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Australia: A Foodies Guide

Hi everyone! I apologize for not posting in a while; I’ve been traveling around Australia. If you follow my Instagram, you may be keeping up with some of my adventures. But Instagram only gives little insight into what I’m doing. So to show you further, I decided to create a Foodies Guide for traveling around Australia. I’ve shamelessly been eating out at many different vegan restaurants and cafes and spending far too much money hahaha. But you’re only young once right, so might as well try out all the good vegan food while you can. Okay, let’s vegan..I mean, begin.

Vege Rama

Location: Brisbane
Address: Shop 30, Post Office Square/270 – 280 Queen Street, Post Office Square, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia

2015-06-13 072This was the first vegan restaurant I visited upon my arrival to Australia. We went out for dinner on the Saturday night that I arrived. I didn’t really have any expectations yet because I hadn’t been anywhere else. This place was decent, I guess. Everything was fairly pricey (but then again, I am coming from Canada where everything is cheaper). I didn’t really know what to get because I was trying to spend as least money as possible. So I went for the Lentil Dhal over Brown Rice with a Side Salad because it was $15, and also the special of the day.

The Dhal was a tad bit spicy, and for some reason just didn’t sit well with my stomach. I tried to mix it in with the rice to hide the taste, and that helped a little bit, but I couldn’t finish it.

The pizza on the other hand was amazing. I had a slice of Mitch’s, and a slice of Katrine’s, and oh my goodness, it was really good! Very thin though, for such an expensive little pizza.

Overall experience: 6/10

2015-06-13 073The Green Edge

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Address: Corner of Lutwyche Rd & Le Geyt st Windsor, Shop 2B Lutwyche Rd, Windsor, Qld, 4030

2015-06-14 031 (2)We went here the next day (Sunday) for lunch. It is the coolest little vegan cafe/supermarket. While we were waiting for our food, we walked around and looked at everything. They had so many vegan ice-creams, cheeses, soups, pastas, healthy bars, pizzas, and other grocery store items. Even vegan cook books and vegan dog food!

I was debating between the nachos and the veggie burger, but decided on the veggie burger because it was $15 (one of the cheapest things) and it had avocado on it, so that was the deal breaker.

The burger was amazing and super filling. The four of us also split a bowl of ‘chips’ (fries) which were super thick and crispy. Yum.

I probably should have taken half home with me, because all day after this I was super full. I also think that the burgers should come with either a side salad or fries since it’s $15, but hey, what can you do.

Overall experience: 8/10

2015-06-14 030 (2) 2015-06-14 029 (2)Pawpaw Cafe

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Address: 898 Stanley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia

best day (4)For months over Instagram, I saw foodies all around Australia adding photos of their cocowhip. This stuff looked incredible; vegan, healthy, and creamy? I had to try it. So I google mapped the nearest cafe that sold cocowhip, and that happen to be pawpaw cafe.

Again, everything is very expensive here. The cocowhip sundae was $12 itself, for chocolate sauce and a little slice of vegan cheesecake. We also got some chips to split. ($2 each)

The cocowhip itself wasn’t amazing. It was creamy, but kind of plain in flavour. I think I had a different idea in mind before I tried it; like it would taste like froyo, or soft serve ice cream. But it was kind of plain. I don’t think I could have eaten it if not for the chocolate and cheesecake mixed in.

ALSO, a week after my experience at pawpaw cafe, my friend told me about her own personal experience with the cocowhip. It is advertised as healthy, vegan, and people have said it is only made out of coconut water. ???

She didn’t believe that because she used to work in a coconut ice cream shop. So she asked the people for the ingredients because of “allergies for her kids”, and they refused to give her the ingredients. Finally after getting the attention of the manager, he told her that it contained a bunch of things that were very unexpected; one of them being hydrogenated oil. WTF. She was so appalled that there was so many additives and other things in it that she would never put that into her children’s bodies. So I’m sharing it here with you: beware of the cocowhip.

Overall experience: 7/10

best day (10) best day (5)Naked Treaties

Location: Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
Address: 2/3 Marvell St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

2015-06-18 085Ah, Naked Treaties: The infamous raw vegan cafe that I’ve heard oh so much about through Instagram. I swear every foodie that I follow that lives in Australia has been there. And people are always raaaving about it, and saying how it’s the best place ever, and that a trip to Byron is not complete without Naked Treaties.

Well, with all that fuss, I thought I better check it out. I was staying at my friend Jasmine’s place (https://instagram.com/blisijas/), so we went there with Samara from Fithealthyproject who was also staying in Byron for the week.

Okay so, first off, the portion sizes are TINY. teeny, weeny, tiny. Secondly, it is ridiculously expensive. and thirdly, it wasn’t that amazing. Like, I got a $15 crepe that was very petite and had some bananas and coconut yogurt. Jasmine got nachos, and as you can see by the photo, she got 4 chips…..

Oh, also the place itself was nothing what I expected. It is very small, you just go in and order/pay, then go sit outside where there’s like 3 tables, and your food is brought to you. And the bathroom is in a garage around the corner.

Ahahah, so no offense or anything to Naked Treaties or anything, but you are not what I expected, and I could not afford to go there again, nor would I want to. Jasmine told me her favourite place in town was a vegan cafe just down the street where it’s around the same price, but you actually get what you’re paying for.

So if you’re on a budget, or just simply want a big meal, I wouldn’t really recommend Naked Treaties. At least the food looked pretty though.

Overall experience: 7/10

2015-06-18 084 2015-06-17 024Mandala Organic Arts

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Address: 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, Australia

2015-06-18 130I have only heard great things about Mandala’s. A few different people I met in Australia so far had been telling me how amazing Mandala’s in. So when I arrived in Burleigh, Gold Coast, my beautiful friend Steph took me there for dinner with her two vegan babes. (ages 4+5)

Now this place I can actually say, was AMAZING. It’s a bit pricey, but I came to realize that I’m never going to get a meal in Australia for under $10, so I’m accepting it. I got a small pizza, which was $16, and so worth it. I got the mushroom pizza that is drizzled in veggies and cashew sour cream, and it was TO DIE FOR. So amazing, and not too thin, not super thick. I was so sad when it was finished. Steph also got a side of garlic bread pizza which was ALSO amazing. ugghhh i freaking love this place

Overall experience: 9/10

2015-06-18 126 2015-06-18 127 Greenhouse Factory

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Address: 1/74 Musgrave St, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia

IMG_5518 Ah, Greenhouse Factory. I’ve seen a few people post about this on Instagram, but I was never too curious. Until Samara went there and said it was the best meal she’s ever had in her life.

Ha. I was like, “you better mean that, that’s a big statement to make”

So Steph took me there on Friday for lunch and oh. my. goodness…. it definitely lived up to my expectations. We sat near the back where the kitchen is, so literally every time that someone’s food was ready and put out, I had to see it. And it made me want to cry because I couldn’t eat all of that perfect heaven. I am not kidding, everything looked so amazing I almost changed my order twice.

But Steph and I both ended up getting the burger, which comes with a salad and chickpea fries. Now that’s something worth payin money for. The meal was $23, but it was HUGE, and came with so much goodness that it was 100% worth the money. I couldn’t even finish it because I was so full, so I brought half the burger home and some chickpea fries; which I’ve never tried before, but may I just add are INCREDIBLE.

I just can’t get over how good this place was. Not to mention the atmosphere is adorable and welcoming, with lovely seating on the inside, or a seat on the patio outside that has a view of the ocean. Just amazing.

Overall experience:….. drum roll please…. 10/10.

IMG_5495 2015-06-19 074 (2) 2015-06-19 069 (2)Burleigh Farmers Markets

Location: Burleigh, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Address: Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia

2015-06-20 048One last place to add onto this post. The Burleigh Farmers Markets are held at a primary school just by Burleigh Beach. I always see LoniJane post about it, so I had to go check it out.

It was really neat. They had a ton of cool stuff ranging from food to clothes. Not all vegan, some meat and stuff, but that’s okay, I plugged my nose when walking by.

You get a range between super expensive and super cheap. I looked around for a bit to find a watermelon, and one place had a quarter for $4, but another place had a half for $3. BINGO. I got that one. I also had two passion fruits in my bag that I bought from a Byron Farmers Market, which I had never tried before until this day!! (Thank you to Samara for buying them for me hehehe)

I also tried sugarcane juice for the first time and OMG IT IS AMAZING. It is so sweet and delicious and healthy. I actually ended up deciding on the Sugar Cane Pina Colada, which just had coconut milk and pineapple juice added to it. Ah-mazing.

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Well that pretty much sums up my eats SO FAR. Guys, I’ve only been here a week… how sad is that. I’ve spent FAR too much money on food, so now that I’m up in the Sunshine Coast (Bli Bli), and far away from any vegan restaurants, I will be detoxing and saving money hahaha. I went to the grocery store today and bought $50 worth of just fruits and veg, so it will be nice to give my body a bit of a break from eating out so much. I also went on a 15k bike ride today (omg??) and was just exhausted after so I’ve been resting all day.

I’m here for 3 more weeks, so I’ll keep you all updated. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day.

Cheers, Katrina

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Sadhana Kitchen

Location: Sydney, Australia
Address: 147 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042

syddsad (2)The reason I wanted to go to Sadhana Kitchen was because that’s all I ever hear about on Instagram. SOO many people that live in Sydney, or visit Sydney, and are vegan, always go to Sadhana Kitchen. I had heard such amazing things about this place, that I knew I couldn’t visit Sydney without going there.

My friends that I was staying with told me that it was super expensive, but I was like, whatever, it’s worth it cause I’ll probably never go again.

Well, it was yummy and all, but I was right about one thing: I probably wouldn’t go back.

First of all, the shop is VERY tiny, nothing like one would imagine. (Just like Naked Treaties) Everything was so freaking expensive, so I literally got the cheapest thing on the menu, which was a $14 Trio Salad. Eddi got a Pitaya Bowl which looked (and tasted) delicious, and Phoebe got a salad stirfry of some sort.

I’ve concluded that the food looks prettier than it tastes. They decorate it and made it look so beautiful that you don’t even want to eat it. And then you do .. and it’s pretty good, but nothing like, outstanding or anything. I mean, for the price you think it was made out of gold or something.

So yeah, that’s pretty much my opinion on Sadhana. Just another over-hyped vegan cafe that everybody on Instagram raves about that are probably rich or are getting paid to say so. xo

Overall Rating: 7/10

syddsad (3)Gelato Blue

Location: Sydney, Australia
Address: 318 Kings St, Newtown NSW 2042

syddsad (1)Okay, now this place is worth raving about. I also had seen quite a few people on Instagram going here, and the photos are literal food porn, so I knew I had to come here as well. I went twice actually …. once after Sadhana Kitchen, and once after Lentils as Anything(review below). It’s not 100% vegan, but there are tons of vegan options. So basically I got this donut sundae thing that is a vegan donut, topped with your choice of gelato, and a cone drizzled with chocolate sauce crushed nuts. SO FREAKING DELICIOUS OMG. And usually when I finish a meal then dessert, I feel so stuffed. But even after this, I felt content – it never made me feel bloated or sick or anything. I freaking love vegan desserts.

The prices were pretty high, but for this sundae it was $9.50, which is pretty decent since a donut is like $4.50 each, and 1 scoop of gelato is like $4.00.

This place was freaking amazing, the staff was super nice and friendly, and I would HIGHLY recomend going there if you live in Sydney or are visiting Sydney.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Sydneyy (18)Lentils as Anything

Location: Sydney Australia
Address: 391 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042

Sydneyy (26)This place was ALSO amazing, and it’s so unique and different from any other vegan restaurant I visited.

So basically this place was created to help homeless people/people on a budget, so it’s ALL run by volunteers, and 100% by donations. So yes, that means there are no prices, you just get your meal, and pay based on however much you want to donate.

The place is super cute, funky, and upbeat with loud music playing and a kind staff. A few of us vegan friends from Instagram went there for dinner and it was so cool to meet new people and talk about like-minded things.

I saw them carrying out this plate (pictured above) to different tables, and I instantly knew what I wanted to order. It was chili with rice and chips. And the service was SO FAST!! I think because they make heaps of stuff in bulk so that when people order, it’s basically ready.

And to top it off, the food was DELICIOUS!! We literally inhaled our meals in 5 minutes.

This place was just amazing, cool, different, cheap, and just awesome. I also highly recommend visiting here if you’re in Sydney.

Overall Rating: 10/10

IMG_6577BlendLove

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Address: 1/253 Ferry Rd, Southport QLD 4215

2015-07-02 021I went to BlendLove on my last day in the Gold Coast. I had seen photos of their dessers briefly on Instagram, and they looked amazinngggly delicious.

My friend Steph that took me said that there is two amazing cakes, (peanut butter + cookie dough I think?) and that all the rest didn’t taste as good. She said they look prettier than they taste actually.

When we got there, I was so pleased to see such a cute little shop. The appeal and atmosphere is very fun and health friendly.

The prices are a bit high ($7 for a lil cake, and $3 for a bliss ball.. wowzer), but I got one anyways because, yolo right?

Steph got the Rawreo (raw oreo) and I got the Chocolate Raspberry. And may I just say that they are 100% as good as they look. Perhaps she was just so used to the other ones that all the rest couldn’t compare. But omg, mine was so delicious. They give you little tiny forks so that they last, and I did exactly that. I took tiny little bites to make my piece last, and I was so sad when it was over.

Steph also ordered sweet potato fries after and oh my goodness, they were probably the best tasting sweet potato fries I’ve ever had. SO GOOD.

So yeah, this place was very cute, very delicious, but very expensive. Deffs worth it though, but I’d probably only go there like once every few months hahahaha.

Overall Rating: 8/10

2015-07-02 023 2015-07-02 009Okay and now I’m officially back in Canada, so sadly this is the end of this post :'( No more yummy Aussie vegan eats </3

Hope this helped,
Katrina xx

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Cassie
    June 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

    OMG every single restaurant you went to looks so yummy! The photos are gorgeous and man do I want to get my hands on that Greenhouse burger! Have to visit Australia ASAP!

    • Reply
      Katrina
      July 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Awe thank you so much! And yes, Aus is amazing for it’s vegan food <3 I love it here

  • Reply
    Justine
    June 27, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Hey there! I find your blog so inspiring, thank you for all the beautiful posts and mouth-watering recipes.
    Could you please tell me where you got this pink 100% vegan shirt? I need to own one like this too! Thanks in advance.
    Greetings from a fellow vegan (:

    • Reply
      Katrina
      July 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Awe you are so sweet, thank you so much! <3 And I actually made the shirt, hehe 🙂

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