Windsor just got a lot more chill, with Queen Vee’s Caribbean vibe gently soothing your soul and washing you away to an island paradise. You would be forgiven for spending hours in this bar & eatery, sipping on spiced rum cocktails and sharing an arrangement of vegan Caribbean food.
Inspired by co-owner Ben Rosenberg’s recent time in New York City, where he spent his time at Miss Lily’s. The vibe, style, party and disco was unlike anything else and upon returning to Melbourne. Ben set about recreating this vibe in Queen Vee’s. Melbourne was lacking the Caribbean style and powerful spices found in the style of cuisine. A fusion of African, Creole, Cajun, Amerindian, European, Latin American, East/North Indian and Chinese flavours make Caribbean cuisine unique and complex.
Head Chef & co-owner Liam Whitaker, formerly of Movida, had taken some time out of the kitchen, but jumped at the opportunity to get back and bring the intense and diverse flavours of Caribbean food to life. Liam’s partner being vegan, allowed him to bring a broad range of plant-based food to the menu, including a jerk jackfruit that can only be appreciated at it’s fullest after the first bite.
It was important to both Ben & Liam to bring a dedicated vegan night to Queen Vee’s to try new flavour combinations and continue to add to the menu. All the while treating the tastebuds of Melbourne vegans with a rotating menu each Tuesday night.
The place to start with the food at Queen Vee’s is the Jerk Jackfruit. Cooked to perfection in classic Caribbean jerk flavours, the jackfruit falls apart in your mouth. The flavours are rich and intense and work perfectly with the accompanying pickled pineapple that has been scored on a hot grill. The flavour will linger in your mouth until your next bite, with one serve not ever being enough.
Another specialty at Queen Vee’s is the cornbread. Made entirely vegan for every batch, with a vegan jerk butter generously scooped on top to melt slowly over the cornbread as it arrives at your table. As tough as it will be, you should wait 3 minutes and allow the butter to melt through your cornbread and let the richness seep in.
There are vegan curries with coconut cream, beautiful salads of watermelon and mint and fresh papaya, mango and burnt coconut. The fresh tropical island vibe shines through in these dishes, leaving you entirely satisfied.