Green Man's Arms
Green Man's Arms
Yong Green Food
Over indulged a little lately? No judgement. But if you just so happen to be craving some of the nutritionally balanced good stuff – you'll be happy to discover that the Melbourne restaurant scene has lightened up of late. Long gone are the days when healthy meant boring. Now, eateries across the city are delivering inspired dishes that are all kinds of fresh, lean and tasty. Here's where to go for the ultimate in guilt-free indulgence.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of the Paleo diet. What’s it all about? No grains, processed food or anything else that our cave-dwelling ancestors didn’t munch on. You can try it for yourself over at Patch Café in Richmond, who are single-handedly making restrictive eating chic with a ‘clean’ menu featuring everything from salmon cakes to zucchini noodles.
1/32 Bendigo St, Richmond
Believe it or not, vegan haven Yong Green Food is as popular with carnivores as it is with their plant eating friends. Specialising in all things raw, organic and biodynamic their colourful menu is made up of the kind of nourishing fare – everything from umami laden Japanese curry to punchy kimchi gyoza – that’s so good for you; it’ll practically leave you glowing.
421 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Trust us; no one does salads like these guys do. Fitzroy's favourite Mediterranean style deli has gained a cult following thanks to the likes of roasted spiced cauliflower with chickpeas, and heavenly pesto spiked farro, fetta and almond. Their fresh and flavourful dishes will leave you feeling full and wholesome in equal measure – the holy grail of healthy eating.
304 Smith Street, Collingwood
A café and wellness hub in one, Armadale’s The Beatt is health personified. So whether you’re craving a fresh and zingy green smoothie or have built up enough of an appetite (post yoga, meditation and steam room lounging, that is) for a sustainable salmon poke bowl – the all organic, biodynamic and sugar free menu has you well and truly covered.
24 Beatty Ave, Armadale
Warming, soulful and oh so nourishing – Moroccan Soup Bar’s veggie filled stews, soups, tagines and salads are the stuff of local legend. Packed with authentic North African flavours and all the vitamins your body could need, diners are encouraged to bring Tupperware to house their leftovers. This charming eatery is strictly alcohol free; so there’s no temptation to cross over to the dark side.
316 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
Claiming to offer customers ‘decadence without the guilt’, Raw Trader serves up organic, raw, vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free desserts. With so many banned ingredients, it would be easy to assume that this eatery is equally lacking in flavour. Think again. From chocolate beetroot mudcake to cashew and coconut based donuts and a winning granola – it’s time to re-imagine sweet treats.
10 Sutherland St, Melbourne
This vibrant younger sibling of Melbourne vegetarian icon Shakahari is an ode to the health power of a plant based diet. Opened due to high demand and using only fresh and natural ingredients, you’ll find a fascinating combination of flavours on offer designed to turn even the fiercest of carnivores. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
225 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
It’s all in the name at Fort Green. A nutritionist owned ‘wellness café’, this airy space offers the use of an upstairs yoga studio alongside it’s bright and cheerful roster of plant and (occasionally) meat based dishes. As well as blending up some of the best smoothies north of the river, they specialise in nourishing bowls that are practically bursting with Zen-like goodness.
202 High St, Northcote
Catering to Albert Park’s athleisure set, Urban Projuice is regularly packed to the brim with health warriors. And with food this good; it’s no wonder. Naughty favourites like Snickers, fries and hot chocolate are given a thoroughly wholesome dairy, gluten and refined sugar free twist with all natural ingredients and extra lashings of flavour. All proof that light and tasty can indeed go hand in hand.
315 Montague St, Albert Park
Who says pub grub needs to be heavy? Not the folks at Green Mans Arms, an entirely meat free pub nestled in leafy Carlton. Featuring an Israeli inspired menu, with most ingredients plucked from the owners’ Yarra Valley farm, dishes such as polenta cakes, golden beets and their famous flat bread tacos feature unexpected flavours that offer a truly delicious take on veggie fare.
418 Lygon St, Carlton