The Vegie Bar seems to be one of those places that everyone I know, veggo or not, has visited at some point. I’m a latecomer to this party (again) so when my sister said she had a day off and would take me out to lunch and to choose a place, Vegie Bar was that place.
I’ve been in to the Vegie Bar on a busy weekend at dinner time to pick up a dessert but hadn’t eaten in there. It has always been very crowded with quite a wait, so I haven’t bothered. This time however, just before lunch, it was just right. I looooved these retro green swivel chairs:
My sister and I chose an entree each, though we always share what we order therefore we never order the same thing (we call this The System, which my husband completely dishonours, saying that if you want to try something just order that meal. NO, Husband. No. If you follow The System, you get to try MORE things. Especially good when you can’t decide between two dishes. It’s not double dipping or picking off plates, because you take your portion from the other person’s meal before putting saliva on your eating utensils). My sister chose the gyoza dumplings. These were okay, a bit light on the filling though:
I chose the roti channai which was a potato lentil dhal with roti. This was okay but the green on the side was just undressed salad leaves (and some were manky and slimy):
For the main, my sister chose the Mee Goreng (tossed with tofu, veggies and potato). We both hadn’t had a satay sauce kind of dish in a long time so this was a clear first pick. The meal tasted pretty good, but we felt there could have been more tofu:
I ordered the Sindhi curry with butter beans (and other veg) that was up on the specials board. We both agreed it was okay but probably wouldn’t order it again:
My sister got the Immunity juice, made with carrot, ginger, apple and orange. We loved this as it was really heavy on the ginger. Perfect!
Service was friendly and quick and although I braced myself for our meals taking a while, they came out fairly quickly. I do see why Vegie Bar is considered a favourite among many, but I felt that because the juice was the best thing we ordered, I wouldn’t rush back. I would go again one day, as there were lots of other meals on the menu that sounded pretty good.
The Vegie Bar is located at 380 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. http://vegiebar.com.au/