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13 Of Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Melbourne To Try Now

By Kate Fleming
10th Jan 2022

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Gone are the days when restaurants offered a token vegetarian meal, now we have entire establishments championing veggies with plant-based menus. From Fitzroy and Collingwood to Richmond and St Kilda, Melbourne’s vegetarian and vegan chefs are making their mark on the culinary map, with amazing plant-based restaurants popping up every year. 

Here are the best vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne for 2022: 

Pinchy’s 

CBD

Don’t let the ‘seafood-centric aesthetic’ fool you, Pinchy’s is one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Melbourne. Matching their ocean-based tasting menu is their ‘Made Friendly’ menu which is a flavour-packed clever reimagination of some of their hit dishes. 

On the cards, you’ve got options like the carrot tartare with pumpkin and cashew cream and pickled cucumber, leek croquettes with vegan parmesan and herb oil.  of course, the plant-based answer the famed Pinchy's lobster roll the lion's mane mushroom with charred mushroom, pinchy's seasoning and lemon in a golden semi-toasted roll

Maha / Maha Bar / Maha East 

CBD, COLLINGWOOD, WINDSOR

Shane Delia has the foresight to have considered the rising demand for non-meat-based dining, that’s why you’ll find three of the best plant-based menus at his restaurants, Maha, Maha Bar and Maha East. Fusing the European and Middle-Eastern flavours that he’s famous for, Shane’s vegan menus feature spice-filled and incredibly in-depth flavoured dishes, celebrating the region’s diverse cuisine with plates like whipped hummus, asparagus, smoked paprika and toasted sesame, or smoked and fried Lebanese eggplant with shallot and date vinegar dressing with warm olives. 

Vegie Bar

FITZROY

Ahh Vegie Bar, a Brunswick Street favourite since 1988. We’ve all heard of this institution putting veggies front and centre, from the menu to the neon Vegie Bar sign out the front. The menu is inspired by Asian flavours, with curries, noodle dishes and dahls, but they’ve also got some fabulous veggie-packed pizzas. Get there early or you’ll find yourself in the queue. 

Transformer

FITZROY

Think of this as Vegie Bar’s sophisticated older sister. Transformer have taken vegetables into the fine dining sphere in a relaxed Manhattan-style venue, complete with exposed beams, brick walls and vertical gardens. Their ‘feed me’ menu takes you through seven steps to veggie heaven, all topped off with a plentiful cocktail and wine list. 

Smith & Daughters/Deli

COLLINGWOOD

Now setting the standard for plant-based dining, Shannon Martinez’s vegan mecca in Collingwood combines the dining experience of restaurant Smith & Daughters with her more accessible daily diner, grocer and providore, Smith & Deli. Standing as one of the largest vegan hubs in the southern hemisphere Smith & Deli on Cambridge Street has all-day dining with everything from scrambled tofu and mock bacon to hearty soups, slow-roasted plant-based beef to pies, curries and more. 

Red Sparrow Pizza

COLLINGWOOD & PRAHRAN

Imagine tucking into a vegan pizza without giving up the stringy, gooey cheese. Well, now you can. Red Sparrow Pizza is the go-to spot for vegan pizzas in Melbourne, hell, they’re the go-to spot for any pizza in Melbourne. They’ve got the most incredible meat substitutes, you won’t even notice the difference. They’ve also got GF, nut and soy-free options for all the dietary-challenged out there. Grab your pizza to go or dine in at the industrial-chic Collingwood restaurant. 

Masti

FITZROY

Vegan curry night anyone? Fitzroy’s newest Indian restaurant is the place to be on Tuesday nights. For just $39 a head, you’ll be treated to a range of curries with complimentary house-made naan and a glass of vegan wine. Masti is part restaurant, part cocktail bar, with a heavily plant-based slant. There are a few options for the most stubborn of carnivores, but we’d recommend settling in and sharing as many veggie dishes as you can. 

Sister of Soul

RICHMOND & ST KILDA 

Whether you’re north or south of the river, Sister of Soul is there to bring you all their vegan, vegetarian, raw and gluten-free meals. They’re all about sustainability and leading the way to a greener diet, while building a community along the way. They divert food waste from landfill to the St Kilda community garden, so you don’t need to feel guilty if you don’t lick the plate clean—though we suspect you’ll be tempted to. 

Yong Green Food

FITZROY 

This one is a favourite for vegetarians all over Melbourne. They’re just doing takeaway at the moment, but make sure you show them some love so they can open their doors again soon. Yong Green Food is the best vegetarian restaurant for large portions on a budget. They won’t leave you feeling hungry, that’s for sure. The pineapple fried rice and buckwheat crepes are an absolute must. 

Green Man’s Arms

CARLTON

A little birdie tells me this is the place to go for the best crispy potatoes in Melbourne. It might seem a little odd to have a plant-based pub feed, but believe us when we say that Green Man’s Arms food is seriously good grub. With a Lebanese-inspired, seasonal menu, the food is packed full of flavour.  

Lona Misa 

SOUTH YARRA

Sitting at the bottom of the Ovolo Hotel in South Yarra is the Latin-based restaurant, Lona Misa,  helmed by two of Melbourne's culinary elite, Shannon Martinez of Smith & Daughters and Ian Curley of Kirk’s Wine Bar. The entire menu here is plant-based and plays on the bold flavours and diverse vegetable integration of the region's cuisine; take the Patatas Bravas with a smoked tomato and fermented chilli sauce and the roasted broccoli cooked in seaweed butter with a smoky almond romesco sauce. 

Trippy Taco

FITZROY

For a relaxed, casual Mexican night, you can’t go past Trippy Taco. The name says it all, these tacos are so good they’ll leave you feeling high on life. The Gertrude Street venue is a regular hotspot, with delivery drivers popping in and out at all hours and burrito lovers lining up out the door. Any of the veggie tacos go down nicely with a Mojito, so meet your mates at one of the best vegetarian cheap eats in Melbourne.  

Moroccan Soup Bar

FITZROY NORTH

You might have seen these guys on the news during lockdown handing out meals to hospital staff. That’s the kind of thing they do here, they’ve got big hearts and believe it or not, you can taste it in the food. Packed full of flavour, Moroccan Soup Bar meals are worth waiting in line for. Try out the banquet with friends for the epitome of Moroccan dining. 

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Image credit: Moroccan Soup Bar | Griffin Simm

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