Foraging for a healthier meal out in Melbourne? Despite the abundance of burgers and donut milkshakes out there, there’s still plenty of places where you can eat great food and feel super healthy while doing it. Try these raw and vegan hotspots and let us know what you think!
Shakahari’s been flying the veggie flag for 30 years, which is a pretty good indicator of just how good this place is. It’s a leafy temple of serenity with a gorgeous menu, and the ‘Sonam, Chum Chum’ is especially good. It’s a Bhutanese bundle of red and brown rice, sweetcorn pilaf, chestnuts and stir-fried, Szechuan pickled kohlrabi, with a fresh cucumber and goji salad. Trust us when we say that your idea of vegan food will never be the same again.
“The delicious and unique vegetarian fare at Shakahari is a refreshing change of pace for a vegetarian who is regularly disappointed by tasteless attempts at vegetarian made by the meat eaters of the world. Thankyou!” – Keira G
Loving Hut is a renowned chain of vegan restaurants operating throughout the world. The Richmond one is particularly popular with folks of all dietary persuasions, and for damn good reason! If you’re looking for a place that doesn’t sacrifice on flavour, you’ve come to the right spot. The Malaysian curry laksa is always a good choice if the huge menu leaves you spoilt for choice. Trust us, this is faux meat done right.
“Consistently good service and food. I go here often and non-vegan friends are always happy with their meals. The tv is always tuned to channel Supreme Master but if that’s not your thing (it’s not mine) Loving Hut is still a great, affordable place for delicious animal free dining.” – VegieGoodness
Yong Green doesn’t just do food; it does biodynamic food. The dishes served up in this colourful restaurant are very, very yummy, and so damn healthy that you don’t really feel all that guilty when you go back for seconds. While we’re on the topic of their amazing food, the raw nachos are an absolute must-try. They’re chia chips with cashew cream, guacamole and a lovely seed sauce, and they will blow your mind.
“the best thing about melbourne, great place with great food and service that makes you feel just as good, clean green food, great serving size. I recommend the dragon bowl and a raw cheesecake. thank you!!” – Siena_c59
A charmingly rustic cafe, Monk Bodhi Dharma is healthy light dining heaven. The Avignon Apple Pancakes can satisfy any sweet tooth, coming in strong with vanilla bean whipped cream, raw cinnamon ice cream, maple syrup and dried apple chips. Oh, and be sure to stop by Friday night sometime. They do a raw/vegan dinner with a varying set menu, and it never fails to impress!
“Wonderful coffee that is roasted in-house and delicious chai and teas. They also offer from time to time degustation dinners where dishes are vegan, gluten-free and with no garlic or onion. My understanding is that they are serving “sattvic” foods to bring about a change in health and consciousness. Good on them!” – starwoman8
“Shokuiku” is a Japanese phrase meaning “food education”, and it’s a very apt name for this pleasant and thoroughly relaxed establishment. The menu is loaded with superfoods and nutrient-packed elixirs, and the sweet stuff perfectly demonstrates how raw desserts should be done. Go for the icy Coco Choco Bowl, with tiger nut brownie, tahini, cacao syrup and coconut chips. It’s a thing of beauty!