Quite often when I see a vegetarian or vegan eatery I turn away. I believe this would be true for at least half the people. I first encountered Let Them Eat many years ago when they started their market stalls. I would see them at festivals sometimes but never approached. I was always looking for something with meat even though their customers were carrying some really delicious looking plates of food. Reading up a bit more about them, I like that they focus on using fresh good quality local produce. Their food is free of chemicals and preservatives and are simply wholesome.
Fast forward to now where they have a stall in Central Market, Westfield Marion and Tea Tree Plaza. It is only now that I tried their food. I’ll be honest, it was an invitation. And the fact that Westfield Marion is 5 minutes from home. I was greeted by a very bubbly and friendly staff. When I told her I’d been invited to try a meal she happily took me through what they did and threw in a few personal recommendations. We took all her recommendations and never regretted a single one.
They have smaller items and larger items and you can have them on their own or with one to three salads. Prices change accordingly. Their salads are amazing too but I’ll get to that later. Mr Foodie had his eye on the Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Tart which turned out to be absolutely amazing. It’s a decent size serve and very filling. The flavours were delicious with that creaminess from the goats cheese and sweetness from the sweet potato. I would actually eat this again and again without craving meat. They also have a Leek and Gruyere tart which I think would be just as delicious. We also tried the Pumpkin Arancini which was filled with feta and pine nuts. Another hit with both of us!
I personally had my eye on the Mac & Not Cheese. This is actually a vegan dish. I was curious more than anything plus it’s covered in a jalapeno crumb. I opted for two salads as well, the Kale & Black Bean and Spiced Chickpea & Roasted Capsicum. First of all the Mac & Not Cheese is pretty darn good. I am not sure how they did it without dairy but it still had that creaminess and cheese-like taste to it. A delight to eat and might I say again it’s a generous serve. The salads were amazing, they’re interesting to eat and seem to have the best dressing. Most of the time I find salads boring, like chewing on the same leaf. It was not like this at all with their salads. Their salads may be higher calorie than just a leaf salad but it’s fresh wholefoods and beans are protein anyway. No sweat. The lady also offered me some of their house made hommus and caramelised onion relish which I’m very glad I took. A serve like this with two salads would be $15.
While this first trip was an invitation from Let Them Eat, I was so impressed I have been back a couple of times since to try their Broccoli and Haloumi Fritter, Mushroom Parcel and Leek & Gruyere Tart along with their Carrot & Quinoa Salad and Beetroot Salad. They’re all delicious. Lately we’ve been actively trying to have vegetarian food at least 3 times a week and I’ve only ever known how to make Chinese/Taiwanese Vegetarian food. In a way Let Them Eat has literally given me more dinner options and sprung some new ideas in my head too. All their items are available for take away and the hot ones reheat quite nicely so it’s an easy meal at home. If you’re like me and have been walking away because you can’t find meat on the menu, stop now. You won’t regret it.
Let Them Eat
Adelaide Central Market
Westfield Tea Tree Plaza