Photos by Jack Fenby
Weeks after announcing the exciting vegan-dream merger, Vego’s has reopened as part of the Cherry Darlings family.
Vego’s (formerly Vego and Lovin It) has been serving up vegan burgers in the East End since 1988, with recipes developed by guru and original owner Robin Eastwood.
New owner Tim Salmon, who has run Cherry Darlings for almost seven years, says the team worked closely with Robin to continue his legacy and bring customers the food they love, the way he used to make it.
“It was ground-breaking when it first opened,” Tim says.
“When the chance of continuing it came up, I couldn’t pass it up.”
The menu is also being expanded, including bringing back the Gourmet Tofu Burger; a delicious and unique patty with chunky, spicy tofu throughout, on a bed of house-made olive tapenade, topped with sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, carrot, mild chilli sauce and lettuce.
“It comes down to the right flavour combinations,” Tim says of non-vegans enjoying plant-based food.
“My mum isn’t a vegan, but came in with some work friends and they were loving it.”
The Mexican burger and Bali burgers have also been hits, along with their spicy Mulligatawny soup.
Burgers are both healthy and filling and all are available in half serves to save room for a Cherry Darling’s dessert – on offer for the first time in the city. Gluten Free burger buns are also now available.
The updated space is bright yet warm and welcoming, and the same can be said of the staff.
Vego’s is located on Level 1, 240 Rundle St, and is open 10:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday.