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Hungry for lunch, but have no more than $8 in your pocket? We’ve found the place for you! The Melbourne Uni Food Co-op will have you covered. Looking for in-between class snacks? Three almond slices will only set you back $2.20!
They tick all the boxes for dietary requirements, as all menu options are vegan, with gluten free options available.
What’s for lunch?
The Co-op offers both hot and cold options as well as savoury and sweet. Examples include: Rice Burger Rolls, Tofu and Pumpkin Pie and Salad plates. Baked goods on offer include Chocolate Brownie and Muesli Slice. The Co-op won’t leave you going thirsty either. They have a range of different house brewed chai’s available, as well as organic juice.
My own dining experience
I went later in the afternoon, hoping to try a hot or cold plate but they had run out, which means the Co-op must be quite popular. Instead I tried the Vegan Pizza. All the meat eaters out there may automatically be skeptical of this. I have to admit, as a big fan of pizza, I was a little too. But wow, was I wrong! The pizza was up there with some of the best I’ve had. Even the base itself was that good, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Topped with vegetables and a range of herbs, these flavours worked well together to compensate for what non- vegan pizza usually has. The best thing about it was didn’t leave me as thirsty as normal pizza would, and it’s probably a heck of a lot healthier too. Well done Co-op!!
If you wish to also cook with organic goodies at home, the Co-op offers Veggie Boxes which can be ordered and picked up directly from the store. Other goods on sale include chocolate, nuts, spices and dried fruits. If you would like to learn about vegan cooking techniques or dumpster diving, workshops are available in exchange for a gold coin donation.
At this point, you’re probably thinking, this sounds great! So, where are they and when are they open? The Co-op is located on the first floor of Union House; open Monday to Friday throughout semester. If you’re interested you can also volunteer as well. Volunteering allows you to work towards providing environmentally ethical options which are also incredibly cheap too. You’ve really got nothing to lose checking out the Co-op. If you would like to find out more, head to their Facebook page here and give them a like while you’re at it.