Sister of Soul
A lot of places claim to have a strong sense of community, but not that many team up with community gardens and donate their green waste every week. Sister of Soul in St Kilda does.
The team also makes nut milks to exactly complement the acidity of the St Ali coffees and serves its own special recipe, “Not-tella” – a vegan alternative to its irresistible namesake. The menu is also fully vegetarian with plentiful vegan and gluten-free options.
Owner Daniel Clerici aims to create iconic vegetarian dishes with broad appeal. With the help of a long-serving kitchen team, he’s succeeded. The locals would revolt should the “Rawsagne” come off the menu. That’s layered zucchini with a cashew-and-parsley cream.
But in this light, welcoming space decked out with knitted lampshades, there’s no greater delight than the breakfast menu. You’ll have a hard time choosing between the salted caramel and apple pancakes; the Rainbow Bowl (a savoury mix of quinoa, smoked almonds and colourful veggies); or indeed that Not-tella, served with banana, crumpets and hazelnut gelato. It's also worth trying the Seven Veg Lasagne: zucchini, pumpkin, mushroom, eggplant, rainbow chard and spinach. At that point, is it even a lasagne? You decide.