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.


There's an extensive range of asian and western inspired dishes at Sister of Soul; we went with the Bibimbap Nutritional Bowl ($17), the Udon Noodle Stir Fry ($18.50), Chickpea Kharma Curry ($15) and a Gnocchi ($19). We also ordered lattes ($4)and cold press juices ($7.50) - the juices were really fresh and flavoursome, however for the price, the portion was quite small.


The Bibimbap Bowl consisted of marinated tofu, kimchi, salted cucumber, bean shoots, pickled carrot, daikon, shiitake mushrooms, a seaweed salad and brown rice, and was topped with shredded nori and bibi hot sauce. The flavours and textures of the dish all went really well together for a light yet filling meal; the crunch of the kimchi and cucumber, the crispiness of the tofu and the chewy seaweed salad with the soft brown rice.


The udon noodles came with enoki mushrooms, choi sum, crispy soy nuggets and veggies in a spiced black vinegar and black bean sauce, drizzled with srircha and topped with black sesame and snow pea tendrils. The portion of the dish was quite filling, and again, very flavoursome, especially with the use of the spiced black vinegar sauce. I wasn't a big fan of the soy nuggets though - usually with vegetarian/vegan dishes, I prefer alternatives as opposed to 'fake' meat, but this is just a personal opinion.


The curry dish was made up of indian chickpeas, red lentils, potato and cauliflower, simmered in a masala tomato sauce and served with labne (greek yoghurt) and a tomato, cucumber, radish and mixed leaf salad. Again, this was a really enjoyable dish that was full of flavour, and only mild in spiciness so can be eaten even if you're not very good at handling spicy food. The curry itself went really well with the roti (additional $3) and the labne to balance the dish out and not feel too heavy, and the roti itself was light and not oily at all. The salad, although refreshing and gave the curry a lightness, had a bit too much dressing in it that got really acidic by the end.


The gnocchi was served with a classic napoli sauce, roast pumpkin, spinach, house made almond feta and basil oil. The gnocchi was really soft and had a smooth consistency, with strong tomato and basil flavours coming through from the napoli sauce. As a vegan alternative, the almond feta doesn't have the salty, strong cheese flavours you usually get from feta cheese, though was still great in bringing the whole dish together.


We had a really enjoyable experience at Sister of Soul, and it's a great example of how vegan and vegetarian dishes can be delicious and full of flavour, despite not having certain elements to it that we'd usually be used to having. Definitely worth a try!

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 8.5/10

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