Vego n Love’n It

When Robin Eastwood moved back to Adelaide from Port Augusta in 1988, there weren't a whole lot of vegetarian options. So along with his partner, he decided to open a health-food store.

Above a shopfront on Rundle Street, they found the perfect venue where they could also serve simple meals. There wasn't really a dining area – just a bench in the kitchen next to the food preparation area where guests could sit.

It took just a year before their accountant suggested getting rid of the packaged health foods and concentrating on meals. They brought in new tables and began serving a range of hearty vegetarian burgers, wraps and a soup. There are also fresh juices and soy smoothies.

The menu doesn't change much, but the decor has evolved over the years. Postcards from regulars have slowly accumulated on the walls, scattered between mosaics and oil paintings that Eastwood has done himself. It's the kind of vintage look that some new cafes spend a lot of time and money trying to create.

These days it's just Eastwood in the kitchen, and it's not uncommon to ascend the narrow staircase and find the door shut during peak hours. Once everyone inside has been served, the door opens once again. It’s an unusual way to run a business, but it's worth the wait.

Updated: December 21st, 2016

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