Vegans, say goodbye to going hungry after a night out while your meat-loving friends gorge on a juicy kebab because Brunswick has got a special treat for you: Melbourne’s (and Australia's) first and only vegan kebab shop.
After a lot of research and test trials in the kitchen, owner and cook Angie Yaka was inspired by her gluten-intolerant husband and vegan daughter to bite the bullet and open up shop. Located conveniently opposite shopping centre Barkly Square on Sydney Road, people have been flocking in from the other side of town just to get their kebab fix.
The shop’s signature Turkish inspired ‘kevab’ has been turning heads as it is free from soy, meat, dairy, eggs, gluten, lactose, nuts and sugar. What could possibly be in it you ask? The spiced meat substitute is made from pea protein and is served in a warm pita wrap with lettuce, tomato, sumac onion and pickled veggies with your choice of dip and salads on the side.
Angie is also churning out vegan boreks, a plant-based version of the much-loved Halal snack pack with vegan cheese and kevab meat on chips doused in an array of delicious sauces.
The modern space is funky with whitewashed walls and wooden tables including a communal table with puzzles to encourage customers to mingle while eating. There’s also an old school vibe about the place, being cash only and strictly no Uber Eats and a huge mural of a map of the world using vibrant green and blue paint across the walls.
Behind the counter is a selection of colourful salads (about 10 per day in fact), such as the cauliflower tabouli or brown rice with candied pumpkin and nuts. Or if you’re after something a little more naughty, there are dukkah dusted hot chips or dessert chips topped with tahini sauce, rose jam jelly and pistachio. Finish it off with a cardamom-spiced Turkish coffee and baklava for the journey home and you’ll be seriously stuffed.
So if you’re looking for a vegan fix but still want that kebab element all Melbournians love and adore, head down to grungy Brunswick and see what all the fuss is about.
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