Where Mana gaming bar used to be is now a new vegetarian / vegan cafe called Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar. As a merely underemployed person, I took an unemployed vegetarian friend there for lunch recently to talk about our circumstances and compare experiences. Being one of these freezing wet wintery days we both wanted hot food, and ordered the same chickpea and vegetable coconut curry, which is served with a papadum and rice. It was extremely satisfying, with carrot, potato and sweet potato and walnuts as well as lots of spices.

We then each had a chai latte, and separate desserts: pecan pie for her and chocolate brownie for me. Both were delicious but the brownie taking me by surprise with a blast of banana flavour. Be warned: this is dense stuff that will challenge you to finish it but finish it I did. With charming staff offering friendly service, and a key point of difference in offering a specialty chai bar, Radhey fits well into the growing vegetarian / vegan precinct on Brunswick St and has something unique to offer. You don’t need to be vegetarian or vegan to enjoy what Radhey is serving.

radhey1 lunch at Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar

radhey3 lunch at Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar

radhey2 lunch at Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar

lunch at Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar

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