8 vegan eateries to hit up in lockdown
Now that Melbourne is under stage 4 restrictions, including an 8pm curfew – with no return to normal or even “COVID normal” in sight for several weeks – Victorians are looking for fresh ideas to beat the lockdown blues while supporting local food businesses.
As concerns around animal welfare, poor working conditions for slaughterhouse workers and animal agriculture’s detrimental effect on the environment continue to grow, more people than ever are giving plant-based eating a go. Happily, the vegan food experts at PETA have rounded up eight of the best takeaway and delivery joints that’ll help Melburnians indulge in kind, socially responsible, green – and delicious – lockdown food.
Boasting everything from burgers and cannelloni to kofta, Merri Clan will have you spoiled for choice. Recreate a night at the pub by picking up a Chickn Parma to go, or make the most of staying in by getting a house-made “cheeze” board delivered to your door.
Bespoke vegan bakery Tidbit Cakes is famous for its artistic tiered offerings, and with public gatherings suspended, it’s innovated by launching a delivery service. Now, you can have six slices of cake and a custom cookie with a personalised message delivered to a loved one to cheer them up during lockdown. Or enter your own address at checkout to treat yourself!
If you’re looking for the right creamy non-dairy cheese to make a hearty lasagne, or a delicious “halloumi” burger that’ll soothe the curfew blues, you’ll absolutely want to check out Hello Friend Foods’ all-vegan cheese offerings.
Craving a sweet pick-me-up after a challenging day of not-so-nice news? The treats at Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop are as sweet as they come. Allergy-friendly and super-indulgent, a pick of anything from cupcakes to croissants is bound to hit the spot. Plus, with soy-free, gluten-free, fructose-friendly and low-GI options, there’s something for everyone.
Food delivery – whether to your own door or that of someone special who’s in need of cheering up – is a lockdown essential, and new business Sweet & Tender Hooligan delivers in all senses of the word. Simply select a 100% vegan gift box packed with specially curated sweet or savoury goodies for Australia-wide shipping.
Creator of the first vegan shawarma in Melbourne, Hamsa serves up the best vegan Lebanese comfort food to help you shake that locked-in feeling. Try the vegan chicken wrapped in a warm pita, or challenge yourself and go for the one-kilo shawarma – with free delivery available in Melbourne and beyond.
If your iso goal is to support a local business that truly cares, Brother Bon is the place for you. Everything from traditional Vietnamese fare to burgers is available for delivery or takeaway, and the business is even solar-powered and committed to fair wages.
What better way to banish the lockdown gloom than with an authentic Turkish-style kebab from Australia’s first all-vegan kebab shop? You can also pick up a side salad and some baklava for dessert. The best news is that Kevabs is also selling freezable packs of its vegan meat – so you might as well stock up!
For more information on eating a vegan diet and choosing vegan produce, check out the resources available at PETA.org.au