We have heard so much about the vegetarian restaurant Transformer is serving up some creative cooking. Why not give it a go and enjoy a meatless weekend lunch. Transformer is an ex-warehouse manufacturing electrical transformers that how the name comes. It is in the hipster area of Fitzroy. The stylish interior of concrete, brass, recycled timber intertwined with the ivy on the walls and ceilings. The mismatched vintage serving plates and cups create a country kitchen chic theme.
Let's start with the food.
The starter is the compressed watermelon salad topped with toasted rice, Aleppo pepper and candied yuzu that certainly sets a high bar for what the rest of the set menu would be. The next dish is the orange cream cheese dip, the ''everything bagel'' topping with chives and smoked soy. The orange cream comes with tostadas and raw vegetable crudites. This course is so refreshing and delicious.
The next course is the crispy chickpea Panisse topped with truffle salt, nutritional yeast and macadamia. The first time I have eaten Panisse, very addictive.
The main course is the miso-glazed roast cauliflower with enoki, shiitake and micro flowers. The saffron pilar rice with current is a perfect complement to the cauliflower. I like the umami flavours from the miso, which transformed the ordinary cauliflower into an explosive bomb of yumminess.
The roasted golden beetroot salad with caper salsa, lemon thyme, vegan feta and hazelnut is equally tasty.
The final dessert - the aged balsamic strawberries, ginger-nut crumbs, coconut yoghurt sorbet and meringue, is a delectable dessert to conclude the lunch.
Transformer Fitzroy is emphasizing their seasonal menu and supports the small local producers. The fixed price set menu is around $70 pp which is a good value. The menu is creative, which draws dishes from around the globe. I enjoy this modern fusion vegetarian meal which I will visit again. It is a great place to catch up with friends and family who love a vegetarian dining experience.
99 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065