Hip, wholesome and totally plant based? That's the premise of a new vegan eatery set to open its doors in the Melbourne beachside suburb of St Kilda. Aiming to change the way we think about vegan food, the The Alley seeks to cater for plant-based dieters and health-conscious carnivores alike. From gluten-free pasta to maple bacon burgers and Mac'n'cheese - The Alley's menu delivers hearty vegan food that moves beyond your average Buddha bowl (not that we don't dig those, too).
The brainchild of former lawyer-turned hospitality guru Alexandra Pyke, The Alley follows a string of successful overseas ventures from the Australian entrepreneur, such as cocktail and oyster bar The Leadbelly, famed NYC hangout The Fat Radish and cold-pressed juice bar and vegetarian cafe The Butchers Daughter.
The 35-seat café isn't just dishing up comfort food, either. Expect to see takeaway options, salads, guilt-free desserts, acai bowls, cold-pressed juices and smoothies on offer as well. And once you're done getting your daily dose of greens, be sure to hit up a bottle of craft beer or glass of bio-dynamic raw wine when you're done. Nice one.
The Alley opens in the first week of March on St Kilda Rd, St Kilda, Melbourne.