The round-up: fill up on goodness at Brisbane’s best vegan spots
Put your presuppositions in the bin – plant-based 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 Brisbane’s best vegan spots well worth sampling.
Grown, West End: 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.
Dicki’s, New Farm: 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, which includes buckwheat waffles with caramelised banana and maple syrup, grilled corn cakes with guac and spiced-rice burrito with crumbed tofu.
Lord of the Fries, Fortitude Valley: Melbourne-born vegan fast-food chain Lord of the Fries finally made its way north in 2019, plonking down Brisbane’s first outlet in the heart of The Valley. Here you can gorge on meat-free burgers (six kinds!), plant-based hotdogs, and vegan-friendly sides and desserts.
The Green Edge, Windsor: Dedicated vegan grocer The Green Edge has long been a handy spot to get your hands on some nourishing ingredients, but as a lunchtime pit stop The Green Edge also scores top marks.
You Came Again, West End: It’s not all cafes and early birds in the vegan dining scene. You Came Again on Boundary Street is Brisbane’s first vegan tapas bar, offering up tasty bites such as beetroot carpaccio with dill and capers with vegan cream cheese, vegan pesto-stuffed mushrooms, miso-glazed eggplant, lemon popcorn cauliflower bites, vegan meatballs with crispy garlic chips, and barbecue pulled jackfruit sliders.
Brewski, Petrie Terrace: One of Caxton Street’s preeminent beer and burger joints goes the extra mile when it comes to catering to plant-based eaters. We’ve heard rave reviews for Brewski’s beefless burger, pulled jackfruit burger and the phenomenal vegan cheeseburger – each as good as its carnivorous counterparts.
Vegeme, South Brisbane: This little plant-based gem has garnered quite the reputation amongst the Brisbane vegan community – and for good reason! The Asian-inspired menu is packed with delicious treats such as nuggets, drumsticks and buns as well as more substantial dishes along the lines of laksa, risotto and rice-based concoctions.
Tippler’s Tap, Fortitude Valley and South Bank: One of the most popular spots for a craft beer is also a go-to for vegan comfort food. Vegan chilli dogs, vegan cheeseburgers, vegan chicken burgers, and vegan-friendly loaded fries – what more could you need?
MooFree Burgers, North Lakes: Brisbane’s first dedicated vegan burger bar MooFree Burgers caused an excited stir with its range of mouth-watering morsels. Owners Johnny and Michael Tabet worked to perfect a range of burgers that would provide the same sort of satisfaction as its meaty counterpart. 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.
Yavanna, Paddington: Comfort food is king at Yavanna – a plant-based bar and eatery that focuses on inclusivity. The menu is stacked with comforting eats such as fried-chicken burgers, chipotle nachos, flame-grilled steak served on creamy mashed potato, omelette brinner, poutine and a selection of vegan pizzas.
Netherworld, Fortitude Valley: Craft beer and bar food get elevated at arcade-themed bar Netherworld, but the menu is distinct for being entirely vegan. Tasty options include crumbed cauliflower drumettes smothered in buffalo sauce, crispy fried-tofu burger with pickled ginger and potato-gem waffle topped with Napolitana sauce, field mushrooms and cheese.
Hay Gurl Cafe, Indooroopilly: Brisbane’s far west has an eye-catching pastel-hued plant-based cafe of its own in the shape of Hay Gurl Cafe. Here, you’ll be able to snack on scrumptious sriracha barbecue jackfruit tacos, brunch toasties with ‘eggcelent’ chickpea scramble and poke bowls filled with sticky rice, edamame, greens and salmon alternative.
Fitz + Potts, Nundah: There’s nothing like kicking back with a schooner and a snack, and Fitz + Potts is one of the best spots to do both. The entire menu at this Nundah hot spot is vegan-friendly, offering the likes of vegan bar snacks, vegan jaffles, pies, share platters and more – not to mention an impressive selection of craft beers.
September 18, North Lakes: North Lakes is home to a popular Malaysian restaurant that offers diners a unique take on the Asian cuisine. Everything from the laksa and satay to the roti canai and nasi goreng is devoid of meat or dairy products, but retains the incredible taste Malaysian cuisine is known for.
Veganyumm, Everton Park: Who said vegans couldn’t enjoy dessert? One of Brisbane’s first all-vegan bakehouse remains a top spot to indulge in dairy-free and egg-free treats. We’re talking brownies, cupcakes, pies, coffee and shakes – everything you could possibly want to indulge in can be found right here.
Grassfed, South Brisbane: When acclaimed fine-dining chef Alejandro Cancino and vegan soft-serve kingpin Jonny Garrison paired up for a plant-based venture, vegans all over Brisbane salivated. Fish Lane’s Grassfed is a plant-based burger joint that used Alejandro’s signature vEEF patties across a range of tasty handfuls, as well as a range of Jonny’s own I Should Coco coconut-based soft-serve ice-cream for a sweet finish.
Greenhouse Canteen, South Brisbane: Gold Coast export Greenhouse Canteen arrived in South Brisbane with some significant fanfare. Plant-based eaters of Brisbane flocked to the anticipated bar and eatery to sample the approachable and comforting menu, which includes the likes of buffalo cauliflower wings, jackfruit enchiladas, pandan pancakes and chilli con carne nachos.
Vegan Burgz, Fortitude Valley: If you’re keen to sink your teeth around a succulent burger, we suggest getting your hands around one of the whopping options from Veganburgz. In addition to ten kinds of meatless burgers, this joint also dishes up vegan beef rips with smoky barbecue sauce, plant-based desserts and shakes.
Fundies Wholefood Cafe, Paddington and Corinda: 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.
Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen, West End: With a name like Miss Bliss, you just know the vegan options are going to be nourishing AF! Morning or afternoon, hungry patrons can sit down to the likes of the coconut waffle sandwich with coconut gingerberry ice-cream, compressed melon, Szechuan puffs, coconut labneh and lychee gel, or the herbivore burger with mushroom, pulled Korean jackfruit, avocado and miso slaw.
Mylk + Ko, New Farm: Although there are a couple of non-vegan options on the menu, Mylk + Ko is still one of the finest haunts for healthy eats has been flying the vegan-friendly flag since opening. The sherbet hotcakes with brownie soil and mandarin sherbet are a treat, as is the veggie delight with sweet-potato hummus, market greens and turmeric hemp dust.
El Planta, South Brisbane: Love a Mexican feast but not so keen on the meat? El Planta has got you more than covered. The beloved Brisbane pop-up went bricks-and-mortar in 2020, bringing its menu of tacos, nachos, margs and more to a permanent home. Hot tip: the vegan queso is a game-changer.
Taro’s Ramen, South Brisbane: 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.
It’s Mirchi Healthy Indian, Paddington: 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. There’s an extensive selection of vegan curries, but the daal saagwala is our pick. This pan-cooked spinach curry comes with lentils, seasoned with ginger, garlic and whole spiced with roasted fenugreek.
Loving Hut, Mount Gravatt: 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.
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