I recently spent three short weeks in Australia and had so many great vegan meals that I thought I would share my experiences!
The Beet Byron Bay
Byron bay is a picturesque beach town just outside Brisbane. Calm and chilled out, it’s a surfers paradise often described as ‘haut-boho’- whatever that is supposed to mean! With this it is also incredibly popular! Full of restaurants and boutique shops. Unsurprisingly I found it easiest to find vegan food here!
The Beet in Byron Bay has a running theme. Can you guess? Yes – beetroot! I was lucky enough to try quite a few things on their menu.
Starting with the seitan nuggets, which were delicious, meaty and deep fried, what’s not to love? They came with a huge (for a starter) salad with Nam Jim dressing and homemade vegan aioli for $16 (~£9).
I couldn’t come to this place without trying their most popular dish, beetroot gnocchi. While I couldn’t taste the beetroot within the gnocchi the colour was beautiful, and the accompanying brussel sprouts and ricotta ‘cheese’ were amazing. Yes. Brussel sprouts. Amazing. ($22 = ~£13).
The Beet Burger ($22 = ~£13) came with a beetroot infused bun and everything else you could possibly wish for on a burger; aubergine parmigiana, parmesan ‘cheese’, avocado, tomato relish, sweet potato fries…
I always have room for desert. I believe the deserts here change quite regularly. I sampled the raw espresso caramel cheesecake ($14=~£8). Absolutely delicious and served so beautifully. Even if you’re full, you should make room for this. This has to be one of my favourite vegan restaurants that I tried in OZ.
Address: 90/96 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
Elixiba Byron Bay
Elixiba was the second completely vegan restaurant I visited in Byron Bay. This restaurant can also be found on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. The menu ranges from salads to burgers, with a drinks menu longer than the food! The first thing I had here was the Macro Bowl. The beauty of this bowl is that it is customisable, you choose the protein and sauce you want, as well as any extras. It is also packed with all the goodness you’d want from a bowl; rice, roast veggies, greens, pickles. I had tempeh and satay sauce and added avocado.
Despite the fact I discovered I don’t like tempeh, the bowl was great, filling, healthy and exactly what I was craving! The homemade pickles were particularly good. Again, the plant based burger came with everything you would want; facon, avocado, ‘cheese’ and a paleo bun, which I have no idea how they made but tasted amazing! Total bill came to $44 excluding drinks (~£26). Continue reading “Vegan Eats in Australia!”