Shakahari

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As a social worker, I am expected to case note everything I do (phone calls, emails, client appointments) within 48 hours of the event occurring (but preferably immediately). This is for obvious reasons – the longer you leave it, the more likely you are to miss important details. Before I leave work in the evening I catch up on any notes from throughout the day that I haven’t yet had a chance to write up.

I only wish I could have such a sense of urgency with my blogging! This post dates back to March, and as a result, the details of the meal are kind of fuzzy. This meal took place as a celebration for me starting my first ‘real’ job, and so naturally I chose to have it at Shakahari.

Shakahari have long been one of my favourites – I’ve had many a ‘special occasion’ dinner here, in fact, it has always been one of my main go-to celebration meal place. Even with more and more amazing vegan eateries popping up all the time, Shakahari still holds a special place in my heart and continues to provide outstanding vegetarian food. I still remember drinking my first ever long island iced tea here on a birthday years back.

Shakahari have been dishing up amazing vegetarian dishes in Carlton since 1972, and have now expanded to open a second restaurant – Shakahari Too – in South Melbourne. They also hold the title of the longest running exclusively vegetarian restaurant in Australia – how cool is that?

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We got a couple of entrees to share to start us off, and found it difficult to select just three. This was the rainbow pate – I was definitely attracted to the colour in this dish. The pate was lovely, though we could have done with a couple more crackers to split between us.

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This is a terrible picture of the avocado magic – a sort of avocado tempura. I remember enjoying this one a few years back, and it didn’t disappoint this time either. The sauce is coriander based, and brings a wonderful strong flavor to the creamy avocado.

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Lastly, some delicious treats – I can’t remember what they are! I’m looking at the menu thinking it must be the mushroom agnolotti. Whatever it was, I do remember it was delicious.

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For my main, I ordered the ‘Legendary Satay Shakahari’. I can understand why it’s legendary – the satay sauce is the stickiest, creamiest, peanutiest satay sauce ever, and the differing textures of the tofu, seitan and vegetables work a treat.

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Other orders on the table included this dish, which again, I cannot remember – it had many components and from memory the zucchini bits were kind of pickled?

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A couple of people on the table went for the laksa, which was also full of amazing tofu, tempeh and seitan textures.

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Somebody else enjoyed this beautiful pesto pasta dish, topped with soy cheese and pine nuts.

I think there was another main, but it didn’t make the cut due to it’s non-veganness (totally a word).

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Finally, what meal at Shakahari is complete without a tofu crème caramel? ARGHYUMMM. This is a perfect dessert – silky tofu topped with crunchy pistachio toffee and drizzled with a sweet caramel sauce. Yaaaaayyy! I think most people on the table got this, though there were a few non-vegan options making an appearance too.

Phew, I bumbled my way through that one. Luckily, my blog is not going to ever be subpoenaed for court (I hope), so I guess the sketchy details don’t matter too much. Or the sketchy photos. Hmm. Lesson learnt – I think it’s time to try and cut through my backlog again. See you soon blog-world!

Shakahari
201-203 Faraday St, Carlton
Mon-Fri – 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 9.30pm
Sat – 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10.30pm
Sun – 6pm – 10.30pm

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16 responses »

  1. I know the feeling of looking at older photos and wondering whatever was that! Sometimes when I take photos I know I will want to blog in future but not just yet I give them a long title with the actual name of the dish – though I know even finding time to name photos can be hard and I stall on that sometimes too. Well done for resurrecting your memories and making note of what looks like a great dinner – that rainbow pate looks brilliant – I love Shakahari but haven’t been for ages – not since a 40 degree day when their air conditioning struggled – must go back again soon.

    • Thanks Johanna – that’s a great idea. I have been meaning to start something like that – I had been meaning to jot something down in a notebook or whatever, but it all seemed a little too homework-y. Labeling the photo files seems like a much more efficient way to get around that!

      Yes, Shakahari is so lovely (maybe a little less on a 40 degree day though…), I will have to go and check out Shakahari Too as well, just for quality assurance of course ;)

  2. Shakahari is Ben’s family’s go-to celebratory restaurant too! I’ve had a couple of super delicious meals there with them, it’s so nice to have options, and it’s just that bit fancier than most other all-veg restaurants!

  3. I always try to take a little notebook with me to places I’m planning to blog about, especially when I’m travelling and eating at 2 or 3 new places a day! Shakahari sounds wonderful especially because they have avocado tempura with coriander sauce, that’s like my dream dish!!

  4. I love Shakahari, and was supposed to go there for my birthday this year, until it got hijacked (my birthday, not Shakahari). I’ll have to have a makeup dinner. I ALWAYS have Avocado Magic, Satay Shakahari and Tofu Creme Caramel. I always SAY I’ll have something different, but I never do.

    • Hehe I’m glad Shakahari didn’t get hijacked! I hope your bday ended up hijacked in a good way? It’s soooo hard to steer from the dishes you know and love – that’s why I love going with others so that I can taste their plates too!

  5. I feel you, I may not be a case worker, but I love to note everything especially for travels whether it comes to accommodation, transportation, addresses, details for the dishes, etc. I wish I’d wrote down the name of dishes/details I’d tried few years ago before I started this blog. Ah, Shakahari Too in south Melbourne – so awesome that it’s the longest running vegetarian place…I must check this gem out! Can you recommend a couple of awesome vegan eats in Melbourne? I’ll be staying there for a month…so curious to know what’s like eating vegan there ;) Goodness, the satay looks absolutely saucy and yum! I would love to try all the dishes you’ve tried, they all look wonderful!

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