Botanica is a relative newcomer to Brisbane’s vegan scene, but it’s quickly made a name for itself as a takeaway-only venue that offers simply some of the finest freshly made salad boxes and sweet treats in the city. The salad boxes come in many shapes and sizes. Breakfast boxes typically feature honey nut overnight oats and vanilla and toasted coconut Chia pudding, and for the lunchtime rushers options include a shaved raw broccoli, dehydrated cranberries and almonds, and raw garlic and cashew cream box, as well as cumin roasted carrots with quinoa, raisins and parsley with hummus dressing. For those with a sweet-tooth, take a blueberry and lemon mini tea cake with a pistachio glaze for the road.
Address: 9/1 Enoggera Terrace, Brisbane QLD, Australia, +61 7 3367 3334
Keeping Brisbane’s vegans well-fed for two decades, Govinda’s Restaurant is well worth a visit even if you’re an avowed carnivore. With locations in the West End and Brisbane City, Govinda’s serves up Hare Krishna food with a North Indian influence, meaning a strong focus on organic and full-bodied flavors. The all-you-can-eat feast is a surprisingly economical lunch option which can be complemented by a gluten-free cheesecake afterwards, or a plate of koftas during.
Address: 82 Vulture St, West End QLD, Australia, +61 404 173 027
This Windsor cafe’s plant and vegan-based menu proclaims itself as an animal and planet-friendly selection. Customers will certainly warm to Green Edge after they’ve sampled the meatless ‘burger’ or the weekend breakfast for two, which features scrambled tofu with spring onions and capsicum, hand cut chips with rosemary sea salt and grilled mushrooms.
Address: 2b/229 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor QLD, Australia, +61 7 3861 1132
The buzzword at Mondo is in its name; organic. Inspired by concerns about the increasing use of chemical pesticides, preservatives and GM additives in all the food that we eat, the owners of Mondo threw themselves into sourcing the highest quality organic produce at their disposal and actually educating their customers about the benefits of eating such food and, accordingly, healthy alternative food choices. The strong vegetarian selection on Mondo’s menu features twice-baked goat’s cheese soufflé, poached pear, pickled celery and walnut salad as well as potato and parmesan gnocchi with asparagus, pine nuts, poached egg and pecorino. Vegan options are available upon request, and for inspired customers Mondo offers corporate and private cooking and demonstration classes.
Address: 166 Hardgrave Rd, West End QLD, Australia, +61 7 3844 1132
At this Annerley cafe focused on traditional Vietnamese cuisine, vegetarian options are available at both lunch and dinner times, from the soups to the teas. Stars of the show at Café O’Mai are the refreshing pho soup with tofu and the lemongrass tofu vermicelli salad, but don’t be afraid to branch out and sample the green papaya salad and the vegetarian crepes to wrap in lettuce for dipping.
Address: 15 Cracknell Rd, Annerley QLD, Australia, +61 7 3255 9778
With one eye on the environment and another on your heart, this Eagle Street establishment has conveniently transformed its menu into an entirely plant-based selection. Everything at Kitchen Sanitarium from fruits, veggies, wholemeal breads and cereals and legumes has spent the least amount of journey from the natural earth to your plate, preserving all the good anti-oxidants and vitamins. For an enlightening lunch, seek out the greenwheat freekah salad and the orecchiette pasta with heirloom tomatoes, olives, capers and caramelized onions.
Address: 145 Eagle Street, Riverside Centre, Brisbane QLD, Australia, +61 7 3221 7988