WHERE'S THE BEST?

So you're too impatient to read all 2300+ entries in our archives, huh?

We don't blame you. Here are our favourite recipes and restaurants, ready-linked for your reading pleasure.

Eating In


Home fried brunch

Michael's Super Soups
Broccoli soup with lemon-chive cream
Cauliflower dhal with panch phoran
Legume noodle soup
Savoury harira soup
Sweet potato & red curry soup

Meals we make again and again
All-the-best-bits salad
Asparagus & ricotta tart with miso & black garlic
The amazing weeknight dolsot bibimbap
Artichoke & chickpea salad
Baked peanut tempeh
BBQ beans
BBQ pork bao
Beetroot & rhubarb salad
Black pepper tofu
Brazilian slaw
Broccoli & gorgonzola pie
Brussels sprouts with burnt butter & black garlic
Butternut pumpkin with ginger tomatoes & lime yoghurt
Cauliflower and caramelised onion tart
Char-grilled broccoli with chickpeas, almonds, lemon & chilli
Char koay teow
Chickpea cutlets
Coconut samosa potato salad
Cumin-cayenne mashed potatoes with caramelised onions
Curried peanut sauce bowl with tofu & kale 
Dan dan mian
Eggplant kataifi nests
A far-from-ordinary potato salad
Fettuccine alfredo
Ginger-peanut kale with tofu and quinoa
Green couscous
Heaven-sent haloumi
Kale and coconut salad
Kentucky-style seitan ribz
Kimchi fried rice with smokey tempeh & broccoli
Kung pao seitan with asparagus
Lentil tacos (with this seasoning)
Mango and coconut rice salad
Marinated mushrooms
Miso curry pumpkin
Mock fish sambal goreng
Nasi lemak
Nat's pumpkin rice dish
Nonna's gnocchi sauce
Okonomiyaki
Orrecchiette cooked in chickpea & tomato sauce
Palm sugar fried tempeh
Pan-fried gnocchi & kale
Paneer butter masala
Piquant pumpkin pie
Pumpkin with chilli yoghurt & coriander sauce
The quick and the dead tasty pizza dough
Roasted cauliflower, grape & cheddar salad
Roasted cauliflower salad
Roasted jackfruit rolls
Seitan gyros & lemon potatoes
Soba noodles with lime, cardamom & avocado
Spiced chickpeas
Spicy Cajun-Creole tempeh with creamy cashew grits
Spicy tempeh and broccolini pasta
Spring rolls
Sweet'n'sour mock pork
Sweet potatoes with orange bitters
Tempeh lasagne
Tempeh taco salad
Tofu in lemongrass broth
Trailwalker macaroni
Vegan 'sausage' rolls with Chinese-style barbeque sauce
The Veganator
White beans and cabbage
Yuba-mushroom 'cheesesteak' sandwich


Tofu-skeptic? Try these.


And when it's time for dessert, she craves:
Alfajores
Apricot, walnut & lavender cake
Basbousa
Bienenstich
Bittersweet symphony slice
Brownie-style chocolate cake with espresso mascarpone
Can't-stop choc chip cookies
Caramelised white chocolate icecream
Cherry pie that's worth a stop (plus a vegan version)
Choc-ice magic 
Chocolate almond figs
Chocolate beetroot brownies
Chocolate halva sundae
Chocolate orange butter biscuits
Crunchy chewy chocolate clusters
Double-double chocolate sesame cookies
A festive, low-FODMAP cake
Flourless coconut & chocolate cake
Frozen chocolate crunch (and a vegan, gluten-free version)
Honey, miso & walnut pie
Lemon & blueberry loaf
Macadamia & lemon myrtle biscuits
Mint slice
Nigella's winter plum cake
Nutella icecream
Passionfruit icecream
PB potatohead icecream
Peanut butter caramel slice
Peanut butter & blueberry pie
Peanut butter & chocolate squares
Red velvet cupcakes
Reese's pretzels
Rosemary choc chip cookies
Salted caramel icecream (or this vegan adaptation)
Serious Eats vegan brownies
Torta Sacher
Vanilla slice



Eating out

Breakfast
We've covered the northside extensively, and enjoy AcusticoAddictAdmiral Cheng-Ho, Babka, BeatrixBrother AlecCarolinaCibi, Code Black, Dench, East Elevation, Elceed, Fandango, The Glass DenGraceHumble RaysJackson DoddsKinesLucy LockettMaddoxMerri ClanMilkwood, (deep breath!) a Minor Place, Mitte, Mixed Business, New Day Rising, Power PlantSeven SeedsSmall Axe KitchenSmall Block, Small Victories, Smith & DaughtersSugardoughSweet EvelynRay, This BorderlandTrue North, Twenty & Six Espresso, Wide Open Road.

Pizza
We both dig I Carusi and Kaprica their pizzas probably offer the best value for money of all the ones we've tried. If you're willing to pay a few dollars more, we'd also recommend D.O.C. and Pizza Meine Liebe. Vegans should get themselves to Red Sparrow Pizza and Shop 225. If you find yourself up in the Dandenongs, then Mad Raven Pizza Deluxe is well worth checking out.


Cheap eats (<$20)



Mid eats ($20-$45)

Bhang
Chin Chin
Daughter in Law
A Fan's Notes
Gujju's Cafe and Chaat House
Izakaya Den
Maccaroni Osteria Italiana
Madame K
Mamasita
Mankoushe
Matcha Mylkbar
Mesob
The Moor's Head
Moroccan Soup Bar
Mukka
Ren Dao
Rice Paper Scissors
Rin Sura
Shu (twice)
Shakahari
Shop 225
Small Axe Kitchen
Smith & Daughters
Tamil Feasts
Theodore's
Vegie Kitchen
Warung Agus


Special occasions ($45+)
Attica
Brae, Birregurra
Cutler & Co
Etta
A Fan's Notes
Feast of Merit
Maha
Merrijig Inn, Port Fairy
Movida Next Door
Provenance, Beechworth
Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
Transformer


Exclusively Dessert
Ratio Cocoa Roasters is a great chocolatier. Our favourite vegan sweets come from Billy van Creamy, Cuppa TurcaMister Nice Guy's BakeshopRue de CreperieGirls & BoysBlack Waffle and Tidbit Cakes. For something extra special, you can sneak into Cutler & Co late at night and just skip straight to their dessert menu.