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.
Taro’s Vegan Ramen, Brisbane City: Taro Akimoto is a legend in the Brisbane ramen scene, credited by many as the man responsible for popularising the noodle-soup dish across town. In 2019 Taro announced that his express location on Edward Street was going vegan, and the entire city took notice. Taro’s Vegan Ramen’s menu is entirely vegan, and includes vegan ramen made from homemade wheat and konnyaku noodles, braised tofu charsiu, and plant-based broth. Also on the menu is hiyashi tan tan men (cold noodle soy-milk soup), vegan tsukemen, and vegan and gluten-free curry rice with mango chutney.
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.
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.
Ginger & Rose, New Farm: Mother-and-daughter duo Tracy and Brittany Humphreys brought their hospitality know-how to New Farm in 2018, opening quaint charmer Ginger & Rose on James Street. The cafe offers up a menu divided between vegan and omnivore-friendly eats, so there’s plenty of wholesome fare to cater for every diet.
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.
Tippler’s Tap, Newstead 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.
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.
Flora by Greenhouse Canteen, West End: The Greenhouse Canteen crew followed up on its South Brisbane venture with a smaller and equally tasty West End charmer. Flora emphasises an express-based service and a casual dine-in experience, serving organic tofu scramble with hash, waffles, stuffed bagels, toasted sandwiches and the signature ‘bruffin’, as well as grab-and-go burritos, sweets and salads.
i like ramen, Fortitude Valley: Gold Coast-born noodle soup crew i like ramen brought its menu of plant-based goods to Fortitude Valley in 2018, including its popular chick’n white miso ramen, mean green ramen with spinach ramen noodles and the cauliflower and onion ramen with activated charcoal noodles. On the snack side of the menu, you can nibble on panko-crumbed mushroom and kimchi baos (lathered in sriracha aioli), crispy agedashi tofu with shiitake dashi, garlic soy Asian greens topped with beetroot and fried onions, and house-made kimchi with crispy garlic roasted baby potatoes.
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 fire. 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.
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.
Evolve Organic Cafe, Newmarket: Being attached to a an organic grocer certainly helps when it comes to sourcing appropriate ingredients, but Evolve Organic Cafe puts in work to transform its natural produce into a menu of tasty delights. Vegan and vegetarian eaters are also amply catered for, with the likes of scrambled tofu with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and Asian kale slaw, mushroom and black-truffle pate, beetroot and hemp burger with kale slaw, and Thai green curry with tofu, pumpkin and chickpeas providing wholesome options.
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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