I was sure that I had posted about Bowl of Soul before, but apparently not. I do have to admit that we don't go nearly enough because it's not a northside restaurant. Yes I know, so lazy! We went there as a part of the goodbye gluten tour and loved it. Bowl of soul is a small vegetarian cafe that specialises in mockmeat type sandwiches and burgers. You could easily grab some takeaway and walk the 10-15 minutes to the beach, if you felt inclined. The owners are friendly and most things can be made vegan by substituting soy cheese and vegan bacon. Most of the burgers/sandwhiches range from $10-$12 mark.
I had the stakeout sandwich deluxe with vegan cheese and bacon. This comes with fried onions, BBQ sauce, salad etc and is so damn tasty. The 'stake' texture is not particuarly steaky which is great because I always hated steak but it does have a slight beefy texture and I love the chilli rub that they apply to to 'stake' which gives it the slightest kick of chilli. I would so love one of these right now:
and Toby had the creole chic'n roll deluxe also with vegan cheese and bacon. This comes with cajun spiced 'chicken' with mayo and salad. I really can't decide which is my favourite between the two of these dishes., they are both awesome but Toby prefers the 'stakeout'.
Sometimes I think I could make these at home using mockmeat but the yummy bread, homemade sauces really do make it worthwhile. I think they are pretty filling and couldn't finish mine, whereas Toby being the crazy eater that he is, thinks he could eat 1 and a half.
Here's the standard menu (click on the pic to see a larger pic), which is pretty gluten heavy. But they do have a few gluten free meals and gluten free brownies (although not vegan) in their fridge section. I though the g/f meals looked pretty bland, but according to Carla they were pretty tasty.
As an added bonus, they sell my favourite juice- Charlie's old fashioned raspberry lemonade, so refreshing:
They generally sell vegan chocolate covered figs which are delicious, but were not available on the night we went. I've tried making my own chocolate fidgs, but they don't end up nearly as good, I'm not sure what their secret is, but they are well worth trying. Cindy blogged about them here.
I willl miss your gluteny dishes bowl of soul!
Bowl of Soul
118 Bridge St
Tue- Sat 12-4, 6-8