Vego and Love'n It - Adelaide's secret vegan gem.

I'm always hesitant to catch up with old school friends for meals since choosing to eat a vegan diet. If I had a dollar for every time I was asked to explain why I'm vegan, I wouldn't be here writing a blog at 8pm on a Thursday night.

When Liz asked to catch up with me while she was back in Australia and told me she was a vegetarian, I jumped at the chance to set-up a lunch date at Vego and Love'n It. When I actually met Liz, she confessed to me that "I'm mostly vegetarian except I eat animals my mates hunt in Canada, I can't remember what the name of that diet is". Well Liz, it's not vegetarian but I'll give you two points for trying.

Liz was as surprised as I was to see the small yellow doorway squeezed in between Naked and Cherri Bellini on Rundle St. We scurried up the narrow, worn staircase to find a red door leading to a kitsch, typically vegan cafe.

Vego and Love'n it entrance, Adelaide
Entrance to Vego and Love'n It. Image credit: Google Street View

The combination of vinyl chairs surrounding laminate top tables and an eclectic collection of art haphazardly adorning the walls of this small space resembles the cute and random way a four year old dresses themselves. We took a seat and began studying the menu board. As soon as we'd decided, our order of two half-sized Bali Burgers and a large and small carrot, celery, beetroot and ginger juice was taken at the table - impressive!
Menu board at Vego and Love'n It - Adelaide.
The menu board blends in with the other artwork on the walls.
Liz had barely finished telling her next story about watching a bear catch salmon and our juices were delivered (we couldn't tell which was large and which was small but they were both definitely fresh with well balanced flavours), our burgers followed shortly afterwards. I should let you know that the burgers are $14 for a whole burger and $7 for a half serve - unless I'd just finished the 40 Hour Famine, a half size is more than enough.
Balii Burger at Vego and Love'n It, Adelaide
The Bali Burger. Epic half serve.
Now to the serious stuff. The rye bread roll surrounding the burger was fresh and slightly crusty on top but the base was lost somewhere under the patty. I was hoping for a toasted bun - something I miss since being vegan is crunchy textures in food. The patty was thick, moist and perfectly seasoned. It didn't crumble when I cut into it but I couldn't identify every ingredient. Maybe it was potato, maybe it was cauliflower, maybe it was both. Whatever it was, the flavour brought that smiley frown to my face that says "golly gosh, I'm enjoying this food". Topped with grated carrot, a piece of lettuce and delicious chilli sauce, the burger is as generous as it is delicious.
Hot sauce, salt, pepper and table numbers at Vego and Love'n It, Adelaide
Every where you look, there's something cute and kitsch.
Our plates were cleared quickly, we didn't have time to stay for tea so we settled the $24.50 account (that's not a typo) and we went back down the stairs to Rundle St.

mis-matched plates and cutlery at Vego and Love'n It, Adelaide
This may indicate how much I enjoyed my Bali Burger.
Ambiance:  3/5 - it's cute, quaint but a little cramped.
Service: 4/5 - I loved the table service but there is minimal effort made to up-sell.
Food: 9/10 - it's great 100% vegan lunch grub, creative vegan menu and more than just burgers.

In total, Tom  gives Vego and Love'n It  16/20 chops on the chopping board.

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  1. best burgers in adelaide

  2. i agree - i am vego now (3 years). but have been eating here for 20 years. they are adelaide's best. i just wish they were open during non work hours!


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