Thursday, November 12, 2009

shakahari - carlton

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Eating pants, stat! Ive been living in Melbourne for almost 6 years now (I spent 18 months overseas during that time) and have always heard the reports about Shakaharis, "its really good but its too expensive for what it is". Why the hell did I listen to other people?!?! This is some of the most delicious vegan food I've ever had. Hands down. The service is impeccable, the space is beautiful without being too formal (just what I like) and the price is only fair for the level of effort, quality of produce and uniqueness of their dishes.

I did a fair bit of scratching around the interweb, reading other bloggers reviews and they were all unanimous that the avocado rolls were THE thing to try. Everyone else seemed to be impressed with everything they ate, however I decided to stick with asian cuisine there and not do any of the italian inspired dishes. Win. Win. Oh and did I mention this entire meal was gluten free?

Photo 2: Avocado Tempura Rolls with coriander sauce. This is one of Shakaharis signature dishes and its just divine. The tempura rolls are filled with avo, capsicum, eggplant and some sort of cream cheesey substance, lightly fried in tempura batter and served on top of this sweet, zesty (will be the word for the evening) coriander sauce. Dude!

Photo 3: Asparagus and rice noodle salad. Perfectly cooked asparagus spears with rice noodles and I cant remember what the other salad was but it was delicious! Served with a tongue tingling wasabi dressing.

Photo 4: Tofu and Lentil parcels with minced shallots, ginger salad and reduced ponzu sauce. The end. Amazing.

Photo 5: says it all.

Photo 6: Tofu Creme Caramel with roasted pistachios. So amazing SO SO SO amazing.

Photo 7: Black stick rice with mango. I loved this, it was not so sweet and more like a crumble or even breakfast. Clare didn't like it so much. Its more of a 'healthy' dessert.


Deets: best to book to avoid disappointment 201-203 Faraday St, Carlton ph: 9347 3848
$$: the 3 entrees were $13.50 each the 2 desserts were $12.50 each, champagne $8, green tea $3, soy chai $3.50

7 comments:

  1. Yay! I have been hanging out for your Shakahari visit and consequent review since you commented on my one.
    http://melbourneveganesque.blogspot.com/2009/10/review-shakahari-restaurant-melbourne.html

    I was actually one of those people who said it was expensive for what it was and on 2nd visit decided I must have been a little brain damaged to have thought that cos it's so great!

    But I must be the only one who thought the balsamic gnocchi and the green papaya salad were better than the avocado rolls?! I did have a hard time deciding though on favourites. I actually think the entrees are better than the mains.

    I did love the tofu caramel and the black sticky rice though. The sticky rice is similar to the pudding I bought at Passion Foods in South Melbourne.
    http://melbourneveganesque.blogspot.com/2009/10/passion-foods-and-purely-decadent.html

    God, can you tell I'm excited about this place?

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  2. Hi niki... you and about 10 other people I asked over the years... glad to hear you've come around! I didnt try the papaya because to be honest I hate papaya! but maybe I should.... omg.. passion foods here I come!

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  3. Yeah I don't really care much for papaya, but it didn't really taste like that. I don't even know what was in it but it was spiralised or julienned stuff and had a to-die-for dressing. DO IT! (and if you hate it you can bring it home in a doggy bag for me)

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  4. oh baby!

    i agree the entrees are way more delicious that the mains, but are too expensive for the amount of food you get on the plate (i'm a miser). everything looks incredible. i've never been in the warmer months and i've never been in the courtyard. must. go. back.

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  5. phillipa maybe a bloggers meet up dinner there?

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  6. Count me in!
    (unless that was a subtle 'phillipa let's just you and me go'?)

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  7. great niki! I should maybe take it upon myself to organise it. Probably for late January as silly season is practically upon us. I'll keep everyone posted.

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