The original plan was to head to Yong's Green Food on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. But unfortunately, due to a horrific fire next door, Yong's was temporarily closed. So off we trotted across the road to try Madame K's Vegetarian café for the first time.
Offering Asian inspired fare, the menu consists of items such as wheat protein duck and mushroom made lamb. Now, I had never tried fake meat before, so I approached a few of my meals with quite some trepidation.
The BBQ wheat protein chicken which accompanied the pawpaw salad and sticky rice ($21.50) was actually quite nice and had a similar texture (and indeed flavour) to that of tofu.
However, the "mushroom lamb" in the Lamb Madras Curry ($16.90) was not such a hit, having a chewy, almost grisly, texture.
The dish of the night for me was the roti bread with peanut sauce ($6.00) - simple, but delicious. The chive dumplings ($6.90) were also up there as a favourite.
The betal leaves ($9.00) were my dining companion's favourite, but the raw onion was a bit too much for me and I wouldn't recommend this dish if you are going home to a hot date.
Unfortunately we were too full to try any of the deserts but, as a word of recommendation, I would highly advise saving room for one of their scrumptious treats as the desert menu did look incredible!
Verdict: Like - get around to trying it at some point.