Food review: The LC

2176 Gold Coast Highway, Miami Ph: 0448 422 003

Several years ago, a place like The LC would have seemed impossible. But, we’ve moved from Meat-Free Mondays to a full embrace, The LC providing a beautifully inclusive dining destination for everyone, vegan or not. It’s our first shiny new collective of plant-based restaurants and a bar, all housed under the one roof in a pretty white building in Miami.

With differing stores in the venue open seven days a week spanning breakfast until dinner, The LC (from Love Child’s Abbey Jones) has two levels. Five restaurants and a bar serving sustainably-produced beer and cocktails are located downstairs, a soon-to-be-opened second storey housing Lovechild Place clothing yet to come. Out the back is a dining deck punctuated by greenery, but we choose out front under cover, shaded from the sun.

We dine for brunch at 10.30 to find Flour of Life Bakery and Flora By Greenhouse open, with Gigi Pizzeria, i like ramen and Burgers vs Kebabs opening from 11am until late, along with the bar.

No worries! It’s an excuse to take a look around, embarking on a plant-based feast in two steps; a true brunch.

Flour of Life, who opened their bakery in Helensvale over a year ago, is renowned on the Coast for their vegan baked goods: doughnuts, tarts, vanilla slices, tasty meatless sausage rolls and pies. We buy one of their delicious small fruit tarts to share as dessert.

Flora by Greenhouse, from the original Greenhouse Factory crew, serve Allpress coffee (made on your choice of a range of nut or soy milks), hot brekkies, sandwiches, salads, kombucha and freshly made juices. We order scrambled tofu with baked beans and hash browns, as well as waffles, rice paper bacon and a crispy hash topped with coconut-based ice cream and fresh strawberries. It’s a wonder!

First course done! Now onto our seconds…

i like ramen has been a market and popup vegan favourite for some time, and we’ve been hanging out to try their wakame-packed spicy ramen and sides. We get to meet the bearded chef (and his impersonation on the wall!) Besides the ramen, we’re particularly taken by their panko-crumbed mushrooms (and just manage to hold ourselves back from ordering a second serve) and the non-meat soy-based protein used in their ramen. Very tasty indeed!

There’s no room left for gluten-free pizza with vegan cheese or even gelato from Newtown-based sensation Gigi’s Pizzeria, nor for a seitan (think gluten steak) kebab or cheeseburger from BVK (Burgers vs Kebabs), brought to us by Abbey Jones and Flour of Life.

Instead, we go back to our fruit tart, box up our leftovers and head off. Even the Main Squeeze meat-eater is silent after a spicy ramen and tart, and he hasn’t discovered the bar yet! All happy…except for one thing…

As vegan, gluten and dairy-free are part of our mob, we return to The LC to dine at night, only to find that we miss out on Flora and Flour of Life (which closes at 4pm). When the big drawcard is having five plant-based venues under one roof, it’s a shame to have to pick your time to find them all open! Just saying…

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