These days, chefs are paying vegetables more attention than they ever have before. Gone are the days when every dish had to be anchored by a hunk of meat. Just look at the proliferation of roasted cauliflower on menus across Australia and the world.

From there, going full vegan is a relatively small step. Butter can be swapped out for coconut oil; cow's milk for soy milk; and egg whites for aquafaba, the liquid left behind when chickpeas are cooked. As the murky ethics of the industrial food chain become more apparent, these types of substitutes are becoming more and more popular.

Melbourne doesn't have a huge number of 100 per cent vegan restaurants, but if you're okay with the people around you eating animal products, many places can cater for you.

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Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Melbourne

Babu Ji

Unlimited vegan curries every Tuesday.

4-6 Grey Stret
St Kilda VIC 3182


Warming vegan pho.

165 Sydney Road
Brunswick VIC 3056

Trippy Taco

A north-side Mexican-food institution.

234 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

ShanDong MaMa

Vegan dumplings for all.

Shop 7 200 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000