Ah Yongs! If you are not from Melbourne you probably have no idea about this little restaurant on the north end of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy run by two Korean sisters. If you are from Melbourne and are not aware of the charming, relaxed atmosphere or the amazing food (vegan/vegetarian) that this place offers then stop reading and get down there! When we reignited our raw vegan plans nearly three weeks ago we were just waiting for an opportunity to get back to Yongs where they have a page in their menu dedicated to raw food. With my little sister and an interstate cousin in town we rounded up a little family group for a night of raw delights! We opted for a mostly raw spread of mock salmon nori rolls, seaweed salad, rawsagne, raw pad thai with kelp noodles, tofu burger (cooked) and a vegetarian curry (cooked)…perhaps a bit too much for 5 ladies but my my did we try!
The service at Yong’s is prompt and friendly so we had our selection of drinks and the first of our meals within minutes of ordering. I always go for the date tea which is sweet and delicious, Dee had an apricot tea and the others had a banana smoothie, ‘pina colada’ and ginger beer. We were worried that two of our meat eating companions wouldn’t be satisfied with plates of “raw vegies” but once the food arrived everyone was very impressed. A new dish on their menu is the pad thai, something I’ve been experimenting with at home with limited success. But once again these lovely sisters have mastered the dish! The flavours were so delicately balanced and the kelp noodles kept the dish light – it was perfect!
My sister (a former meat and potatoes kinda girl) has recently become a vegetarian and she raves about the rawsange which is made spectacular by the cashew cheese and the nutty/meaty/tomato-y mix that they have created to hold it all together and give the dish authenticity.
We were so full but we must soldier on and order dessert, at the very least the black sesame ice cream that Dee and I order on every visit. The dessert menu is also raw with options like cheesecake, pecan pie and carrot cake but we chose the tiramisu. Another amazing hit on our overindulged table! The base was strongly flavoured with coffee and the top was so creamy that the plate needed to be scraped clean and the dish discussed at length to following day. Tied for dish of the night with the raw pad thai – in fact, that’s a perfect meal just there!
This is by far my favourite little restaurant in Melbourne! Having lived in Fitzroy and always walking past this little gem, it wasn’t until I moved a few suburbs that I managed to discover it and now I’m just trying to make up for lost time! The prices are very reasonable with dinner costing about $AU30 a head for dinner, dessert (shared) and a drink each…not bad for a night out with some of the best women I know!! Thank you Yong’s, we love you!