– But I still want to have delish noms in cool places.
It is this exact dilemma which leads me to my incessant adoration for Is Lentil as Anything.
All friends with similar wealth levels will resonate my praises for this incredible initiative by (whoever the genius behind it is), but for those newcomers to the less fortunate realms of the university population. Let this be the awakening that your soul (and stomach) have been craving.
Lentil. As. Anything. The perfect combination of soy chais and lentil dahl (and most other essential vego dishes), as well as that weird Japanese pancake which I can never pronounce: Okonomiyaki (Oh-ko-no-me-yah-key). But whatever, it’s yum!
So here’s the run down. Walk in, be greeted by a cool backpacker from London, Jamaican drummer or unselfish Melbournian, order what you like, eat in a field of delicious vegetarian fare, pay what you feel, leave content with the onset of a food coma, love life.
Hang on a sec, “pay what you feel”. Yep you read right. Let that sink in.
They even make paying FUN! You get to put your hunnets, fivers or last gold coinage into cute little money-boxes!
Sure it is a little stand-offish, and you feel insecure about slipping them your last poo-change, but if you are honest, you will pay pittance when it’s all that’s left in your Mimco wallet, and next time, when your circumstances improve, you will actually donate that wallet, or its monetary equivalent. Basically, do what you can.
A foreword: do not expect Michelin star cuisine, or even your own private table. But do go enjoy a hearty feast with a cool vibe for whatever you can muster in your glove box.
To date, I have only been to the St. Kilda and Preston locations and have been super dooper impressed!