Vegetarian cuisine does not equate to tofu and rabbit food. Experienced vegetarian chefs work to balance a variety of flavours in to a dish to ensure that it is just as nourishing and satisfying as a nice meaty one. These Brisbane restaurants are giving traditional eateries a run for their money.
Govindas restaurants and cafes are something of a Brisbane institution for vegetarians, who have been enjoying their cheap and tasty buffets for more than twenty years. Vegetable curries, vegetable puffs, fresh garden salads and tomato and herb chutneys are just a selection of the all-you-can-eat menu on offer; they also have an extensive catering menu. Govindas has locations in Brisbane City (99 Elizabeth Street), Stones Corner (2/302 Logan Road) and West End (82 Vulture Street).
The Forest Cafe (124 Boundary Street, West End) is an organic vegan cafe and bar that takes something of a holistic approach to internal well being – in addition to serving healthy and sustainable food, they also provide a serene vibe with live music and tranquil natural surroundings. The menu is standard modern Australian, with a liberal serving of pastries, burgers, wraps and paninis. They also serve organic beverages like Oracle Organic Juices, Santa Julia Organica Wine and Coopers Pale Ale.
The Tibetan Kitchen is a cosy restaurant serving, you guessed it, Himalayan cuisine. Their menu does list meat dishes but has a huge selection of vegetarian meals. Typical entrees and appetisers include spring rolls, dumplings, breads and soups that can be made with meat or vegetables, and the very popular (and fun to say) aloo chop, or potato patties covered with chickpea batter. Patrons can choose from more than a dozen vegetarian mains, and all desserts are vegetarian. There are also seafood dishes for pescetarians. The Tibetan Kitchen has restaurants in Fortitude Valley (454 Brunswick Street) and Spring Hill (216 Petrie Terrace).