• Sister of Soul (St Kilda)

On a hot summers' evening, with the craft market throbbing with the chatter of bikini clad girls, and the beach streaming with bodies proud enough to be reminiscent of Copa, I discovered Sister of Soul.  As a new, large, modern cafe on the corner of Acland Street and Shakespeare Grove, I was happy that this was the vegetarian restaurant praised by my St-Kilda-local-friend.

Nabbing a table at the back near the open window, we sympathised with for the cooks in the over-heating kitchen. We, on the other hand, were very comfortable.

The menu is as eclectic as the suburbs' clientele. My friend opted for the Pad Ka Phao, I the burger, we the gyoza and spring rolls.

My friend delighted in her stir fried mushrooms in a variety of types with hot basil and chilli.

The Soulburger was served as a stack with a lightly fried tempeh pattie, beetroot, pumpkin, fried egg and salad greens. The burger was moist and I enjoyed it despite not typically being a fan of tempeh.  It held together well and was a wholesome and filling meal.  The chips were salted and herbed and enjoyable, but could have benefited from extra time in the fryer.

The gyoza held fresh veggies and pleasant flavours, as did the spring rolls.

With a chilled Mountain Goat Steam Ale and pleasant conversation, it was an enjoyable meal.    Since the closure of the arrogant, dining hall style, Soul Mama, there has been a gap in vegetarian eating in this hub. Unfortunately I have since heard mixed reports about this place, but as its teething is sorted, perhaps it will be the new locale converting everyone to fun vegetarian eating.

Sister of Soul
73 Acland Street
St Kilda 3182
03 9593 8550

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