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Losing my love handles at The Vegie Bar + Envirocat

Submitted by on December 20, 2009 – 3:56 pm17 Comments

Believe it or not, I do occasionally have meat free days. Although, you wouldn’t know it after reading my post on The Steak Battles! Since moving out of home seven years ago at age twenty one (damn mortgage..hehe), my eating habits had changed for the better- fortunately discarding my appetite for KFC and instead, growing my appreciation for fresh produce and cooking.

DSC00365100% Brown Rice Balls

My detox plan had begun and so did my weekly trips to the beloved South Melbourne Market. Not only did I eventually shake off those pesky love handles, but I felt like a new person. Seriously. My facial acne had disappeared, my skin was glowing a like a pregnant woman (so I was told) and I somehow picked up some new found Super Mario like energy.

Thankfully, one thing I didn’t manage to lose was my sweet tooth. Phew! Breathe Adrian…breathe…

Eating my greens at The Vegie Bar

Details: 380 Brunswick St Fitzroy Melbourne, Victoria 3065 Ph: (03) 9417 6935 Website:

Surroundings: What’s great about stepping inside The Vegie Bar, you immediately feel as though you’re part of the neighborhood. From floor to ceiling, the walls are lined up with posters promoting local musical gigs and community events creating a casual yet comfortable space where locals can feed and gather.

Entrées: Being my first visit and not knowing what to try on an all veggie menu, I suggested we just try out as many items as possible. I’m usually not one to commit to just one main meal.

Particularly good was the Roti Channai which came with nicely warm pieces of Malaysian flat bread and a flurry of non-dressed leaves. The dipping bowl of potato and lentil curry was well formed and surprisingly light with its distinctively potatoey flavours.


The Rice Balls (100% brown rice) were perfectly fried giving you that opportunity to take a big bite of its thinly crisp shell as you lick the tangy sauce from your fingers. Think of arancini balls.

Of course I had to try the Dim Sims. Small in size, they should perhaps be called Won Tons, as opposed to Dim Sims. Nonetheless, they were well seasoned and crunchy from the deep fryer.


Mains: Also noteworthy for its abundance of juicy mushrooms was the Risotto. In the dish were three mushroom varieties (Portobello, Swiss Brown, and Field) all finely chopped spreading their unique flavours throughout and balanced nicely with the white wine, fresh shaved parmesan and fragrant truffle oil. I’d come back again just for this.


Dessert: Who would’ve thought I’d have no room after a vegetarian meal! The cake display is tempting.

Bring a date here? Would make a great first date


Night out with friends here? Yes, but book.

Service: Courteous and friendly. Fast.

$$$: 40

Food Rehab Verdict: Sent me to food rehab (book this place now! Wowzer) – Greenlight

Speaking of being green, Creamy the Cat or should I say Envirocat supports the use of reusable bags.


So um,  where do you get your dose of greens?

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