Shakahari is said to be one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne. It's been operating since 1972, quietly hiding behind Lygon Street in Carlton. With a menu that emphasises quality produce; the spicy, exotic range of choices on offer belie the softly hued interior, simple furnishings and attentive staff.

The predominant flavours are Indian, although there are numerous nods to Chinese and Japanese-style cooking, as well as some Western flavours. The menu is changed quarterly to reflect seasonal variations in food availability and tries to source produce locally. It also boasts an award-winning wine list.

Shakahari is great place to bring dining partners with specific dietary requirements as almost anyone can be catered for here. Shakahari prides itself on providing light, healthy meals that are reasonably priced. You will leave feeling well fed and distinctly healthier.