From fine dining feasts to street food snacks, we've rounded up the best spots to get vegan eats in lockdown.

Gong De Lin 

Vegan dumplings are the little parcels of joy we all need right now. Gong De Lin is our go-to for Chinese classics with plant-fuelled meat-alternatives. Load up on Sichuan-style eggplant, teppanyaki veggie steak, and sweet and sour crispy ‘beef’. If you’re missing meat, this tastes just like the real thing. Call to pick up, or order delivery via Uber Eats, Deliveroo and DoorDash.

Hand with chopsticks selecting from array of dishes including dumplings, curry and stir-fries.
Gong de Lin

Daughter In Law

Experience Daughter In Law’s ‘unauthentic’ Indian food with a heat-at-home vegan banquet. It includes all your Indian favourites, with an Aussie twist. The food is as bright and playful as you’d find in-house at the restaurant. Dine on unauthentic Bombay sandwiches, yellow dahl, pumpkin masala and more. To amp up the ambience of your meal, turn on the tunes with the DIL playlist on Spotify

BIO by DOC

DOC’s Carlton empire has spread to Drummond Street with the opening of BIO by DOC. Think small dishes to share, like mini eggplant parmigian and mushroom arancini. Or savour a bowl of beetroot gnocchi or charcoal pasta in rich veggue ragu. Your plant-based dessert could be fig tart or classic tiramisu with cashew cream. Order on Providoor.

A woman's hand scooping into tiramisu
Bio by DOC

Union Kiosk

How Union Kiosk makes their 100 per cent vegan jaffles so wonderfully oozy and cheesy is one of life’s biggest mysteries. Try the out-there flavours and challenge anyone who says Vegemite and avo don’t belong in a toastie. Or opt for bolognese and garlic butter between your bread. Swing by this hole-in-the-wall for takeaway or order on DoorDash or Uber Eats to get jaffles in a jiffy. 

Pentolina

Enjoy iconic Italian dining with a vegan twist from foodie legends Pentolina. This weekend's special vegan menu includes jerusalem artichoke arancini, green harissa zucchini flowers and a hearty spinach casarecce drenched in macadamia pesto. Finish on rhubarb and apple strudel for dessert. Order online by 10am on Friday 10 September.

A woman tossing a bowl of Italian food
Pentolina's vegan menu

La Tortilleria 

Order from La Tortilleria on Providoor and you’ll have your choice of two authentic Mexican feasts delivered to your door. The tacos and Mexican pack comes with everything you need to load up fresh and zingy tortillas. Think refried beans, vegan chorizo, pico de gallo and a whole lotta guac. Or make your own cheesy loaded nachos with a vegan chilaquiles dinner pack. Just add margaritas and you’ve got a fiesta. 

Ablas

This Carlton icon is offering comfort food at home. Abla herself has been called 'the queen of Lebanese cooking' and you’ll soon discover why. Load up on rustic Lebanese dishes like falafel, tabbouleh and fattoush. And get your carb-fix with Lebanese potatoes, fried with garlic, coriander, chilli and salt. Phone for takeaway or get it delivered via Uber Eats. 

Someone dipping a pita into hummus, with tabbouleh and crispy potatoes.
Ablas

Kazbah Egyptian Street Food

Kazbah sprouted up in Kensington during last year’s lockdown. The aim? To bring tasty and healthy plant-based food to vegans and carnivores alike. If your meat-eating friends don’t believe the falafel hype, just try the lockdown sharehouse munchies pack. It comes with four pitas, two bags of crispy cauliflower and guaranteed brownie points. Order for delivery within 5km.

Maha 

The Middle Eastern masters at Maha aren’t letting a little thing like lockdown get in the way of a banquet. Get their vegan soufra delivered to your door by Providoor. All you have to do is heat it up and serve it in your fanciest bowls. The meal is loaded with rich flavourful dishes like ras el hanout roasted pumpkin and broccoli with whipped macadamia and roasted garlic dressing. 

Longrain 

Longrain’s dishes are designed to be shared, so gather your housemates, your partner or your bubble buddy and dig in. The South East Asian–inspired vegan banquet showcases the best Victorian produce. There’s betel leaf, pomelo and green papaya salad, yum kao tod and a delicious green curry with Japanese pumpkin. Save room for dessert, it’s black sticky rice with coconut and longan berries. Order now on Providoor.

A papaya and betel leaf salad from above with peanuts and lime.
Longrain

Green Man’s Arms

Craving a proper pub feed? Get your eggplant schnitty–fix at Melbourne’s first fully-vegetarian pub. Green Man’s Arms in Carlton is dishing up hearty plant-based meals with an Israeli twist from Wednesday to Sunday. Try the shiitake pho, or pre-order a Sunday nut roast with all the trimmings to heat at home. Order online to pick up if you’re within 5km.

The Atlantic

Before you dismiss The Atlantic as just a seafood restaurant, check out their vegan menu. The cauliflower “couscous” with dukkah roasted cauliflower, pomegranate, almond and tahini is what dreams are made of. The vegan feast comes with plenty more veggie goodness, including roasted pumpkin with sage and maple. It’s available for delivery from Providoor. You know the drill, just warm it up and enjoy. 

Vegan-friendly restaurants to visit after lockdown

Home Vegan Bar

A 100 per cent plant-based eatery with all day breakfast, lunch, smoothies and cold pressed juices.

Pinchy's

A lobster and champagne bar with pescatarian and vegan-friendly menus.

MoVida

MoVida is an icon of Melbourne's hospitality scene, serving delicious food and great Spanish wines.

Cumulus Inc

This all-day restaurant and bar is a modern icon of Melbourne's food scene.

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