Here’s one for the oft-forgotten vegetarians and vegans in the house!
We give you some of the top places in Ballarat to indulge in a vegetarian feast – with some tips for the vegans and gluten-free peeps thrown in for good measure.
This 100 per cent gluten-free cafe in the heart of the CBD has a range of vegetarian options to provide the energy boost you need to kick-start your day. There are also a number of vegan and dairy-free options on the menu, including a vegan bowl with quinoa, kale, cherry tomatoes, tofu and avocado, chia seed porridge, and warm beetroot salad. Also boasting a dedicated kids menu, this place is a sure crowd pleaser!
Chat for Tea is a local favourite, and its exclusive vegetarian menu features stir-fries, noodles, nuggets, rice and all the tofu and soy! It’s the Asian cuisine you know and love, with a difference. Combine this with the fact that the space itself evokes a certain sense of peace and tranquility, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience smack-bang in the middle of Ballarat’s food precinct.
We couldn’t compile this list without including an Indian option – and Aroma is one of the city’s finest. Dine in or take-away, this hotspot has an impressive line-up of vegetarian options, doused in the rich herbs and spices that Indian cuisine is known for. Samosas, butter masala, vegetarian kormas and a range of delicious cheese curries, it’s a winner for dinner.
If there’s one thing that tastes just as good (if not better) served vegetarian – it’s pizza. And The Forge is Ballarat’s best. For a crowd favourite, you can’t go past the pumpkin, while the Margherita will also have you salivating at first bite (and sight). There’s also a range of mouthwatering vegetarian salads and pasta dishes, as well as a stellar antipasto platter to boot. Hot tip: The Forge serves up some of the best gluten-free pizzas you’ll ever taste! Can’t go passed it.
Thai food. It’s who you turn to when you’re after a lazy night in, or want something to delight your heart and warm your belly. Gor Gai is one of the most authentic Thai spots in Ballarat – boasting a menu of noodles and street food and some great vegetarian options. They also home-deliver, so you can enjoy some true international cuisine in the comfort of your own home.
Here’s something different. Ethiopian cuisine right in the middle of the city. With a whole bunch of vegetarian and gluten-free options, this is authentic international food that will fill you up without breaking the bank!