Brisbane: What We Ate

Well, who knew – Brisbane’s vegan scene is seemingly booming as we discovered on a recent trip to the sunny east coast. We spent ten days gallivanting around on what turned out to be a bit of a food safari to find the most delectable treats out there in big, bad Brisbane. I think it’s safe to say we covered a fair amount of ground, but God only knows which vegan goodies are still out there lurking around the streets – you know, with the whole veganism thing zooming into the mainstream as of late.

Anyhow, without further ado and in no particular order – feast your eyes on what we ate in Brisbane.

You Came Again, West End

Three cheese and pickle, Turkish bread toastie
Meetballs with romesco sauce and crispy garlic chips
Pesto stuffed mushrooms

Taro’s Ramen, multiple locations

Classic vegan ramen – smoked tofu, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, black garlic oil, spring onion and nori
Pan-fried vegetable gyozas

Vegan Restaurant, West End

Maple and soy chicken
Traditional dumplings with mock meat filling

Plant Vibes, Bowen Hills

Breakfast croissant with tofu scramble, avocado, house-made chive potato cake, mushrooms and tomato relish
Chocolate hazelnut croissant

Dicki’s, New Farm

Mac ‘n’ cheese with thyme mushrooms, coconut bacon and Parmesan
Carrot and cinnamon cake with buttercream
Caesar salad with cos lettuce, baby spinach, coconut bacon, Parmesan, thyme croutons and crispy tempeh

Yavanna, Paddington

House steak – charred seitan, creamy mash, garlic greens and broccolini with peppercorn gravy
House steak – charred seitan, creamy mash, garlic greens and broccolini with peppercorn gravy
Salt and pepper squid – king oyster mushrooms fried in a light coating with chia seeds

Grown, West End

Charred broccoli with warm pickled potato salad, vinegary cucumber, sesame and basil
Dumplings filled with sesame cheese and seasonal greens with baked mustard and parsley

Grassfed, South Brisbane

Fysh burger with battered fysh fillet, curly fries, lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce and mayo
Fysh burger with beer battered fish fillet, curly fries, lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce and mayo
Truffle burger – Veef patty, All The Things truffle Brie, bacon, onion rings, tomato, lettuce, mayo

Nonna’s Nightmare, West End

(Front) Gemelli al pesto – short twisted pasta, walnut and rocket pesto, semi-sun dried tomatoes with feta
(Back) Lasagna al pesto with béchamel and smokey bacon layers

Vegeme, South Brisbane

(Front) Traditional pan-fried, peppery, vegetable dumplings
(Back) Chicken drumsticks made from bean curd
Okonomiyaki – Japanese vegetable pancake with turmeric, mayo and seaweed

Doughluxe Doughnuts, Brisbane City Markets

Dark chocolate and orange doughnut

Light Years, Burleigh Heads (not in Brisbane, but still good)

Cumin spiced cauliflower with ‘strange sauce’, coconut, dill, mint, ‘crunchy things’ and peanuts
Wild truffled mushroom dumplings with soy, ginger and crispy shallots

Gelato Messina, South Brisbane

Pandan and coconut ice cream, and dark chocolate ice cream

Okuman Karaage and Ramen Bar, South Brisbane

Vegan ramen with silken tofu, edamame beans, wood ear mushrooms, cabbage, carrot and spring onion
Karaage cauliflower

Eat Street Northshore, Hamilton

Hungarian Langos with mushroom, tomato, spinach, red onion and spring onion

7/11, multiple locations

Riverside At The Gardens Market, Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Gözleme filled with vegan cheese, mash potato and spinach
Simit (Turkish bagel)

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