March was a really crappy month for Michael at work but by the time I'd returned from Canberra he was just about done and wanted to take a half-day off. We used it to devise our own mini-tour of Footscray - first compiling a Google map of places we could visit, then jumping on the bus and using my smartphone as a guide for a few hours. I have some Luddite tendencies but must admit that little device allowed us the perfect balance between planning and flexibility.
We arrived in Footscray starving, and I led Michael with some confidence to Tan Truc Giang. I'd made an unsuccessful visit to this restaurant once before but since then K and Toby had deduced the magic words to obtain a vegetarian banh mi:
"Vegetarian roll". Though we didn't catch the exact cost, based on our total bill we were most likely charged $3.50, perhaps $4 at a stretch, per roll. And that crusty roll is stuffed to bursting with bbq-style seitan, pickled carrot and unevenly distributed chilli.
Tan Truc Giang also has one of its bain maries devoted exclusively to vegetarian food! And that veg selection comes with a recommendation from Footscray's food-blogging ambassador Ms Baklover. I'll have to give it a try after my delight in their vegetarian roll's very existence wears off.
That could take a while.
Tan Truc Giang has also been blogged at In the Mood for Noodles, Half-Eaten and Footscray Food Blog (twice).
Tan Truc Giang
36A Leeds St, Footscray
vegetarian roll ~$3.50