Eschewing animal meat and by-products has been a slow but progressing trend in Australian’s lifestyle. A Roy Morgan Research estimated that between 2012 to 2016, the number of Australian adults eating meat-free has risen from 1.7 million to 2.1 million.
While there are more vegans and vegetarians in New South Wales and Tasmania, Queensland is slowly playing catch up and many shops and restaurants have been opening to support the lifestyle switch.
Here are four of the top vegan spots currently found in West End.
1. Sol Natural Foods
27 Vulture Street
Opens 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sol Natural Foods is the brainchild of the people who are also behind Sol Breads, the well-loved bakery located at Vulture Street. The site has expanded their vegan selections with a new menu offering Sol Natural Foods.
The choices are ethical produce which are sourced from local suppliers. Aside from its famous freshly-baked pieces of artisanal bread, Sol Natural Foods serves wholesome cafe meals, freshly-squeezed juices, house-made milk sourced from almonds, and organic coffee. On weekends, the restaurant serves vegan pizza and raw cakes.
“I had the most amazing vegan brekky this morning. Tofu scramble benny on a vegan croissant, vegan sausage, avo, sautéed shrooms, kale and tomato and heaps of leafy greens. Fast service and nice aircon. Totally recommend… And the almond milk chai latte is the best in West End…”
~ Rhiannon Magick via Facebook.
2. Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen
85 Vulture Street
Opens WEEKDAYS : 6:30 am to 3:30 pm | WEEKENDS : 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Miss Bliss is also a familiar sight on Vulture Street. It’s famous for food choices such as the pulled Korean jackfruit burger, Szechuan waffle sandwich, coconut gingerbread berry ice cream, and the soy roasted mushroom Miss Bliss feast.
People come to this place for its unique coffee blends like the Sri Lankan spiced chai latte.
“Such a cute cafe!! Bit of a wait time on food and coffee but it’s super busy and the staff~ Nicole Byrne via Facebook
aredoing their best. Yummy coffee and food! Will be back!”
21 Buchanan Street
Opens Tuesday- Sunday
Brunch 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Dinner 5:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Grown, found in Buchanan Street, is known for its house-roasted coffee, vegan wine and beer, and special cheese-less but flavourful toasties. The restaurant also offers a full course of vegan degustation dinners if you’d like to sample the best in their menu.
Grown has partnered with the Jane Street Community Garden, which makes use of the restaurant’s food wastes and scraps as compost. The garden is a community based and its run by volunteers who want to promote sustainable living.
“It looks like I’m the 100th review of Grown. Ninety-seven of those reviews are five stars. That tells you almost all you need to know. This is one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, vegan or otherwise. The amazingly accomplished chefs have crafted a menu of dishes that are perfectly balanced in terms of~ Carl Newby, via Facebook
flavour, texture andpresentation. If you’re vegan (or not) and living in Brisbane, you need to try Grown. We’ll be back to try their brunch menu within the week.”
239 Boundary Street
Opens Tue-Sun 7:00am-3:00pm
Flora is from The Greenhouse Canteen of South Brisbane. The West End restaurant on Boundary Street, is a fairly new site and has yet to create a wider presence on social media. The venue is smaller than its parent restaurant but, nonetheless, offers similar tasty and healthy food selections.
Flora, however, is more casual The Greenhouse Canteen. Here, diners are served express meals like waffles, tofu scramble, sandwiches, salads,
“I had the mushroom bennie and it was amazing! So tasty and filling and well presented. Partner had the burrito which he liked but said the hash brown was a bit sad. Will be back!”~ backtoback via Happy Cow
Vegan or not, if you want to add “healthy eating” to your list of New Year’s resolutions, West End certainly seems like a good place to be.