As we all know, I love trying new places, but it’s so easy to fall back into the hole of going back to places you’ve been to before. If you know something is good, why try anywhere else? This is what we nearly ended up doing on Saturday. Wanting to book somewhere for dinner, we wanted to go back to Smith and Daughters; admittedly they have a new menu, but it’s still not a new place. As expected though, they were fully booked, apart from some super late night places, so we looked for somewhere else.
Madame K’s Vegetarian has been on my list for a while, but I’m more of a burger and chips kind of gal, so don’t tend to go for places that offer Asian cuisines. However, having heard good things, we decided to give it a go.
It’s a super cute little place, small, but really nicely decorated. We were seated right next to the window, which is so perfect for me. I love to be nosy and people watch, and here, we were able to watch everything going out on the streets.
I will start by saying that they don’t serve alcohol, which is a shame, but they do offer BYO, so if you’re going keep that in mind.
We struggled to pick a starter, because they all looked so good, but ended up choosing satay chicken and chive dumplings to share between the two of us. And ohhhh my god, they were good. The satay chicken skewers were so realistic and the satay sauce was perfect. The chive dumplings were equally as good, a delightful aromatic chive flavour with a delicious dipping sauce. Although as always, mock meat is my favourite, so I think the satay skewers won this round.
For my main, I decided to give the Laska a go. Laska is so popular in Melbourne but I hadn’t tried it anywhere, so I felt this was as good as place as any. It came with tofu as well as some mock meats, including prawn and chicken (yassss). It was delicious. The flavour was so aromatic and the portion was huge. I can’t say I was particularly elegant whilst I was eating it though, and sauce was flying everywhere; over my face, my hair, my clothes, my table, even Sam. I tried though, but noodles in a soup isn’t exactly my forte. If you’re going with a date, unless you’re experienced in this dish, I’d go for something else. I’d definitely recommend it though.
Sam went with a fish dish, which unfortunately I didn’t manage to remember the name of (vegan, of course). It was different. I wasn’t as much of a fan, but he really enjoyed it, and the fish was very realistic, so I suppose it depends on what you like!
Finally, dessert, of course, because you can’t go anywhere without a dessert. I went with the banana filo (the one on the black and white plate that looks like I’ve cut the photo in half), and Sam went with the banana fritters. First off, I’ll say they were both fab. However, the filo was definitely better because it was so much lighter. Obviously banana fritters are deep fried banana, and normally I’m all over something like that, but it was a bit too heavy. I guess again, it depends on your personal preference. Portions were huge too; you definitely can’t leave here without getting a dessert.
I dare to say that I think Madame K’s is now one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne, and that’s a big statement considering to how many I’ve visited. Everything is vegan, which makes choosing so much less stressful, and so insanely delicious. If you’re around Fitzroy, give it a go immediately and you won’t be disappointed.