Shakahari Too, 225 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne.Phone: 9682 2207
Consider The Sauce Thing 1 was happy to accept an invitation to a gathering at Shakahari Too in South Melbourne.
Consider The Sauce Thing 2 was rather less keen.
“Vegetarian?,” said he, skepticism plainly writ on his face.
“Think of it not as vegetarian but more as Asian food without meat,” father instructed son.
The occasion was a group dinner organised by Monique of Mon’s Adventure’s fame as part of her Vegetetarian Mission – and we fully enjoyed the whole night, eating different food and meeting new people.
The Carlton Shakahari has been around as long as I’ve been in Melbourne.
Despite vegetarian nightmares associated with previous lives in other countries, I was happy to give the South Melbourne branch a shot.
But in the end, and based entirely on the main courses Bennie and I selected, I confess his skepticism was warranted.
Monique shouted the whole bunch of us an entree called Avocado Magic ($15.50).
This tempura dish was lovely, and its deep-fried vibe even impressed Bennie.
“Avocado wedges and red capsicum rolled in thin eggplant slices, tempura fried in a rice batter” and “served with a jade green coriander and sesame puree” was a terrific, the lusciousness of the avocado an unusual delight.
I have cookbooks and recipes I revere that do without onions, garlic and chilli, so I know great food can be produced by doing so.
Or it is perhaps that we so very regularly eat such highly charged and spiced food?