About Transformer Fitzroy

Vegie Bar 2.0 For those of you who know Melbourne’s vegetarian dining scene, it’s time to get excited. Welcome to Vegie Bar 2.0. The owners of Brunswick Street’s bustling eateries, Vegie Bar and Rice Queens are behind Transformer, which slots nicely into the Fitzroy dining scene in Rose Street. Owners Laki Papadopoulos and Mark Price have turned a former electrical transformer warehouse into a smart vegetarian restaurant. Carefully placed concrete planter boxes create intimate dining spaces with recycled timber, brass fixtures and an abundance of plants filling the room. Although Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian inspired like Vegie Bar, chef Luke Florence has upped the ante with the menu, which is slightly more refined and sophisticated than its neighbour. Expect to see dishes like ricotta and rye gnocchi with pumpkin mousse and blueberry compote, instead of veggie burgers, stir fries and wraps. This 100-seater also has a bar with cocktails, cold pressed juices, organic soft drinks, tea and coffee. It’s another Fitzroy favourite. Best dish: ricotta and rye gnocchi with pumpkin mousse and blueberry compote

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