Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane are home to some amazing plant-based restaurants, cafes and bakehouses, and here’s a list of some of our favourites.
You loved our first plant-based restaurant round-up so much, we’ve decided to do a part two! Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane are home to some amazing plant-based restaurants, cafes and bakehouses, it was hard to narrow this list down to just a few in each city. Here’s a roundup of our absolute favourites though, for those times when you want to head out with friends and enjoy some plant-based goodies in the sunshine (or moonlight).
An absolute staple in the Adelaide dessert scene, Eggless have been a favourite of many since their launch in 2009. Everything on the menu is plant-based, with most of their produce sourced locally (or even grown in their own backyard!). Each dessert is made fresh every day (so has limited availability), and the menu changes monthly to keep things interesting for diners. The desserts at Eggless take inspiration from cultures all over the world but with a special penchant for Asian, seen come through in dishes like panko fried ice-cream and green tea pannacotta.
Nutrition Republic originated as a sports supplement and health food store, and naturally evolved to sell a drool-worthy selection of clean-eating treats and drinks. Each day there’s a changing menu of creative salads to ensure you get your daily veg in, as well as a menu featuring classic brunch staples made gluten, dairy and refined-sugar free. Most items on the menu are plant-based, like their Instagrammable Earth Bowls. The drinks menu is longer than the food, so make sure you add something to wash your meal down with – whether it’s an organic Mork hot chocolate, Prana chai or metabolism health tonic.
Staazi & Co
Rated the 5th best vegan food van in the world by Lonely Planet, Staazi & Co should be on everyone’s to-visit list, whether you’re plant-based or not. Taking a cuisine strongly associated with meat, Staazi has turned the Greek street food industry on its head by offering up all the classics, plant-based. From yiros and AB with plant-based ‘lamb’ to a signature range of desserts, Staazi is making it easy to ditch the meat without ditching the flavour.
Being vegan isn’t always raw slices and veggie-packed salads. When that soul food craving comes calling, Two-Bit Villains is here to answer. A firm favourite on the plant-based foodie scene since its inception in 2011, Two-Bit Villains has been satisfying tummies with vegan burgers, fried ‘chicken’, mac and ‘cheese’ and more. Classic items on the menu are the chip burger and onion ring burger (which are exactly what they sound like) and should definitely be washed down with one of their famous house-made sodas.
Fancy a little yum cha? Zenhouse has got you covered, with its tasty range of plant-based dumplings, steam buns, spring rolls and more. On the menu is also veggie tom yum and mi goreng, helping you satisfy all your Asian cravings the plant-based way.
When you’re in need of a nostalgic pick-me-up Cherry Darlings bakehouse whips up all the classic bakery favourites, with one awesome sidenote: everything’s vegan. These family-friendly treats are as aesthetic as they are delicious; think choc strawberry cannoli, custard tarts and ‘Nutella’-filled donuts. As well as sweets, savoury pastries are also baked daily at Cherry Darlings, like vegan pies and quiches. Larger cakes are made to order, and with all the pretty designs available, they look (almost) too good to eat.
This well-known Brisbane plant-based restaurant has a couple of locations around the city, which speaks to the quality and flavour of the food at VegeRama. Offering a menu based on vegan Indian food mixed with burgers, bakes, salads and more, even the fussiest eaters are sure to find something tasty. The meals deals pack a punch on both flavour and value, pairing a variety of curries and hot bakes with rice or salad.
Anywhere with pretzels lashed with salt and vinegar butter on the menu is a winner in our books. Another firm favourite at Grown is the mushroom dumplings in beetroot broth, handmade daily inhouse. Grown is known for more than just their incredible cuisine though, sourcing all their plant-based fare from local growers. Any food waste is converted to compost and used at Jane Street Community Garden, where volunteers grow and harvest crops for the community. Grown has even gone the extra mile to ensure all wine and beer is vegan and coffee beans are sourced locally, making this plant-based venue a healthy choice both for your body and the planet.
Loving Hut is one of those restaurants with a menu that goes on forever, and encompasses many different cuisines. The majority of the menu is plant-based Asian though, with crowd favourites like BBQ buns, dumplings and salt and pepper tofu making an appearance. This unassuming vegan restaurant has been doing so well it’s opened up a couple of locations globally, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
With a slogan like ‘The only thing we’re killing is your appetite’, you know these plant-based burger guys mean business. The menu at Moo-Free Burgers encompasses all the moreish, greasy treats you’d expect to find at a good burger joint (think loaded fries, double ‘vEEF’ burgers and crispy nuggets), with all their sauces and almost all patties made in-store. The signature Charlie’s Brothers burger is their take on a big beef burger, with their original beef-less patty, smokey ‘bacon’ rashers, tomato, caramelised onion, lettuce, pickles, dijon mustard and homemade soy mayo.
Sourcing all the produce from spray-free farmers markets and local producers while also making all the kombucha, nut milk, salads and sides inhouse, good food with zero waste is a priority at Satori Organics. There’s also a competitive brunch offering, with favourites like rustic avo and mushrooms on sourdough peppered with original dishes, like the upside-down breakfast with layered granola and coco whip topped with berry smoothie. For those who miss grazing boards, Satori Organics have created a totally plant-based one, including delicious nibbles like garlic and dill nut cheese and pumpkin maple cashew dip.
The Green Edge
More than just a fantastic plant-based store, The Green Edge also serves up an extensive menu of cuisines from all over the world. This family-owned business is on a mission to show people that living a vegan life doesn’t have to be difficult, and can actually be quite easy and enjoyable. Highlights on the menu include katsu curry and the creamy mushroom and leek risotto.
Flora and Fauna
If you’ve seen vegan waffles more colourful and dreamy than the ones at Flora & Fauna, we’d like to see them. In fact, all the dishes at Flora & Fauna are so beautiful, it would be a shame not to put a snap of them on the ‘gram. From a giant chunk of banana bread served alongside a vibrant tropical fruit spread to cakes with a garden of fresh flowers blooming out of the icing, Flora & Fauna are really taking their name to the next level.
Eat, Drink, Raw
A raw vegan, gluten-free, wholefoods cafe with a no-waste policy, Eat, Drink, Raw has a list of delicious treats on the menu to suit all tastes. Acai bowls and bagels make up the breakfast menu, while rainbow rice paper rolls and raw pad thai can be found at lunchtime. There’s also a selection of house-made raw treats and baked goods to tie the meal up with, and organic tea, coffee and kombucha to wash it all down.
Yo Donuts Perth
Whatever your pastry craving, Yo Donuts Perth has got you covered. From coconut glazed with strawberry jam to cinnamon scrolls with cream ‘cheese’ icing to kid-approved ‘sausage’ bread with shredded ‘cheese’, everything on the menu here sounds better than the last. Yo Donuts Perth also offers a stunning range of made-to-order vegan cakes, with flavours ranging from strawberries and cream to pandan.
Vegorama Indian Restaurant
It would come as no surprise that all the vego-based Indian dishes are our faves. Our Soulara Deva Dahl Makhani is the comfort food of dreams. For those in Perth who are craving a plant-based Indian restaurant feast, Vegorama Indian Restaurant has an extensive list of vegetarian Indian cuisine. You can’t go wrong with aloo palak, blending spiced potatoes and pureed spinach together, or channa masala, chickpeas simmered with onion, tomato and traditional spices. Tie the meal together with some onion bhaji, samosas and naan and you’ve got an Indian spread fit for a king.
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