Apologies for my absence bloglemen and blogettes, I have been a little unwell of late. That hasn’t stopped me from keeping my promise to you, however. I have still managed to drag myself out to a few vegan-friendly establishments to have my thirst quenched and belly filled — such is my undying commitment to finding the best places for you to eat and drink around this fair city. Can’t you feel my love? I mean, really, what I put myself through for you.

Ray on Victoria Street, off Sydney Road, recently served me up a vegan brunch that is now ranked as one of my favourites. This café is small in stature but big on flavour with delicious coffee and lip-smacking Middle Eastern inspired dishes served up for the Brunswick crowd.

A quick peek at the menu showed no obvious vegan-friendly meal so to save time I asked the friendly waitress for a suggestion. She proposed the Baharat baked beans without the labne and with some of their roasted garlic mushrooms on top. Now I know I eat a lot of beans. They seem to be the breakie prescription doled out to us vegans by the omnivorous chefs of this city. But I don’t care. I love ’em (luckily). These beans, however, were something else! They came to me in a rich, spicy, smokey tomato sauce sprinkled with dukkah — and they stood apart from the millions (only a slight exaggeration) of other before-noon bean dishes I have been served. And the mushrooms! Oh dear breakfasting Gods, those juicy, garlicky ‘shrooms. Not to mention the crusty Turkish bread. There was drool folks, I don’t mind telling ya, drool. Get down to Ray’s and wrap your laughing gear around these beans — and make sure you ask for the mouth-watering mushies on top or you’re a fool. Ya hear me?


Vegan options: I think there may have been a couple of easily veganised sweet options on the menu. But don’t waste your time with those. Grab yourselves some beans and ‘shrooms kids!
Coffee: The coffee at Ray is outstanding. Not surprising given it was the first café opened by Mark Dundon (Brother Baba Budan and Seven Seeds). The new owners maintain the café’s reputation for brewing sensational beans with their special roast, Tiger Ray by Atomica.
Soy: Bonsoy
Moola: Excellent value at $15 for breakfast and a coffee
Ear candy: I heard The Strokes and The Ramones and was a happy little brunch muncher

Where’s your favourite vegan brunch?

Advertisements