Monday, October 19, 2009

Review: Shakahari Restaurant, Melbourne

Sadly, I won't be able to do this place justice with only my words, I didn't take any photos sorry!

But I have to tell you it was DIVINE.

For those of you who don't know, they are exclusively vegetarian and most of their items are also vegan. Woohoo!

I had actually been once before and thought it was average and wondered why so many people raved about it. And boy am I glad I gave it another shot! All of us, omnis and vegans alike, couldn't stop raving from entree right through to dessert.

We got all the entrees (exluding the soups and salads) which included Gnocchi in Balsamic Reduction, Papaya Salad, Lentil Dumplings, Avocado Tempura Rolls and Asparagus with Wasabi dressing. They were all to die for! I am determined to make the Papaya Salad and the Gnocchi (mostly cos I think they would be the easiest).

Mains were also brilliant. I am used to having only one or two options on the menu so I really struggled big time trying to choose from 8 or so delicious sounding options. I usually like to pick something quite different from what I know how to make at home, but I was stuck as they were all quite different from anything I ever make. I opted for the Satay Skewers with Tofu and Seitan - mostly because I have never had seitan prepared for me before.

The sign of a great restaurant for me is when I even want to try dessert, and that's saying something considering I never do dessert. So despite my being uncomfortably full and my dress no longer looking cute and more like I was squeezed into a tube I got the Black Sticky Rice Pudding with mango which I loved. But it was a tough choice between that and the Tofu Caramel (luckily my mate got it so I could try it - it was perfect!) and the tofu icecream - I have never tried tofu icecream, sounds exciting!

S0, now I can't wait to go back!

Shakahari, I apologise for thinking you were only average for the last 18 months. You have won me over.


  1. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE I'm taking my best lady friend there in a few weeks, very excited now!

  2. Oh great! What a shame you are only taking one person, you need to try EVERYTHING! I know everyone else recommends the Avocados Rolls for entree, but I would go the Papaya Salad or Lentil Dumpling or Gnocchi... god I'm not much help narrowing it down to 3 am I?

  3. tell me about this lentil dumpling! i haven't noticed that on the menu before, i want to try it IMMEDIATELY.

    i +1 the gnocchi.

  4. The lentil dumpling was wrapped in a wonton wrapper I think, with some nori around the middle of it and some amazingly yummy salsa/saucy stuff with it. Extremely great!
    And ooooh yes that gnocchi! Tell me if you ever master making it at home.