HERE'S one for the oft-forgotten vegetarians and vegans in the house!
We give you some of the top places in Ballarat to indulge in a vegetarian feast - with some tips for the vegans and gluten-free peeps thrown in for good measure.
This place will change any preconceived notions you may hold towards plant-based diets. The gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free cafe serves up everything you could hope for - from sweet treats to smashed avo, grazing platters to coffee, tacos to burritos, soups to smoothies. And with a philosophy of decadence without the guilt, you can't go wrong! Oh, and their selection of desserts include Oreo blocks, lemon tarts, Nutella tarts, donuts and blueberry cheesecakes. Drooling yet?
This 100 per cent gluten-free cafe in the heart of the CBD has a range of vegetarian options to provide the energy boost you need to kick-start your day. There are also a number of vegan and dairy-free options on the menu, including a vegan bowl with quinoa, kale, cherry tomatoes, tofu and avocado, chia seed porridge, and warm beetroot salad. Also boasting a dedicated kids menu, this place is a sure crowd pleaser!
Chat for Tea is a local favourite, and its exclusive vegetarian menu features stir-fries, noodles, nuggets, rice and all the tofu and soy! It's the Asian cuisine you know and love, with a difference. Combine this with the fact that the space itself evokes a certain sense of peace and tranquility, and you've got yourself a unique dining experience smack-bang in the middle of Ballarat's food precinct.
We couldn't compile this list without including an Indian option - and Aroma is one of the city's finest. Dine in or take-away, this hotspot has an impressive line-up of vegetarian options, doused in the rich herbs and spices that Indian cuisine is known for. Samosas, butter masala, vegetarian kormas and a range of delicious cheese curries, it's a winner for dinner.
If there's one thing that tastes just as good (if not better) served vegetarian - it's pizza. And The Forge is Ballarat's best. For a crowd favourite, you can't go past the pumpkin, while the Margherita will also have you salivating at first bite (and sight). There's also a range of mouthwatering vegetarian salads and pasta dishes, as well as a stellar antipasto platter to boot. Hot tip: The Forge serves up some of the best gluten-free pizzas you'll ever taste! Can't go passed it.
Thai food. It's who you turn to when you're after a lazy night in, or want something to delight your heart and warm your belly. Gor Gai is one of the most authentic Thai spots in Ballarat - boasting a menu of noodles and street food and some great vegetarian options. They also home-deliver, so you can enjoy some true international cuisine in the comfort of your own home.
Here's something different. Ethiopian cuisine right in the middle of the city. With a whole bunch of vegetarian and gluten-free options, this is authentic international food that will fill you up without breaking the bank!