We've revisited The Glass Den for Sunday breakfast again, this time in the company of the Moody Noodles. The cafe has changed their menu since our last visit but the abundant vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options remain, including the wonderful coconut hotcakes. Dietary features are marked with pot-plant symbols that are cute but call for extra concentration.
Michael ordered the vegan breakfast soba ($16.50), a beautiful bowl of green tea soba noodles, sauteed kale, garlic polenta-crumbed oyster mushrooms, pine nuts, smoked coconut and kale sesame crumble. The mushrooms looked and tasted amazing, and Michael enjoyed this rare breakfast-noodle experience.
I took on the somewhat deconstructed black sticky rice pudding ($14). The sticky rice was molded into a dense cake that retained the rice's moisture and chewy texture. In this set-up I found the coconut mousse a teensy bit cloying, but there was bountiful fresh mango to lighten the plate. The odd crunchy moment from the popped quinoa and candied almonds was pretty great too.
Service was a little sharper than on our first visit, the food was just as pretty and tasted at least as good again. (Only their soundtrack is consistently not to my taste!) We reckon The Glass Den is holding a pretty high standard.
You can read about our first visit to The Glass Den here. Since then it's received positive reviews on Veganopoulous, quinces and kale, and ordinary girl, extraordinary dreamer.
The Glass Den
15 Urquhart St, Coburg
food, drinks, specials
Accessibility: There's a flat entry and clear corridors throughout the cafe, but the tables and chairs are densely arranged. We ordered at our table and paid at a low counter. We didn't visit the toilets.