A down-to-earth, bustling, cafeteria-style spot in the heart of Fitzroy, Vegie Bar has rapidly ascended the ranks as one of Melbourne’s hippest, strictly vegetarian eateries. We step into the two-storey warehouse conversion on Tuesday night, and, despite being this early in the week, the hall is absolutely electric and packed from front to back with young and old alike. The menu is extensive – vegan, gluten-free, lactose intolerant – you name it; they have it. With a broad range of options available (wraps, burgers, salads, noodles, and curries, to name a few), most dishes adopt a distinctly Asian focus (with even the likes of Gado Gado and soba noodles available here).
Mango Lassi ($5.90)The mango lassi – a blend of mango puree, yoghurt, fresh apple juice and honey, came in a tall glass. Unfortunately the mango puree was overpowered by the dose of honey, meaning we could not taste the mango at all.
Stuffed mushrooms ($8.50)The appetiser of stuffed mushrooms came with a raw salad serving and a tasty chutney. It was quite difficult to taste the feta inside, which presumably would have worked to offset the sweetness of the chutney had the flavour been more prominent.
Lentil Burger with chips and tomato chutneyThe lentil patty was quite dry and crumbled when we attempted to cut it. Unfortunately the salad lacked flavour and again left us wanting. While we may not have enjoyed our visit this time, we are keen to give Vegie Bar another go in the future.