Lentil As Anything

Lentil As Anything

Lentil As AnythingLentil as Anything is a not-for-profit organisation that operates vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne with the pay-as-you-feel model, while also being involved in several education programs and other social projects.

At our core are the pay as you feel restaurants where customers give what they feel the food is worth and have the opportunity to contribute towards a world where respect, generosity, trust, equality, freedom and kindness rule.

Our philosophy has been working successfully for over 13 years now, with three long-standing restaurants in Abbotsford Convent, St Kilda and Footscray, and now also in Preston and Sydney, with a growing involvement in education and ongoing community projects.

Our Restaurant : How it works

Come to one of our restaurants for lunch or dinner or even breakfast at Abbotsford convent and in St Kilda
Choose what you'd like to eat
Enjoy a delicious meal, have a chat, listen to some music in a warm community space
Reflect on your feeling and decide how much you want and can contribute to this unique experience, and put some money in one of our magic boxes in the restaurant (EFTPOS also available at all our restaurants).
Be part of a unique financial model that is centred on the values of trust, generosity and respect that gives people the opportunity to eat out and be social regardless of their financial situation. Why do we do this? Because Everyone has a right to feel valued and respected, money should help bring people together not divide us.

We would love to welcome you as part of our community. We extend our hospitality offering you vegetarian cuisine cooked with love and gratitude. Our unique financial model relies on your generosity in order to pay our rent, utilities, wages and stock.

Our Mission

Melbourne Caring for people: Provide a wholesome and nutritious meal where money is not a concern.
Melbourne Promoting Multiculturalism: Fostering an environment of inclusion and not exclusion.
Melbourne Reforming Society: Acting on the structures of society to restore justice.
Melbourne Extending/Spreading it's ethos and values: Hiring volunteers, the long-term unemployed and the marginalised.
Melbourne Encouraging: Young people to be active citizens and get involved in community based initiatives

Our Values

Melbourne Human Dignity: Respecting the sanctity of life and affirm the worth and capacity of all people.
Melbourne Justice: Acting with integrity and fairness, without discrimination, and being an advocate for the disadvantaged by managing all resources responsibly.
Melbourne Hope: Work for reconciliation, healing and transformation of all people.
Melbourne Compassion: Engaging others in the spirit of inclusion and addressing their needs.
Melbourne Community: Owning our common humanity as we engage with people, working and journeying together, for mutual capacity building.

Lentil As Anything Locations


Address: 1-3 ST Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Phone: (03) 9419 6444
Breakfast: 9 AM - 11.30 AM
Lunch: 12 PM - 3 PM (from 2 pm - eating in the restaurant only)
Dinner: 5 PM - 8.30 PM


562 - 564 High St, Thornbury
Lunch: 11am - 3.30pm
Dinner: 6pm - 9pm
Breakfast on Weekends and Public Holidays: From 9am-11.30am.


Address: 233 Barkly Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Phone: 0401 810 890 (Text only)
Lunch: 12 PM - 3.30 PM
Dinner: 6 PM - 9 PM
Sunday Brunch: 10.30AM - 3.30PM


Address: 288 High Street, Preston, Victoria, 3072
Phone: 0449 711 181
Lunch: 12 PM - 3.15 PM
Dinner: 6 PM - 8.45 PM

St Kilda

Address: 41 Blessington Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
Phone: 0424 345 368
Everyday: 12 - 9 PM

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❊ COVID-19 Notice ❊

Many locations have gone into lockdown as the state takes action to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

Disclaimer: Check with the operator before making plans...

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