Just near my work is a funny little café. It’s really easy to miss, because it’s tucked into the National Postal Service bluestone building. It’s called Roll Lane.
If you’re in the area, and especially if you’re vegan, it’s worth tracking down, because they make some really delicious (and cheap) Vietnamese food. I love it because their vegan food is actually marked ‘vegan’, so there’s no guess work or 20 questions.
Tofu satay skewers
My favourite dish is the tofu satay skewers. You can choose to have just the satay sticks and sauce, or to have them as a ‘meal’.
This is what you get with just the skewers – it’s a pretty decent little lunch for only $5.
Satay skewers meal
The ‘meal’ has 2 tofu satay sticks with your choice of brown rice or quinoa, bok choy and of course, a nice big helping of satay sauce.
I love the meal, but if I have it, I find I have no interest in cooking dinner later that night, so lately I’ve been trying to resist the rice and greens and just stick with the tofu.
And there are lots more vegan dishes
I haven’t tried all the vegan dishes yet, but I can recommend the King Oyster Mushroom and Tofu Co’m, and also the pretty, green spinach dumplings. I reckon I could eat a bucketful of them if I had the chance. But then dumplings are almost always like that for me.
As I’ve said on MANY occasions, I really appreciate it when cafes not only provide vegan food, but clearly label it as vegan…and I’m happy to show my appreciation by eating there a LOT!
Find Roll Lane
Roll Lane is at 585 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, just a short walk from Southern Cross Station.
They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from Monday to Friday, and for dinner on Saturday. It’s pretty tiny, so if you can’t get a table, you can always get takeaway.
Find a lot more details – and see a whole lot of MUCH better pictures of Roll Lane, and check out their menu, at Urban Spoon. It appears that I’m not their only fan.