Husband and I had some stuff to do in East Melbourne and the city yesterday, so I talked him in to going to lunch at Enlightened Cuisine. Beforehand though, I ducked in to this building in East Melbourne to see what it looked like inside (it was a medical suite, so I wasn’t trespassing. I don’t think):
We wandered along Southbank and I had to take photos of the whacky young people up a tree:
We arrived at Enlightened Cuisine about 1:30pm after walking around in the heat for a while. The restaurant was completely empty– I hope it fills up during the earlier lunch hour!
I’ve only ever had Enlightened Cuisine at World Vegan Day 2012. I had ordered the lemon chicken on one side of my rice and curried lamb (both mock meat, obviously!) on the other. That was the first time I’d had anything remotely Chinese restauranty since going vegan.
Yesterday I chose the curry puffs for my entree. These were nice and puffy and I was secretly pleased that Husband didn’t like them much (he’s not in to curried pastry kind of dishes):
For my main I ordered the curry vegetables with rice:
This meal tasted fine but I was a little disappointed with the mushrooms as I believe they were mushrooms from a can. And if they weren’t, they sure tasted that way. If you grew up in the days when there was no such things as fresh mushrooms on pizza, you know that tinned mushroom/champignon taste I’m talking about. Actually when I was young, a relative opened a pizza shop and cooked us a pizza with real mushrooms. We all stood there trying not to show our horror. It was the first time we had ever seen fresh sliced mushroom on pizza. He said he was one of the first people to use fresh mushroom and not the tinned variety. Who knows? What I do know is that after that, we were converted.
Back to Enlightened Cuisine. Husband ordered two soups. These were out of his comfort zone and he liked the sweet corn soup but wasn’t keen on the three mushroom soup. One of these soups was vegan, I don’t remember which one so I’ve put in a photo of both 🙂
The service was great and our meals arrived quick smart. I guess it helped that we were the only people there! Our lunch cost about $27 for the two of us.
Enlightened Cuisine is a place I’d return to again, preferably with veg*n friends so I can try some of their meals. You know how it is 😉
We’d parked the car on St Kilda Road, right near the Victoria Police Memorial:
And that was our day. I was glad to be home out of the heat and today we’ve had plenty of rain and a lovely cool breeze. Definitely a welcome change after a fortnight of hot weather, I might even put the oven on…
Enlightened Cuisine is located at 113 Queensbridge Road, Southbank,Melbourne. http://ecuisine.com.au/