BEDU | Introducing Green Mondays
Full honesty. I went to BEDU once and didn’t go back. While I enjoyed the food, my leaving impression was that it was all really healthy and I liked my Middle Eastern food richer. So I might not have been the obvious choice to try out their new Green Mondays offering but I’m trying to eat healthier and thought I’d give it a go.
Full honesty again. I’m really glad I did.
My friend and I opted to sit at the chef’s counter which I highly recommend for the fun of watching the two chefs skillfully whip up dishes for a packed house. Yes, even on a Monday night, BEDU was packed with both small and large groups.
So what is Green Mondays? Basically BEDU was inspired by Green Queen after hosting one of their #PlantBased Dinners and wanted to help others embrace a plant-based lifestyle should they wish. On Monday nights, guests will find a rotating list of vegan specials by Executive Chef Corey.
On the night we visited, the specials were Charred Cabbage with a Sesame Crumb and Herb and Garlic Broth ($115); Stuffed Zucchini with Chilli Almond on a bed of Cranberry Herb Hummus ($125) and a dessert of Blackened Banana, Blood Orange Sorbet and Almonds ($95).
The Cabbage was quite a unique dish with nice flavour and crunch though the broth didn’t really work for me as I felt it just slipped off the leaves without adding much.
My friend and I both loved the Stuffed Zucchini though. It was moist and tender, with lots of charred flavour packed into the zucchini alone and accented with the flavoured rice, toppings, and sauces. It was also very filling.
For dessert, the Blood Orange Sorbet was near perfect being more light and floral than rich and tangy (my preference). I found the Banana to be on the dry side but I can see the appeal of this dessert for those that want a sweet yet healthy treat at the end of their meal.
In addition to the Green Monday specials, we also tried a few things off their regular menu and this is where BEDU stole my heart.
Oh this Baked Feta with Smoked Lemon and Thyme Honey ($115) was so good: salty, sticky and sweet. It was almost like a pudding and it kept coming out of the kitchen so clearly we’re not the only ones who love it!
The Garlic Prawns with Sumac and Coriander ($190, five per serving) were fat and covered in a fragrant oil. Fab.
We also tried the Chicken Skewers ($140). The chicken had a nice, clean flavour and the black garlic sauce was nice. But the chicken and sauce eaten together with the pickled chili? Ace!
While we already had the Green Monday dessert, we were offered a second and chose the Drunken Berry Millefeuille ($75) which also happens to be vegan. We loved this. The watermelon granita is refreshing and doesn’t make the crisp, tasty pastry at all soggy.
I’m not sure I achieved my goal of eating healthier but BEDU was worth it. Eating more veggies is definitely on my ‘to do’ so I’d happily return for Green Mondays (note in addition to a la carte, a vegan Chef’s Menu will be available on Mondays for $370). But overall I’d highly recommend BEDU whether you’re looking for a healthier meal (loads of veggie options and mains on their regular menu too) or a richer one. It’s just really tasty, high quality food at good prices.
40 Gough Street Central, 2320 4450
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