The round-up: fill up on Brisbane’s best vegan meals
Put your presuppositions in the bin – vegan food is not just salad and steamed vegetables. Vegan cuisine is becoming increasingly prominent due to the rise of dietary requirements and a conscientious focus of what we put in our bodies. For those of you who can’t stomach the thought of canning the cutlets and trashing the T-bones in favour of salad, please relax. We aren’t here to sway you to veganism! What we will say is that dining as a vegan can be hard in our predominantly meat-eating society, but also very rewarding – even if you love bacon and eggs. We’ve chosen to point out some vegan eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert well worth sampling.
Cocowhip Breakky Bowl at Mylk + Ko: One of New Farm’s finest haunts for healthy eats has been flying the vegan-friendly flag since opening. The cafe is serving up a delightful dish called the CocoWhip Breakky Bowl, filled with probiotic-rich coconut soft serve with granola, seasonal fruit and coconut flakes.
Scrambled tofu at Fundies Wholefood Cafe: Tofu is the Swiss Army Knife of vegan cuisine, chiefly because of its versatility. Fundies whip up a divine tofu scram that is served with oven-roasted tomato, wilted baby spinach and thick-cut sourdough toast. We’re all about it.
Grilled corncakes at Dicki’s: When Dicki’s opened near Merthyr Road in New Farm, it was with the promise of showcasing the possibilities of plant-based dining. Vegan eaters will be chuffed with the selection, but we’re pretty sure everyone will enjoy the grilled corncakes with guacamole, pico de gallo and coriander pesto.
Tofu toastie at Grown: West End’s own vegan-centric eatery is taking plant-based eating to new heights. Enjoy a tasty toastie? Grown’s got one, but not as you’ve ever tried. This sanga is filled with tofu, grilled pumpkin, capsicum, aioli and sesame cashew cheese. The whole menu is loaded with scrumptious eats, and Grown even does vegan degustation dinners that are well worth trying.
Cauliflower waffles at Little Clive: Annerley’s all-day breakfast hotspot pulls out all the stops for its vegan offering, with numerous dishes available to choose from. Our pick is the cauliflower waffles, which boasts sticky sesame cauliflower served with black puree and fried onion.
Vegan nachos at Green Edge: Nachos are the perfect sharing food, but we’d never judge anyone for ordering a serve of this scrumptious dish from Green Edge. Slow-roasted house made Mexican beans are spread over a bed of toasted corn chips, then topped with cheese, tomato salsa, avocado and sour cream.
ABC Burger at Brewski: When blowing the froth off a cold one, there’s no better accompaniment than a tasty burger. Brewski ensures that vegans don’t miss out on the action when it comes to burgs, and the ABC Burger in particular has tickled our fancy. Avocado, fake bacon, vegan cheddar, a Match Meats ‘chicken’ pattie and cashew aioli has our mouths watering, and this is only one of four vegan-friendly burgers available at Brewski.
Majdera at Naïm: Popular Paddington cafe Naïm eschews classic modern Australian brunch fare for a wholesome Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine. Vegans are easily catered for here, with the majdera sitting pretty as a stellar choice. This dish boasts sprouted seeds, cinnamon rice, lentils, onions, crispy chickpeas, carrot harissa and sumac hazelnut dukkah for an aromatic and flavoursome combo.
Vegan Chicago dog at Tippler’s Tap: Vegans can also snag, well, a snag when they head to Tippler’s Tap in South Bank. The bar has a stack of vegan-friendly eats from burgers to loaded fries, but the combo of a vegan hot dog on a poppy seed bun with toppings of mustard, relish, fresh tomato, cucumber, sport peppers and celery salt has us hooked.
Bliss bowl at Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen: With a name like Miss Bliss, you just know the vegan options are going to be fire. Morning or afternoon, hungry patrons can sit down to a nourishing bowl filled with herbed field mushroom, cumin-roasted pumpkin, popcorn cauliflower, greens and French lentils. Other options include the spiced pumpkin and polenta porridge and the herbivore burger with braised pulled jackfruit.
VBD Burger at MooFree Burgers: Standing for ‘Vegan Brothers Delight’, the VBD Burger is one of the best options on the menu at MooFree Burgers. This handful features a tasty beefless pattie, facon rashers, vegan cheeze, caramelised onion, pickles and mustard mayo.
Vegan ramen at Taro’s Ramen: One of the best spots to slurp up noodle soup is Taro’s Ramen in South Brisbane. The newest location in Taro’s burgeoning empire is also the largest, which has given the Taro’s team the ability to add a vegan option to its South Brisbane menu. The vegan ramen is available in classic, red and fire variations and even has some dedicated carnivores swayed.
Seven-course vegan menu at Urbane: Being vegan doesn’t preclude you from enjoying high-end cuisine. Urbane’s five or seven-course vegan menu is a plant-based eater’s dream. Sample the likes of roots with kombu and cashew, beetroot with sesame cheese, leeks with black garlic and rice pudding with lilli pilli.
Cavatelli with cashew cream at Gauge: South Brisbane’s home of cutting-edge cuisine amply caters to vegans and herbivores. We suggest this dish from the three-course menu – cavatelli, cashew cream, zucchini and black garlic. We’ve got a fever, and the only cure is this meal. No exaggerations, we promise.
Daal saagwala at It’s Mirchi Healthy Indian: Vegans needn’t be left out when your crew decide on Indian cuisine for the next group dinner – It’s Mirchi has got plenty to offer all comers. The daal saagwala is a pan-cooked spinach curry with lentils, seasoned with ginger, garlic and whole spiced with roasted fenugreek.
Vegan risotto at OTTO Brisbane: You know what pairs perfectly with uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge at night? A delicious risotto that boasts aged acquerello rice, capsicum, broccolini and almonds. What a coincidence – Otto has got both on offer for dinner, in addition to a whole bunch of other vegan-friendly meals.
The Rodan bowl at Netherworld: Aside from its excellent selection of board games and arcade machines, it’s the stellar all-vegan bar food menu that really sets Netherworld apart from the rest. The Rodan bowl is a dish comprised of a soba noodle salad with carrot, broccoli, edamame, bean sprouts, tofu and a lime ginger sesame and soy dressing. Still hungry? The Popcorn Critters and Demon Drummies are great snacks for filling in the gaps.
Chana masala at Vintaged Bar + Grill: You might be a bit perplexed at the fact that we are recommending one of the best steak spots to get a vegan feed, but it’s legit. Vintaged Bar + Grill has an entire menu of vegan delights, including the chana masala with spiced basmati rice, mango chutney, poppadums and chapatti.
Corn tostadas at Covent Garden: Although many head to West End’s Covent Garden to peep its exemplary gin list, those that are peckish can also sample some sublime fare too. If you are after a tasty vegan option, the corn tostadas come with fresh guacamole, pico de gallo and sweet pickled chillies.
Vegan laksa at Loving Hut: You can’t have a list of top vegan eats without including one of the most beloved 100-percent vegan restaurants in town. Loving Hut specialises in vegan cuisine, which makes narrowing our choice to one meal exceptionally difficult. We’re going to pick the vegan laksa with tofu puffs and vegetables, but you could also try the raw-some zucchini spaghetti, vegan lasagne and crispy chow mein.
Vegan pizza: Everyone deserves to enjoy a pizza party, which is why it’s important to acknowledge that there are plenty of spots out there doing vegan pizzas. Curious? Check out our round-up of the best places to cop a slice.
Vegan cupcakes from Veganyumm: It’s a big deal seeing even one vegan dessert on a menu, but Everton Park’s Veganyumm ensures that all of its sweet treats are vegan. That’s right – all of them! We are in love with the vegan waffles here, but don’t forget about the cupcakes, protein balls, cakes, brownies and more.
Vegan gelato at Nom Nom Natural Gelato: The iconic Italian dessert isn’t very forgiving on those with dietary requirements, but thankfully Nom Nom Natural Gelato has taken it upon itself to offer non dairy and vegan flavours at its Bulimba location. Vegan gelato flavours include crème brulee, banana split and dark chocolate, not to mention plenty of sorbets to sample as well.
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