Soul Mama

Enjoy the view from Melbourne’s most glamorous cafeteria

The view from Soul Mama is gorgeous. Situated directly on the beachfront above the St Kilda Baths, its huge picture windows look out over the sea all the way to the horizon. It’s the perfect spot for a high-end restaurant, and the rent must be astronomical. The fact that it’s a cheap-and-cheerful vegetarian joint occupying this neutral-toned, tastefully decorated space is both pleasing and a little odd.

Diners have the option of ordering from the short à la carte menu or plumping for the buffet: in the latter case they receive a docket and line up at the sneeze guard. When the restaurant gets busy, it begins to look like an unusually lavish cafeteria. The buffet offers a large selection of salads, curries and stir fries; approximately 80 per cent of the dishes at Soul Mama are vegan, including the desserts. A la carte offerings include a quesadilla with black turtle beans and pumpkin, and ‘soyvlaki’ (ach, we die).

The drinks list dwarfs the solids section of the menu though: on top of a typical restaurant’s complement of beers and wines there are cocktails, aperitifs and liqueurs, sparkling, fortified and plum wines, lassis, and a range of teas.

In the light of all that, the large balcony with lovely sea views begins to look like a pretty tempting place to linger for a while. On the whole, though, the efficient setup doesn’t much encourage lingering.

Soul Mama offers tasty food served cheap, and that’s always a good thing – but it’s more a place to catch a quick bite before moving on than the scene for a romantic dinner.

Sign up to our monthly food & drink newsletter

First published on . Updated on .

By Una Cruickshank   |  

Soul Mama details

Address
St Kilda Seabaths
Jacka Boulevard

St Kilda 3182

Telephone 03 9525 3328

Price per person including drinks from $1.00 to $50.00

Open Noon-late

St Kilda area guide

Restaurants near Soul Mama

Sapore

57m - True to the Italian name, St Kilda's long-standing modern European/Italian...

Circa, the Prince

167m - It’s an exciting time in restaurant land when vegetables hold just as much...

Il Fornaio

167m - The love affair between Il Fornaio and star pastry chef Philippa Sibley...

Bars & pubs near Soul Mama

Laika

86m -   There aren’t a lot of bars like Laika down St Kilda beach way....

Prince of Wales Hotel

116m - The Prince is a legend of Melbourne's vibrant beachfront suburb, St Kilda....

29th Apartment

190m - Done up like a NYC apartment, this cosy bar plays host to regular club...

Other venues near Soul Mama

Club London

93m - Located in the very heart of St Kilda, Club London is a recently renovated...

The Prince Hotel

167m - The Prince Hotel in St Kilda pioneered the 'pub slash boutique hotel'...

The Esplanade Hotel

183m - If you emerge from the Espy with all your wits about you, money in your...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus
 


© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.