LANEWAY GREENS, MELBOURNE CBD: So after posting so many heavy brunches and probably having had enough salt and sugar intake for a month, we thought it was time for a “cleanse”. And so, we ventured down Flinders Lane to Laneway Greens around 10am. It wasn’t busy, so there was plenty of space inside, albeit the petite interior. For a small, pop-up like store, the choices are quite varied. There are sweet and savoury options, all loaded with healthy junkie terms like “CHIA” “QUINOA” “KALE”.
The interior is very white, with a ikea-type modern decor. Mirrors along the side with bar chairs, so not much seating. We were really surprised with the width of the bar though as it left a lot of space to put our bags etc. and eat comfortably without feeling squished.
Beef Bulgogi Style (Grass fed beef, red quinoa, carrot, kimchi, bean shoots, enoki, zucchini, laneway leaf blend, nori, sundried chilli, roasted sesame seeds, tamari dressing and house made barbecue sauce) – $16.0
The good fat: We waited for about 10 minutes before our huge bowl of flavours arrived and damnn the serving size was huge. Having shared it, I would probably rate it as 6/10 on my hung-o-meter. The beef was generous, with around 4 pieces, all cooked super tenderly. Now for the rest of the veggies, I was expecting it to be quite bland, but the tamari dressing and house made barbecue sauce really flew beyond the cut. It was quite sweet but also balanced with hints of savoury. The quinoa tasted sooooo good with the barbecue sauce, adding the healthy, protein punch that we were all keen for. The veggies added crunch, moisture and freshness, not to mention the array of colours that really gave the dish a summery vibe. The sundried chilli probably gave it the tiniest hint of spice that even spice-haters could deal with. The laneway leaf blend is basically a few types of lettuce, but all in all, the combo of flavours worked really well together.
The bad fat: The only real downside is that the sauce does tend to seep to the bottom so try to mix it well otherwise you might end up with veggies and quinoa saturated with sauce at the bottom. The bulgogi flavour was a bit lacking (and also a bit Westernised) but the beef’s beautiful texture made up for it!
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES! For $16.50, the price is quite reasonable if you’re looking for something fresh, flavourful and fun to start off the day (and to make yourself feel better about bingeing the night before). This definitely exceeded our expectations and I would not hesitate going there again to try the miso salmon glazed bowl.