Sister of Soul, St Kilda

Sister of Soul is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in St Kilda, in the popular Acland Street close to St Kilda beach. The restaurant prides itself on being a vegan/vegetarian establishment, along with having gluten free, raw foods and no garlic/onion options. The restaurant also gives tonnes of food waste and coffee grinds to the St Kilda Veg Out Community Gardens, to enrich the soil and help grow veggies, fruits and herbs.

On the corner of Acland Street and Shakespeare Grove, the restaurant has large windows that allow for plenty of natural light to enter, and the light brick walls plus white ceiling make for a bright, lively atmosphere filled with chatter from all the customers. Service was really great, with the food all coming out within 15 minutes even though it was really busy when we were there.

High Society, Armadale

Last weekend, I was invited to High Society in Armadale for a blogger review, a popular cafe that is located on High St, in the bridal district of Armadale. The cafe is easily accessible by tram 6 and there's plenty of parking on the side streets. The cafe went through new ownership late last year, but is still a popular brunch spot in the area.

The decor at High Society is simple and minimalistic, spacious and bright with the white walls and natural light coming in from the front. Apart from seating inside the cafe, there's a courtyard out the back, as well as in front of the cafe, lined with a white picket fence and white wooden chairs and tables. The staff were friendly though as we sat outside, at times it took awhile to get their attention, and our food came in about fifteen minutes.

Zero95, Doncaster East

Zero95 is a woodfire pizza eatery in Doncaster East, in the small shopping strip along Doncaster Road before Blackburn Road. The restaurant prides itself on creating an authentic and unique pizza experience, and I have to say it's probably some of the best pizza that I've had in Melbourne!

The restaurant has plenty of seating, though as it is so popular, definitely book a table to avoid not getting a seat. The front counter and woodfire pizza oven/station make up most of one side, and the rest of the restaurant has simple decor with brick walls and a few decorations hung up. It's always a lively atmosphere at Zero95 with the large groups of friends and family gatherings, but never too noisy that you can't hear the people next to you.

Punjabi Curry Cafe, Collingwood

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to Punjabi Curry Cafe in Collingwood to review the restaurant. Located in Johnstone St in Collingwood, the restaurant is a short walk from Smith St and easily accessible by tram 86. Punjabi Curry Cafe specialises in Northern Indian food, and prides itself on high level quality service and food.

The restaurant has minimal decoration; Indian artwork hangs on the walls, and the whole place is basked in a dim lighting. Upbeat Indian music started playing about halfway through our meal, and combined with the chatter from all the patrons made for a cosy atmosphere. The staff were attentive and friendly, and gave us good suggestions when we were deciding what to order.

Holla Coffee Roasters, Richmond

Holla Coffee Roasters is one of many cafes around the Richmond/Abbotsford area, on Victoria St just before Church St. The cafe is easily accessible by trams 12, 109, 78 or 79, and a short walk from North Richmond Station. The cafe prides itself on roasting its own speciality coffee and serving up ethical, free-range and trending modern Australian foods.

The cafe is very spacious and the first thing you notice when you walk in is how green it is. Plants and greenery fill up most of the space in the cafe, giving it an almost greenhouse like feel. Upbeat music plays in the background, and the atmosphere is lively. Staff were friendly and attentive, though there was about a 20 minute wait for food even though it wasn't very busy, and unfortunately the cafe does not allow for split bills.

Chicken or the Egg, Canterbury

Chicken or the Egg is a relatively new cafe that has opened in Canterbury on the popular shopping strip of Maling Road, a five minute walk to Canterbury Station on the Belgrave/Lilydale lines and five minute drive from the heart of Camberwell. We had actually come from the Sunday Market, wanting to find something close by that we didn't have to wait too long for a table for.

The cafe feels very open and spacious, and there's plenty of seating both inside and out. The white walls and simple decor, together with the old looking wooden tables, give the whole place a homely and comfortable atmosphere, that was quite busy with people the whole time we were there on a Sunday afternoon. The staff were friendly and attentive, though there was about a 25 minute wait for our food. Breakfast and lunch are both served all day, and there's a good range of sweet and savoury options as well as a cabinet at the front of sweet goodies.

Miss Marple's Tea Room, Sassafras

Miss Marples is a cute little tea room in the town of Sassafras, located in the Dandenong Ranges about an hour drive from Melbourne CBD. The tea room is most well known for its scones, and is a popular destination for day trips or a nice lunch spot after doing the 1000 steps nearby (about a ten minute drive).

The restaurant is funished in a Tudor style, and the name Miss Marple is actually based off a famous character from Agatha Christie's novels. Miss Marple memorabilia and teapots line the walls of the restaurant, which has a very homely feel, with its floral tablecloths and simple lighting on every wooden pillar. The staff were friendly and attentive, and our food came in about 15 minutes. We went at 12pm on a Sunday and luckily only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table for three, however a friend who went on the same day about an hour later had to put their name down for about a half an hour wait.

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