(note: please be sure to read the comments as there may be discussion about food at Chan House not being vegan after all SOB CRY WAIL.)
I recently read this blog entry on Chan House at Where’s the Beef and bookmarked it for a future visit. With a late change in some plans for the day, I was able to catch a tram in to the city to get myself some lunch before heading off to the National Gallery of Victoria for the Monet’s Garden exhibition.
Chan House has a helpful “here we are!” board outside on Lt. Collins Street:
Inside, you look for this wee place:
I went for the $6.50 plain rice with a serving of the crispy mock duck and the tofu veg curry:
The mock duck was really crisp and served with a sweet soy sauce. The tofu veg curry was okay with massive chunks of tofu (I got two chunks) but I found myself wishing more duck pieces had been put on my plate because it was so nice. Still, it’s cheap, filling vegan fare in the city and the curry was a good match for our wet weather.
Then it was time to waddle down to the National Gallery and its funky-kitschy water wall:
And time to take some artsy hack photos:
Like of this cool floaty pool thing:
And the awesome roof:
The small cafe area was set up to complement the exhibition:
And of course, when you exit the exhibition it’s through the NGV shop:
You weren’t allowed to take photos in the exhibition but I snapped one of this big image (I saw others doing it which naturally meant it was okay):
You were allowed to take photos in front of this wall:
And then it was back home via Bourke Street Mall. The big white building is Myer, a big department store in Australia with an annoying habit of advertising with “My this” and “My that”. Like “My Store Myer” and “Myer is MY store”. I can’t help muttering “My Arse” when I go past a Myer:
And then back on the tram for the ride home. I love living right by a tram line, though it encourages me not to get my drivers license 🙂