Vegan eats have really had a glow up in the last little while. Not only are Gold Coast restaurants serving up epic vegan dishes even the most intense of meatlovers among us will adore, there are venues dedicated entirely to vegan eats and we are here for it.
Here’s a list of them so you may indulge your inner plant lover anytime you please.
i like ramen
Serving up more mouth-watering vegan dishes than you can poke a chopstick at, i like ramen is one of the most beloved venues (vegan or otherwise) on the Gold Coast. They’re created ramen dishes that are as good as (if not better than) any other you’ll sample plus goodies like baos, burgers and personal faves Panko Crusted Mushrooms and Kimchi Potatoes we’d sell our souls for. Oh and there’s many epic cocktails too.
Where: 2251 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
One of the Coast’s OG vegan restaurants, Greenhouse Canteen’s menu is as good as it gets. They’ve got a botanical bar so you can order many a vegan cocktail, wine or beer and the space is always packed with good vibes. To eat, we’d absolutely go for the Cajun Jackfruit, Nutmince and Brown Rice, Battered Cauliflower or Raw Tacos. Also, if you feel like eating at home, Greenhouse has takeaway packs along the lines of Kentucky Fried Jackfruit. That’s as good as it gets.
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Serving up plant-based Mexican food in a vibrant Palm Beach space, Goodness Gracias has long been a favourite on the Coast. Eat in or takeaway and choose from delicious eats like burritos, tacos, nachos and plenty of tasty sides and salads. We’re regulars here and it’s always tasty and of the highest quality. Plus, who doesn’t love Mexi food? Nobody is who.
Where: 1114-1116 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Plant Based Cafe
Plant Based Cafe opened in Paradise Point earlier this year and quickly became a huge hit amongst Gold Coast locals. Every single dish is absolutely stunning and you’re going to want to sample them all. For example, the Zucchini and Corn Fritter Stack is next-level with a stack of low-fat, baked fritters served with tomato relish, smashed avocado and a lightly-dressed petite salad. So tasty. There are smoothies, coffee and acai bowls too and it’s the perfect spot for a brunch date, vegan-style.
Where: 1/2 Grice Avenue, Paradise Point
Plant-based Japanese food can be found at Izakaya Midori in Reedy Creek. There are dishes like Tofu Chocolate Gâteau, Creamy Corn Croquettes, Spicy Lime Karaage and Tempura Tofu to name a few and you can also grab things to takeaway. There’s vegan cheese, a Party Animal Platter and plenty more.
Where: 50 Woodland Drive, Reedy Creek
Offering both vegetarian and vegan choices, Cardamon Pod at The Brickworks in Southport has long been a favourite amongst Gold Coasters. On the menu you’ll find dishes like Pumpkin Pie Pancakes, a Snickers Acai Bowl and Beetroot Gnocchi to name a few plus plenty of raw treats, organic coffee and gluten free options too. All dishes are almost to pretty to eat, trust us, this place is an Instagrammers heaven.
Where: The Brickworks, Ferry Road, Southport
Doko Demo V
Offering an entirely vegan wholefoods-based menu, Doko Demo V is the work of Head Chef Jared Peck. The menu ranges from breakfast through to lunch and dinner and is bursting with beautifully prepared dishes that are both healthy and of the eyes-are-bigger-than-your-belly variety. The Vegie Benny is a fave with house-dried, herbed tomatoes, wilted spinach, haloumi, poached eggs and served on a bed of smashed avo, atop toast with a drizzle of hollandaise. YUM.
Where: 1908 Gold Coast Highway, Miami
Lord of the Fries
If there is one thing we can get behind, it is a fast food venue made up primarily of potatoes. Which is quite obviously, exactly what is happening at Lord of the Fries – all of the vegan fries. Not only those crispy, delicious guys though, Lord of the Fries is also serving up Veggie Burgers, Onion Rings (Lord of the Rings), Vegetarian Nuggets and Vegetarian Hot Dogs and everything is kosher and Halal. Big fans of all of this honestly.
Where: Paradise Centre, 8 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Easy House Vegetarian Restaurant
It’s been a staple on the Gold Coast restaurant scene for as many years as we can remember and Easy House is as much-loved as it’s always been. The menu is made up of Asian vegetarian and vegan dishes and it’s all flavour-packed and fresh. The XO Noodles are to die for and the dumplings are one thing you could eat every day forever. Don’t miss out on this one.
Where: 90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach
The Hidden Cherub
A relative newbie to the vegan scene is hidden laneway bar and plant-based eats venue The Hidden Cherub. The Miami bar is decked out with a sleek, industrial-esque look, greenery dripping from the walls and black and white striped bench seating. While the drinks here are the main event, the entirely vegan packed food menu is filled with delicious share plates, burgers, tacos, salads and sides. In terms of burgers there’s a Spicy Southern, The Hawaiian and The Classic and tacos come in combos like Tempura Avocado, Chipotle Chicken and Three Bean. Mouth-watering goodness.
Where: 2/29 Lemana Lane, Miami