It's taken us years to visit The Uleg, an unassuming looking Indonesian place halfway up Sydney Road. I think the menu used to be pretty meaty and we just kind of stopped paying attention - it's veg-tastic now and we finally wandered in for dinner with a pal one Thursday night.
We shared a couple of starters and three mains between the three of us - heads up, this is way too much food. The two starters were spectacular - tempe mendoan (tempura style tempeh with chilli sauce, $8.50) and veggie spring rolls ($5.50). A perfect start to the meal.
Our three mains were, from left: terong balado (chilli stir-fried eggplant and tempeh, $13.50), tahu lelor (fried tofu coated in egg, topped with beanshoots, cabbage and peanut sauce, $12.50) and ketoprak (rice cakes served with cabbage, wombok, beanshoots, vermicelli, cucumber and peanut sauce, $13.0). They were short on rice cakes on our visit so the ketoprak came out with noodles instead.
These were fantastic - the chilli eggplant and tempeh was probably my favourite, while Cindy couldn't get enough of the eggy tofu pancake in the tahu telor. Having two dishes with the same peanut sauce was a bit same-y, but on the whole, this was some very successful ordering. There are a bunch of other veggie dishes to choose from too, with heaps of vegan options and well-labelled gluten-free dishes too.
Cindy capped the meal off with a tea served with super sweet condensed milk - a classic finish. We had a great meal at The Uleg - the staff were friendly and efficient and the food was delicious. The serves are massive too, so you'll likely walk away with some leftovers.
The only blog review I could find for The Uleg was this rave review over at Consider the Sauce.
312 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
starters, vegetarian mains
Accessibility: The Uleg has a small step on entry. We ordered at the table and paid at a low counter. We didn't visit the toilets.