Eating Vegetarian in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs

In November 2016, Emmett and I went to Melbourne, Australia for four days. We wanted to go just to see GIZZFest, put on by one of our favorite bands, and got a relatively cheap flight with Australian budget airline Jetstar. The Festival was only one day, though, so we figured we'd use the other three days to explore Melbourne. This turned out to mean that we ate at a lot of cool restaurants, mostly in the suburb of Thornbury where our airbnb was located.

Here are some pictures of the delicious vegetarian food we ate while we stayed in Melbourne.

 We had potato chips and aoli with drinks at  Northcote Social Club . This place had a chill vibe, the drinks were well made, and they apparently have great live shows. Not to mention the fact that these chips were on point.

We had potato chips and aoli with drinks at Northcote Social Club. This place had a chill vibe, the drinks were well made, and they apparently have great live shows. Not to mention the fact that these chips were on point.

 Digging into a pizza from  For The Love of Pizza  in Thornbury. We got the "Hallouminati" pizza which included halloumi cheese, sliced potato, spinach, and kalamata olives. This was our Thanksgiving dinner.

Digging into a pizza from For The Love of Pizza in Thornbury. We got the "Hallouminati" pizza which included halloumi cheese, sliced potato, spinach, and kalamata olives. This was our Thanksgiving dinner.

 We ate the three-cheese toastie at  Brother Alec   twice  while we were in Melbourne. It was that yum. The first time: we each got one. The second time: we split a toastie and asked for a side of raspberry jam. Delicious combo, btw. Also the second time here, I had an excellent chai latte.

We ate the three-cheese toastie at Brother Alec twice while we were in Melbourne. It was that yum. The first time: we each got one. The second time: we split a toastie and asked for a side of raspberry jam. Delicious combo, btw. Also the second time here, I had an excellent chai latte.

 We grabbed some sweet afternoon treats at the Thornbury branch of  Lentils as Anything.  Lentils was a cool co-op place that asks that you "pay what you will." We had the scrumptious mango rice pudding and banana cake both topped with house-made date sauce.

We grabbed some sweet afternoon treats at the Thornbury branch of Lentils as Anything. Lentils was a cool co-op place that asks that you "pay what you will." We had the scrumptious mango rice pudding and banana cake both topped with house-made date sauce.

 A picture from our  first  visit to  Yuni's Kitchen , an Indonesian restaurant in Northcote. Seriously  superb  food. The plate closest is my entree, their Mie Goreng (stir-fried thin egg noodles with asian vegetables & fried egg). On the upper left is Emmett's Laksa (curry soup with noodles, cabbage, bean sprout, &tofu).

A picture from our first visit to Yuni's Kitchen, an Indonesian restaurant in Northcote. Seriously superb food. The plate closest is my entree, their Mie Goreng (stir-fried thin egg noodles with asian vegetables & fried egg). On the upper left is Emmett's Laksa (curry soup with noodles, cabbage, bean sprout, &tofu).

 In Preston, we found a bakery (Gilbert Road Bakehouse) serving Balkan-style bureks made with traditional pastry dough. Our favorite European food! We could not have been more excited to eat one of these again. We chose a cheese & leek-filled burek that was perfection but they also had some traditional meaty ones as well as some filled with cheese & pumpkin (!).

In Preston, we found a bakery (Gilbert Road Bakehouse) serving Balkan-style bureks made with traditional pastry dough. Our favorite European food! We could not have been more excited to eat one of these again. We chose a cheese & leek-filled burek that was perfection but they also had some traditional meaty ones as well as some filled with cheese & pumpkin (!).

 Breakfast from  Short Round  in Thornbury. Black rice congee with lemongrass, peanut bits, poached egg, and chili oil on the side. Excellent.

Breakfast from Short Round in Thornbury. Black rice congee with lemongrass, peanut bits, poached egg, and chili oil on the side. Excellent.

Pictures from our second visit to Yuni's Kitchen for their superb Indonesian food. This time we got a starter: Tahi Isi Sayur (deep-fried tofu balls stuffed with veggies). I got Mie Goreng again as an entree and Emmett tried Nasi Goreng (stir-fried rice with vegetables, fried egg, and a potato round). 

 Shout out to Australian mangoes, available for sale everywhere this time of year (summer). They're massive and delicious.

Shout out to Australian mangoes, available for sale everywhere this time of year (summer). They're massive and delicious.

 I know, I know. Not food, technically. But I'm a sucker for all things tropical and I wanted to include Coco Vodka on this eats list. Why? Because it is the BEST canned alcoholic beverage I have ever had. We had the guava-flavored kind but they also had a few more tropical flavors including straight coconut water with vodka. I really want to make this as a mixed drink at home some time in the future.

I know, I know. Not food, technically. But I'm a sucker for all things tropical and I wanted to include Coco Vodka on this eats list. Why? Because it is the BEST canned alcoholic beverage I have ever had. We had the guava-flavored kind but they also had a few more tropical flavors including straight coconut water with vodka. I really want to make this as a mixed drink at home some time in the future.

We're planning to visit Australia again next year to see way more of the continent. I'm looking forward to visiting Melbourne again, eating some of the same food and also trying new spots. I'm sure there's many more that we missed. See ya next time, Melbs!


Being Vegetarian in Melbourne's Suburbs
Being Vegetarian in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs