Five vegetarian cafés

The Gold Coast is a frontrunner in vegetarian and vegan eating. Many cafés and restaurants offer options for a wide range of diners, with more than a dozen being solely vegan or vegetarian. Here are some you may have missed:

The Milkman’s Daughter is our latest vegetarian opening, by proven restaurateur Morgan Walsh. This bright breezy venue gives us refreshingly different takes on many of our favourite daytime dishes: Pancakes with lemon ricotta custard, candied walnuts and peaches, Bruschetta with vine-ripened tomatoes, bocconcini, olives and beetroot reduction, and a Savoury truffled oats and grains with brussel sprouts and a slow-cooked egg, many dishes carrying a vegan option. We’re in love!

For many vegans, their choice is more about animal welfare than health, and they won’t be denied their treats. Vegan, kosher and halal, Lord of the Fries’ menu includes vegan burgers, onion rings, nuggets and hot dogs accompanied by cold and creamy shakes. It’s a fast food revolution inclusive of everyone.

SoZo is a gorgeously appointed little cafe tucked away just off Coolangatta’s main street. Vegetarian with vegan, everything is made in house, from burgers and pancakes to salads and raw cakes. There are some interesting twists on known ingredients. In the ‘cafe without coffee’, our turmeric latte is served with a lavender macaroon. You can grab a salad to go or sit and relax in this delightfully relaxing space. Upstairs you can attend workshops, counselling and fitness classes.

Nude Sisters Georgia Homer and Rebecca Askey, who had established a raw cake business as students, recently opened this gorgeous café where people can enjoy gluten free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free desserts. With a vegetarian menu including plenty of choice for vegans and those with food intolerance, bestsellers for breakfast include chilli parmesan scrambled eggs and toast toppers with avo, feta and dukka. Lunch includes vege burgers and Viet rollups, plus curry or nasi goreng, plus their delicious cakes.

Several years ago, a place like The LC in Miami would have seemed impossible, our first collective of plant-based restaurants and a bar housed under the one roof. With five restaurants and a bar serving sustainably-produced beer and cocktails, the back and front house dining decks punctuated by greenery. Vendors include Flour of Life Bakery and Flora by Greenhouse open from early morning to afternoon with Gigi Pizzeria, I Like Ramen and Burgers vs Kebabs opening from 11am until late, along with the bar. Nobody has to miss out on a good time!

NOTE: This article was published in The Sun on 10 October 2018.

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