Sister of Soul on Acland Street in St Kilda is an iconic restaurant on the popular beachside strip. The eatery was the first vegan place on the street, and, opened in December 2013 without much fanfare or promotion. The owner, Daniel Clerici says that the family-run business was left to grow organically, and grow it has. In the evening it is almost impossible to grab a table for dinner without a booking.
The Clerici family worked with the owner of the now-closed Soul Mama on the menu, layout, and philosophy for Sister of Soul. It aims to be soulful, approachable and shows how great vegetarian and vegan food can be without mock meats. They work closely with local businesses and even send food scraps to the St Kilda Veggie Garden for composting.
With Matcha Mylkbar, Vegilicious and other restaurants in the area providing vegan options and menus, Clerici would like to see St Kilda become the Fitzroy of the South. And, they are always on the lookout to expand into another veggie-friendly restaurant or cafe. Fingers crossed for the Southsiders!
Everything at Sister of Soul is vegetarian and most is vegan/vegan-friendly. You can start your day off with something from the breakfast menu such as vegan french toast, scrambled tofu, pancakes or bowls.
Starters and mains start from 12 pm, some of the popular dishes are the polenta jenga, green gyoza dumplings, rawsagna, vegan pho, or the jack black (jackfruit) burger.
No matter what time of day it is, you can always count on Sister of Soul.