You’d be hard-pressed to find a local restaurant that doesn’t serve a vegan dish or two these days and venues dedicated to vegan food are popping up on the regular.
In honour of November being World Vegan Month, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best vegan dishes on the Coast for your non-meat consuming pleasure (from north to south).
Ja-neenish Donut – Flour of Life Bakery
So it seems Helensvale is flying under the radar when it comes to the most delicious of vegan sweets. There is an entire bakery dedicated to the tasty treats in fact. Don’t go past the vegan donuts – flavours change on the regular but the latest was Neenish Tart style and good heavens, get in my mouth.
Where: 22-32 Siganto Drive, Helensvale
Summer Pancakes – Blendlove
Blendlove is home to perhaps the most delicious and beautifully arranged raw treats around and the fun doesn’t stop there. The crew have also created vegan breakfast and lunch menus to rival any other. While all the things are worth a mention, definitely try the Summer Pancakes (gluten free) topped with fresh berries, caramel date sauce, sweet dukkah, florals and seasoned fruit. To. Die. For.
Where: 253 Ferry Rd, Southport
Poutine Burger – Lord of the Fries
A relative newbie on the local dining scene, Lord of the Fries is all vegan everything. Yes, their fries are crisp and golden and delicious and of course get some on the side but make sure you give the Poutine Burger a whirl with gravy and faux cheese-laden fries with our fakin’ bacon, veg beef patty, onion and garlic mayo. Gimme four.
Where: SP018, Paradise Centre, 8 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Cheeseburger – Feed the Earthlings
Cheeseburgers are life don’t even try to deny it. If you’ve been vegan forever you’re excused for not knowing this but thanks to Feed the Earthlings you can now get involved. Their Signature Cheeseburger is made up of a juicy patty topped with a cheesy melt, grilled onion, pickles, tomato sauce and mustard on a toasted sesame seed bun (like Maccas but SOOOO not).
Where: 2723 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Potato and Caper Pizza – Mandala Organic Arts Café
Oh Mandala, you beautiful legendary food creators you. Vegan or not, you’re doing your hungry self a disservice if you haven’t been to this Mermaid Beach gem. Their pizza is next level and in particular the Potato and Caper version. While you’re at it grab yourself some house-made falafel balls and thank us later.
Where: 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Vietnamese Roll Ups – Nude Sisters Kitchen
Nope, not the sugary, plastic-resembling variety you used to get in your lunchbox for recess. These healthy little babies are your new favourite snack. They come with marinated tempeh, mixed vegetables, coriander, mint, vermicelli noodles with homemade chilli and peanut dipping sauces. The gals at Nude Sisters certainly know what’s up and they also make plenty of guilt-free sweets to sample while you’re there.
Where: 3/90 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters
Macros Bowls – elixiba
elixiba could well be the most Insta-worthy eatery on the Gold Coast and, fittingly for this story, their entire menu is vegan (there’s also cocktails). One of the prettiest, and tastiest, delights on the menu are the ‘Mazing Macro Bowls each of which come with organic rice, roasted vegetables, steamed and fresh greens and house fermented pickles. You can then choose from a plant protein and sauce on top. Creamy turmeric is a definite winner.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Penne Carbonara – Greenhouse Canteen & Bar
Many a meat eater has stepped across the Greenhouse threshold and into a world of vegan delights even they couldn’t fault. Every dish on the menu is delicious but of course, some are worth writing home about. One such dish is Penne Carbonara made with cauliflower cheese sauce, smoked eggplant, mushrooms, kale and shaved piquant cheese. Holy moly it’s heavenly.
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami and 140 Griffith St, Coolangatta
Vegan Bagels – Serabar Burleigh
Bagels are a thing that people love and they are showing up more and more in venues across the Coast. At Serabar, where vegan dreams come true, there are many a variety of bagel to wrap your lips around. Choose from Sousage ‘n’ Cheeze, Roasted Pumpkin ‘n’ Sundried Tomato and Squishy Sweet Pot ‘n’ Caramelised Onion with a lick of Hummus. Those little guys are of both the eat in and takeaway too.
Where: Shop 2 2-14 The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith