Beefing Up the Menu: West End’s Grown Cafe Goes Omni

West End’s popular vegan cafe Grown has recently made the unexpected decision to add meat offerings like fried chicken and bacon to their traditionally plant-based menu.

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Operating since 2017, Grown has built a loyal customer base around their meatless dishes like the smashed avocado, slow roasted mushrooms, and baby beet salad. However, the owners noticed the business struggled to stay afloat catering solely to vegans and vegetarians.

Grown’s traditional plant-based menu (Photo credit: @grown_bne/Instagram)

Now diners can order mainstream favourites like eggs and bacon with their Grown breakfasts. The famous Eggs Benedict comes with the option of adding Gympie nitrate-free bacon or fried chicken, besides avocado or smoked salmon. Even the cafe’s famous QLD Pumpkin gnocchi can be ordered with southern fried chicken.

The cafe’s new dinner menu (Photo credit: Grown/Google Maps)

They even offer a southern style fried chicken burger, which customers can opt to add bacon to for a true meat overload feast. 

Initially, Grown kept about 65 percent of menu items plant-based to continue catering to their original vegan customer base. However, within just a few months of adding meat options, demand from meat-eating customers led to a reversal – now only a small portion of offerings like forest mushroom on toast and smashed avo remain vegan.

Eggs Benedict Fried Chicken with house made pepper berry hollandaise (Photo credit: @grown_bne/Instagram)

Despite these big changes in their menu, Grown cafe sets itself apart by incorporating native Australian flavours into both its vegan and omnivore offerings. Expect to see bush pepper mayo, wattleseed balsamic, and saltbush potato positively influencing familiar dishes. 

The menu continues to change seasonally based on available produce, and craft beers and Australian wines complement the evolving dinner selections.

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The addition of animal products to Grown’s menu represents a major shift for the formerly vegan cafe. Whilst the change has been controversial among some loyal plant-based customers, it has also succeeded in attracting new meat-eating patrons. 

One thing is clear – to stay in business, sometimes restaurants have to evolve. Grown is striving to strike that delicate balance.

Find Grown at Shop G03/21 Buchanan St, West End.

Published 5-February-2024

Renovated West End Cafe Offers Immersive, Full-Service Dining Experience

This West End cafe has never looked better. If you haven’t paid them a visit yet, then it’s time to check out the fresh look of Veneziano Coffee Roasters on Montague Road.

Veneziano Coffee Roasters has been serving up West End locals with coffee goodness for more than a decade now. And with the opening of its 80-seat Richmond cafe and the flagship espresso bar in Surry Hills in 2018, a West End venue update needed to happen; and so it finally did.

Veneziano Coffee West End
Photo Credit: Veneziano Coffee West End / Instagram
Renovated Veneziano Coffee West End
Photo Credit: Veneziano Coffee West End / Instagram

After a COVID-19 induced delay, Veneziano Coffee Roasters West End relaunched early this year with a revitalised look. The coffee joint now sports a new bright and airy space dotted with greenery that easily pops out against the all-white palette surrounding the space. Wooden chairs, marble-topped tables, and a vaulted ceiling complete the refreshed look. The venue can now accommodate about 50 customers indoors and another 16 outdoors.

An interesting addition to the shop is a glass window that offers diners an immersive experience as it provides a full view of the roastery from the dining space where they can see the shop’s behind-the-scenes operations. Another window gives visitors a view of the expanded training studio next door where barista and latte art training classes happen.

Chilled Coconut rice pudding
Chilled Coconut rice pudding |  Photo Credit: Veneziano Coffee West End / Facebook

Along with the updated design, Veneziano Coffee Roasters likewise introduced its new full-service menu offering lunch fare with vegan and vegetarian options including Chilled Coconut rice pudding with seasonal fruits and dehydrated mandarins. There’s also vegan croquet with house-made cashew cheese and pesto and Montague Benedict or poached eggs served on zucchini fritters with a citrus Hollandaise and crumbled feta.

Montague Benedict
Montague Benedict | Photo Credit: Veneziano Coffee West End / Facebook

Lunch offerings include burgers, burritos and smoked ham with vintage cheddar, beetroots, grilled stone fruits and seeded mustard. Whilst sweet treats including Brioche French Toast as well as sandwiches and bagels will still be on offer.

As for the caffeine fix, espresso, cappuccino, latte and filtered coffee are among the choices. Other beverages like hot chocolate, chai, milkshakes and smoothies are also available.

Veneziano Coffee Roasters West End is open 6 am to 3 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 6 am to 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Veneziano Coffee West End | 369 Montague Rd, West End QLD 4101, Australia