Lentil As Anything, Abbotsford
My favourite branch of the Lentil as Anything concept is in the very idyllic location of the sunny Abbotsford Convent. This is eating with a social conscience with the idea paying that patrons pay what they feel the food is worth, and the staff all being made up of volunteers. There’s also contributions from the community in all areas. It’s a most admirable idea and merits the queues that this place gets. I do hope everyone pays their share as there are always some sneaky student-types and straight out bludgers around that could jeopardise it’s continuing operations.
The Abbotsford store has 9am-9pm hours each day with a rotating menu for lunches and dinners. It pays (not literally) to get in a bit early as some of the choices get cleared up pretty quick. Once you make your way through the queues out the door, you pick your scoops of the meals made and refilled en masse. On my plate was the root vegetable korma, white rice pilaf, grilled broccoli and chickpea salad, apple cashew and sultana salad as well as a cup of date pudding. They also had vegetable dumplings going on if you timed it right, that were fresh and healthy. The salads can be a bit overdressed if you scoop it wrong and the pudding is a bit meh, but everything else is tasty and worthwhile.
Lentils is a great vegetable restaurant with a lot of spunk and attitude. Sometimes it does have a tendency to attract some terrible human beings who bemoan food intolerances, aggressively pursue seating spots or just don’t pay. Ignore them the best you can as everything else about Lentil as Anything is fantastic and as long as everyone does the right thing it should continue for some while yet.
Pro tip: pop in early enough so you can eat on the grass