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Lentil as Anything in St Kilda and some other treats

Posted Oct 05 2009 10:03pm
On Saturday Tim and I left for a day of snacking in Balaclava. We left with the best intentions of visiting our favourite kosher grocery store, but it being Saturday morning we forgot that they wouldn't be open. Luckily our favourite South-side cafe,Batchwas. The place was absolutely packed, with a waiting list as long as my arm, so we enjoyed our two soy lattes in the open air on a bench on Carlisle Street.We shared this lucky find from a busy little confectionery shop: the richest, most incredible dairy, wheat and gluten free vegan chocolate bar filled with creamy choc-hazelnut mousse. Oh boy. This was a head-spinner. I could feel my whole body buzzing after my first bite. I've never found these bars anywhere else, but if you come across one I whole-heartedly recommend you try it. Just don't operate any heavy machinery afterwards.Having done all we could in Balaclava, we wandered down to St Kilda. We stumbled across theSt Kilda community gardenand I fell in love. It was so uplifting to walk through these lovingly maintained shared garden beds and see all the effort put in being rewarded with bountiful veggies. Afterward we headed toLentil as Anythingfor lunch. This was my second time at this Lentil, and luckily this time they had more on the menu than curry, curry, curry. Tim got the satay tofu burger and I (on Sophie's recommendation) got the okonominyaki. Despite being busy our food came out pretty quickly, and was presented beautifully. Aesthetics aside, the food was freaking amazing. The satay sauce was subtle and creamy, and the salad crisp and fresh. My pancake was incredible - the perfect thickness and so crisp. The barbecue sauce wasn't overpowering, and best of all they use a tofu mayonnaise so for once I could enjoy my pancake with both traditional toppings, rather than going without mayo.
The perfect lunch for a great day.
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