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Sister of Soul, St Kilda

Perched on the edge of Acland Street, St Kilda, overlooking Luna Park, is Sister of Soul.  This is a vegetarian icon for Melbourne Baysiders who flock here for their meat free offerings.

Sister of Soul Menu

The Menu at Sister of Soul is largely modern Asian with a few Mexican, Italian and western inclusions.  We took the Asian path and started with a serve of Edamame.  These were lovely to nibble on as we waited for mains.   After studying the menu, two out of three of us couldn’t see past the Massaman Curry, so our table shared two Massaman curries and a Nasi Goreng.

Be prepared for huge servings.  We came with big appetites but could only manage to conquer two out of the three dishes.  The waitress happily provided a take away container which we filled to the brim with leftover Massaman.

The curry was rich, flavoursome, beautifully presented and full of vegetables, although the Nasi Goreng was my favourite, also full of veggies and fused with that lovely smokey flavour impossible to achieve at home.  Considering the meal sizes, the prices were super reasonable with all mains under $20.

For a microsecond we did toy with the idea of sharing a dessert, but nothing leapt at us, not to mention that we were full to the brim.  If by some miracle you do have room to squeeze in dessert you will find heaps of options at your doorstep.  Acland Street is a meca for the sweet tooth, with an array of old fashioned continental cake shops and modern ice cream parlours sure to please everyone.

If you are wanting to start your day here, there is a great breakfast menu, offering the usual suspects – smoothie bowls, smashed avo and french toast.  But then it steps up with a Rainbow Buddha Bowl for $18.50 and a big breakfast that reads like a vegetarian’s dream for $19.50.  What’s more, breakfast is served until 3pm.

Sister of Soul St KildaAtmosphere

Concertinaed windows open all along the side, merging the restaurant with the vibes of Acland Street and its eclectic crowd.  The wonderful vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant can make it a little noisy at times, but conversation was always easy.  The crowd was largely made up of  Gen Ys out for an easy night with friends, but the casual atmosphere would suit all ages.  The staff were generally attentive and helpful, although being quite busy, on occasion it was tricky to catch their eye.

Drinks

If cocktails are your thing, there are about 12 lovely concoctions on the drinks menu, ranging from $12 to $18.  The wine / beer list, whilst not huge, offers something for all tastes with wines at about $11 a glass and beer about $9.

Practicalities

Street parking in the near vicinity can be hard to come by and is metered, so be prepared with your bag of coins.  We opted to park at the Coles shopping complex car park, paying $8 for two hours right in the heart of Acland Street.

Verdict

Loved this place and will definitely return.  Next time maybe for breakfast – the “Sister’s One Big Breakfast” looks like a fun way to start the day.

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