unimelb food in 2012 there have been some changes but also some constants. I miss the food co-op and the calzone place but am pleased the crepe stand and Animal Orchestra are still going strong. Today I will share some more foodie photos from the campus taken over quite some time because I don't get out and about there often.
Above is a Middle Eastern fusion style cafe in the Union Building called Ho Hos. I really enjoyed this warm cheese and vegemite pie with two fresh salads with quinoa and lots of cabbage, green beans and tomatoes.
Zambrero, a franchise tex mex cafe, is a popular place in the Union Building if the queues during O Week are anything to go by. They are not the cheapest place on campus but provide a substantial meal with lots of vegies. The best and worst thing about Zambrero is all the choice. You choose a basic burrito or bowl and then walk along the counter being asked what you want for fillings, salsa, sauces etc. I love the bowls and I think this photo is of a IQ Bowl with black rice, lettuce, beans and cauliflower, cheese (they do vegan cheese), corn and tomatoes with goodness knows what sauce. And kombucha.
Dr Dax Kitchen is a newish cafe on Royal Parade. I love that they are on the corner of Genetics Lane. They are a proper sit down cafe with lots of space for group meals. There is a table menu, soup of the day, salad bar and a cafeteria style bain marie. I love how they have some coloured rolls (like a vivid pink beetroot bun in a salad roll). However it is a bit hit and miss. When I last visited, none of the hot foods appealed so I had a cauliflower cheese leek pie with an apple, rocket and cranberry salad and a some hot chips. It was the perfect warm meal to eat while I caught up on reading.
Professors Walk beside the Bailieu Library. Of course in my student days we spent a lot of time at the library because no one had heard of the internet and there weren't fancy cafes like this about. Not that it is terribly fancy by today's standards. But I enjoyed the punpkin and feta wrap on a quiet day out of semester time last year.
Pronto Pizza in the Union Building. I like the place far more than the photo would suggest. I have been to functions where Pronto Pizza cater and the pizza is amazing. It is always popular with the students. There is a fantastic vegan pizza with a garlic infused olive oil base, broccoli, roasted peppers, caramelised onion and sauteed potatoes. They also do gluten free bases. However the pizza in the photo above was a slice from the bain marie of a vegetarian pizza with vegetables blanketed by tomato sauce and mozzarella. It was good but I have enjoyed their freshly baked pizzas more.
Egg Sake Bistro in the basement of the Union Building. It often has queues but I was curious after some people recommended it. I had thought I was getting a bento box or a curry don bowl but I seemed to have a choice of three dishes and the vegetarian ones weren't clearly marked or there weren't many. I had teriyaki tofu, rice and a crumbed and fried potato. It was a little stodgy even with a few salad leaves. Not quite what I had hoped. I did notice as I left that the opposite counter had spring rolls in a sushi handroll which I really wanted to try because it sounded so odd. Maybe another time I will get along there. And I keep hoping there are some more substantial meal to be had there.
Dumpling and Tea Co near North Court outside the Union Building. I had two dishes with rice. The thin sliced tofu was not quite my thing but I really loved the fried potato, green pepper and eggplant dish. It is a cheap and cheerful sort of cafe that is perfect for students and appealed to me more than the other Chinese cafes around the union building which don't seem to do much vegetarian meals of interest.
University of Melbourne Farmers Market on Wednesdays during semester. Above is the vegetarian baked potato with butter, cheese, coleslaw, avocado and sour cream from the Trentham Potatoes stall. It is just one of the delicious offerings there that I would highly recommend.
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