mac and cheese - so warming and topped with lovely crispy breadcrumbs. The chips are delicious, both the wedges and sweet potato. My partner has had the spaghetti squash and meatballs, hawaiian burger and hale to the kale salad - and he said they were all amazing. Really nice chai lattes and soft serve ice cream too. Also had the breakfast - crumpets wirh AMAZING whipped maple butter and delicious green tea choc chip pancakes. Great shakes too! Would rather they didn't use disposable cutlery for dine in but maybe they will start using plates and glasses down the track.



Updated from previous review on 2017-06-18

Pros: All vegan, Great decor, Delicious!!

Cons: Use disposable cartons even when eating in

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Missed the mark - Edit

I hate to write this but the Alley was so disappointing. The concept is great and exactly what we need in Melbourne but the food just wasn't worth it. The first time I went myself and a friend ordered a burger and a mac and cheese. The burger was bland and fell apart but the mac and cheese was awesome. Went back for more mac and cheese but found it both bland in flavour, yet overly sweet. I hope things improve.

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All day restaurant quality whole food plant based dining - Edit

Finally a place that serves amazingly fresh tasty plant based food that you can eat everyday. A great place to meet non-vegans for lunch as you know they will come away satisfied (and not feeling deprived of meat). Fit out is modern fresh and fun, with options to sit out in the sun. This place has filled the gap in Melbourne for what was lacking in the Vegan restaurants,, think of the speed and convenience of LOTF but with loads more healthier options, and the menu variety and freshness of a Vege Bar / Yong - but with a different atmosphere and faster service. If you haven't experienced vegan cafes in LA like Cafe Gratitude etc, The Alley is definitely worth checking out.

Pros: lot of variety- cooked, raw, healthy options and &, minimal vegetable oils used- e.g. chips are air ba, Fast- almost McDonald's like speed, and great

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