The Organic Food and Wine Deli

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 18 reviews )

28 Degraves St (at Flinders St), Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers some vegetarian and vegan foods including curries, pasta, pies, salads, smoothies, organic drinks, and vegan sweet treats. Eat in or take home. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-7:30pm, Sat 8:00am-6:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:00pm.

Category: Organic, Western, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (18)

First Review by ampallang

No breakfast - Edit

Based on reviews here we went along for breakfast only to be told by the staff that they don't serve breakfasts - only the prepared food on display such as curries and pies, which we didn't really want for breakfast.
End up having coffee and a vegan blueberry muffin - which was OK.
They are really missing out on the breakfast market as the other cafes in the street were packed with (non-vegan) customers.

Pros: Good selection of ready made vegan food

Cons: No breakfasts !

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A nice place for breakfast - Edit

During a brief trip to Melbourne last year I regularly ate breakfast at this deli. There were many vegan options, and walking there for breakfast each morning became a very enjoyable daily ritual.

The next time I visit the city I will be coming back to the Deli.

Pros: The vegan pies, Charming alley location

Cons: Somewhat overpriced juices

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Great pie - Edit

The pies were great but the staff were not very friendly!
Soy latte was bliss

Pros: lots of vegan options, good range

Cons: staff weren't in a good mood

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Convenience is the key - Edit

TOFWD is conveniently located, with a wide range of products for vegans, and interesting enough for people who are not! Nice pies,and strong coffee. Great ambience to sit on Degraves (when there are seats) and watch the world go by.

I feel that it is a bit expensive, I know I can get similar products elsewhere for less. But it all comes back to the convenience of the location & availability of a range of products.

Updated from previous review on 2011-02-17

Pros: Range, Location

Cons: Value, Price

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Not worthy - Edit

I have been there twice and both of the time the food was terrible and appeared to be old -- even the coffe, which by the way I ordered with almond milk and they prepared with rice milk.

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good healthy lunch spot - Edit

Chia puddings are good value and a good option for health lunch. Also sells kombucha!! Drinks are ok. Other desserts are a bit overpriced... But you can sit in degraves st and people watch :)

Pros: location, healthy options

Cons: pricey, sells meat

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Great Food, Friendly Staff - Edit

I recently spent a long weekend in Melbourne and found this place on my first morning. I've had breakfast there every day since. The menu is about 90% veg, with only one or two of those being just vegetarian: the overwhelming majority were totally vegan. There are also loads of gluten free options so it's a great option for coeliacs and people with NCGS.

Pros: Loads of vegan options, Lots of GF options, Right in the heart of the CBD

Cons: Costs extra to dine in

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tofu burger - Edit

They have vegan options clearly marked. I like their tofu burger with vegan mayonnaise. I usually get take away as the shop is small and has limited seating outside. I do find it a little pricey, especially the cakes. They also sell things like vegan chocolate and sweets.

Pros: convenient

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Good vegan range but disappointing food - Edit

Lots of vegan options. I had the vegan Kashmir pie, a mushroom and tofu pie and side salad with a soy flat white. Also a blueberry muffin and brownie with nuts on top to go. Kashmir pie was good but the salad was ordinary and the mushroom and tofu pie very dry. So too the brownie and blueberry muffin - both incredibly dry and crumbly. I wanted to like this place but unfortunately the food really lets it down. I had a similar experience to one of the other reviews - dry food, limited seating and the Degreaves Lane does unfortunately smell of sewerage (obviously not the deli's fault!). Unfortunately the smokers from the adjacent cafe also contribute to the mix! I hope this cafe can address the food quality that's letting it down - the range is great.

Pros: Good range and almost all vegan, Centrally Located (lane near Flinders St station)

Cons: Not cheap, Poor food quality

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lovely little shop - Edit

they offer a lot of vegan options, probably 80% of their food is vegan. also some gluten free muffins and cakes.
I personally recommend the lentil burger and the gluten free vegan chocolate cake!

Pros: lovely staff, huge variety, many vegan options

Cons: pricey

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Great option for tennis takeaway lunch - Edit

We often of to Melbourne for the Australian Open Tennis tournament. The stadium does not cater adequately for vegans, so we always take a picnic lunch. Tofyd is our usual source of picnic supplies - a food range of vegetarian and vegan pies, rolls, salads and sandwiches. Not thrilling, but reliable, consistent and tasty.

Pros: Convenient location, takeaway or eat in, Range of salsa,,pies and others

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OK for coffee but... - Edit

I go to this place regularly for coffee when I'm in town because it's one of only a handful of places in the CBD that has fair trade coffee and I want to support organic, vegan friendly places. It is in the 'cool' De Graves Street street cafe area and has mainly outdoor seating with only a few poky seats in a cramped space inside. Over the last year I've noticed that there is frequently a smell of sewage when I sit in DeGraves Street and there is clearly faulty plumbing somewhere but this did not seem to be addressed over a long period of time. Admittedly I have not been there since about October 2012 and of course this is not the fault of the cafe itself. There is a significant vegan selection but it tends to be commercial pre-made burgers, gluten-free pies, sushi rolls and things and I find them a bit dry, bland and disappointing, especially because the food is not at all cheap. They do have great vegan cakes though, often a choice of two or three. I'll continue to go for coffee and cake but not really anything else unless other options are limited.

Pros: Fair trade coffee, Substantial vegan options including cake, Organic

Cons: Mediocre to bad food, Limited seating, esp. in bad weather

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really nice little place with some healthy options - Edit

I really would have liked to have tried the vegan pies, they looked amazing, but I stuck to the healthy options, which were the sushi and rice paper rolls, both amazingly good. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Its in a really hopping lunch time location filled with outdoor eateries. I highly recommend a stop by during lunch hour to soak in Melbourne's fabulous outdoor eatery culture.

Pros: vegan sushi, tons of vegan items, popular location

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Good for takeaway - Edit

We stopped in before our trip to Phillip Island to get some food we would eat for dinner. Lots of vegan options, but most were pies and rolls, which I really wanted to try, but we needed something that we didn't need to heat up. We picked the vegan sandwich, which was good, but pretty basic. We also took the beetroot and tofu roll which was tasty. The chocolate fudge ball was really rich and delicious, but a tad expensive for how small it was. Overall, I wish I'd had a chance to try some more items. The store is down a little laneway that reminded me of Europe.

Pros: lots of vegan options

Cons: serves meat

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Good all around option. - Edit

This was a pretty solid option in the inner city - though I prefer the Soul Food Cafe outlet around the corner (if you can find it). It's just off Collins St. As for TOFWD, they had some good vegan options, and its a cute little store. You can eat what you purchase outside if it's not raining. I really enjoyed the spinach pie, and they had some nice looking sandwich options that were all gone when I arrived. Lots of vegan desserts which were good, but I've had better. The brownie was mediocre, and the poppy seed lemon cake was a solid B+. Worth visiting and worth the four cows everyone seems to be giving it. Definitely not worth five!

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Like Dining at home - Edit

We visited Melbourne for a few days and thankfully this place was around the corner from our hotel. We had breakfast lunch and dinner here and it has absolutely everything! My husband can't eat gluten at the moment so the quinoa pasta with Tofu Bolognese was just great for him. They have a great assortment of vegan, sugar free, gluten free cakes, muffins etc. I was able to get large fresh beetroot, carrot and celery juice and their cappucinos with soy milk are so tasty. Loved this place.

Pros: Healthy, Vegan cakes, Fresh Juices

Cons: Sells some meat, pricey

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Fantastic! - Edit

Recently visited Melbourne on holiday from NZ and was really impressed with this place. My husband and I went there three times in two days and everything we had was really yummy. Is mostly vegan/vegetarian. I spotted a few tuna salad rolls but that seemed to be all the non-veg stuff. Plenty of choice for vegans - pies, tempeh wraps, burgers, sandwiches, sushi, muffins, cakes, biscuits, sweets. Plus great coffee and service! Get there before 12 to avoid the Degraves St lunch rush.

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years of great food - Edit

i've been going here for around 5 years now. They have changed a little by offering a few meat dishes. They have a great range of pies including pumpkin tofu and curry pies. Nice deserts and sweets. Really nice items clearly marked. Open 7 days a week open early til 6pm on weekdays and around 10am-5pm on weekends. Grea smoothies :) and organic drinks.

Pros: healthy food, diverse range, lovely staff

Cons: not open for dinner, sells meat

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