Eating Out Vegan

This is a list of the great vegetarian restaurants or vegan friendly restaurants that I have tried in to date. They are situted in my home town Brisbane and other cities inside and outside Australia.

vv = vegan,  v =vegetarian, vf = vegan friendly, r = raw/raw options, o =organic

Brisbane, Qld– Sassafras: Cafe Coffee Catering, My Heart GardenGreen EdgeGovindas Pure Vegetarian, Gopal’s Pure VegetarianTea Master: Vegetarian Cafe RestaurantBurger UrgeSu Life Vegetarian Restaurant, A Night in India, Kuan Yin Tea House, Little Lamb Hot Pot, Grand Taj, Davies Park Market, The Banana Lounge, The Cupcake ParlourKU-O Japanese Restaurant, The Dark Chocolatier by the Noosa Chocolate FactoryNam NamPho Ha Long, Lust for Life, Coco Jungle, The Forest Lounge, Freestyle Tout, Vege Rama, Botanica Real Food, Vege KingThe Shady Palm Cafes and Bar, Delicatezza, Oasis Juice Bar, Flamingo Cafe, Hansell and Gretel Espresso Bar, Rouj Modern Lebanese, Orawgi, Coco Bliss Superfood Bar

Broadbeach, Qld– The Cardamom Pod

Mermaid Beach, Qld Mandala Organic Arts Cafe

Maleny, Qld– Kind Living Cafe

Murwillumbah, NSWNew Leaf Cafe, Nam Yeng Vietnamese Thai Restaurant, Sugar Beat

Byron Bay, NSWThe Conscious Cafe, Asia JoesBella Rosa: Gelateria Espresso Bar,  Santos Byron Bay Shop, Manna Haven

Wyong, NSW Oliver’s Real Food

Melbourne, VicMr Nice Guy,  Thanh Hà 2,  Cafe Notturno,  Suzuki Night Markets,  Jimmi Jamz, Gelobar, Cafe Bisqui, Noodle Hut Craigieburn

Chains around Australia– EasyWay Bubble Tea, Grill’dGeláre, Snag Stand, Fundies Wholefood Market Cafe

International ChainsWagamama, Gelatissimo, Loving Hut

Milano, Italy- Frozen Gelaterie, CioccolatItaliano

Brisbane, Queensland

Sassafras: Cafe Coffee Catering vfSassafras Cafe & Catering

Where: 88 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane

When: posted Hello world! on September 23 2012 timthumb

Description: This is a cafe that I have been visiting for years. It is a great place to meet up with friends for lunch and coffee. It is not vegetarian, but has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options for both breakfast and lunch. There is an extensive breakfast menu that runs till 2 pm and a lunch menu of sandwich combinations. Alternatively you can order something pre-prepared from the front counter, such as pies, patties, cakes and salads. They also do coffees, teas, juices and more. You can also find gluten free and dairy free options. The decor is a mishmash of antique and retro furniture and adorned with bookie paraphernalia and old-fashioned mix masters. There is also a nice outdoor dining area surrounded by trees and hedges.76200_10151245676927292_1644713136_n

Ordered: We ordered burgers and cakes for lunch. My Tofu burger was a lot better then my partners Piri Piri Chicken Burger. His was a bit dry. My tofu burger was moist and the satay sauce tasted really, really good. His dessert was a brownie, which unfortunately wasn’t vegan. They did have a beet brownie that was dairy free but it was sold out, by the time I ordered. My Fruit and Nut Slice was actually quite good

Satay Tofu Burger with Mushrooms and Chili jam and Cabbage and Sprout salad

Satay Tofu Burger with Mushrooms and Chili jam and Cabbage and Sprout salad

Fruit & Nut Slice

Fruit & Nut Slice

My Heart Garden v vfmy_heart_garden_tx1

Where: 5/225 Hawken Drive, St Lucia, Brisbane

When: posted My Heart Garden on 29 September 2012

front Description: This was a relatively new discovery that I am looking forward to revisiting. This is a hidden gem that on a busy strip of restaurants in the hear of St Lucia. This gorgeous little cafe is vegetarian and is open for breakfast and lunch. They are very accommodating to vegans and will substitute dairy ingredients, if you let them know you are vegan. For breakfast if you don’t eat eggs, then you can enjoy mushrooms or beans on toast or vegan french toast. For lunch there are a few burgers and some ethnic dishes, most of which are gluten free. They also have coffees, fresh juices, smoothies and handmade sweets. There decor is bright, vibrant and homely. The staff are really friendly and helpful and are students of Sri Chinmoy, a  meditation teacher.

Ordered:  My mother and I ordered coffees and lunch. I had the Satay Bliss burger, which was one of the best burgers I have ever had. Each element of the burger were perfect and I don’t think I could go back without ordering this. My mum ordered the Sri Lanken Platter. She wasn’t happy with it since she didn’t expect it to look like this. I on the other hand did and did really like it, especially the Eggplant Curry. The coffees were also good. Unfortunately we were too full to try any of the baked goods. I have been back since with Marco and we both got the Satay Bliss burger. Still just as great as last time!

Baked Lentil Pattie with Spicy peanut Satay and  layered with fruit relish, carrot, beetroot, lettuce and soy mayo on toasted Panini

Baked Lentil Pattie with Spicy peanut Satay and layered with fruit relish, carrot, beetroot, lettuce and soy mayo on toasted Panini

Sri Lankan Platter:Steamed brown rice with a rich spicy Eggplant Curry, Chilli Carrot and Dhal

Sri Lankan Platter:
Steamed brown rice with a rich spicy Eggplant Curry, Chilli Carrot and Dhal

Green Edge vv r

Where: 2b/229 Lutwyche Rd  Windsor

When: Regularly, posted Bake Sale at the Green Edge on October 7 2012

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Our mums enjoying their smoothies

Description: Green Edge is the only all vegan supermarket in Brisbane, to my knowledge. I first discovered it when I was looking for dairy free and gluten free products. They also have a cafe inside, which does lunch, coffee and cakes. They have a range of burgers, which all come with a fresh side salad. The fillings include Mushroom, Tempeh, Tofu, and their Homemade Veggie Patty. They also do pies and sausage rolls. They have a large range of smoothies, milkshakes and juices. For dessert you can get a sundae or one of their treats from the counter, such as vegan cheesecakes, brownies and more. This is a great place if you feel like a burger or want to meet friends for coffee and cake. Everything is so good you won’t know its not vegan and many of the treats are also gluten free. I usually come here for lunch or something sweet and then end up leaving with all the vegan products I can afford. They have a huge range of vegan cheeses, icecreams, yogurts, mock meats, and chocolates as well as sauces, legumes, health foods and vegan products. So there is something for everyone.

Ordered: I usually order the Veggie burger, which is their home-made veggie patty topped with lettuce, tomato, chilli aioli, caramelised onion and mango chutney in whole grain bun. I have also had their Tempeh burger with apple salsa and their Tofu Satay burger. All are really good. We have also had their Blueberry Smoothie, which has blueberries, strawberries, bananas, coconut milk and Freedom syrup. This has to be the best smoothie I have ever had! The cakes are amazing. I have had tried a couple of the cheesecakes and brownies. Most are also gluten free. I think they are all made by Delicious Regardless and sold to the Green Edge. You can’t go there with out at least a brownie, they are that good!

Veggie Burger with Mango chutney and Salad. I ate the other half already…

Veggie Burger with Mango chutney and Salad. I ate the other half already…

Fudge Brownie

Fudge Brownie with Soy Whip

Fudge Brownie with Soy Whip

Fudge Brownie with Soy Whip

Mushroom Burger

Mushroom Burger with Handcut Chips & House Salad

Veggie Burger

Veggie Burger with Handcut Chips & House Salad

Peanut Butter Milkshake

Peanut Butter Milkshake

The Big Breakfast

The Big Breakfast

Smokey Strip Sandwich with Roasted Capscium

Smokey Strip Sandwich with Roasted Capscium

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Pancakes Stack with Dark chocolate chips and syrup

Govindas Pure Vegetarian v vf

Brisbane City

Brisbane City

Where: 3 Locations- 82 Vulture Street , West End; First floor, 99 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City; Shop 2/ 302 Logan Rd, Stones Corner

When: Posted Govindas Pure Vegetarian Restaurant on 15 November 2012. Been to city location a few times before. Description: Govindas is a vegetarian hare krishna restaurant that has been in Brisbane for over 20 years. They offer affordable, fresh and healthy food. You can either choose from the all-you-can-eat-and-drink Feast Meal, which includes  Fragrant Jasmine Rice, Daily special mixed vegetable curry, Split mung dahl (Lentil soup) , Koftas (Savoury vegetable puffs), Fresh tomato and herb chutney , Pappadam (Lentil tortillas), Fresh garden salad , Halava (Semolina fruit pudding) with custard and home made ginger & mint lemonade. You can also get the Vegan Feast, which would

Stones Corner

Stones Corner

include everything, except one of the curries if it has dairy and the Halava, which has butter. They may have a vegan dessert, but usually for an extra charge. They also offer specials such as lasagne, quiches, calzone, pizzas and more. There are Lassi’s (not vegan) ad other cold bottled drinks available. The decor of all the stores are very clean and simple. Most of the dishes are gluten free and dairy free. The City location has a large dining hall, which is always busy. The other locations are smaller, but look very similar. If you want a cheap eat that will fill you up this is a great place to come. They even do a special for the buffet for students. They also have a vegetarian cooking school, which teaches Indian vegetarian recipes. At my uni, Griffith University Nathan Campus, Govindas also sells the Vegetarian buffet, minus the salad and Pappadams for a special price, from one of our cafes.

Ordered: I always order the Vegan Buffet feast. I usually don’t get a dessert, because the Halava has butter. However, when I went to the Stones Corner location I had this Apple Crumble with Coconut Ice cream, free of charge. I absolutely love the food here. It is consistently good and fresh. The vegetables curries are usually different, but the Kofta balls are always the same and are my favorite part. I always leave here happy and very full.

Vegan buffet - Jasmine Rice, 1 or 2 Mixed Vegetable Curries, Split Mung Dahl , Koftas balls with Tomato and Herb Chutney, Pappadam, Garden Salad, Homemade Ginger & Mint Lemonade

Vegan buffet – Jasmine Rice, 1 or 2 Mixed Vegetable Curries, Split Mung Dahl , Koftas balls with Tomato and Herb Chutney, Pappadam, Garden Salad, Homemade Ginger & Mint Lemonade

Apple Crumble with Coconut Ice cream

Apple Crumble with Coconut Ice cream

Vegan Buffet

Vegan Buffet- Jasmine Rice, Mixed Vegetable Curries, Split Mung Dahl , Koftas balls with Tomato and Herb Chutney, Pappadam, Garden Salad, Homemade Ginger & Mint Lemonade

Gopal’s Pure Vegetarian v vfgopals_pure_vegetarian_tx1

Where: 1/600 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood, Brisbane. There are also two more locations at Sunshine Coast. Not sure if they are afflicted, but menu is very similar.

When: I visited back in July, when I got a coupon for this place.

Description: This is a small eat-in and takeaway vegetarian restaurant on the main road in Sherwood, next to a small corner shopping complex. It is open for lunch and dinner. It is not a fancy place, rather its quite basic looking. The food is very similar to Govinda’s Hare Krishna food. All the food is ready at the counter and you can either order a meal deal or other prepared dishes. The meal deals are priced by how much you order. So you can get one or more Vegetarian Curries and Rice, and add Salad, Kofta Balls & Tomato Chutney and Pappadams, Halava, Lassi or Ginger & Mint Lemonade. According to mustdobrisbane.com, they also offer Soy Lasagne, Malaysian Noodles, Potato bake,  Spinach pie and Dosa. I didn’t mind this place for a cheap eat, if your in the area.

Ordered: I ordered the Vegan Feast and Marco ordered the regular Feast. Mine included a Vegetable curry, Rice, Split mung dahl, Koftas with tomato and herb chutney, Pappadam, Garden salad and Ginger & Mint Lemonade. The only difference with his Feast was that got an extra Vegetable Curry, a Lassi and Halava. The food nice, but personally I still prefer Govinda’s.

Vegan Feast

Vegan Feast

Tea Master: Vegetarian Cafe Restaurant v vftea-master-305818

Where: Shop 8, 115 Wickham Street, Brisbane City

When: posted Tea Master: Vegetarian Cafe Restaurant on 2 November 2012

Description: This is a small Asian vegetarian cafe near China Town and is open for lunch and dinner. Many of the dishes modeled popular Asian dishes, but use mock meat or certain textures and flavors to appear like the real thing. Most of the menu is vegan and many of the dishes are also gluten free. They also offer a range of drinks such as Milk Teas, Hot Tea Pots, and Juices. The decor is simple and clean and the staff are friendly. If you are craving a traditional dish, but want to skip the meat this will different fix your craving.704436_304024073035836_1514538140_o

Ordered: I have been here a couple of times now and ordered a few different things. Including the 10 Handmade Dumplings served with Soy Sauce, Deep-fried Veggie Chicken with Salt and Pepper, Vegetarian Bean curd Prawn, Sweet & Sour Veggie Pork with Rice, Stir-fried Veggie Chicken in Three-Cup Sauce with Vegetables & Rice, Veggie Sacha Sauce Noodles, Vegetarian Satay Chicken Teriyaki, Vegetarian Roasted Duck Noodle, Soy Milk Coffee with Coffee Jelly & Soy Milk Taro with Pearls. I loved all the mock meats especially the pork, prawns and duck. They all really had the flavor and the texture of meat. They also give a generous amount of vegetables in the main meals. I am yet to try the dessert here, as I never have room after eating here.

10 Steamed Dumplings, served with Soy Sauce

10 Steamed Dumplings, served with Soy Sauce

Deepfried Salt & Pepper Chicken

Deepfried Salt & Pepper Chicken

Beancurd Prawn Rolls

Beancurd Prawn Rolls

Vegetarian Satay Chicken Teriyaki

Vegetarian Satay Chicken Teriyaki

Sweet & Sour Pork

Sweet & Sour Pork

Three shot 'Chicken' with Vegetables

Three shot ‘Chicken’ with Vegetables

Vegie Sacha Sauce Noodles

Vegie Sacha Sauce Noodles

Vegetarian Roasted Duck Noodle

Vegetarian Roasted Duck Noodle

Coffee with Coffee Jelly & Taro with Pearls

Coffee with Coffee Jelly & Taro with Pearls

Burger Urge vfl

Where: There are 5 Locations in Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, West End, St Lucia, Kevin Grove & QUT Gardens Point.

When: I have visited the West End location many times. Photo below was taken back in July 2012

Description: This is a Gourmet Burger Bar that has been around for a while, but has recently become really popular. According to their website they get their ingredients from the Rocklea Markets and local vendors, don’t use preservative and stabilizers, their eggs and bacon is free range and their meat is from farms.  I really like this place when I need a burger fix and is a great place to meet with friends. There are three vegetarian burger options, which include the Classic Veggie (Char grilled Eggplant with feta & tomato chutney), the Magic Mushroom (Grilled Field mushroom with haloumi & pesto) and The Mediterranean (Herbed Chickpea Falafel with baba ghanoush & chili 13511471819be92491f933844fdfcfaba7b6c04543sauce). They also all contain fire roasted fed capsicum, lettuce,  tomato and whole egg mayo. To make them vegan just remove the mayo from all; remove the feta from the Classic Veggie; or remove haloumi & pesto from the Magic Mushroom. On the side you can also order their delicious Thick Cut Chips or Sweet Potato Chips. These are vegan, but the dipping sauce (for an additional charge) is not. Sounds like alot to remove, but it really isn’t. You still get a lot inside the burgers and the other ingredients are full of flavor.

Ordered: I always order the The Mediterranean and share both the Thick Cut Chips and Sweet Potato Chips with Marco. Yes that is the dipping sauce in my photo from my pre-vegan days.  As you can see you get a lot in the burger and the only thing I would remove now would be the mayo.

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The Mediterranean and Sweet Potato Chips

Su Life Vegetarian Restaurant v vf

Where: Shop 4 Palmdale Shopping Centre, 2120 Logan Rd, Upper Mt GravattDSC02249

When: posted Su Life Vegetarian Restaurant, on 13 January 2013

Description: This Asian vegan/vegetarian is hidden away in a small shopping complex in Upper Mt Gravatt. From the outside it looks as if it is not open, as their are many pictures on the windows of  their dishes. The decor is very basic and the water and cutlery is self service. They offers a variety Asian dishes, such as stir fries, bendons, soups, hot pots and more. Most meals come with tofu or mock meats, such as chicken, fish and beef. The portion sizes are generous and unlike many other Asian restaurants they give you a lot of vegetables. The meals are relatively cheap price as well.DSC02248

Ordered: Marco and I ordered the Satay Veggie Chicken for an entree. The veggie chicken did taste very much like chicken and the satay sauce was good. However, the veggie chicken was hot in some places and cold in others and the lettuce it was served on had black pieces. Next we shared two main meals, which were the Japanese Curried Veggie Steak & comb Vegetables with Rice and the Thai Spicy Chicken with Rice (Bendon). I found the Japanese Curry to be more like a gravy then the usually traditional curry. The veggie steak was ok, but it wasn’t the best mock meat I have tasted. The Thai Spicy Chicken had a strange tangy sauce that we didn’t really like. Both the veggie meats had a terrible thick batter. On the bright side they did give us lots of fresh vegetables. Considering it was cheap it was ok, but I wouldn’t go back again. I have seen many review of how good this place is, maybe Su Life have become too relaxed.

Satay Veggie Chicken

Satay Veggie Chicken

Japanese Curried Veggie Steak & comb Vegetables with Rice

Japanese Curried Veggie Steak & comb Vegetables with Rice

Thai Spicy Chicken with Rice (Bendon)

Thai Spicy Chicken with Rice (Bendon)

A Night in India vfl

Where: Two locations- Shop 1, 14 Millennium Blvd., Carindale, Shop 3, 58 High Street, Toowong.

When: Regularly visiting both locations for the past 10 years. Posted Finally hit 100th post, on 27 January 2013.

Description: These are two Indian restaurants owned by two brothers. They are both in good convenient locations on the Southside of Brisbane. They both offer similar menus, which include vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options and all dishes are free from any 432278_333247130046040_1886401458_nadded thickeners, preservatives, and MSG. I always find the food very fresh and authentic and they are always open to changing dishes to customers taste or dietary requirements. The decor has recently had a facelift at both locations. It is very bollywood and modern, with bright colors and patterns on the walls. It is always clean and the staff are always kind and helpful.

Ordered: I usually order Vegetable Pakoras, Wholemeal Roti and a vegetable curry, such as the Veggie Madras, Eggplant Bhartha, Veggie Mughlai or Dhal Makhani. I am never disappointed and always leave very full.

Vegetable Samosa

Vegetable Samosa

Mushroom Sabji

Mushroom Sabji

Alu Dhall Palak

Alu Dhall Palak

Roti

Roti

Kuan Yin Tea House v vf???????????????????????????????

Where: 198 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley

When: posted Valentines Day at Kuan Yin Tea House on 15 February, posted A new sweet discovery 5th April 2013

Description: This is a small Asian vegetarian restaurant just near Brisbane china town. It is open for lunch and early dinner. Every time I have walk passed this place it has been quite busy, but until wasn’t until recently that I realized it was vegetarian. The decor is very basic, but clean. The staff were also very friendly. They have quite a large menu, which includes entrees, soups, main dishes with mock meals, noodles and rice. They also have bubbles teas and many desserts (asian and other). The prices also very cheap and reasonable.

Ordered: Marco and I first ordered Crispy Taro Rolls and Veggie Chicken Satay Sticks. They were both really good. The Taro Rolls were quite sweet and the satay sticks were prefect. They were quite big serve for two. For mains we got Wonton Soup, Veggie Snow Fish Rice and Lychee Green Tea with Pearls. These dishes s were also really nice too. There were plenty of vegetables and the mock meat were really nice. I didn’t realize at the time we ate here, but these dishes were all made from Lamyong products. Which is probably why the prices were so reasonable. For desert we had a really delicious Vegan Rich Chocolate Cake, Berries Coulie, Vegan Berry Ice cream. It was really good and gooey inside. This was a Valentines Day special, so not sure if it would still be there, but I hope so for the next time I visit.

Phantom Chips

Phantom Chips

Veggie Satay Sticks

Veggie Satay Sticks

Veggie Snow Fish Rice

Veggie Snow Fish Rice

Lychee Green Tea with Pearls

Lychee Green Tea with Pearls

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Vegan Rich Chocolate Cake, Berries Coulie, Vegan Berry Ice cream

Thai Fried Rice & 'Calamari'

Thai Fried Rice & ‘Calamari’

Won-Ton Noodle Soup

Won-Ton Noodle Soup

Veggie Pork Rib Soup with Rice

Veggie Pork Rib Soup with Rice

Little Lamb Hot Pot vf

Where: Shop 22/23 Runcorn Plaza, 254 Warrigal Rd, Runcorn

When: posted Little Lamb Hot Pot and revisit to The Cardamon Pod on 17th February 2013???????????????????????????????

Description: I know this is a strange place to recommend to eat out vegan, but if your out with carnivore friends, this is a place with plenty of option for vegan and vegetarians. Our Chinese student booked this place for us, and told us although its new it is so popular among the Chinese people in Brisbane, that it had 3 weeks waiting list. They specialise in Chinese Hot Pot and BBQ, which are on every table, so you can cook it yourself. It is buffet style, so you play one price and eat as much as you like. The price around $25 each, so its quite reasonable. The decor is really bright and modern and when it is fun its quite loud and lively. ???????????????????????????????

Ordered: We ordered the Hot Pot with one normal and one spicy section. We also had the BBQ on our table. So we had to get food from the buffet to cook in the hot pot and bbq, as well as hot sides, cold side, condiments and drinks. For the hot pot we got green leafy vegetables, sweet potato, lotus root, bean curd skins, tofu, skiitake and enoki mushrooms and starch noodles. Our student made for us a special sauce made of condiments that we could eat the food from the hot pot in. She said she put soy sauce, vinegar, peanut sauce and more. For the BBQ I got some marinated eggplant and corn. These were really nice. I also got some hot and cold sides, such as beans, sea vegetables, pickled tofu and fried pumpkin puffs and red bean sesame balls. I also had plum tea to drink. I was really impressed with the food. You don’t need to worry about missing out as there is so much plant food to chose from. Just make sure you come really hungry to get your moneys worth.

Hot Pot

Hot Pot

Special Sauce for Hot Pot

Special Sauce for Hot Pot

BBQ

BBQ

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Where:  Shop 10, Metropol Stage II, Cnr Creek & Pine Mountain Rds, Carindale

When: posted Pomogranate and Avocado Quinoa Salad with Sweet Tahini Lime Dressing on 25 February 2013

Description: This is a small Indian restaurant off the main road in a shopping complex, surrounded by other restaurants. Don’t be fooled by the strange decor, this place has a quite extensive authentic Indian restaurant. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options and even their naan can be done dairy free. The staff were also really helpful to offer advice on what to order.

Ordered: I ordered the Pumpkin and Eggplant Curry (diced butternut pumpkin and eggplant steamed with onions and flavored with white mustard), which came with Saffron Rice. On the side Marco I shared two Indian Breads, these were Onion Kulcha (bread stuffed with finely chopped seasoned onions and garlic) and Aloo (Potato) Paratha (wholemeal bread stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes). These were also both dairy free. Normally when I go to Indian these stuffed breads are’t dairy free or wholemeal, so this was a nice treat. I especially liked the Onion Kulcha. The onion was all the way through and nicely spiced. I would definitely come back here.

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Pumpkin and Eggplant Curry & Saffron Rice

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Onion Kulcha and Aloo (Potato) Paratha

Davies Park Market vf

Where: Off Montague Road and end of Jane Street, West End

When: posted Weekend of International cuisines: Part 1 on 3rd February 2012, its on every Saturday

Description: This market in West End has been held here for years. I only discovered it recently. You can do grocery shopping from the fresh produce vendors, shop for clothing or other nicnac, watch some live music or have some lunch or a snack. There is something for everyone here. There are heaps of vegetarian and vegan options from all different cuisine from all over the world.

Ordered: Last time I went I got this delicious Hungarian Tócsni with Avocado, Mushroom, Purple Onion. Its a potato rosti topped with the rest of the ingredients. Mine got broken when they made it so its hard to tell that’s what it is, but nevertheless it tasted really good. For desert I got a Cardamom Latte from Gypsy General Trading. We also got some Salted Caramel Macadamias from Bonobo Nuts to take home. The time before I got a vegan pie from Ykillamoocow.

Hungarian Tócsni with Avocado, Mushroom, Purple Onion

Hungarian Tócsni with Avocado, Mushroom, Purple Onion

Cardamom Latte

Cardamom Latte

Ykillamoocow

Ykillamoocow

Bonobo Nuts

Bonobo Nuts

The Banana Lounge vv r

Where: 170 Boundary, St West End

When: posted Banana Lounge and The Cupcake Parlour on 10th March 2013,
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Description: This is a vegan cafe that has opened in West End. They are open for breakfast and lunch. On weekends they also have buffet vegan breakfast. They have a range of breakfast and lunch dishes, cakes and coffees. They also sell some vegan products, such as ice cream, cheese and mock meats.

To be honest after our four and final visit to this place, I no longer recommend them. The food has gotten more average and the service is dreadful. The two times we visited the service was very awkward and we were meet with extremely friendly staff and very unfriendly service from the owner. On our 3rd and 4th visit the service was terrible from the owner. She was extremely rude to us and uninterested. The dessert was stale and the coffee burnt and spilt. I have only left this as an option for vegans. Maybe you will have a better experience.

Ordered: On our first visit we came for the vegan breakfast. It was $20 for all you can eat vegan bacon, sausage, tofu scramble, grilled tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed spinach, baked beans, pancakes, cereal, toast. It wasn’t amazing but it was great to be able to try everything. My partner was not very impressed and didn’t really want to return.

We returned again to get Milkshakes and cake one afternoon with the family. We were all very happy with our Vanilla and Strawberry Milkshakes. The cakes were also really delicious and great big serves. We had Carrot Cake and Spiced Chocolate Cake.

The next visit was for Raw Choc, Date & Pistachio Brownies and the Mexican Chili Hot Chocolate. The dessert and hot chocolate was good but the service was horrible. It was like we were disturbing them for coming in.

The last and finial visit you can read on Urbanspoon. I thought it was the Third Strike, but actually it was the Fourth.  I will never return after that.

Vegan Breakfast Buffet

Vegan Breakfast Buffet

Vanilla Milkshake

Vanilla Milkshake

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Spiced Chocolate Cake

Spiced Chocolate Cake

Raw Choc, Date & Pistachio Brownies and the Mexican Chili Hot Chocolate

Raw Choc, Date & Pistachio Brownies and the Mexican Chili Hot Chocolate

The Cupcake Parlour vf

Where: 2 Locations, Shop 5/60 Vulture St, West End and Shop 5A 204 Oxford Street, Bulimba

When: posted Banana Lounge and The Cupcake Parlour on 10th March 2013

Description: This is a sweet little place in West End to enjoy cupcakes and coffee. They have vegan cupcakes and soy lattes. You can also order directly from them for special occasions. Although this place is small, the decor is like entering enough world. Everything is colorful, pretty and bright.

Ordered: When I looked at the cupcakes they were all really pretty, but I didn’t notice any vegan cupcakes. So I asked the girl and she showed me the vegan options on top of the counter. There was vanilla, vanilla with raspberry icing or chocolate. They weren’t enticing as the regular cupcakes, but they were vegan, so I wasn’t saying no. The chocolate was the most attractive, so I chose that one and a soy flat white. The cupcake was really good. The actually cake part wasn’t that amazing, but the icing was out of this world. It was also a decent size cupcake, which was quite enough for a dessert.

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Icing

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Soy Flat White

Vegan Vanilla Cupcake with Fairy Floss Icing

Vegan Vanilla Cupcake with Fairy Floss Icing

KU-O Japanese Restaurant vf

Where: Shop 39B Market Square, 341 Mains Rd, Sunnybank???????????????????????????????

When: posted Sweet Veggie Dinner and a visit to KU-O on 31st March 2012

Description:??????????????????????????????? KU-O Japanese is a hole in the wall Japanese restaurant in Market Square at Sunnybank that you could almost miss, if you didn’t notice all the people standing outside the front. However once you walk in you feel like your in Japan. The decor is very japanese and intimate. For vegan and vegetarians they have a few options, with Tofu instead of meat or fish. Some options include the Tofu Teriyaki Don, Tesishoku Vegetarian Set, Yakitori style Sweet Potato, Mushroom, Garlic, Zucchini or Ginkgo; Oden Tofu Puff, Tofu & Corn Salad (I am not sure if all of these are vegan).

Ordered: I ordered the Tofu Teriyaki Don. It was quite nice and filling. The extra pickles were also a nice touch too.

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Tofu Teriyaki Don

The Dark Chocolatier by the Noosa Chocolate Factory vf

Where: 156 Adelaide St, Brisbane CBD

When: posted Mandala Organic Arts Cafe and other new vegan finds on 6th April 2013

Description:??????????????????????????????? This is a premium chocolate shop that sells chocolate from the Noosa Chocolate Factory, as well as coffees and hot chocolate. They have a variety of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate, in rough broken pieces and coated nuts and fruits. The best part is that all the dark chocolate is vegan! This store is a hole in the wall, but you can’t walk past the large chocolate bars in the front window. You also can’t leave without buying something. Although its a bit pricey, the quality and taste of the chocolate is worth it.

Ordered: I have visited these guys a few times. The first time I bought I visited I bought a small piece of dark chocolate with roasted almonds. Since then I have also tried the valencia orange dark chocolate and the dark chocolate turkish delight. All were really delicious and not too dark and bitter.

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Dark Chocolate with Roasted Almonds

Nam Nam vf r

Where: 168 Adelaide St, Brisbane CBD

When:  posted Mandala Organic Arts Cafe and other new vegan finds on 6th April 2013

Description:??????????????????????????????? Nam Nam is a small hole in the wall Vietnamese takeaway. They offer a range of different rice paper rolls with different dipping sauces, Vietnamese salads, Vietnamese rolls and soups. I have seen a few sushi places that also sell rice paper rolls, but I have never seen a store that was dedicated to making ones with different fillings. I was also really surprise to see that they had some vegan and vegetarian options, such as Avo, Tofu, Clion Chay, Hard Tofu and Green Bamboo.

Ordered: I bought the  Avo Roll, which had avocado, carrot, lettuce, mint, bean spouts and rice vermicelli. It was a nice change from the usually sushi, which is my shopping day stable.

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Avo Rice Paper Roll

Pho Ha Long vf

Where: 1981 Logan Rd, Mount Gravatt

When: posted Pho Ha Long on 3rd May 2013

Description: This is a Vietnamese restaurant, just off the main road, just walking distance from the Garden City Shopping Centre. The decor is really clean, fresh and modern, which is nice for a budget Vietnamese restaurant. The staff are also very friendly and inviting. Their menu is quite extensive and offers a selection of traditional dishes that are both vegetarian and meat-based, as well as many traditional Vietnamese drinks. All the food is MSG free, there are many gluten free options and no dish priced over $13.90. Some of the vegan and vegetarian dishes include Vegetarian fresh Salad Rolls, Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Rice Vermicelli Salad, Tofu Fried Rice and Deep Fried Tofu with Salt Pepper.

Ordered: For drinks I ordered the Young Coconut Drink, which was nice and refeshing. Marco ordered a cold Vietnamese Dripping Milk Coffee, which was very cool to watch and apparently tasted really good,  but sadly is not vegan. For mains I ordered the Tofu Fried Rice. This dish normally comes with egg, but the waiter checked with me if I preferred it without egg, which was really good of him. Marco ordered the Combination (Grilled Pork, Spring Roll, Sugarcane Prawn) with Rice Vermicelli Salad. Lucky for me his spring roll was vegetarian so I had a try of his and it was good. My dish was delicious! The rice was fresh, sticky and full of flavor. The tofu was nice and crispy and the vegetables were fresh and sweet. The serving was quite big and large enough for Marco to eat half of mine too.

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Young Coconut Drink

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Tofu Fried Rice

Lust for Life vf

Where: 176 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley

When: posted A new sweet discovery 5th April 2013

Description: This is a tattoo parlour/art gallery/espresso bar, that also sells vegan & gluten free bagels as well as an assortment of vegan desserts. This place is vibrant, hip and completely different to anything on the China Town end of the Valley.

Ordered: We ordered the first thing that caught all our eyes in the display fridge, the Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Lemon Coconut Frosting. The photo below doesn’t do this dessert justice and in its glass case it looked exquisite. This was absolutely delicious!

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Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Lemon Coconut Frosting

Coco Jungle vf

Where: Shop 111, Sunnybank Plaza, Cnr Mains Rd And McCullough St, SunnybankDSC00106

When: posted Little Lamb Hot Pot and revisit to The Cardamon Pod on 17th February 2013

Description: Coco Jungle is a recent addition to Sunnybank Plaza. They sell desserts and beverages, including cakes, ice creams, waffles, fondue, coffees and a variety of flavors of Italian Hot Chocolates. The decor makes you feel like your in a  little jungle oasis. Although they don’t offer many deserts that are vegan, I did find that their Italian Hot Chocolates are vegan, if you order with soy milk.

Ordered: The first time I visited I ordered the Strawberry Soy Italian Hot Chocolate. It was really nice and thick. I have also ordered the Pistachio Soy Italian Hot Chocolate, but it wasn’t as nice as the first time I visited them. It was quite thin considering I ordered extra thick.

Strawberry Soy Italian Hot Chocolate

Strawberry Soy Italian Hot Chocolate

The Forest Lounge vv???????????????????????????????

Where: 124 Boundary St, West EndBrisbane

When: posted The Forest Food Lounge and a new Aldi buy on the 14 May 2013???????????????????????????????

Description: The Forest Lounge offers a variety of vegan burgers, wraps, sandwiches and pies to order. They also have a salad bar and hot box of different dishes that you can order, such as ‘Fish’ Marsala, Vegetable Thai Green Curry and Ginger Dahl. They often have different faux meats dishes as well. In the dessert window they offer a variety different vegan cheesecakes. The decor is bright and inviting. However, I did find the bench seats a bit grubby.

Ordered: I ordered the Chocolate Cheesecake. It was was nice, but I am sorry to say no where near as nice as some of the vegan cheesecakes I have had elsewhere, like the Green Edge or The Cardamom Pod. However, I still recommend this place based on the cheap vegan hot food, that I saw others enjoying and the vegan sweets options for a late night dessert.

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Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Freestyle Tout vf

Where: Emporium, 50/1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

When: posted Cauliflower Cheezy Thyme Pie on the 14 July 2013

Description: I have been visiting Freestyle Tout since I was in high school. Back then they were situated at Rosalie and were a gallery and dessert shop. My girlfriends and I would all order a different dessert and then have a couple of spoons, then swap, so we all got to try the delicious desserts. Since then they have moved to Emporium in the Valley and also been a favorite of mine for late night desserts after dinner. Luckily for me since becoming vegan they have also added vegan desserts to their menu. They began as specials, but have no became a permanent fixture to the menu. Freestyle Tout, doesn’t only just do desserts, they also do lunch and dinner, coffees, high teas and a range of other beverages. The decor is always different, with new artworks appearing every time I visit. Its still one of a kind in Brisbane and you will often see a big line up outside to get in.

Ordered: Since being dairy free I have luckily still been able to visit Freestylers. They offer use to offer Soy Ice cream sundae, but since then they have progressively been offering other vegan options. They have also begun offering Cocoluscious Icecream, which they sell to the public. To be honest the time before when I visited them we were quite disappointed. At that point they were only offering the vegan specials, so ordered the Chocolate Avocado Mousse. The mousse was so dark that it was practically inedible. The Cocoluscious ice cream and berries were nice though. I told the waiter when we paid that it was too bitter and he advised that that is how the recipe is meant to be. I have actually made that dessert before so I was not impressed with that answer. Fortunately on our last visit I had a much better experience. They now had a vegan cake option on the permanent menu, which is the Vegan Hazelnut Cake with Hazelnut Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Cocolusious Vegan Ice cream. This was so delicious and was a huge improvement. Marco even commented that it was on pare with his Chocolate Jaffa Cheesecake. I am really impressed with how far they have come to offer something else to vegans, not to mention gluten free options as well. As for their lunch and dinner menu, they do offer vegetarian and gluten free options. However, I only noticed one vegan salad. I am sure that they would be accommodating to vegans though.

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Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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Vegan Hazelnut Cake with Hazelnut Chocolate Sauce, Vanilla Cocolusious Vegan Ice cream

Vege Rama vv v r

Where: Two locations in Brisbane CBD: Myers Centre (Food Court) and Shop 30 Post Office Square DSC05518Adelaide Street.

When: posted Vege Rama on the 14 June 2013 and Vege Rama Revisited and Botanica on the 7 July 2013

Description: Vega Rama is a completely Plant-based eatery in the Brisbane city that offers vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, low fat, high protein, organic and local options. Both their stores offer a wide array of options from many different worldwide cuisines, including Indian, South-East Asian, Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern and Mexican. Some hot dishes include Moussaka, variety of curries and dosas. They also offer a high variety of salads and raw desserts. Although not all the dishing in the Myers Centre location are vegan, their Adelaide Street location is 100% vegan. ???????????????????????????????

Ordered: After being highly recommended I finally made it into the city to try out Vege Rama. On my first visit to Vege Rama, I went to the Adelaide Street location. I ordered two hot dishes with brown rice. I chose the Moussaka and the Aloo Matter. The Moussaka had tofu, sweet potato, olives, carrot, capsicum, green beans, eggplant, chickpeas, spinach. It was the first time I tried vegan Moussaka, but it was I’ve ever had. The Aloo Matter is an Indian curry that had potatoes and peas. I also really liked this dish too. Both were full of flavor and tasted really vibrant and clean. This was only $8.50 which was really great value for money. On my second visit I decided to check out the Myers Centre location. I noticed that it was really popular with other customers, compared to the other meaty, greasy junk in the Food court. I decided to try their Masala Dosa and Ginger Mint Drink. Dosa is a Indian crepe made of rice and lentils and can be ordered plain or with some filling. I got the mash potato and pea filling. It also came with sambhar dahl, tamarind sauce, and some tomato herb chutney. It was amazing! The Mint and Ginger drink was also really nice as well. I have had this at Hare Krishna restaurants before, but their recipe has to be the best I’ve tried. My photo doesn’t do the size of this Dosa justice either, it was huge and really filling.

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Moussaka, Brown Rice & Aloo Matter

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Masala Dosa & Ginger Mint Drink. Dosa

Botanica Real Food v vf r

Where:??????????????????????????????? 9/1 Enoggera Terrace, Red Hill

When: posted Vege Rama Revisited and Botanica on 7 July 2013

Description: This is a healthy takeaway store that sells delicious gourmet salads, fresh baguettes and sour dough loafs and amazing sweets baked goods. All their salads are vegetarian and most are vegan and gluten free. They also make a vegan Brownie with coconut caramel. This is what actually caught my attention when I saw them online and the reason for our visit. The decor is beautiful and very elegant for a takeaway.

Ordered: We ended up getting a combination of 3 salads takeaway, which included Baby pea and potato salad with fresh dill and green tahini dressing; Chickpeas and roasted eggplant with garam masala, chilli, parsley and mint cashew dressing; and Wild Rice, pumpkin, roast peppers, onion and baby spinach with gluten free soy and coriander dressing. I didn’t get to have any dessert, but Marco made sure he didn’t leave empty handed and got an array of different baked goods. The girl in the store said the vegan Brownies should be back in a couple of weeks. I will update once I have been back to try them out.

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Three vegan salads

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Vege King vf???????????????????????????????

Where: Shop 6/38 Wharf Street, Brisbane CBD

When: posted Vege King on the 19 July 2013

Description:  Vege King is a mostly vegetarian cafe. They also offer vegan, gluten free and a few meat options. Their menu includes Vege Samosa, Puri Chole, Pizza, Salads, Lasagnas, variety of vegetarian and meat curries, dosas, desserts and drinks. The decor is very minimalist but clean. The staff are really friendly and helpful.

Ordered: When we walked in we were greeted by two friendly Indian people, who gladly took our coupon and showed us everything they had to offer. Since it was late in the day on their last day of the week, the didn’t have as much as usually on offer, but there was still plenty of curries and menu items to chose from. I ordered Dosa Marsala, which came with sambhar dahl and chutney. Marco ordered two curries dish, which included Spinach & Mushroom curry, Chicken Korma, rice and papadum. All were vegan except for the chicken curry of course. We were both really impressed by the food. It was fresh and full of flavor. It was also on pair with our regular Indian restaurant. For dessert I had vegan Apple Crumble and Marco had the Carrot Cake (not vegan). I was really happy with mine, but Marco’s felt his was too dry.

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Dosa Marsala

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Spinach & Mushroom curry, Chicken Korma, rice and papadum

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Apple Crumble

The Shady Palm Cafes and Bar vf

Where: 427 Logan Rd, Stones Corner

When: posted The Shady Palms Cafe & Bar on the 21 July 2013, Revisit The Shady Palm and discover the Flamingo on 25 August 2013

Description: This cafe is situated on the busy strip in Stones Corner. It is a really popular place, with people from all walks of life. It is housed in a Queensland style building and has a gorgeous bar in the front room with wooden tables and chairs to match. Their is also a back room leading onto a huge garden space, where customers can also sit. The inside walls are covered with interesting artworks and the decor has a antique theme. I also found the staff to be really friendly and helpful when ordering our meals. The menu is has a Pan-American theme, so there are many menu items that I haven’t seen before. For vegetarians there are many options for breakfast and lunch, such as Sticky date, spiced pumpkin and ricotta hotcakes with pecan praline ice cream (breakfast) and Sliders with Grilled cheese w fried green tomato, mashed sweet potato and chipotle mayo (lunch). For vegans they have Fried green tomatoes w kale, sweet potato, corn and black eyed pea salsa for breakfast. For lunch there isn’t any vegan specific menu items, but I’m sure dishes like  the Tacos with Fried Okra, could be made vegan. Other menu items include espresso coffees with Bonsoy, teas, juices, cocktails and other alcohol beverages.

Ordered: So when we arrived at the cafe, I could not believe how busy it was. It was buzzing with customers and loud music and the kitchen looked so busy, delivering one delicious dish after the other. We opted for the front bar as it was quite a windy day. I ordered the vegan breakfast dish, Fried green tomatoes w kale, sweet potato, corn and black eyed pea salsa. This was amazing and probably one of the most creative vegan dishes I have ever had. The only thing I could say was wrong with it was that I wanted to eat another plate of it. It was also quite light, so I could fit in a Bonsoy Flat White after. Marco had the Shady Palm breakfast with House-made cornbread, maple bacon w poached egg, hollandaise sauce, kranksi and roasted mushroom. After he had a Bonsoy Cappucino and Fried Peanut Butter Icecream dessert. Unfortunately that wasn’t dairy-free or vegan. We both really liked this place and will definitely come back. Fingers crossed they offer some vegan desserts in the future.

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Fried green tomatoes w kale, sweet potato, corn and black eyed pea salsa

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Bonsoy Flat White

Crispy Plaintain & Peanut Fritters with Mojo

Crispy Plaintain & Peanut Fritters with Mojo

Fried Okra Tacos with chimmichurri, ranch, blackbean and corn salsa

Fried Okra Tacos with chimmichurri, ranch, blackbean and corn salsa

Handcut Fried Potatoes

Handcut Fried Potatoes

   

Delicatezza vf

Where: 4/43 Blackwood Street, Mitchelton???????????????????????????????

When: posted Delicatezza on 10 August 2013

Description: Delicatezza is a cafe and a ???????????????????????????????deli on the Blackwood Street strip. For vegans you probably aren’t interested in their gourmet meats and cheeses. However, they also have a nice range of other specialty products, including traditional pastas and chutneys. They offer breakfast and lunch Tuesday – Sunday. The decor is really bright and homely. The staff are also really nice and helpful for vegan enquirers.

Ordered: Before we arrived I made a booking. Luckily I did as it was really busy morning for them. The staff seated us straight away and were really nice and friendly. When I asked about vegan options they were very helpful too. There were two dishes on the menu that I was interested in. The Avocado Char including avocado, tomato kasundi (chutney), lemon, on char ciabatta or sour dough bread; and the Swiss Brown Mushrooms, included sauteed mushrooms with parsley, truffle oil, lemon and ciabatta.  So hard to choose, so I had to try both.

I ordered the Avocado Char with the Swiss brown Mushrooms on the side. I couldn’t ???????????????????????????????believe how big my meal was when it came out. I have been trying out some of the local cafes near my work lately and I usually only get giving one piece of bread with some mashed avocado. I wasn’t expecting to big pieces of ciabatta bread with a whole large avocado on top. Other then being very generous, this dish was prefect. The avocado was creamy and rip, the bread was fresh and toasted nicely with olive oil. The tomato kasundi (chutney) also tasted really nice. It was sweet and savory and went really well with the avocado and lemon juice. The mushrooms were also really nice and tasty. I would definitely recommend ordering either of the dish or ordering this combination like I did if your extra hungry.

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Avocado Char with a side

Soy Flat White

Soy Flat White

 

Oasis Juice Bar v vf

Where: Upper Queens Street Mall, Brisbane CBD???????????????????????????????

When: posted Delicatezza on 10 August 2013

Description:  Oasis Juice Bar is a small kiosk store in the centre of the Queen Street Mall. They sell a range of fresh juices and smoothies (dairy & dairy free), as well as fresh fruit, fruit salads and yogurt (not vegan) with fruit.

Ordered:  I ordered a fruit juice with apple, pineapple and lime. It was really refreshing and gave me the energy to keep on shopping. ???????????????????????????????

Flamingo Cafe vf

Where: 5 Winn Street, Fortitude Valley

When: posted Revisit The Shady Palm and discover the Flamingo on 25 August 2013

Description: Flamingo Cafe are in Fortitude Valley, just off the main shopping strip on Ann Street, in a tiny side street. They are surrounded by shops with independent designers and alternative fashion. We decided to sit inside since it was extremely sunny and were greeted by really friendly waitresses. The decor was really quirky and retro, from the vibrant pineapple wallpaper to the artdeco chandeliers. It is like no other cafe in Brisbane. I have read many review from others who say its their favorite hangover cafe, but I’m not sure I would want be hungover in a place like this. However, being sober I really enjoyed the visual appeal of this little oasis. The menu is not very long, but it does change regularly and they have daily specials. They also offer at least one vegan options as well.

Ordered: I ordered the Slow Cooked Beans with English Spinach, Herb Salt and Toast. My slow cooked beans included a variety of beans, including lima, chickpeas and cannelini beans, with lots of fresh herbs. It was really nice. The only thing I would say is that I would of liked the flavor of the tomato stronger and pack more of a punch. Luckily I had plenty of sea salt to add. The bread was really nice and crispy and the serve was really generous. The signature Flamingo Ice Tea was really amazing. The flavor of  mint, lemon and ginger were really strong and made this drink really memorable. I usually get a coffee, but it was nice to have something so refreshing. Marco was quite happy with his dish. I have to say that his caramelized onions were pretty good. Overall it was a good experience and I would go back with friends. Only con was that the parking in that area is a bit risky and mostly a tow away zone.

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Slow Cooked Beans with Herb Salad and Toast

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Flamingo Ice Tea

Hansell and Gretel Espresso Bar vf

Where: Corner Of Samford Rd And Pickering St, Gaythorne???????????????????????????????

When: posted Hansell and Gretel Espresso Bar on the 2 September 2013

Description: This newly opened cafe is in??????????????????????????????? Gaythorne, just off the main road. They have received many lots of glowing reviews on Urbanspoon, so we had to try them. When we arrived I could not believe how busy it was. We ended up having to wait for a table. This gave me some time to appreciate the decor. I especially loved the fairytale mural above the kitchen and the old tea sets along the walls. They really did an excellent job of setting themselves apart from other regular breakfast and lunch cafes. The menu also carried on with the fairy tale theme, with names like The Step Mother and the Woodchopper’s Breakfast. I only found one dish that specifically had a vegan option, Persian Veg Fritters. They also offered a couple of vegetarian dishes and some side dishes to complement. In regards to sweets, they didn’t offer anything vegan. However they did have a couple dairy free, which had eggs or honey, such as the Cherry ripe quinoa pudding, Choc Quinoa Muffin and Carrot Cake. They also offered a range of House Specialties cappuccinos, fresh juices and teas.???????????????????????????????

Ordered:  I decided to go with the vegan Persian Veg Fritters. These fritters had 15 ingredients including sweet potato, zucchini, raisins, carrot, ginger, garlic, and cumin. They were served with beetroot coulis and a herb salad. All that was omitted was the tatziki. I also ordered the Avocado smash with coriander, lime juice chives. Marco ???????????????????????????????ordered the Steak & Philly 12 inch sub. My dish was nice. The fritters were small, but had flavor. However they really did need the beetroot coulis to complement it. I was happy I also ordered the avocado on the side, as the meal would of been a bit small without it. As much as I love avocado, there wasn’t really much punch of flavor from the lime. The salad was just a bit of baby spinach, onion and some parsley. Compared to Marcos dish, mine was a little average. He was really enjoying his sub with hickey smoked beef, gherkins and cheese. Since I still had room I decided to order coffee and dessert. I ordered the Cherry ripe quinoa pudding for dessert. This was not vegan as it had honey. I still do eat honey, but a lot less then I use to. I know this is a very controversial topic with vegans though. My sweet coffee on the other hand was vegan. I ordered a Soy Queenslander, which was a cappuccino with macadamia inside and macadamia praline on top. The dessert was ok, but I couldn’t eat much of it. I guess it tasted more like breakfast then dessert for me, as the quinoa had a bit of a bite and it was a little heavy. Marco really didn’t like it. I think their other desserts would of tasted a lot better. The coffee on the other hand was really nice and very sweet. To be honest I am not sure the coffee it was worth the price in comparison to other cafes I’ve been to recently.

Persian Veg Fritters with Herb Salad and Avocado smash

Persian Veg Fritters with Herb Salad and Avocado smash

Soy Queenslander

Soy Queenslander

Rouj Modern Lebanese vf

Where: 21 Nash St  Paddington QLD

When: posted New Beginnings on 22 October 2013

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Orawgi vv r o

Where: 43 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba (inside BioSolar building)???????????????????????????????

When: posted Lunch at Orawgi on 23 October 2013

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Broadbeach, Queensland

The Cardamom Pod v vf r

Where: Shop 11/110 Surf Parade, Broadbeachfilename-img-2528-jpg

When: posted The Cardamom Pod on 17 December 2012, Little Lamb Hot Pot and revisit to The Cardamon Pod on 17 February 2013

Description: The Cardamom Pod is a stunning vegetarian restaurant, on one of the main strips in Broadbeach. Although its vegetarian it also one of the busiest. They have an a la carte menu, hot and cold counter food, juice bar, dessert bar. The hot food includes lasagna, samosas, curries, rice. The cold food include fresh salad with beans, vegetables, and seeds and small raw snacks. Not everything is vegan, most of it is. The food tastes amazing and is probably the best vegetarian restaurant I have been to so far. If that hasn’t impressed you the desserts are to die for. Many of which are vegan, raw, gluten free, sugar free and organic. Although they are ‘healthier’ you wouldn’t know to taste them that they are any different to what you would order out normally. The decor is beautiful, bright and vibrant. It is adorned with lots of floral prints, antique ornamentation, mixed with beach furniture. It is not pretentious and attracts people from all walks of life.

Ordered: My partner and I shared a few things so we could try as much as possible. We got a Fijian Smoothie, which was a freshly juiced and had pineapple, mango and mint.  For mains we ordered plate that included a hot dish, rice and a cold salad and we also a few sides and a smoothie. The Vegetable Lasagna and Paneer & Spinach Curry puff with Tomato & Mango Chutney were not vegan, so Marco had that. I had the Saffron Rice, Avocado and Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Sunflower Seeds, Tofu pocket and Rice paper roll. We were so full after that, but we had to have dessert. They looked so good. We shared the Raw Vegan Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Almond Brittle & Cherries and Raw Vegan Tiramisu. Both were gluten free and the cheesecake was also sugar free. I don’t know how they did it but were both the best desserts we have ever had to date. Marco love sweets, especially full fat very sweet desserts. But he couldn’t tell the difference and really really loved them. The cheesecake especially tasted just like a New York Cheesecake, even though it was made of cashews. I don’t think I have eaten anything since that has topped this meal.

Fijian Smoothie

Fijian Smoothie

Paneer & Spinach Curry puff with Tomato & Mango Chutney, Tofu pocket and Rice paper roll

Paneer & Spinach Curry puff with Tomato & Mango Chutney, Tofu pocket and Rice paper roll

Vegetable Lasagna, Saffron Rice, Avocado and Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Sunflower Seeds

Vegetable Lasagna, Saffron Rice, Avocado and Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Sunflower Seeds

Vegetable Curry, Rice, Lentil Moussaka, Samosa

Vegetable Curry, Rice, Lentil Moussaka, Samosa

Raw Vegan Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Almond Brittle & Cherries

Raw Vegan Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Almond Brittle & Cherries

Raw Vegan Tiramisu

Raw Vegan Tiramisu

Sago Pudding

Sago Pudding

Mermaid Beach, Queensland

Mandala Organic Arts Cafe vv r o

Where:  4/2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach???????????????????????????????

When: posted Mandala Organic Arts Cafe and other new vegan finds on 6th April 2013

Description:  Mandala Organic Arts Cafe is a vegan, organic cafe that uses local food. They make both cooked and raw dishes and boast to make the best pizzas on the planet. From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but once you walk in you get transported into a little oasis. You can either sit inside or outside in the garden.

Ordered: Marco ordered the Tempeh Burger, with marinated tempeh & pan-seared mushrooms with a swirl of cashew nut sour cream on a toasted spelt sourdough bun smeared with house-made napoli sauce & cashew nut basil pesto; leafy greens, cherry tomatoes and potato wedges on the side. I ordered the a half/half large pizza. One half was Satay (Sweet & salty satay base made with peanuts, coconut cream ginger, coriander seeds, cayenne pepper & agave topped with roast pumpkin, corn, broccoli florets, capsicum fresh tomato, cashew cheese and fresh herbs) and the other half was Creamy Mushroom (Sautéed tamari mushroom & herb pate base, leafy greens, roasted zucchini, mushrooms, sweet corn, caramelized spanish onion, kalamata olives, nut cheese, cashew nut sour cream & fresh herbs). This pizza really was the best non traditional pizza on the planet. I have never had a pizza like this before. I think that the bases must of been spelt flour. The toppings were really fresh and well layered. The cashew nut sour cream and cashew nut cheese were so delicious on top and added a new dimension to the flavors  This pizza did not need cheese or any smokey flavors. The toppings were plentifully and all worked together beautifully. Definitely the best pizza I have had out of Italy, even if it not Italian at all. As for Marco’s burger he loved it! He was also really surprised by the great tastes and quality of all the food. He often gets disappointed at some healthy vegan restaurants, either because they didn’t give him enough food or the place doesn’t look as ‘clean’. But he was really happy with this place and he couldn’t stop saying how much he enjoyed the food. I also ordered a LSD (Dandelion Soy Latté), which is an espresso shot pulled through roasted dandelion root infused with creamy Bonsoy, which was a healthy alternative to coffee. This was also really delicious and I am still craving this warm creamy caffeine-free coffee.

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Dandelion Soy Latté

Tempeh Burger

Tempeh Burger

Satay/Creamy Mushroom Pizza

Satay/Creamy Mushroom Pizza

Maleny, Queensland

Kind Living Cafe vv r2012-01-07-16-14-56

Where: 25 Maple St, Maleny

When: visited on the 5 August 2012

Description: This cafe is situated on the main strip in Maleny and offers raw and vegan dishes for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast includes chia porridge, raw smoothies, fresh juices and coffee. Lunch include zucchini pasta, soups, kofta balls, salads, wraps and much more. They have a large range of raw vegan desserts, coffees and teas.  The decor is calming and modern and really suits the beautiful location in Maleny. They also offer Raw Cooking Classes and have Free Online Raw Coaching Course. Their food is amazing and conveys a compassionate and healthy message.

Ordered: My partner, mother and I ordered a few different things to share. I shared the Carrot & Cauliflower Kofta balls with Sweet Tomato Sauce, Salad and Cashew Sour Cream and the Falafel wrap with avocado and hummus sauce with my mother.  Marco also had the Falafel wrap. I was happy with both, but I really, really loved the Kofta balls. Both dishes were gluten free. For dessert we ordered coffees and desserts. I have never had cashew milk in my coffee before or even had it offered before. It was really nice and creamy. I wanted to try one of all the desserts, but since I didn’t have much room left in my tummy, I only ordered the Vegan Key-lime Raw Cheesecake, Vegan Buckwheat & Chocolate Crackle, Vegan Chocolate Fudge Velvet Cake to share. All were yummy and were served with a cashew cream, which was one of the best thing I’ve ever tasted. It was really worth the trip to Maleny just to have lunch here and trust me you wouldn’t know its raw. As skeptically Marco says ‘well they are at the top of their game, that’s why it tastes so good’.

Carrot & Cauliflower Kofta balls with Sweet Tomato Sauce, Salad and Cashew Sour Cream

Carrot & Cauliflower Kofta balls with Sweet Tomato Sauce, Salad and Cashew Sour Cream

Falafel wrap with avocado and hummas sauce v df, from Kind Living Cafe, Maleny

Falafel wrap with avocado and hummus sauce

Cashew Nut Milk Cappuccino's, Vegan Key-lime Raw Cheesecake, Vegan Buckwheat & Chocolate Crackle, Vegan Chocolate Fudge Velvet Cake

Cashew Nut Milk Cappuccino’s, Vegan Key-lime Raw Cheesecake, Vegan Buckwheat & Chocolate Crackle, Vegan Chocolate Fudge Velvet Cake

Murwillumbah, New South Wales

New Leaf Cafe v vf

Where: Shop 10, 47 Main St DSC02250

When: posted Getaway to Murwillumbah and Brunch in Byron, on 17 January 2013

Description: This is a vegetarian cafe in the center of town, recommended by the locals and always looks busy. They are open for breakfast and lunch. The menu has a few exotic dishes such as Israleli Falafel and Mezze Plates. They also serve burgers, grilled gourmet sandwiches, breakfast dishes and a few different pre-made dishes, such as frittata and salads. They also have a variety of sweets in the display fridge, make organic blend coffees and a variety of fresh juices. The decor is simple with lots of bright green and the kitchen is almost open. The staff were really helpful and made sure our dishes were dairy free. The prices are also very reasonable. DSC02251

Ordered: We ordered two dishes to share, which were half an Israeli Falafel Pita with Salsa, Salad & Hummus, Marinated Tofu Burger with caramelized onions, salad & satay and Watermelon and Ginger Fresh Juice. Everything was really nice and fresh. The Falafel was the best I have tasted. The marinated tofu was also good and the caramelized onion really tasty. The next day we came back for desserts, since they are the only cafe with vegan sweets. I got the Avocado Chocolate Tart and Marco got the Chocolate Dipped Turkish Delight (no vegan). They were both quite good and cheap as well. I definitely recommend this place and so do the locals!

Israeli Falafel Pita with  Salsa,  Salad and Hummus

Israeli Falafel Pita with Salsa, Salad and Hummus

Marinated Tofu Burger with caramelized onions, salad and satay

Marinated Tofu Burger with caramelized onions, salad and satay

Watermelon and Ginger Fresh Juice

Watermelon and Ginger Fresh Juice

Chocolate Avocado Tart and Chocolate Dipped Turkish Delight

Chocolate Avocado Tart and Chocolate Dipped Turkish Delight

Nam Yeng Vietnamese Thai Restaurant vf

Where: 2/7 Wharf StreetDSC02437

When: posted Getaway to Murwillumbah and Brunch in Byron, on 17 January 2013

Description: This is another place recommended by the locals. Even the resort I stayed at buy meals from here for their guests. It was also one of the busiest places for dinner in town and really lived up to its name. The decor is bright with many Asian ornamentation.  They offer a variety of Thai and Vietnamese dishes, such as soups, salads, curries, stir fries, noodles and rices dishes. Most dishes offer tofu and vegetables instead of meat. They also have many gluten free options. After eating here I can see why the locals love this place. The food is fresh, delicious, generous and reasonably priced. They also offer cooking lessons to teach you how they cook. DSC02339

Ordered: When we went here we did not order vegan dishes, instead we ordered prawns and fish. However, I couldn’t not add this restaurant to the list, because they do have fantastic vegan/vegetarian options. For main I ordered the Pad Thai, which had a few prawns, Gang Pla (yellow fish curry), which had a really nice thick sauce and Coconut Rice, which was to die for. I still recommend this place to all and I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you want to see the pictures of the food, check out the post from above. Sugar Beat vf

Where: 6-8 Commercial RoadDSC02427

When: posted Getaway to Murwillumbah and Brunch in Byron, on 17 January 2013 DSC02428

Description: This cafe is also in the center of town and is another local favorite. It was also very busy every time we walked past it. The decor is bright and funky, with beautiful paintings on the walls. The menu had a variety of breakfast dishes burgers, salads. They clearly state on the menu the vegetarian and vegan options, which is very helpful. The staff are very helpful and can point you in the right direction in what to order. They also make coffees with Bonsoy and offer a special blend coffee.

Ordered: I ordered the Lentil Burger with Tomato, Lettuce, Alfalfa & Tomato/Date Chutney. This was not vegan, but just asked that it could be made dairy free. It was so delicious, that Marco preferred mine to his lamb burger. It had two lentil patties inside, so I gave him one. It was so filling, no need for sides. We originally ordered soy cappuccinos after the meal. After speaking with a helpful staff member he told us about the special blend coffee, so we change our order and we were so happy we did. It was probably the best coffee I have ever had. Definitely the best cafe in Murwillumbah!

Lentil Burger with Tomato, Lettuce, Alfalfa & Tomato/Date Chutney

Lentil Burger with Tomato, Lettuce, Alfalfa & Tomato/Date Chutney

Special Blend Soy Flat White

Special Blend Soy Flat White

Byron Bay, New South Wales

The Conscious Cafe (now closed) vv r o

Where: Woolworths Plaza carpark, 114 Jonson StreetDSC02557

When: posted Getaway to Murwillumbah and Brunch in Byron, on 17 January 2013

Description: This cafe is tucked away and is an oasis in the most unlikely of places. The decor is taken over by nature. There are hanging plants, potted plants, spouts and herbs. The furniture is mostly wooden,  tables have colorful table tops the space has an overall vintage feel.  The kitchen is almost open and it feels like your eating in someones home. They had some kind of tribal music playing and the staff very much look the part of the Byron Bay Image. They were all very friendly and helpful. The food they offer is 100% certified organic, gluten free, dairy free, processed soy free, genetically modified food free, Teflon cookware free and canola oil free. The dishes are a bit more expensive, but reasonable considering the quality of the ingredients. They have a small menu, which includes salads, porridge, crepes and veggie patties. They use a lot of different seeds, nuts and grains to make the meals more nutritious. They also had heaps of raw vegan cakes that are served with ice cream. DSC02548

Ordered: Marco ordered the Ganesh (sweet chocolate crepe, with real organic cacao topped w/ vanilla bean coconut cream, fresh blueberries, currents, shredded coconut, homemade vanilla bean creamy banana ice-cream w/ a drizzle of local organic honey. I ordered the Moon Eclipse (Mung bean & black bean fettuccine w/ homemade almond basil pesto, olives, sauteed kale, sunflower & wattle seed vegan cheese & salad) and a Cappuccino with almond oat milk blend and Rapadura Sugar. Everything was very delicious and earthy and we felt really good after. This place may not be everyone cup of tea, but give it a chance, the food is really good.

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Ganesh (sweet chocolate crepe, with vanilla bean coconut cream, fresh blueberries, currents, shredded coconut, vanilla bean creamy banana ice-cream and honey

Moon Eclipse

Moon Eclipse (mung bean & black bean fettuccine with almond basil pesto, olives, sauteed kale, sunflower & wattle seed vegan cheese & salad)

Almond Oat Cappuccino with Rapadura Sugar

Almond Oat Cappuccino with Rapadura Sugar

Asia Joes vf

Where:??????????????????????????????? 4 Bay Lane, Byron Bay

When: posted Weekend in Byron on 3rd July 2013

Description: Asia Joes is a busy restaurant in the centre of Byron off one of the lane ways. I chose Asia Joe’s, since it offers great vegan options. I also found it had great reviews. Byron Bay has many great vegan and vegetarian restaurants, but unfortunately they aren’t open at night. The decor was really funky, with bright colors and old style adorments. The menu is quite extensive and offers a great range of Asian dishes which include vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options.

Ordered: We first ordered the Vegetarian Platter, which included samosas, spring rolls and tofu sang choi bau. They were all very nice and you could taste that they were made in house. I especially loved the spring rolls. For mains I ordered the Vegan Tofu Thai Style Stir Fry Bowl with Rice Noodles and Marco ordered his favorite Beef Massaman Curry. Unfortunately I couldn’t sway him, especially after the server admitted that this dish was really good. My stir fry was quite nice. It didn’t give the punch of flavor promise on the menu, but it did have plenty of fresh vegetables and tofu. The serve was really generous as well. Marco’s curry was actually really good, I had a taste or two, so perhaps that’s why mine didn’t taste as flavorsome compared to his. Nevertheless we both were happy with our meals and would go back again.

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Vegetarian Platter (samosas, spring rolls, tofu sang choi bau)

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Vegan Tofu Thai Style Stir Fry Bowl with Rice Noodles

Bella Rosa: Gelateria Espresso Bar v vf

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When: posted Weekend in Byron on 3rd July 2013???????????????????????????????

Description: Bella Rosa is a cute little gelateria and espresso bar on the main strip of Byron Bay centre. They offer a variety of vegan sorbet and gelato.

Ordered:  I got this delicious Chocolate and Coconut Sorbets, both dairy free and vegan friendly.

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Chocolate and Coconut Sorbets

Santos Byron Bay Shop v vf

Where: 105 Jonson Street, Byron Bay???????????????????????????????

When: posted Weekend in Byron on 3rd July 2013

Description: Santos Byron Bay Shop offers a variety of organic and biodynamic fresh and dry groceries. They also have a juice bar and breakfast and lunch menu.

Ordered: I just came in to buy a few groceries. They had a great range of groceries. Although I didn’t find the service that friendly. Manna Haven v vf r???????????????????????????????

Where: 97 Jonson Street, Byron Bay

When: posted Weekend in Byron on 3rd July 2013

Description:  Manna Haven is a cafe within the Seven??????????????????????????????? Day Adventist Church. All the decor is wooden, has lots of light from the windows and has extremely friendly polite staff. They menu is vegetarian. They also have vegan, gluten free, raw, superfood and low glycaemic index options. They offer a range of fresh salads, tasty mains, mouth watering desserts, coffee’s, smoothies and juices made to order.

Ordered: For brunch, I ordered the Hot and Wholesome Moussaka, made of layered potatoes, brown lentils, roasted eggplant and white sauce. I chose the salads Purple Sunflower Slaw and Zestabouli with quinoa and barley, which were included. Marco ordered the Baked Potatoes Stack, which had oven-backed potatoes, garlic, beans, creamed corn and salad on top. Although I was hungry, I am glad they took their time. We could taste that the meals were not microwaved but actually baked. For dessert we ordered coffees and cake. Since I didn’t have the complementary Nesespress this morning I got a Chai Latte made of Rooibos Tea and Almond Milk. I didn’t realise this was caffeine at the time lol. I ordered for Marco the Dandi-latte, made of roasted dandelion root tea with Almond Milk. We both agreed that the Dandi-latte was much nicer. In the photo they don’t look as nice because the Almond Milk separated. The cake we ordered was the Raw Mango Cheesecake. This was so delicious and I really liked the  Cashew Nut cream they put on it.

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Baked Potatoes Stack

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Wholesome Moussaka with Purple Sunflower Slaw and Zestabouli with Quinoa and Barley

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Chai Latte & Dandi-latte

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Raw Mango Cheesecake

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Wyong, NSW

Oliver’s Real Food vf

Where: F3 Freeway, Caltex Stopover, Northbound & Southbound???????????????????????????????

When: posted Risoni with ‘Chicken’ and Mushrooms in Creamy Pistachio Pesto Sauce on 8th April 2013

Description: This is a natural, organic fast food stop that has 3 locations through New South Wales, outside of Sydney. They have heaps of vegan options for breakfast, lunch, sides, snacks and drinks. Some include Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad, Organic Wholemeal Toast, Vege Patch Pita Pocket, Vegetarian Suishi, Organic Pumpkin Soup, Steamed Edamame Beans, Raw Organic Nut Mix, a range of fresh juices, coffees and bottled drinks. They also have a large range of Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Lacto-ovo Vegetarian options, as well as meat dishes.

Ordered: I have stopped here a few times on drives back to Brisbane. On my last occasion I ordered this amazing smoothie. It included raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, pomegranate, goji, carrot, beetroot, tomato, rosehips’s echinacea, cranberry, blackcurrent, passionfruit, blackberry, coconut water, orange juice and banana. I can’t believe they managed to cram that much goodness in one serve of juice. It really helped pep me up on the long drive home. I have also tried their Vege Patch Pita Pocket, in the past and that is great too.

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Melbourne, Victoria

Mr Nice Guy vvBake Shop

Where: I visited Mr Nice Guy’s Bake Shop is located at Ascot Vale. There is also another location, called Mr Nice Guy Cupcakes is at Prahran Markets, South Yarra.

When: posted Happy New Years, on 1  January 2012???????????????????????????????

Description: Mr Nice Guy is a bake shop that specializes in cupcakes, cakes and other baked goods. Their goods are 100% egg-free, dairy-free, cochineal & gelatine-free and they also make soy-free, gluten-free & low gi options. I found out about this place from another blogger and this place was even better then I expected. The Ascot Vale store is not in an area I am familiar with and I think is tucked away a bit, but it is definitely worth the visit. There are so many different delicious flavors of cupcakes that I have always dreamed of tasting, but have not been able to due to my dairy intolerance. The presentation of the cupcakes are impeccable and I don’t think you could come here without trying a couple of sweets. They also have a variety of different flavored coffees and offer soy, rice and hazelnut milks. The decor of the store is 50’s style and is very bright and vibrant, with  a quirky, vintage feel. The staff are also very nice and helpful.  I really recommend visiting this place and you will be blown away. If you can’t get here go on their website, as they even have some recipes and videos, demonstrating how they make some of their vegan sweets.

Ordered: I came here with my boyfriend, mother and uncle (never tried vegan food before). We got one thing each, but we all tried each others. Below you can see the Beetle Juice, Strawberry Champagne, Red Velvet, Cinnamon Bun. The cupcakes all had Tofutti Cream Cheese  Icing, which was delicious. I got the Red Velvet and it was really as good as it looked. To drink I ordered Cappuccino with hazelnut milk  and Marco ordered Peppermint Mocha. The others just got soy cappuccinos. I have never tried Hazelnut milk before and was really excited to try it. It was really nice. I also liked the Peppermint Mocha, such a simple idea. Even my uncle noted that the sweets didn’t taste any different to ‘normal’ baked goods, although he did note that they were really sweet.

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Thanh Hà 2 vf

Where: 120 Victoria St, Richmond736193_10151403673397292_1560105668_o

When:  posted Happy New Years, on 1  January 2012

Description: This is a Vietnamese Restaurant on a busy street, which is packed with Vietnamese and other Asian restaurants and supermarkets. This place is my Uncle Joe’s favorite eat out place in Melbourne. They have a large menu of traditional Vietnamese dishes and include many vegan and vegetarian options, such as Vegetable Coleslaw, Vegetables with Garlic Sauce, Vermicelli Noodles with Vegetables. The store decor is bright and modern, with mirrors against the walls to make it appear bigger and lots of wooden veneer and Asian ornamentation.  The food is really fresh and their were many Vietnamese specialties that I haven’t seen at typical Vietnamese restaurants before. 737400_10151403676227292_98040989_o

Ordered: I ordered the Fried Bean curd & Mushrooms, on recommendation from my Uncle. It was really good, non greasy and full of vegetables. I also picked at some of thevegetables from the other dishes my family ordered, such as Rice Vermicelli with Shreaded Pork & Spring Rolls and Raw Beef Colsaw. These both come in vegan options as well and were again very generous with the fresh vegetables. The service was also quick and pleasant. I really recommend this place for good quality Vietnamese food.

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Cafe Notturno vf

Where: 179 Lygon St, Carlton55296_2-cafe-notturno-1_lrg

When: posted More Melbourne eats, on 7 January 2013

Description: This restaurant is situated on the busy Italian end of Lygon street, surrounded by many other Italian restaurants. It has been here since the 1970’s and has an established presences there. The owners are not the original people who opened this place, but still try to offer the same basic food that it was built on. I did notice this place was very busy and had quite a young crowd. My cousins who took us here eat here regularly and love the main meals. You can choose to sit outside and watch people pass by on the busy strip or sit inside and take in the delicious smells from the pizza oven and the coffee machine. There are menus for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and include salads, foccaccias, grills, seafood, pastas and pizzas. The food is relatively cheap, compared to some of the other restaurants along Lygon. However, I think for the quality the price is right. For a better more traditional Italian meal, you may be better off going elsewhere. 68928_55301_2

Ordered: There were not a lot of vegan options, but I am sure that making changes to dishes would not of been a problem. All the pizzas can be ordered without cheese and their a couple of pastas with just tomato sauce. We initially ordered a Garlic Pizza to share for the table. That was ok, not great, but not bad. For my main I ordered the Vegetarian Risotto with with mushroom, sun dried tomatoes and olives. The meal wasn’t bad for the price, but it definitely wasn’t a ‘risotto’ in the traditional sense. I could tell that the rice was not arborio rice and had not been cooked with stock and wine. Rather it was short grain rice that had been cooked, then been reheated to red sauce before serving. Probably the best part was the sun dried tomatoes, that tasted like they had been done in the oven, rather then from a jar. Not a great experience, but if you want a cheap feed, with a big serve, in a busy setting, then maybe this place is for you.

Vegetarian Risotto with mushroom, sundried tomatoes and olives, Cafe Notturno, Lygon Street, Carlton

Vegetarian Risotto with mushroom, sundried tomatoes and olives, Cafe Notturno, Lygon Street, Carlton

Suzuki Night Markets vf

Where: Queen Victoria Market,  corner of Victoria and Elizabeth Streets in Melbourne CBD. Enter via Queen, Therry or Peel Streets.DSC01894

When: I posted More Melbourne eats, on 7 January 2013. It is held Every Wednesday night during summer from 14 November 2012 to 27 February 2013, between 5.00pm to 10.00pm

Description: The Suzuki Night Market has been running for 15 years at the Queen Victoria Markets. It is different to the usually Victoria Market, in that it is mainly made up of hawker style food stalls from many different cultures. There are also other artisan stalls which sell locally made clothing, jewellery, prints and more. The food stalls are all different traditional street foods or beloved dishes from overseas. You can find African, French, Polish, Korean foods and much more. There are many vegan and vegetarian options if you keep a look out.The plates are quite cheap, between $6-10 each and most plates are generous sizes. I was just blow away by the shear magnitude of this place and how much food options there were.  It just kept going and going. There is also lots of live entertainment.DSC01899

Ordered: I first got a Caribbean Chickpea Blaster, which was soft herb pastry made with olive oil and served with chickpeas, island mango, cucumber salsa & pepper sauce. This doesn’t look like that many flavors, but it was fantastic. What I was eating didn’t match what it looked like. I loved it! Next up I got Indian Spicy Aloo Chat, which was potato, coriander,  and spicy tamarind sauce. This was also quite good. I really liked the spicy tamarind sauce. This is a popular street food in India. After that I shared a Traditional Lemonade, similar to what I had in Sicily. After that I got a Traditional Korean Twisted Potato. That was a bit greasy, but a good snack food. I couldn’t eat dinner after this, I was too stuffed. Not the healthiest dinner, but a great experience.

Chickpea Blaster

Chickpea Blaster

Aloo Chat

Aloo Chat

DSC01930 DSC01936 Jimmi Jamz vf

Where: I visited the location at 175 – 177 Lygon St, East Brunswick. There is also another location in Melbourne at 130 – 132 Ormond Rd Elwood.

When: posted More Melbourne eats, on January 7, 2013. DSC01948

Description: This is a funky cafe in Brunswick. They serves cheap, affordable food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have an extensive breakfast runs till 12 weekdays and till 3 on weekends. For lunch and dinner they serve pizza, paper pasta, focaccia’s and wraps, salads and sweets. They also make awesome coffees, juices and other beverages. The menu have plenty of gluten free options outlined on the menu. There are also vegetarian and vegan options. The decor is modern, with solid wooden tables, wooden chairs and walls. They is also a nice outdoor area as well. The staff are also very friendly and helpful.

Ordered: I visited Jimmi Jamz on a morning with Marco, my mum and uncle. For the table  ordered the Parnips chips. They were nice and crunch and the serve was enough to share and to spare. They aioli was not included on the menu, but it came with it. I also ordered Spicy House-baked Beans with Rocket on Toast. It was really tastey and a big enough serve for me for breakfast and for the price. Marco and my mum ordered the Corn fritters with bacon, avocado, poached eggs, pimento relish & creme fraiche. They asked for toast and was given to them free of charge. The only one that was a bit disappointed in their meal was my uncle who ordered a paper pasta. We had never heard of this, but soon realized that it was pasta cooked in baking paper. I also saw this technique at Woodstock Pizzicheria , so I think it must be a new approach used by cafes at the moment. Other then that the meals didn’t take long and the coffees were excellent. Definitely recommend this place for a cheap lunch. For what you pay don’t expect a monster portion, as it is cafe food.

Parsnip Chips

Parsnip Chips

Spicy House-baked Beans with Rocket on Toast

Spicy House-baked Beans with Rocket on Toast

Soy Flat White

Soy Flat White

Gelobar vf

Where: 74 Lygon Street, East BrunswickDSC02211

When: posted Last week in Melbourne, on 13 January 2012

Gelobar

Gelobar

Description: This is a small artisan Italian gelateria, pasticceria and caffetteria, in the lower end of Lygon Street, surrounded by newer classy restaurants, such as 400 Gradi and Woodstock Pizzicheria. I have been here twice and both times it has been really busy. They make many delicious Italian cakes and pastries. I don’t think any would be vegan, however they do have dairy free sorbet. Just about all of the fruit flavors, are dairy free and the quality is that off any gelateria in Italy.

Ordered: First time I went I ordered the Lampone (raspberry) and second time I got the Mirtillo (blueberry). Both were really delicious and were reminiscent of my favorite Milanese gelato. Also for the price they are very competitive with other gelaterias in Melbourne. This is probably the cheapest scope I found. You can get a cone with 3 scope for about $6. Just be prepared to wait if you go in the busy period though. They are quick, but the line starts in the shop and goes out the door. DSC02041

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Mirtillo (blueberry) Gelato

Cafe Bisqui vf

Where: 130 Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD

When:  posted Last week in Melbourne, on 13 January 2012DSC02181

Description: This is a small cafe just a couple of blocks from Federation Square. It was opened a few years back by a lovely couple, that I met through church many years ago. It is a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and is also a popular spot for the locals. The interior is very homely and clean cut. There are display fridges as you walk in next to the cash and coffee bar and at the back you will find a pizza oven. Between the coffee and the pizza, it all smells delicious. The owners make different sweet baked goods daily that you can order with a coffee or if you wanting a healthy lunch they offer gourmet salads, pies, panini’s and pasta dishes. They also make really nice coffee and the serve is very good.

Ordered: I came in with my Nona, while I was in Melbourne. She ordered a chicken panini, which she said was very good. I ordered this Roasted Pumpkin Salad. I usually don’t order salads when I am hungry, but the menu said vegan, so I thought I would try it. It was really delicious and filling. There were so many flavors between the pumpkin, almonds, dressing, spinach, mint, rocket and much more. I didn’t even end up finishing it. After that we had coffees, that were also really good.

Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Noodle Hut Craigieburn vf

Where: 30/32-38 Craigieburn Road  Craigieburn

When: posted Last week in Melbourne, on 13 January 2012

Description: The last place I expected to find vegan food was in the suburbs of Craigieburn. When my family said we should get Chinese I didn’t know they meant from a noodle house. I went along and found this hidden gem. You can choose the type of noodles, the sauce, the ingredients and the serving size. They also have a list of meals on their menu to help guide you and from there you can make modifications. The store is clean, modern and very busy with the locals.

Ordered: I ordered Veggie Kwai Teow. It was cooked exactly how I like it and had heaps of vegetables. For $10 I got a large and it was really good value for money. The rest of my family were really happy with the dishes they ordered too. DSC02222

National Chains

EasyWay Bubble Tea v vfeasyway photo

Where: 65 Locations all over Australia

When: Visit regularly in Sunnybank. Posted Baked ‘Cheesy’ Fusilli Bolognese on 22 October 2012

Description: This is a Taiwanese Chain that sells the traditional pearl milk teas, as well as other sweet tea drinks. First you order one of the 6 bases drinks, which include Iced Black Tea, Iced Green Tea, Milk Tea, Frappe, Shake and Smoothies. Then you choose which flavour. There are different fruit, vegetables, herbal, grains, chocolate flavors. Lastly, you order the topping for the tea, including Tapioca pearls or different flavors of jellies. The vegan options include soy milk.  iced green or black tea bases.

Ordered: I usually order Lychee Green Iced Tea with Lychee Jelly or Strawberry Soy Milk Tea with Rainbow Jelly.

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Where: Multiple locations all over Australia. I usually frequent Rosalie, Garden City.

When: I am a regular, but I posted Last week in Melbourne, on 13 January 2012

Description: This is a healthy burger chain that has become really popular in Australia in the last few years. They make gourmet burgers, that are affordable and have quality ingredients. They also have the most delicious chips, that are cooked in canola oil and are vegan. They have a big menu, that has recently increased. They are 3 vegetarian burgers. All the patties are vegan as well as the bread. You will just have to remove the cheese and mayo from the Garden Goodness and Field of Dreams and remove the tzatziki from the Bombay Bliss. But don’t worry there are still heaps of other ingredients in the burgers and you can also swap them. There is also a Mixed Vegetable and Dukkah Salad, but you will have to take out the feta. This is my favorite place to go when I feel like a ‘junk’ food.

Ordered: I usually order the Garden Goodness. This is a picture from the Bendigo location. I always leave very satisfied and very, very full.

Garden Goodness (veggie pattie with beetroot, avocado, salad, relish & herbed mayo)

Garden Goodness (veggie pattie with beetroot, avocado, salad, relish)

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Where: Multiple locations all over Australia. I have visited Southbank location.

When: posted Risoni with ‘Chicken’ and Mushrooms in Creamy Pistachio Pesto Sauce on 8th April 2013

Description: This is a gelateria show that offers the most amazing gelati and sorbets, as well as other drinks and deserts. They have recently started offering vegan ice cream, which is dairy free , organic, soy free, egg free and is naturally sweetened with organic agave syrup. Some of the flavors include Cappuccino Bliss, Dark Chocolate and Naked Coconut. They also have a range of vegan fruit sorbets.

Ordered: I first visited this place with Marco’s niece and nephew. They really liked their Mango Sorbet. I had the Naked Coconut, which was spectacular. Since being back I haven’t been able to order anything else, because the Naked Coconut is that good.

Naked Coconut

Naked Coconut

Mango Sorbet

Mango Sorbet

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Where: There are locations in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, ???????????????????????????????Canberra and Doncaster. I visited the Brisbane store, which is in Queens Plaza in the CBD.

When: posted Snag Stand on the 11 May 2013

Description: Snag is on offer a variety gluten free artisan sausages, including vegan dogs. They have four ‘veggie  dogs’ you can order, but if you order exactly off the menu they are not vegan. The actually hot dogs are, so you can get Vegetarian Spicy Spanish Chorizo or Vegetarian Potato, Apple & Sage. For the bread you can chose Rustic, Poppy seed, Gluten free or Broiche. I think only the last one is not vegan.

Ordered: I can’t remember the exact name of my hot dog, but it had the Vegetarian Potato, Apple & Sage sausage with Beetroot Relish and I swapped the Spicy Horseradish Mayo for the Pickle Relish. Marco ordered the American Classic of course. We also ordered some Chips on the side, which are 100% Tassie Russet Potatoes with Natural Sea salt flakes. Everything tasted quite nice and was a nice change then the usually lunch offerings.

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Where: They have two locations in Queensland (Corinda and Paddington) and two locations in New South Wales (Byron Bay and Lismore)???????????????????????????????

When: posted Fundies Wholefood Market & Cafe on the 2 June 2013???????????????????????????????

Description: Fundies Wholefoods is both a grocery store and a cafe. It has the most amazing range of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as heaps of other organic, vegan, vegetarian groceries and bulk foods. I have only visited the Corinda location so far. The cafe there has a range of organic and local dishes, including vegan options for breakfast and lunch. They offer pies, soups, paninis, patties, raw salads, cakes, juices and coffees.

Ordered: On our first visit to the Corinda location we started off with Soy Flat Whites. For brunch I ordered a Lentil Pattie with two salads (Raw Garden Salad and Lentil, Beetroot, Sunflower Sprout Salad). Marco ordered a Byron Gourmet Pie. It wasn’t vegan, but they do offer a great vegan range. The coffee and the food was great. The salads were really nice and fresh with lots of ingredients and sprouts. The lentil pattie had really nice with a curry flavor. I definitely have to try and replicate this at home. Marco was very happy with his pie and my lentil pattie. The next time I visited them I go the Organic Sweet Potato, Ginger and Coconut Soup with a slice of Organic Sour Dough bread. This was also really good and warmed me up.

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Raw Chocolate Mint Pie (vegan, gluten free, sugar free)

Funky Fudgey Brownie (vegan, gluten free, nut free)

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International Chain

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Where: Multiple Locations throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, Middle East and America. wagamama-31-618x326

When: Been a few times since they open in Brisbane. Most recently at the new location at Carindale.

Description: This is a chain of Asian inspired noodle restaurants, that first began in the UK in 1992 and has spread across the world. The food is delicious, authentic and is very good quality. They offer a variety of salads noodle and rice dishes with vegetables, tofu, meats and fish. They also have a variety of desserts, fresh juices, teas and alcoholic drinks. The appearance of their restaurants are streamline and modern, with long wooden tables which are shared by the customers. I am never disappointed when I have been here. The food is very tasty and clean and the serving sizes are generous. There are many options for dietary requirements, such as vegan, vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free and msg free.

Ordered: On my last visit I had only begun my vegan diet so I ordered the Yasai Yaki Soba. Marco ordered the Ponzu Stir-Fry with Chasoba noodles. Both dishes were fresh and offered many different flavours with the variety of ingredients. In the past I have also tried the juices which are really good too. They are really filling so I don’t usually order one unless I am very hungry.

Yasai Yaki Soba

Yasai Yaki Soba

Gelatissimo v vfGelatissino

Where: Multiple Locations throughout Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Kuwait, Singapore, Italy and Malaysia. I visited the gelateria at Lygon Street, Carlton in Melbourne. There is also a location in Brisbane city that I am anxious to try.

When: posted on More Melbourne eats, on 7 January 2013

Description: These are a chain of really nice gelaterias with traditional gelati, on par with the gelato in Italy. The one I visited was just a DSC01797small store and it was completely packed and was by far the businesses dessert store on Lygon. Although they do have some tables, most people preferred to stand and eat their gelato. Most of the sorbets are dairy free and there is even a chocolate dairy free sorbet. The prices are average price about $6 for a big scope. Besides gelato, they also do coffees, cakes and at some locations they also have other sweets. The store decor is bright and modern, but with an old fashion feel.

Ordered: I ordered the Chocolate Sorbet. I thought I would take advantage since it was dairy free. It was really, really good. I was expecting it to be to dark and bitter, but it wasn’t at all. If you didn’t know any better you would assume it had dairy. I would like to also try some of the other fruit flavors they looked amazing. DSC01798 Loving Hut vv v???????????????????????????????

Where: They have locations more than 200 locations spanning across multiple countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. In Australia they have locations in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. I have visited the Brisbane store at Mt Gravatt???????????????????????????????

When: posted Loving Hut on 10 June 2013

Description: Loving Hut is an international chain of restaurants, which has many venues all over Australia and supports a vegan, natural lifestyle. The  concept for these restaurants is from the teachings of Supreme Master Ching Hai. The menu offers a variety of different cuisines, including Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and European.

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Milano, Italia

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Where: Corso di Porta Ticinese, 96/98, Milan, Lombardy, Italy532727_10151058069047292_216584678_n

When: I visiting this gelateria between February to June 2012

Description: This is a small gelateria that offers many vegan gelato flavors, that most gelaterie don’t do without milk. It is quite cheap, the staff are very nice and its across the road from a nice park and church.

Ordered: I use to order vanilla, banana, pineapple, pistachio and strawberry. This is the only place that I found vanilla  and pistachio milk free. This was my favorite gelateria in Milano.

Banana & Pineapple Gelati

Banana & Pineapple Gelati

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Where: Via de Amicis 25 (Ticinese) & Via San Raffaele 6 (centre) Milan, Lombardy, Italy . There are also 3 more locations in Varese, Lombardia & Gallipoli, Puglia.

When:  I visiting this gelateria/cafe between February to June 2012. p9hbReKWLTQhSe8g6TZR6b77xhNw7wcWd4dCpch688Th7sXQcc2pMxDNqqM2NOLTg

Description: This is a really nice gelateria that you can find in the centre of Milano near the Duomo or at Ticinese. Its beautiful inside and out and attracts a lot of people for gelati, coffee, chocolate and lunch (Amicis). This is one of the only stores that has Soy milk and it tastes pretty good. You can just have caffe everywhere, but if you are craving a creamly coffee you won’t be disappointed here.

Ordered: I always ordered a ‘il cappuccino con latte di soia’

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11 thoughts on “Eating Out Vegan

  1. Pingback: Sweet Potato Croquettes with Spicy Pineapple & Black beans Rice | Live Blissful

  2. Vegan food are pretty and colorful, I feel like it than before. Living in Australia is such a land of meat also fresh garden plants. Food pretty much nice out there! you are such a inspired blog for this food. Let me add live blissful in my list friend. 🙂

    • thanks so much for your comment, i really appreciate your positive feedback. hopefully you can come to visit us in australia one day and experience our food. i use to think eating this way would be impossible but it gets easier when you look in the right places. i am a fan of your blog and i am in love thai food!

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