Brisbane's best vegan eats
Ah, ‘the dining struggle’.
For some it’s for the #ShredLife, for others it’s a necessary way of life.
When you ask if a meal is gluten-free you shouldn’t live in fear of “the eye roll”. You know, where they’re both silently categorising you as a fad dieter and questioning if it’s actually a necessity.
But you know what? Heck it! Whether you’re trying a new eating habit, a little bit gluten-sensitive or full-blown coeliac, we’ve rounded up the best GF dining destinations in Bris where you can escape the eye roll and embrace the no-bloat life (seriously though, is that eye roll gluten-free?).
What we love is a place where you don’t even have to ask if something is GF, because everything on the menu is! Leaving the typically dry and icky gluten-free fare in the past, nodo offers iconic dishes with their own twist like smashed avo on black sesame loaf with vegemite togarashi, porcini waffles, and kimchi omelettes. And don’t even get us started on their donuts…
Being vegan and gluten-free were both once nightmares to dine for, but not anymore, friends! Brisbane’s first vegan tapas bar You Come Again understands the struggle is very real, so everything on their menu is both vegan and gluten-free. Dine with zero worries on beetroot carpaccio, lemon popcorn cauliflower bites, and miso-good glazed eggplant so tasty you’ll definitely come again.
Sometimes what you love the most, hurts you the most. We’re talking about burgers, people. So, when we heard our beloved Remy’s was dishing up gluten-free buns for just an extra dollar, our hearts sung. The chance to stuff ourselves with their epic bacon cheeseburger without the bad bloat? Sign us up.
It couldn’t be a gluten-free round up without mentioning the OG Miss Bliss! Providing those with sensitivities for years, Miss Bliss is known for their fresh and healthy fare which will have you singing from the inside out. Have your cake and eat it too with their vegan caramylk spelt hotcake topped with coconut ice-cream, house tropical granola, roasted banana and summer fruits. Breaky = sorted.
If Thai is more your taste, then dining at one of Brisbane’s best Thai restaurants is now even easier. A dedicated section of the menu at Monsa Ban Sabai lays out which dishes are gluten-free and or coeliac so you can feast easy knowing your satay chicken and Massaman curry won’t upset you later.
Being gluten-free ain’t no thang at La Lune because the whole menu is sans gluten without skimping on flavour. Keep it fresh with raw kingfish, fermented tomato and lime, or a bit homier with the confit duck, red cabbage, black garlic and hazelnut. Top it off with a glass of boutique vino and you’re set!
With a lipsmacking menu where you want to just dive straight in, those gluten free amongst us won’t have to worry about any hidden nasties because nearly the whole menu is gluten-free! Time to share your hiramasa kingfish and twice cooked eggplant with miso and some peace of mind.
If you’re looking for a bit of a fancy affair but struggling with that gluten-free life, the always delicious Madame Wu has an entire gluten-free menu where you’ll be captivated by more than just the view. Prepare to feast on tasty Asian fare with wok fried bug meat and XO sauce, clams with black fungi, and stir fried and braised mushrooms, all sans gluten.
If you’re looking to flex that healthy muscle with a bit of gluten-free paleo fare then Wilde Kitchen is the one for you. If you think this means going scant on flavour, though, you couldn’t be more mistaken. With coconut and mango panna cotta, chilli crab omelettes and paleo fried chicken all on the menu we know where we’re rushing to this weekend.
Who said you can’t be gluten free and have pasta too?! Il Verde has a seriously drool-worthy pasta offering and for just $3 extra you can make you pick gluten free. Will it be the linguine al pesto, or maybe the risotto porcini? Whichever you choose, add some calamari fritti and mushroom arancini for the ultimate Italian feast.
Bringing Asian street snacks to town, Chu the Phat steps up the GF game with a dedicated gluten-free menu (so you don’t have to try and decipher those tiny little boxes). Prepare to feast on mung bean pancakes with kimchi caramel, tea-smoked duck legs and nanna Anna’s chilli chicken, and only bloat from eating all the foods.
With so many gluten free options the hardest part will be choosing only a few! Bring your pals along and have a share plate situation so you can indulge in all of the goodies like pork belly bites, mushroom, tofu and speck san choi bao, and truffle chicken stir fry.
Here’s the proof that dining gluten free in Brisbane has never been easier!