Today I discovered what I think could easily be my favourite quick vegan meal in the city. From here:
Behold, the Panzerotti Shop! I only very recently heard about this shop and as I was in the city today I knew I had to try it and report back here. The panzerotti are savoury filled pastries (there are a couple of sweet ones available too) catering to omnis, vegetarians and vegans. Vegans are extremely well looked after! There was a list of ingredients on the counter for the vegan panzerotti and I had one custom made. I went for (let’s see if I remember) olives, spinach, vegan sausage, vegan cheese, onions… and I can’t remember what else, for $6.50. Other fillings included tofu, corn, lentils and even more I can’t remember. Anyway, this was one of the most delicious (even the most delicious) savoury pastries I have ever had. I even held it up to get a bit of Melbourne in the background. Passers by were treated to a crazy woman holding a pastry up in the air with one hand and trying to take photos with her phone on the other:
This was so good I didn’t bother walking around finding somewhere to sit and eat. I stood there near some milk crates and went for it. I might have airbrushed this photo to remove the hideous half-disappeared manicure:
My panzerotti was so good that I was very tempted to go back and try another, even though one is enough. You know that scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Charlie finds a coin in the snow and goes to buy some chocolate and the shop keeper says “careful sonny, you’ll give yourself a stomach ache”? I think that’s what it would have been like if I went back in.
Service was great and very helpful. I love that vegans have a specific listing of ingredients and that we’re not made to feel like we’re a nuisance. Quite the opposite really, you’ll see what I mean when you read the menu page on Panzerotti Shop’s website!
The Panzerotti Shop is located at 289 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. It’s a small shop with no seating– just order at the counter and wait for your pastry delight!
My day also involved a short stroll through the Fitzroy Gardens:
Then a walk down Collins Street on the way home:
I’m now trying to find an excuse to go back in to the city and try another panzerotti. Fellow vegans, have you tried it? I love hearing about city food places that aren’t your more well known vegan haunts!