Epic vegan food on the Gold Coast
Helen Stubbs | November 1, 2021
Colourful fruits and flowers, steaming spicy curries, crunchy fried vegies and delicately flavoured desserts are some of the foods to love in the Gold Coast’s delicious vegan culture.
Local vegan food artists make it easy and fun to eat healthily by preparing great food free from animal products.
Whether you’re looking to eat out, enjoy ready-made meals at home, grab and go, or enjoy cakes and fine cheeses, local providores can satisfy your desire for plant-based culinary adventure.
PUT YOUR FEET UP & TRY THIS AT HOME
Vegan Megan makes organic gluten-free ready-to-eat meals and cakes, and caters for small groups. Dishes include: I Am Whole — spring vegie lasagne, I Am Comforted — cheesy cauliflower, pumpkin and spinach potato bake and I Am Colourful — Spanish mushroom and eggplant cacciatore.
Taste Da World chef Karina Cornejo takes customers to a different part of the world with her menu every month. November is a Mediterranean adventure. Cornejo cooks meals from fresh ingredients, without processed foods or mock meats. Prior dishes on the menu include Baby Eggplant Sambar and Bindi Palya.
Garden of Vegan delivers meals made with 100% vegan organic certified products. Their meals are gluten, oil and processed sugar free. Plates include their Mexican Burrito Bowl, Creamy Pumpkin & Herb Pasta and Black Forest Chia Pudding.
Credit: Vegan Megan
Credit: Karina Cornejo
OUT ON THE TOWN
Greenhouse Canteen serves an entirely plant based menu from Tuesday to Saturday. Dishes include Arancini Balls, Eggplant Moussaka and Pumpkin Alfredo Gnocchi. Perfect for a Friday night out with friends.
The Cardamom Pod serves a range of beautiful meals including pancakes, acai bowls and waffles. It’s a great place to meet for breakfast or lunch.
Govindas serves vegan and vegetarian dishes and has won the title of best vegetarian restaurant on the Gold Coast. With branches in Burleigh and Coolangatta, some produce is grown on their organic farm. Dishes include their famous Kofta Balls, Vege Curry, Dhal Soup and various chutneys.
Tian Ran means nature. This Asian food is free from meat, dairy, alcohol, garlic, onions and MSG. Many of their dishes are vegan and some use wheat, soy, yam, mushrooms and seaweed to create meat substitutes. My favourites include Crispy Vegan Fish and Broccoli, Cauliflower, Mushrooms and Bamboo.
Easy House — Yum Cha is fun with delicious dumplings, spring rolls and other dishes like Pumpkin and Pine Nut Rice and Steamed Buns. Easy House makes for a lovely weekend family lunch.
Fine Cultures supplies artisanal a line of vegan cheeses Australia wide. Choose from Caramelised Onion Camembert, Aged White Cheddar, Blue, Chive and Dill, Macadamia and Cashew Camembert and many more. Locals can pick up from the Burleigh factory on Fridays for a special discount, using codes found on the website.
Nourishing By Sally’s mission is to make the healthiest and most delicious plant-based treats around. They make energy balls, mini cakes, slices, choc bars and celebration cakes. Some of their favourites include Strawberry Shortcake, Cookies n’ Cream Cheesecake and Snickerz Slice. Nourishing by Sally delivers to your door, offers a local collection option and also supplies cafes, restaurants, health food stores and even hairdresser Natural Goddess Organic Salon.
Credit: Imber Lingard
Credit: Nourishing By Sally
GRAB & GO
Formerly known as Tugun BP, The Fox’s Pantry has flipped the traditional servo shop into a gourmet health and wellness stop, with a wide range of plant-based snacks, treats, groceries and supplements. They love partnering with local brands to offer a great range of vegan foods including house made vegan sandwiches and wraps, ice creams, fresh smoothies and juices, and even vegan crumpets. Some of the vegan brands they stock include Byron Bay Peanut Butter, Loki Chai, Fine Cultures Vegan Cheeses, Bushtucker Blends, Yumba, Living Coconut and Alive Foods.
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