Last week I was freelancing in St Kilda road and was strolling down the street looking for something new. Opening just two months three months ago, The Alley sure fits that bill. The restaurant has a bright open dining hall with beautiful pastel wallpaper.
I went up for order at the counter. The menu looked appeared to have lots of dairy in it. When I asked the cheerful server about it, she said the only thing in the restaurant with dairy is her! She then realised what she said and turned bright red. Ha! After placing my order they gave me a fancy buzzer to let me know when to collect my order.
First up I had the Maple Bacon Burger. It was presented in such an artistically pleasing manner. The wrapper made it very Instagram friendly. The adzuki bean burger was very mushy, but in an unexpectantly good way. Unlike the chewy sensation of a meat burger, this vegan burger had a unique mushiness to it. This was complemented by some delicious pickles. Although they were the dishes namesake, the maple bacon bits were overwhelmed by all the other elements, but when I removed the from the burger and tried them separately it was great. The whole burger was really flavoursome, especially the pickles.
The sweet potato fries were really impressive. Perfectly fried, good amount of salt and skin on too. You can tell The Alley uses fresh oil. They were a bit on the pricey side, but it was an appropriate single serving size. They should offer some sort of burger/drink/chips offer value deal because deals are awesome 😛
All in all, The Alley is a great place for a tasty lunch for vegans and non-vegans alike.