It’s always nice to be asked to a meal where your companion is genuinely excited for the food. Pair that with the joy of finding somewhere you loved in times P.V. (pre-vegan) had added vegan options to their menu and, generally, you know it’s going to be fiesta time for your taste buds!
Such were the circumstances when Montezuma’s of Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, announced on Wednesday that they were now able to ‘veganise’ any of their vegetarian menu items by switching the cheese and sour cream for vegan replacements. This would add a $2.50 fee to the price of any meal.
If you’re a bit of a food obsessed individual, like myself, you maybe find yourself sitting in front of your computer at odd hours reading Wikipedia articles on obscure food related topics, and developing a working knowledge of things that might seem interesting only to yourself (a basic history of the ‘base sauces’ recognized by French cuisine, maybe?). Sometimes it may seem there are certain food traditions that are simply out of reach to vegans while still remaining within the realm of practicality. It’s always a pleasant surprise when you are proven to be wrong, and I was recently with a visit to Ginza Miyako on North Terrace.
For years I’ve just wanted to go to Sydney. You know, Adelaide is my home sweet home, but I couldn’t help but get a little hung up on the fact that I’d never seen the two architectural structures that people from elsewhere probably associate most strongly with my homeland. It seems silly, but it was almost like a little pilgrimage, and totally fitting that we set out on Australia Day to get there.
So, maybe I’m a tad too late to be making a Christmas post. I’ve been busy getting cheery (cheery comes in an assortment of glass sizes and flavours!). But I’m gonna tell y’all about what I got for Christmas, why it was amazing, and why you should go get some yourself.
There’s a new vegan restaurant in town! Such excitement.Here are some deets:
Location: Shop 1, 210 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Phone: 82150013 or 0429 035 004
Bookings: Probably a good idea! Everyone’s getting on it.
Facebook: Click here to visit the Pure Green Vegan Restaurant Facebook page and check for opening times.
So, before I get to the food (ie ‘The Important Bit’) let’s talk atmosphere:
Those amongst us who are veterans of the vegan dining scene most likely aren’t expectant of the bright and refreshing newness that Pure Green Vegan provides. While shiny ‘just out of the box’ Stanley Rogers cutlery isn’t necessarily a benchmark for fanciness, the tables greet you with placemats in warm reds and yellows, as of yet free from the wear of overuse, decorative coasters, and are set to accommodate an entire three course meal, an experience which is new to me as of yet amongst Adelaide’s vegan eateries. Not that I would make the faux pas of rejecting the beauty of up-cycling, it was just ‘different in a good way’.