One of my highest priorities when I landed in Melbourne is a restaurant that was recommended to me by my foodie Mum.Located in Fitzroy, it’s an average-sized restaurant called Yong Green Food serving a range of raw and vegetarian dishes.
This restaurant had a cosy, warm feel to it without feeling as though you are sitting on top of other customers. The staff were fast and efficient as well as friendly and easy going, which I believe always adds to the experience of dining out. The only trouble I had here was trying to decide what to have!
For entree I chose the buckwheat crepes. Beautifully presented as they were, I didn’t quite enjoy the the acidity of the soy wasabi with the mayonnaise and mushroom as much as I had hoped. It did leave you with a sense of nourishment though, which outweighed my small criticism. So while I expected a sweet taste, as long as you’re happy with a savoury crepe I’d recommend it.
For the main me and my partner both decided to try the the teriyaki chicken (faux, of course). I have never been a big fan of mock meats but I think they managed to get a nice texture and dished up a nice terriayki sauce. My partner is not a vegetarian, and found it to be quite delicious, although found the sauce to be a little sweet. For those vegans that prefer not to eat mock meats, there was plenty of options on the menu you could choose instead, such as the chilli nachos, raw lasagne and curries. Told you there was a wide selection!
Now for dessert, which also happens to be my favourite part of eating out! All of the deserts on the menu were vegan, with some raw cakes and a few other bits and pieces that looked tasty enough to want to try. I opted for the raw tiramisu. I find raw cakes to be hit and miss and I have been spoilt with vegan cakes in my time. This desert was definitely delicious, and I enjoyed the creamy consistency and coffee flavour.
Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a healthy, tasty and cosy meal at a good price point. It was also surprisingly easy to get to, from the city we took the tram 96, which was roughly 10-15 minutes and walked roughly 5 minutes and we were in the shopping hub of Brunswick Street.
Next time i’m in Melbourne I will definitely be coming back to this restaurant to try one of the other dishes. I might need a couple of visits though…