Long gone are the days of vegans having to order a simple side salads and chips. Gold Coast’s vegan food scene is growing rapidly, offering a range of plant-based options. From rustic and artistic restaurants to innovative food and designs, here are the top places for the health-and-planet-conscious diners to fuel their bodies.
Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, Miami
Since opening in March last year, Greenhouse Canteen has enticed guests into a realm of rare treasures and expertly designed dishes. A full-service bar and à la carte menu create a true dining out experience; a rarity in the vegan food scene. The restaurant contains its own eco and ethical store, Lovechild Laneway, which offers an electrifying range of high-quality vegan designs.
The menu offers culinary delights such as Local vegetable socca pizza, Pulled jackfruit enchiladas, Cauliflower nasi goreng and Vietnamese pancakes. For the truly hungry, iconic “meatball” subs and Big macs are available with all of the flavour and no remorse.
Mandala Organic Arts Cafe, Mermaid Waters
The Mandala staff welcomes you into a warm and intimate environment, hosting a range of events to delight your senses. These include live musicians on Friday and Saturday nights and Food & Film events in which artistic and invigorating documentaries are screened under the stars. Indoors, bricks and timber juxtapose local art and handmade décor on the walls, all of which is available for purchase, creating a hassle-free gallery.
The menu boasts dishes such as Inca bowls, Raw pad Thai and pizzas that motivate customers to return. At the bar the inventive drinks menu includes fermented Kombucha margaritas.
Cardamom Pod Brickworks, Ferry Rd Market
The energy at Cardamom Pod centres on happiness and wellbeing. Clean eating dishes are designed for health consciousness and a lighter footprint on the planet. The staff use a style of cooking that hails from ancient India of prasadam, or kindness.
Tasty and karma-free dishes include the incredibly photogenic Smoothie bowls: acai, pitaya and peanut butter. Lavish burgers, Cornmeal waffles, Protein pancakes and Sweet waffles are a few of the other house favourites. Drink your way to wellness with warm delights such as Yerba mate and LSDs (soya-dandelion lattes).
Giri Kana Cafe, Southport
Giri Kana’s wholesome food is freshly cooked for the body and mind. The popular café caters to all, with vegan, vegetarian, organic and gluten free options. Many non-vegetarian regulars come simply because they love the food. Delicious and harmonious dishes come from the aromatic kitchen, where spices give an interesting Indian-fusion.
The menu is comprised of well-priced dishes such as Organic pancakes, Kitchari, Kofta pockets, Tofu scramble, great salads and a Vegan big breakfast. Otherwise, cooked dishes, raw treats and homemade cakes are readily available in the display.
Naked Treaties, Robina
Originating from Byron Bay, the new Naked Treaties location has brought its laid-back style to The Kitchens at Robina. Its forest-like appearance of twisted wood and menu items such as Medicinal mushrooms create a true air of magic.
A hub for vibrant living, their menu includes Nut milkshakes, Fresh coconuts, Elixirs, Alkalising porridge, Raw pizzas and their signature raw BLAT. The Raw Bar provides quick sweets, desserts, granola, supplements, take home spreads and coconut bacon. Artisan products, recipe books and other retail items are also available for purchase.
All Time Coffee, Mermaid Waters
All Time is an edgy, fast-paced coffee shop. Natural timber pieces of furniture and wall art by Steen Jones house a unique and universal space. Open from 6.00am every day, this place makes the perfect pit stop.
Vegans are welcomed through the doors with a plant-based Toastie menu and Sugar-coated donuts, or the same items are available as a non-vegan option. A reflection of the owners, this place has created a balance that accommodates everyone. It’s vegan if you want it to be, but it doesn’t have to be.