Vegans, rejoice — whether you're looking for an alternative to your usual meat-free fare or you have an occasion you need to celebrate, Congress has the answer across two nights in September. Sure, it might sound like the Collingwood eatery is serving up exactly what you eat every night — aka vegetables for dinner — but you can trust that they're putting a delicious spin on the concept.
From 6.30pm on Monday, September 24 and Tuesday, September 25, the restaurant is teaming up with Fitzroy's Northside Fruit & Veg for a five-course cruelty-free feast. Dishes include salt-baked beets with cashew cream and horseradish, as well as sticky rice cake with mushrooms and black garlic. There's also rye wholewheat sourdough slathered in whipped macadamia butter, radishes sourced from Congress' own community garden paired with sunflower tahini and chickpea wafers, and chocolate and wattle-seed mousse for dessert.
Even better — each course comes with matched wines, with the entire dinner costing $90 per person. Bookings are essential, in what's turning out to be a bi-monthly events series at Congress. Their last dinner, a beer-focused menu in collaboration with Stomping Ground, sold out.
Image: Morgan Higginbotham.