No meat, no problem at G’s vegetarian cafe

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Every table has a jar of Marmite at Goulven Lego’s new vegetarian cafe. Nicky Sullivan

No meat, no problem at G’s vegetarian cafe

Delicious ‘breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon munch’ on offer on Wat Bo Road

Big, beautiful veggie flavours are the key to VegG, a new garden cafe on Wat Bo Road created by Goulven Lego, AKA “G”, offering “breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon munch”. With boldly flavoured vegetarian salads, wraps, snacks and cakes, Lego aims to draw in vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

“It all tastes so good. Just because there isn’t any meat, it doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. And I think there’s a still a niche in Siem Reap for well-conceived vegetarian food that is more sustainable anyway,” Lego said.

He was busy experimenting with Korean style “volcano eggs” — that somehow have a richer, deeper flavour than simple scrambled eggs — when Post Weekend dropped in for lunch this week, and then turned out a delicious potato croquet salad ($5) accompanied with flat bread that he rolls and griddles in front of you, knocking you down straight away with that most alluring aroma of fresh bread.

Set in the peaceful gardens of Wat Bo Studios — together with Ammo, the jewellers — Lego also manages to knock out cakes made from some surprising ingredients. Among them, the courgette and orange cake with cream cheese and citrus syrup ($4) is dense, creamy smooth and dangerously addicting.

Lego takes a relaxed approach to life and a rigorous approach to his kitchen, hence the opening hours are 8am-ish to 5pm-ish, and he wouldn’t limit himself to being a strictly vegetarian cafe.

“There will be fish on Fridays, and sometimes the daily special might just include a meat dish,” he said. “But I like the creativity that comes from working veggie flavours, of mixing things up a little. You don’t see it enough.”

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