We'd had a slow start to the day, with breakfast coming around midday. This left us a little confused about the rest of the day - could we fit a lunch in before dinner? Should we skip a meal? Just make do with a single lunch-dinner combo meal? It was confusing. In the end we decided to just wander into the Gasometer and see what happened.
Of course, what happened was Cindy immediately ordered the Southern-fried 'chicken' burger again. She is obsessed. I decided to brave something new, settling on the vegan corn dog (as the Gasometer menu states, "Food on a stick = win!").
The batter on these little dawgs was softer than I was expecting - not the deep-fried crispiness of a vegan dagwood dog. I think this is how corn dogs are meant to be though, and it worked brilliantly with the awesome combo of tomato sauce and bright yellow mustard. The dog itself was basically indistinguishable from a meaty hot-dog frankfurt - you can take that as a good or bad thing depending on your tastes.
In an attempt to pretend I wasn't just poisoning myself with fried fatty food, I ordered a carrot and beetroot salad on the side. There wasn't a lot to this - slices of carrot and beetroot in a very light dressing.
We ate this at 4:30 in the afternoon, making it one of the more ridiculous afternoon teas I've been a part of. Needless to say, there was no room for dinner in the end. The Gasometer remains the pre-eminent source of vegan junk food in Melbourne - just don't go there and expect to eat healthily.
Read about our previous visits to The Gasometer here, here, here and here.
Since our last visit it's been blogged at Vegan in Australia, Black Bunny Carousel, Vegan About Town & Tales of a Vegan Food Fetishist.
484 Smith Street, Collingwood
veg eats $7 - $18
Accessibility: The Gasometer has a small step on entry. The tables are crowded in some areas but the booths and tables closest to the entry are relatively spacious. Ordering and payment occurs at a high counter. Male and female toilets are on the same level as everything else but are not particularly spacious.