Vegie Bar is a Melbourne institution that needs no introduction. Situated in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, its bustling, cosy interior lifts the spirits immediately on entry. Vegie Bar's philosphy is to provide healthy, affordable vegetarian food in a fun environment, and they certainly deliver on that promise.
I visited Vegie Bar for a friend's birthday recently. Because Vegie Bar is so popular, on entry, you put your name down on a table list, take an "animal" (in my case, a Zebra), and go out the back to a cosy bar area to wait until your table is called.
Our party of five didn't have to wait long before being seated. The tables are packed in pretty closely, but because the vibe of the place is so upbeat, everyone is good natured about it and take it in their stride. The wait staff are friendly and efficient, and our meals come out quickly.
I ordered a vegetarian Moroccan tagine with cous cous, pictured at the top of this post. The serving was huge, and the flavour of the dish was fabulous - just the right level of spiciness. Everyone else at our table was happy with their picks as well.
My downfall came in ordering dessert. I was already quite full after my meal, but as these things happen, someone suggested dessert. I had been eyeing off the bread and butter pudding in the cakes cabinet since we came in, so I needed no persuading to order a dessert. Now this was no ordinary bread and butter pudding:
It was cake-like in its elegance and stature, and as well as berries inside, it was accompanied by a cacophony of berries on the plate. Some were still a little frozen, but no matter - nothing could detract from the glory of this pudding. Unfortunately, this mammoth and glorious dessert tipped my capacity over the edge (that must surprise some of you after seeing my recent Sydney post!), and I was uncomfortably full for the next day or so. Let that be a warning to you - order a dessert to share (but don't skip it, because it is devine!).
If you are looking for a fun, casual, affordable place to dine in Melbourne, Vegie Bar certainly fits the bill.
380 Brunswick St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9417 6935