Scouting out top-notch plant-based eats just got even easier, especially if you're kicking around Richmond. The suburb's welcomed its own outpost of St Kilda's legendary meat-free spot Sister of Soul, and it's a haven of upbeat energy and feel-good food.
Opening five years after the original, the new Swan Street venue embraces animal-friendly eating even more so than its sibling, with an offering that's all vegan, all the time.
The relaxed, intimate space is the work of architects Pierce Widera, and features bright, minimalist interiors and cheery al fresco seating beneath a sprawling tree.
You'll spy a few old favourites within the menu, including hits like the green gyoza dumplings, the gnocchi with house-made almond feta and roasted capsicum sauce, the polenta 'Jenga' and that decadent chocolate tart. There are new dishes, too, such as a slow-cooked jackfruit burger rocking Asian slaw and a charcoal bun, a spicy Thai green curry and a burrito bowl loaded with chipotle, black beans and charred corn. If you needed proof that vegan eating could be fun and tasty, all at once, look no further.
Meanwhile, the drinks offering is an impressive one, headlined by a selection of (once again, all-vegan) classic cocktails, like the G&T crafted on orange marmalade, rosemary and dry gin. You'll also find vegan wines and craft beers, cold-pressed juices and specialty sips like the Magic Mushroom — almond milk blended with maca, cacao, mesquite, cayenne pepper and 15 different medicinal mushrooms.
As with the St Kilda venue, Sister of Soul Richmond has teamed up with local community gardens to repurpose its food waste and used coffee grinds, helping to grow herbs, fruit and vegetables.
Images: Kate Shanasy.