White Lotus

Restaurants West Melbourne
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White Lotus

If you pitch in the don’t-like-the-taste camp, fake meat probably won’t rock your canoe. But if you’re simply fighting the good fight for your furry friends on principle, and craving a hit of beefcake, a little manipulated been curd can help keep you clean. Y’know, like methadone. White Lotus specialise in the ancient art – practiced for centuries by vegetarian Buddhists – of recreating meat (pork, calamari, prawns, fish and beef) out of seitan, taro and tofu. Once swamped by a little black bean sauce and chilli, it’s bizarrely close to the real deal. If you can figure out how they manage to recreate the crisp skinned roast duck with its layer of fat, and pretty on-par tasting meat, you’re a genius.

Venue name: White Lotus
Address: 185 Victoria St
West Melbourne
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