Have you ever been somewhere to buy your lunch in a place that you aren’t even sure would have anything you can eat… and there’s a vegan working there who steps forward like some kind of saviour, and knows exactly what you can eat?
It’s happened to me 3 wonderful times now, and one of those times was today, when I went to buy my lunch.
I was late to get lunch, because I’d been relieving on the reception desk in the office, so I was at a bit of a loose end and not sure what to eat.
Normally on a Friday I order a salad online and pick it up from a local café (so I don’t have to wait in the lunchtime queue), but I’d forgotten to place my order and I was feeling pretty uninspired.
I wandered up to Goldsborough Lane to see what I could find, and discovered a new (to me) place – Tadka Boom!
I loitered around, reading the menu through the window, to see if there was anything I would eat.
It was a big, overwhelming menu, so it took me a while. As I was standing there, I was offered a sample cup of iced tea, which was very nice, and was handed a paper copy of the menu.
I couldn’t see anything vegan, but I took the chance and wandered in and just asked. The guy behind the counter brightened up and said, “Vegan?…Hey Vegan, I have a vegan, what would you suggest?”
He’d called to one of the other guys (a vegan!) who came over and discussed what I felt like eating and what would be suitable.
I settled on a spinach roti, and he recommended the spicy lentil and salad filling.
It was very well wrapped and holding together well, so I was hesitant to unwrap it – but if I hadn’t, you wouldn’t have been able to see what was in it, so I sacrificed neatness for a photo.
It was really good. It was satisfying, without being super-sized. It was spicy and hot-ish, but not so hot that I needed a cold drink. The filling was a mixture of fresh, crisp vegies and warm, spicy lentils. A real winner!
It wasn’t until I got on the tram tonight and unfolded the paper menu I’d been handed that I realised that there are actually items on the menu marked ‘vegetarian’ (a green capsicum icon) and items marked ‘vegan on request’ (a brown wheaty V icon).
As it turns out, there are actually quite a few vegan items available, including paratha, samosa and potato sliders.
I’m just going to have to go back and sample all the rest of the vegan options soon – perhaps even before the end of Vegan Mofo?