Spud Bar and Nostralis Pizza

It’s amazing how quickly I’ve gone from being up to date with all my posts to having a backlog. Gah!

I have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, completing my first fortnight of my new job. The stress and excitement of starting a new job couple with the travel time to and from work have left me feeling pretty tired by the time I get myself home. Hopefully as I start to get into a better rhythm things will start to balance out a little.

The other week Billy and I went to a show at the Corner, and I needed something to fill my tummy before hand. We went for a walk down Swan St and bumped into Spud Bar, which I have never been to before. I’ve heard lots of rave reviews about the place, and so I thought I’d give it a try.

I asked if they were able to do me a vegan potato, which was no problem at all. Spud Bar is sort of like Subway, but with potatoes – in that they have a range of ‘fillings’ and toppings on display, so you can pick and choose what you want. You can also choose between a potato or a sweet potato for your base.

I just went with a the standard veggie spud topped with hummus and some tomato salsa. This was pretty good at satisfying my need for a simple, fresh meal. I wouldn’t say the flavour was AMAZING, but it was decent. I did slather it with tabasco sauce though to give it a bit of a kick. Mmm spicy.

Later on in the week, we decided to have a pizza and movie night and I was determined to finally try Nostralis Pizza. I have been wanting to try it for everrrr, particularly since Plush Pizza closed (boooo!). Nostralis do wholemeal, exclusively vegetarian pizzas, with stacks of vegan and gluten-free options. They’ve been in the business since 1981 which I thought was pretty darn impressive.

My apologies for the shocking photos here. After the time it took us to get these pizzas home, there was no time for excellent lighting or production skills.

We ordered the first two pizzas on the list, just because they sounded interesting and different from the typical pizzas that vegans can access. This was the Nostralis Special, with tomato, bean shoots, capsicum, onion, olives, soy beans, pineapple, chili, garlic and herbs. Chaos!

I quite liked this one, though the structural integrity of each slice was seriously compromised by the thick layer of bean sprouts. This was definitely a two hands job. The others were not such big fans, saying it lacked flavour. I suppose with so many bean sprouts they kind of outshone the rest of the ingredients.


We also got the Vindaloo pizza, which was described as having tomato, cheese, banglore beans, peppers, sultanas, hot spices, bananas, onions and vindaloo curry paste. I didn’t mind this, but I couldn’t find any banana or sultanas which was a little disappointing. Maybe they were blended into the paste? I’m not sure, I couldn’t taste them either. It wasn’t as spicy as I would have liked either.

Both these pizzas were good, but I had hoped for better. HOWEVER, I would love to go back and try some of the more traditional flavours, as I think they might be more suited to my pizza taste buds.ย  Also, living a fifteen-twenty minute trip from Nostralis meant our pizzas were no longer steaming fresh by the time we got them home, so next time I’d definitely like to dine in, or at least grab them and take them to a nearby park or something. I think they’d be rocking straight out of the oven.
Spud Bar
226 Swan St, Richmond (and various other locations)
Mon – Fri – 11.30am – 9.30pm
Sat – Sun – 11.30am – 9pm

Nostralis Pizza
55 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North
Tues-Sun – 5.30pm – 10pm(ish)


  1. I am not a lover of bean sprouts. To me, they’re so darn watery, they ruin everything!!! I think I would’ve picked the whole layer out if I had that first pizza! I like the sound of the second spicy one, though a big boo to the absence of the bananas and sultanas! Sounds like the Nostralis place is worth revisiting though… a big selection is always a plus.
    As for the spud bar, yum! I love baked potatoes. Particularly if they’re smothered in cheese and hot sauce. I know the cheese bit isn’t vegan but I love your ample distribution of Tabasco. Girl after my own heart Caeli! xxx

    1. Yeah, I get what you mean. I don’t mind them…although I think the idea of them attracts me more than the reality. In a laksa or asian inspired salad I suppose, but I wouldn’t be putting them on pizza again – like you say, so watery. We could barely pick up the pizza as it had sogged right through. Hopefully next time will be better.

      Oh me too – I can appreciate that Laura. I love it the same with vegan cheese. And it’s coming into the right season for more baked potatoes too, yay! Xx

  2. my blog backlog grows all too quickly – but at least you are never stuck for something to blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’d love to go to nostralis pizza but am rarely over in that part of town

    1. That’s a good way to think of it Johanna!
      Yeah, even though it’s my side of the river, it’s still a bit of a special mission to go there. I definitely want to try some of the other pizzas there though, so will have to make the trip!

  3. Glad to know that youโ€™re back on the blog! A new job is a big deal, take lots of time off if needed! What a delicious special – bean shoots and soy beans? Iโ€™ve never seen them on a pizza before! I prefer my pizza steaming fresh, too, but traditional flavors sound tasty to try!

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