I seriously doubt whether there was a single vegan ANZAC in either world wars, however if there was, I salute them with my vegan version of a family favourite, adapted from the simple recipe in mum's CWA cookbook. I added a touch of dark chocolate, because I'm sure that if the troops could have got there hands on some they would have savoured every little morsel. Lest we forget.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
unit 2/19 Bussell Highway
next to Red Rooster
beans : 5 senses arabica
leaf : loose leaf $4.20 per pot
soy : Vitasoy, extra 50c
caffeine free : fresh juice fruit mix, apple, pear, orange, watermelon ($7.50)
dunk : gingerbread people with smartie buttons ($2.50)
fork : sweetly decorated cupcakes & daily sweet & savoury muffins ($3.50)
knife : Yallingup woodfired fruit toast ($6.50)
plate & bowl : lentil burger with salad, sour cream & beetroot chutney ($12.50) or the vegetarian breakfast of roast tomato, mushrooms, spinach, feta, poached egg, avocado, pesto oil & sourdough toast ($13.50) - vegan option can be arranged
footprint : steel cap boots or thongs
latte price : $3.90
service : young & friendly
open : Monday to Thursday 7am to 3pm , Friday 7am to 9pm, Saturday 9am to 2pm
the buzz : Long deterred by its location in the bowels of “chicken world", I was encouraged by a friend (and Urban regular) to meet for a coffee and temporarily cast aside my disdain for carpark views. It is, after all, this carpark and the corner highway location that makes the café a favourite for tradesmen with trailers, and people that want to avoid the centre of town or grab a take-away before work.
The owners have injected their Maori heritage into the decorating scheme with an eclectic gamut of themed souvenirs against a backdrop of forest green walls and mismatched furniture. A kids play area dominates one corner, which depending on the source of your perception is a fantastic distraction or a gross waste of window seating.
The Urban have built a loyal clientele with their consistent and approachable food, friendly service and excellent value. All day breakfasts are generous, and the no-nonsense lunches service customers with fast takeaway. A vegetarian hunger can be easily satiated and they are happy to modify certain dishes to suit vegans. 5 Senses beans are a solid foundation to a satisfying coffee, but the extra soy charge is regrettable.
While I appreciated the Urban’s unpretentious vibe and easy access is attractive for many, the location and echoes of an office block cafeteria drops it down my local favourites list. However if you feel threatened by the lofty dining at Margaret River wineries and don’t want to pay inflated prices with your ocean view, the Urban offers honest, good value food and somewhere you can put your feet up, boots and all, with a coffee and the daily paper.