The Vegan Club is fairly new on the vegan scene, opening in winter 2020. Ordinarily open for breakfast and lunch, the owners have recently introduced themed dinner nights. I was lucky enough to attend the Ramen Night. This consisted of a three-course meal of gyoza, ramen and matcha cake with ice-cream, all for $50.
The venue is a stylish café set in an old heritage building. There was a relaxed atmosphere with very attentive and friendly service. The owner took the time to chat with my friend and I, and gave us an insight to the history of the café and the motivation behind its creation; to provide a diverse menu full of delicious, hearty, plant-based meals. He clearly has a passion for customer service and with the quality of food and service on offer, this was certainly achieved.
All the food was made in-house from fresh ingredients and I was informed that the secret ramen recipe was supplied by a customer, who cooked it for the owners one evening in the café. I for one am grateful for the sharing of this recipe, as it was without a doubt the best ramen I have ever tasted. The gyoza were also exceptional, with a flavoursome sauce and without the mushiness that can sometimes overcome this dish.
As for the desert, I was delighted that the cheesecake had a crunchy base, just as cheesecake should, and it rounded off the meal well.
I left pleasantly full and keen to return to sample the daytime menu (breakfast options look amazing). There is also a good-value picnic box with picnic rugs to hire. So, in short, many reasons to return. If you need any further convincing, the venue is dog-friendly, so bring your best friend.
As with many hospitality venues, the Vegan Club suffered during COVID, especially having only opened a few days prior to Melbourne’s second lockdown. With a third lockdown now upon us, I hope the Vegan Club has built a loyal customer base to welcome back once dining-in resumes.
If you have not yet had a chance to try out the Vegan Club, make sure you pay a visit. Keep an eye on social media for more themed dinner nights coming soon.
Rachel enjoys all that Melbourne has to offer, from theatre, vegan dining and comedy, to thought-provoking public seminars. Having lived in several Melbourne suburbs, as well as interstate and overseas, the vibrant city of Melbourne is home and she loves sharing its gems.
The Vegan Club
793 Rathdowne Street
North Carlton VIC 3054
Themed dinners are scheduled to be held monthly.