Some of my faves have made the list, like New Farm’s colourful Himalayan Cafe, which has traditional momos so good I find myself transported directly back to the Nepal we visited a couple years ago, to a little cafe perched on a rooftop high above Kathmandu’s smog-choked streets. They also do a little number we’ve dubbed “cloud bread” – so much so I don’t actually know it’s real name! Hunt for the mint sauce and you’ll be in cloud bready heaven.
I’ve also spent many a morning parked at a wide wooden table in the leafy backyard garden of Paddington’s Sassafras (make sure you take a peek at their charming website) but that’s where my personal taste-testing tour ends.
While we’re on the topic, let me share my personal dinner favourite: Paddington’s Kathmandu Newa Chhe’n. These guys serve up the best Nepalese and Himalayan fare, both with and without faces. By that I mean everyone from your staunch carnivore to Alana-the-vegan will be happy here. In fact, I reckon some of their vegan options are their best (hint: scoff on their aloo kofta). Dining in is great fun if you score a spot in the purple room, packed with low coffee tables and floor cushions. And it’s BYO. Their takeaway is also ace. Win-win, really.
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Snooping over Koren’s shoulder (as I so often like to do) I need to add in my vegan two cents worth.
So Sassafras hey? We were just there the other morning. I’m a fan of the beautiful garden out the back and the friendly faces at the front counter. I ordered the vegan lentil bake which was delicious. The only gripe I have is with their salads. Eight salads on display and not one of them vegan… hmm…
I visited Mondo Organics several months ago now and as their name suggests, their food is purchased from organic and sustainable sources. At the time they offered a beautiful baked pear dessert that was completely vegan but it doesn’t appear to be on their menu anymore. Aside from this, if you ring them a couple of days beforehand and give them a fair amount of warning they are quite happy to cater to most dietary requirements.
My girlfriend and I visited My Heart Garden in St Lucia last year. The restaurant offers all vegetarian and vegan food, in fact there are more vegan options on the menu than anything else! I was in total heaven! We walked away with our stomachs full, our conscience sound and our purses relatively unharmed. Make sure you try their amazing homemade mayonnaise!!
Love Alana xx