WHERE'S THE BEST?

So you're too impatient to read all 2000+ entries in our archives, huh?

We don't blame you. Here are our favourite recipes and restaurants, ready-linked for your reading pleasure.

Eating In


Home fried brunch

Michael's Super Soups
Broccoli soup with lemon-chive cream
Cauliflower dhal with panch phoran
Legume noodle soup
Savoury harira soup
Sweet potato & red curry soup

Meals we make again and again
BBQ pork bao
Believe-it-or-not broccoli burgers
Black pepper tofu
Cauliflower and caramelised onion tart
Char-grilled broccoli with chickpeas, almonds, lemon & chilli
Char koay teow
Chickpea cutlets
Chipotle mac 'n' cheese with roasted brussel sprouts
Coconut samosa potato salad
Cumin-cayenne mashed potatoes with caramelised onions
Curried peanut sauce bowl with tofu & kale 
Dan dan mian
Eggplant dressed in buttermilk
Eggplant lasagne rolls
Fettuccine alfredo
Ginger-peanut kale with tofu and quinoa
Green couscous
Heaven-sent haloumi
I-can't-believe-it's-not-meat pies
Kale and coconut salad
Kentucky fried tofu
Kentucky-style seitan ribz
Kung pao seitan with asparagus
Lentil tacos (with this seasoning)
Mango and coconut rice salad
Marinated mushrooms
Miso curry pumpkin
Nasi lemak
Nonya chicken
Okonomiyaki
Ottolenghi's eggplant cheesecake
Palm sugar fried tempeh
Pan-fried gnocchi & kale
Piquant pumpkin pie
Pumpkin & kale harissa polenta patties
Pumpkin with chilli yoghurt & coriander sauce
The quick and the dead tasty pizza dough
Quinoa avocado salad
Roasted cauliflower, grape & cheddar salad
Roasted jackfruit rolls
Spanakopita
Spiced chickpeas
Spicy Cajun-Creole tempeh with creamy cashew grits
Spicy tempeh and broccolini pasta
Spring rolls
Sushi
Sweet'n'sour mock pork
Sweet potatoes with orange bitters
Tempeh lasagne
Tofu in lemongrass broth
Tortillas
Trailwalker macaroni
Vegan 'sausage' rolls with Chinese-style barbeque sauce
White beans and cabbage


Tofu-skeptic? Try these.


And when it's time for dessert, she craves:
Alfajores
Apricot, walnut & lavender cake
Basbousa
Bienenstich
Bittersweet symphony slice
Can't-stop choc chip cookies
Choc-ice magic 
Chocolate almond figs
Chocolate beetroot brownies
Chocolate halva sundae
Chocolate orange butter biscuits
Crunchy chewy chocolate clusters
Date, rum & pecan ice cream
Double-double chocolate sesame cookies
Frozen chocolate crunch (and a vegan, gluten-free version)
Lemon & blueberry loaf
Macadamia & lemon myrtle biscuits
Nigella's winter plum cake
Nutella icecream
Passionfruit icecream
PB potatohead icecream
Peanut butter caramel slice
Peanut butter & blueberry pie
Peanut butter & chocolate squares
Raw lime pie
Red velvet cupcakes
Reese's pretzels
Rosemary choc chip cookies
Salted caramel icecream (or this vegan adaptation)
Torta Sacher
Vanilla slice



Eating out

Breakfast
Our southside faves are Galleon Cafe and Monk Bodhi Dharma (and for dinner!), but we've plundered the northside's treasures far more often. Try AcusticoAddictAdmiral Cheng-Ho, Babka, BeatrixThe Bell Jar, Brother AlecCarolinaCibi, Code Black, Dench, East Elevation, El Chino, Elceed, Fandango, The Glass DenGraceGreen Park DiningGrigons & OrrJackson Dodds, Lucy LockettMaddoxMilkwood, (deep breath!) Minimo, a Minor Place, Mitte, Mixed Business, New Day Rising, Seven SeedsSmall Axe KitchenSmall Block, Small Victories, Smith & DaughtersSugardough, Ray, TransformerTrue North, Twenty & Six Espresso, Wide Open Road.

Melbourne's great veg-friendly pubs
Charles Weston Hotel
The Cornish Arms
The Fox Hotel
The Reverence Hotel
The Snug Public House (Brunswick & St Kilda)

Pizza
We both dig I Carusi and Kaprica their pizzas probably offer the best value for money of all the ones we've tried. If you're willing to pay a few dollars more, we'd also recommend D.O.C. and Pizza Meine Liebe. If you find yourself up in the Dandenongs, then Mad Raven Pizza Deluxe is well worth checking out.


Cheap eats (<$20)



Mid eats ($20-$45)

Bank Street Wood Fired Pizza & Garden, Avenel
Chin Chin
Easy Tiger
A Fan's Notes
Gujju's Cafe and Chaat House
Izakaya Den
Maccaroni Osteria Italiana
Madame K
Mamasita
The Moor's Head 
Moroccan Soup Bar
Mukka
Ren Dao
Shu (twice)
Shakahari
Smith & Daughters
Tamil Feasts
Transformer
United Arab Eatery
Warung Agus


Special occasions ($45+)
Attica
Brae, Birregurra
Cutler & Co
 Ezard
Gingerboy
Maha
Merrijig Inn, Port Fairy
Movida Next Door
Provenance, Beechworth
Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld


Shared plates
We've loved everything we've tried in this category. You won't go wrong with Borsch Vodka and Tears, Cafe Zum Zum, Hellenic Republic, Kamel, Peko Peko or Rumi.


Exclusively Dessert
Monsieur Truffe is our favourite chocolatier, LuxBite also comes recommended. Mister Nice Guy's Bakeshop does excellent vegan baked goods, and Rue de Creperie has delightful vegan crepes. For something extra special, you can sneak into Cutler & Co late at night and just skip straight to their dessert menu.