January 16, 2021
Several of our friends have been recommending Elektra to us and among them, Lisa had time for a spontaneous Saturday lunch trip. Elektra's food centres on Nepalese flavours, and well-marked vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options abound.
A familiar Nepalese favourite for us is momos, and we eagerly ordered a plate of the vegan ones ($19.50) to share. They're lovely, dotted with a traditional tomato sauce and garnished with salad leaves - they'd work just as well as a meal for one.
Lisa ordered the green lentil-based Mandala pancake ($21), which comes with hummus, spiced chickpeas, tomato, avocado, mushrooms, and coconut yoghurt. She most appreciated the abundant greenery.
Michael was a fan of the Gurkhali fritters ($20) - they're filling eggplant and zucchini-based fritters, served with fried tofu (not tempeh as stated on the menu), avocado, tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, pickled vegetables and coconut yoghurt-garlic sauce.
After my share of the momos, I was content to dispense with savoury foods and try the Chocolate Stacktacular ($19.50). The cacao chocolate pancakes were thick and gorgeous, with a satisfying texture that's made from more than just regular white flour. They were festooned with raspberry coulis, coconut cream, vegan chocolate icecream and fresh strawberries. Elektra also served me an excellent chai ($5) - their menu communicates their pride in this particular tea blend and they offer several variants on the menu.
I liked the colourful, slightly cluttered atmosphere of Elektra very much. It's cheerful and welcoming and doesn't seem designed primarily for the instagram era. Even better that there are still a dozen more veg*n menu items for us to try!
268 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Accessibility: Furniture is densely arranged! There are stools out front and mostly chairs with backs inside. We ordered at our table and paid at a high counter. We didn't visit the toilets.