Fishtales Café

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Fishtales Café
63 Liebig Street
Warrnambool, VIC 3280
AUSTRALIA

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With a name like Fishtales, in a regional town on the coast, my assumption was that this might be a fish n chips experience so I planned to bypass it — until I saw this chalk board out the front!

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The interior was brightly painted and bustling. The wait staff are on the ball and the meals come out quickly – these guys don’t waste any time! There’s a courtyard out the back but on a hot day, the thick walls keep the inside a little cooler, despite the lack of fans/air conditioning.

Fishtales Veg Burgers

This was undoubtedly the most overwhelming menu I’ve ever had to deal with – at six pages long, I really didn’t know what to do and I was admittedly already a little delirious from the 40C heat. There wasn’t a page dedicated to vegetarian options, it was instead spread out like this: an all day breakfast menu, a fish & chips menu, a burger menu, a drinks menu and so on. I had to scan the pages to see what was available to me (more menu photos below) – the vegan options aren’t marked in any way, so just a note to anyone not very savvy when it comes to ordering vegan options… If the vegetarian item contains aioli or pesto, ask for your meal without these.

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Love Potion No.9 Juice – OJ, Apple, Beetroot & Strawberry

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Summer Cooler Juice – Watermelon, Apple & Mint

The juices were delicious and thirst quenching, but served at room temperature, which was pretty warm. Thankfully they were happy to provide us with a cup of ice on request!

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Tofu Burger

When I saw the wholemeal bun, I already felt like I was winning. From bottom to top was: hommus, carrot/red capsicum/bean shoots, tofu, sweet chili sauce, tomato & mixed lettuce. The tofu was obviously of high quality and not over cooked – it had a really nice dense but fluffy texture. Simple but delicious, I’d definitely eat this again and could even make it at home!

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Chilli Chips

Ok… So I have a bit of a weakness for chips/fries. I didn’t ask any questions about these when ordering (stupid) but thought I better clear it up with them afterwards, just to be sure. On the up side, the chips are vegan/don’t contain any animal fat. On the down side, they share a fryer with seafood. Whether you decide to eat these or not is totally up to your discretion – they taste great, but knowing what I know now, I probably wouldn’t order them again. It just feels a little… Gross. I don’t regret trying them though and I won’t judge you if you decide to have a taste!

Below are some menu photos for your to browse – there was an entire page of international cuisine (curries/stir fries) that I bypassed completely because of the weather, but I know there was some suitable options there too, I just forgot to photograph them. It didn’t appear that any of the sweets on offer in the display cabinet were vegan, but I wasn’t too disappointed by that.

If we were in town longer, I’d love to try a few more things on the menu – we might just have to pencil in another trip for this purpose (no, I’m not joking – there’s also an Indian restaurant and a handful of Thai restaurants in town that I won’t have a chance to check out, sadly!).

Fishtales Breakfast

Fishtales Other Veg Options

Fishtales Focaccias

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7 thoughts on “Fishtales Café

  1. Reading the above menu I was convinced you would go the lentil burger because i saw peanut butter on it! haha…Your lunch looked great and it looks like a nice clean place full of the freshest foods!

    • Hahah, you know me well! It was a close second – I was struggling to decide, in the end I thought it was best to sus out tge tofu for my review because that could go either way… really good or really bad!

  2. I went there today because of your awesome review and yeah Fish Tales is amazing for vego options. I had the satay burger and it’s the same as the tofu burger except for a lentil patty instead of tofu. So huge i had to take half home after having chilli chips to start with and the James Brown fruit juice. Thanks so much for putting up that review, will make eating in Warrnanbool so much easier :)

    • Thanks Kristy, so nice to hear you had a good experience there too :) I’m definitely keen to try other things from the menu next time we’re in town. Let me know if you go back/would recommend anything else there!

      • Went back again today and had the Eggplant fritters, Tofu Stack and Jungle Juice. The fritters were the best, deep fried with all health benefits fried away but delicious. Tofu Stack was huge and tasty with so many different veggies and salad. Jungle juice was really tangy with lemon and lime juice and coconut milk. Absolutely love the place back!

Chow down on this!