Since Christmas day last year was Sunday, in Australia they made the day after the boxing day public holiday as well, so we found a few vegetarian restaurants that we planned to visit were all closed. We were disappointed and hungry, and found Gopals in the nearby area to our rescue. In order not to get disappointed again, we did call them. And they answered cheerfully that they opened until late.
It is located quite close to the city center, on the street opposite of the St.Paul’s Cathedral. It wasn’t facing the street though, so you had to check the sign hanging under the celling. After three floors of stairs, we landed ourselves on the second floor, where the restaurants is.
The decoration is rather simple. On one side you have walls with round black boards featuring the meal sets, under that it’s the food counter. On the other side there was couches, tables and chairs. There are tables and chairs in the middle areas too. However, my favorite place is the tall windows, painted in white, you can sit here and eat while admiring the green leaves just outside. A few painting were hanging on the wall, together with the warm light in round glasses, it gives a spacey, cozy yet simple ambiance.
Food is served behind the counter. A few Indian curries, one Thai tofu curry, samosas, koftas etc as hot dish, and a few salads as cold dishes. We chose the Vegan meal deal which includes two types of hot dishes, two kinds of salads, one dessert (you can choose between oat balls and sweet couscous) along with home-made drinks. We found that quite price-valued.
Thai tofu curry, kofta ball in tomato sauce, carrot and red beet salad, chickpea salad, chocolate oat ball, lime and mint drink.
Two indian curries with white beans, bean sprouts, red cabbage and spinage salad, chickpea salad, cardamom and vanilla ball, apple and wheat grass drink. And roti bread for both of us.
We found the food mild but flavored in the right balance, they’re all fresh and tasty. The food were in good portion so we ate ourselves very full. The chocolate oat ball reminded me so much of the Swedish Chokladbollar (my vegan recipe HERE) and I don’t mind having a second helping if I still had the space in my stomach haha! And soft drinks were pretty good too, especially the lime and mint one. It might be slightly too sweet for my taste, but it’s quite refreshing! The staff were very friendly which made our order quite pleasantly. We had our meals next to the window and it was nice to eat under the green while observing the busy street downstairs.
We highly recommend Gopal’s as restaurant to go to when you’re in town in Melbourne. For inexpensive price, we got a very satisfied meal (including desert that we don’t need to pay extra) and friendly service.
Address: 139 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9650 1578