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Published February 15th 2019
Because vegans want takeaway too
The bit I've found challenging since becoming vegetarian a year ago is takeaway or casual dining. It's not too hard making the adjustment at home and most restaurants now offer a couple of delicious options on their menus.
But for takeaway, your choices often extend to a salad, or halloumi or lentil burgers if you're lucky. Those are great, but given how many plants are out there, surely variety should be possible!
Your vegan variety answer
VeganBurgz, in Fortitude Valley, delivers just that. Not only is it a burger menu that is totally and completely vegan, but there are 10 different burgers available. So for once you really have choice!
So much so, it took me a while to decide when I visited VeganBurgz recently. The Chick'n Me Out, with a vegan 'chicken' patty, kale, tomato, onion and lime aioli? The Sweet Kale-roline's roasted sweet potato and chia seed patty plus kale and onion rings? There's even vegan 'beef ribs' and 'pulled pork'! And gluten-free buns are available, too, for a small extra charge.
I went for the Stacks On: fried tofu and grilled red capsicum on a mushroom & eggplant stack with rocket and fiery sriracha sauce. And chips - because you have to have chips with a burger, right? And a milkshake.
The food was really good. The Stacks On was a combination of great-tasting ingredients on the freshest burger bun ever - which was a matcha bun, by the way, hence the green colour. Rather than being the usual 'mushroom on a slice of eggplant', the patty was a mixture of the two, so seemed more like a conventional burger. I was surprised at how filling the burger was. And the chips were perfect - every good burger joint needs to deliver excellent chips.
And the non-milk milkshake? Being vegetarian rather than vegan, I don't need to avoid dairy milk, but turns out I'd had a non-genetically-modified organic soy milk milkshake that truly didn't taste ... well, like soybeans, and did taste ... well, like a milkshake.
So much to choose from! (Facebook)
The prices at VeganBurgz are reasonable, too - burgers are in the $14 to $17 range with chips in different sizes starting at $4.50. Sweet potato fries are also available and there's a burger meal deal for $20. There's even dessert on offer - coconut ice cream, chocolate mud cake or apple heaven spring rolls!
VeganBurgz is among a surprising number of dining venues in an almost-hidden complex tucked behind the Central Brunswick Apartments on Brunswick Street, just after New Farm becomes the Valley. The shop is a really small venue - there's just enough room to walk in and order, then you hop back out again.
Outside are three big timber tables with benches for those who stay to eat. After a hot Brisbane day, it was nice to take in the comparatively cooler breeze of a summer evening while Will, VeganBurgz' general manager, cheerfully managed customers, orders, meals and Uber Eats collectors simultaneously.
The word must be getting out about VeganBurgz, because for somewhere almost hidden out of sight there was a steady stream of customers, in between Uber Eats and Deliveroo riders.
VeganBurgz is open seven days from lunchtime through to dinner. For parking, either turn left off Brunswick Street into the complex if you're coming from New Farm or turn into Martin Street and then left into the hotel car park. There are bus stops on Brunswick Street right outside the complex.
For more details and regular updates, find VeganBurgz on Facebook or follow them on Instagram.