One for the Crow a wholly plant-based cafe and nursery in Maidstone and possibly the first vegan cafe with a full kitchen in Melbourne’s inner west.

Maidstone locals Steph and Taze have transformed a sleepy suburban shopfront into a green oasis for plant-loving folk. Their combination of vegan eats + plants + coffee already have westies talking.

One for the Crow’s menu focuses on seasonal and wholesome food that just happens to be vegetarian/vegan friendly. You certainly don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to eat there – I spot cheese toasties in the cupboard and you can request cow’s milk in your coffee. But the best thing is that you don’t have to pay extra to drink soy, almond or coconut milk in your Allpress coffee.

The soba noodle bowl ($16) is already a big hit, with good reason. It’s a bowl full of soy marinated tofu, broccoli and cauliflower florets, crunchy bean sprouts, baby spinach and garnished with pickled carrot and daikon. My insides feel like they’re getting a good, green cleanse! Note the tahini-miso dressing is quite subtle so if you can withstand the heat give everything a generous squirt of sriracha.

The waffles come with housemade not-tella, a grainy cocoa/nut paste, soy ice cream, caramelised banana and maple syrup ($16).

The glass cabinet contains a daily salad, fresh sandwiches and pies and baked goods from Crumbs Organic Bakehouse, including this tempting jam donut.

And finally, the reason for the name? It’s a traditional farming proverb about sowing seeds that Steph and Taze particularly like:

‘one for the mouse, one for the crow, one to rot, one to grow’.

One for the Crow, 9 Commercial St Maidstone 0479 194 269

Tue – Fri 7-4pm

Sat – Sun 8am-4pm