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Published December 30th 2018
Nutritious and delicious vegan cafe, suburban North Brisbane
The vegan wave has reached North Brisbane and a new cafe is here in Albany Creek to cater to it.
Leafy location A short drive north of the city, or 15 minutes west of Chermside, this new cafe offers delicious natural food and a green outlook.
Situated across the road from Dawn Rd Reserve, the massive verandah and translucent roof lets you take in plenty of vitamin D and fresh air while gazing at bushland.
The all-day brunch menu includes dairy free and gluten free options and is based on local and ethical produce.
The traditional big breakfast ($19) is here with a wholefoods spin - free range eggs, black beans, spinach, mushroom, nitrate free bacon, tomato, halloumi, and toasted sourdough (with a gluten-free option).
Those with a sweet tooth might go for the pancakes ($17) but beware they are very sweet indeed, with salted caramel coconut ice-cream, maple syrup, and seasonal fruit. Not the healthiest item on the menu, but they are vegan and very tasty!
For the most nutritious and filling options, you might choose the Green Goodness Bowl or Falafel. Yum!
Euforia Wholefoods food menu
Now, what to drink? Their house blend is roasted locally, and a variety of milk is offered - not just soy, coconut and almond but also macadamia. And organic cows' milk, of course.
Euforia Wholefoods drinks menu
If I hadn't already ordered a meal I would definitely be tempted by the Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (cacao, peanut butter, dates, chia seeds, banana, almond milk; $8).
Locally roasted coffee, and a large selection of milks
We were also grateful to be promptly offered tap water (but I'll pass on the alkaline water.)
For families, there are high chairs, plenty of space on the deck for strollers, and a few kids options on the menu.
I didn't see anything like a box of toys/books/colouring-in to keep them entertained, or any plastic cups or plates. This could be helpful as the cafe has a childcare centre on both sides and is neighbours with a primary school.
Overall, the staff were helpful and friendly, and service was quick on our visit. The food was beautifully prepared.
The one downside late in the morning in a Brisbane summer was that the heat seemed to accumulate under the deck roof. The semi-transparent part is great for letting in natural light but not insulated against the heat. Some large ceiling fans might help.
After your visit, you could also check out the new gift shop next door.
I don't think the author of this article understands what "vegetarian" and "vegan" mean, judging by the cafe's menu options that include bacon, cheese, eggs, and milk. It's not a "Nutritious and delicious vegan cafe", it's just one of many cafes out there that have a few vegetarian or vegan options on their menu.
This article could use a good edit to either focus on highlighting the vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu options, or a rewrite to remove the inaccurate claims of it being a "vegan cafe".