Wednesday, January 13, 2010

enlightened cuisine - southbank

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I used to work in South Melbourne and would have their satay "chicken" for lunch quite a bit. Enlightened Cuisines in an awkward part of town so you really have to make the effort to go, which is why I haven't been up until this point. It really makes me excited to know I can order EVERYTHING on a menu, let alone I can get back to my 80's childhood and order some deep fried slathered in sweetness Chinese food. (Steph has just alerted me that there is egg in some things despite the website saying that all their items are vegan - so please check!)

We ordered the banquet which is as follows:

Sesame prawn toast
Hot and sour soup
Honey BBQ pork (I eat honey)
Roasted duck
Stir fried mixed vegetables

For dessert, banana fritter with soy icecream and chocolate topping.

I loved EVERYTHING minus the hot and sour soup. I don’t think I've inhaled a meal faster, I was really going for gold. Certainly not something I would do often (I regard this as 'junk food') but such an awesome thing to have available to us. The duck was perfection, so so SO tasty, duck being the thing I miss most out of eating meat. With Enlightened Cuisine on the circuit of amazing places for vegans to go to, I feel like I don’t miss out on ANYTHING from my omni past. Its so great. Highly recommended, especially if you're having a bad transition day or a sad vegan day.

Deets: 113 Queensbridge Street, Southbank, T:03 9686 9188 web: www.ecuisine.com.au
$$: The banquet was $28 a head, the dessert was $8.50 I think? And we had a couple of Tsing Tao $7 each.

11 comments:

  1. Tried the sesame prawn toast for the first time last night - it is bursting with deep-fried deliciousness! Or just oil. :-P

    Actually, if you want something that is almost the unadulterated essence of deep-fried, try the 'goose' entree.

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  2. Wow, everything looks fantastic. I liked the look of the first picture before I read that it was prawn-flavoured (I am not a faux-fish fan). I will have to go there when I visit Melb.

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  3. Oh, this just looks so good. And $28! Now I know where I will suggest next time I have vegetarian/vegan friends in need of a dinner destination.

    Jetsetting Joyce

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  4. ECuisine is great, except on a recent visit they put egg in our CKT. Oh that reminds me, some of the menu items contain egg.

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  5. I read on their website that their menu is 100% vegan (obvs not with the honey) but egg in things?!?! crap! ok I will have to look out for that.

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  6. The online lunch menu says 'with or without egg' next to the soups. The two things to look out for (I think) are dry noodles, and soups.

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  7. looks like the fried rice has egg in it too, still a good heads up :)

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  8. Tsang Tao is awesome! And the banquet is pretty good for value.

    Their food are not 100% vegan but they are pretty good to make sure everything is vegan.

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  9. I got confused by this on their website:

    "Answer. Some of our recipes contain egg, milk or honey.* As of 6 October 2004, all the food in our menu are suitable for Vegans.* Please let the waiting staff be aware of your requirements and we will take care of the rest. "

    so yes let them know you are vegan.

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  10. They used to be good to make sure everything was vegan. And used to include a page in their menu saying as such.

    However in their 2009 menu revamp they do not include such a page, and late in 2009 they installed freezers for sale of products in their entrance area which includes a large array of mock meat and tofu products. When I looked at the ingredients of their products in there, almost everything (including at least one of the tofus) had animal products in it.

    As such I no longer consider Enlightened Cuisine to be vegan, or vegan friendly, as the products in their freezer seem to be the same style of products they use in their dishes. :(

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  11. Hi ella,

    thanks so much for your comment, that is really distressing. I will be sure to grill them the next time I go in there and make sure everything is kosher.

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