The Vegie Bar is located in the famous Fitzroy area in Melboune, where you see hippie culture, street art, vintage boutiques and vegetarian cafes and restaurants. It was one of the most popular on the list so when we explored there in one afternoon, we decided to give it a try.
The bar is housed in an old building, and it was full of people even we were way past the lunch time. The interior remains largely in its original form, the wall and ceiling unfurnished with modern posters and decoration around. Every table and chairs around it are kind of unique. Some element such as the Santa on the moon was a bit kitsch (or retro?) but perhaps it was just for the holiday. The atmosphere was bustling, although with people talking and music in the background, we found it too noisy to even hear any conversation. However, the waiter was very cordial, doing his best to arrange our seats and take order.
The menu has a mixed style, a bit everything from around the world that any savvy vegan/vegetarian would be familiar with. We only tried two simple lunch dishes, as we wanted to save a bit space to eat some dessert later.
Honey ordered tofu and quinoa burger served with sweet potato fries. The sweet potato might be oven baked, we don’t know for sure, it was less greasy but also not very crispy as we would like them to be. However, the chipotle mayo sauce was excellent! The burger was piled high and looked cute, although not super practical to bite into. So we ended up cutting them into small pieces and eating several pieces together. The burger patty made of tofu and red quinoa had a crispy edge that was really good. Honey also commented that the vegan cheesy tasted very good and authentic.
The soba noodle salad with fresh greens, seaweed, avocado and black sesame. I was a bit disappointed as the soba noodle wasn’t the type with high content of buckwheat, which should have looked dark, but it was totally white and it was a bit too soft for my taste. I also expected the “seaweed medley of arame, wakame and hijiki” as stated on the menu, but I’m not sure I saw much of those? However, the lime flavored miso source was very fresh, and together with my favorite avocado it totally rescued the whole dish. So I still enjoyed my lunch.
In a word, basically we were satisfied with the food, and would like to try more, but we don’t like too much noise so we aren’t sure if we could come back during our stay in Melbourne. Perhaps next time we visit Melbourne we would give it another try. If you enjoy globalized vegan/vegetarian food, a lively and bustling atmosphere in a funky environment, don’t miss The Vegie Bar!