Championing the vegan scene in Melbourne, Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse's Smith & Daughters wowed with their Latin American food that was both vegan and tasted good. Open from morning till late, Smith & Daughters serves a brunch menu before moving into a dinner menu for the evenings. Unlike most cafes of late, it’s quite dark inside, even in the middle of the day. There are quirky knick-knacks on shelves at the bar, and different salt and pepper shakers on each table....

For owners Judy and Jenny, it became a chore to find cafés that served healthy, nutritious food that also tasted good. An increased awareness of special diets was also a major driver in inspiring the creation of World Vegetarian Cafe. Although their target market is those with special dietary needs, now 10 months old, the cafe is also popular with people simply looking for healthier, and often vegan and vegetarian alternatives. It all began with the realisation that most dishes are full of sugar, salt and butter - the...

Coming from the team behind Veggie Bar, Transformer sparked much interest with its upper-end vegetarian offerings. High ceilings carried over from its warehouse shell, spot lighting, splashes of greenery and projected images and videos on walls create a sense of grungy cool. The size of our Friday dinner group meas we have to take the banquet menu for $55pp, and after ordering the procession of dishes came quite quickly....

It's not often that you hear of non-profit restaurants, but Feast of Merit is such a place. 100% of their profits go to YGAP, an organisation that runs social enterprises such as this one. YGAP supports local organisations in Australia, Kenya and South Africa which have the aim of reaching communities disadvantaged by poverty, empowering them to become self-sustainable. Feast of Merit features a contemporary Middle Eastern menu with a seasonal, sustainable and ethical farm-to-table philosophy. There's a distinct breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, and since we visited during...

Even though Toulouse was a big town it was difficult to find things to eat, being a Sunday. We eventually found a chain bakery called La Mie Câline. It was the sort of bakery that reminded me of Baker’s Delight. They only had a few types of baguette available - most of their goods were pastries and other sweets, filled breads and salads. I bought an Italian salad with chicken, pasta, capsicum, olives, cherry tomatoes and black fungus (€5). Mum and dad shared a jambon and Emmental baguette,...