Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Organic cafe, where are they?

PaisleyGypsy 3 June 2010 28

Hi,

I am a gluten free vegetarian and am looking for a nice wholesome cafe where I can go for brunch with my daughter and a friend on the weekend and not have to settle for a salad. I have tried the place in the city. When it first opened it was good, the last time I went there however it was quite bad and I had to return some food. I guess you could say I am rather fussy when it comes to eating out at restaurants. I expect that the food should be better than what I can make myself. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks


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emilybob123 emilybob123 11:49 am 16 Jun 10

Not sure how organic they are, but there is a great little cupcake place in the city called Jazz Apple. As far as I know, they are completely allergen free (with the exception of the little garnishes they use on the cupcakes) and vegan to boot. Best cupcakes in the world! They are on ainslie ave near the fountain at the mall.

PaisleyGypsy PaisleyGypsy 2:51 pm 10 Jun 10

troll-sniffer said :

Hi Paisleygypsy

Instead of trying to find the perfect nibble for your grandstanding ‘look at moi’ tastes, why don’t you employ the age old science of VGF Reiki to make your food palatable. With the advanced symbioses avaialble to the graduates, you will be able to draw out all the gluten and any taint from those disgusting meat products that we are forced to share our pure world with. Once drawn out to the side of the plate, the undesirable elements of your food can simply be wiped off with an organic cloth and washed down the sink with purest meadow-harvested rainwater from out affiliates, the Gluten-Free Water Company.

The next course in how to return your standard cafe food to vegan gluten free delight starts at our workshops at Majors Creek on the night of the next full moon. Registration is avaialble at only $2150 to the pure earth-mother convert, if you have sat in a moving car, switched on a light connected to the great greenhouse gas producing coal fired electricity grid or flushed your gluten free waste products down the community-funded sewerage system in the last year, then you don’t qualify.

Hehehe troll sniffer, well thought out. Unfortunately I can’t make it. I will be busy hugging trees and dancing naked around a cauldron next full moon.

PaisleyGypsy PaisleyGypsy 2:45 pm 10 Jun 10

Wow, thanks guys. I now have a few new places to check out.

I have tried the Vegetarian Vietnamese places in Dickson, my favourite being Au-Lac, they even have cheap $7 lunch specials. Luckily some of the fake meat is made from either tofu, soy protein and mushrooms. Some of it however is also made from gluten.

I have seen My Rainbow at Dickson but haven’t yet had the chance to try anything from there yet. I just hope some raging militant vegetarian doesn’t come out yelling and screaming and giving vegetarians a bad name.

I think I will next venture over to the southside and check out the Ridge and Ethopia down under.

johnny_the_knife johnny_the_knife 5:30 pm 03 Jun 10

Give Deek’s bakery a go at Pierce and Deakin shops.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:19 pm 03 Jun 10

Unfortunately, troll-sniffer, I have prior plans for the weekend of the full moon but please let us know how attendees you get….

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 4:54 pm 03 Jun 10

I do love a good vegetarian meal, I find that a high tofu diet does wonders for making the skin crackle nicely when roasted…

hellspice hellspice 4:05 pm 03 Jun 10

Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Organic cafe, where are they?
Dead probably 😉

astrojax astrojax 3:23 pm 03 Jun 10

Since no-one appears to have given any answers yet, here we go…

well, to be fair, the first half dozen or so replies had some suggestions…

and of course, to add to them (again), choku baijo is a great source of organic veges, in nth lyneham shops – not that this is a cafe, but if you’re after produce… (per dvaey’s mention of the excellent ‘wilsons’)

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 3:12 pm 03 Jun 10

Hippies, bless.

I wonder why they always look so pale and ill, if they eat such healthy food?

dvaey dvaey 12:29 pm 03 Jun 10

Since no-one appears to have given any answers yet, here we go…

The Ridge restaurant, in Farrer offers organic (mostly vegetarian, although due to demand they added organic meat to the menu).

Next door to The Ridge, is Wilsons Organics, where you can buy all your ingredients fresh and organically grown, so you can cook at home.

Ethiopia Down Under at the Pearce shops, also has a large number of gluten free vegetarian/vegan options. There are lots around, but mostly theyre hidden little treasures, at little suburban shops.

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 12:29 pm 03 Jun 10

Hi Paisleygypsy

Instead of trying to find the perfect nibble for your grandstanding ‘look at moi’ tastes, why don’t you employ the age old science of VGF Reiki to make your food palatable. With the advanced symbioses avaialble to the graduates, you will be able to draw out all the gluten and any taint from those disgusting meat products that we are forced to share our pure world with. Once drawn out to the side of the plate, the undesirable elements of your food can simply be wiped off with an organic cloth and washed down the sink with purest meadow-harvested rainwater from out affiliates, the Gluten-Free Water Company.

The next course in how to return your standard cafe food to vegan gluten free delight starts at our workshops at Majors Creek on the night of the next full moon. Registration is avaialble at only $2150 to the pure earth-mother convert, if you have sat in a moving car, switched on a light connected to the great greenhouse gas producing coal fired electricity grid or flushed your gluten free waste products down the community-funded sewerage system in the last year, then you don’t qualify.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:24 pm 03 Jun 10

Lazy I said :

Unfortunately I believe all three of these restaurants use gluten as the base for their fake meats so may not be terribly useful for the OP.

Kingsland does have some gluten free dishes. As a meat-eater I reckon a lot of their stuff is actually pretty, too. You’d hardly call it a cafe, though. And on the few occasions I have been the food has been good, but the drink offerings are pretty low rent.

josh josh 12:15 pm 03 Jun 10

if you ever go to Melbourne, there’s a ton of options. can’t vouch for much of Canberra, though

XO_VSOP XO_VSOP 12:00 pm 03 Jun 10

Urban Food I second or third, and would like to mention Cream! I Yes Cream, caters for Vegetarians and offers Gluten free items , not exclusively however they have created a menu with options.

MrNurseRatchet MrNurseRatchet 10:33 am 03 Jun 10

…you must be starving. 🙂

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 10:27 am 03 Jun 10

If you want vegetarian, organic and gluten free then I’m not sure ‘the food should be better than what I can make myself’ is a reasonable expectation. You’re a thin slice from a narrow niche, a sub-sub-sub-segment of the market and so unlikely to warrant space on the menu. Most restaurants are flat our justifying a vegetarian or a gluten free option, or they’re organic but only one of the others, so all three is really pushing things commercially. Bimbogeek’s approach of making the most of what is available will go some of the way, but I still reckon you’ll fall down on the organic front even if you find a cooperative chef who’ll mix things up veg-wise.

Au Lac / Kingsland

All their ‘faux meat’ stuff is made from pure gluten, which kind of defeats the ‘gluten free’ objective, and I really doubt they’re organic.

BimboGeek BimboGeek 10:17 am 03 Jun 10

Growling Ferret said :

Kingsleys would be better than whatever you make yourself.

It’s funny because it’s true. I’ve spent more than one meal at Kingsleys sipping a fantastic red wine and nibbling their various delicious veggie sides.

BimboGeek BimboGeek 10:16 am 03 Jun 10

luther_bendross said :

Please don’t take this as an attack on vegetarians or coeliacs, just militant fuckheads.

I was going to get cranky but all is forgiven! I’m vegetarian and coeliac and share your opinions on militant fuckheads, indeed I extend these opinions to fuckheads in general.

Lazy I said :

My greatest frustration was with the vegetarian groups (that I will not name because from what I hear they can be a little lawyer happy) seemed to be filled with these militant people that believed that if I wasn’t spiritually devoted with cult like passion for the cause I wasn’t a real vegetarian.. whatever that means… (all I wanted was some recipes).

I have a similar experience with the vegetarian clubs, plus they are kind of creepy, they think that just because I eat the same food as them I’m magically totally spiritually connected with them and want to be their best friend.

Lazy I Lazy I 10:00 am 03 Jun 10

Good rant luther_bendross, I actually agree.

I was a vegetarian for just over 10 years and eventually decided it wasn’t worth the effort as every time I would mention it to someone they thought I was a tree hugging hippy that would be offended if they ate meat in front of me.

My greatest frustration was with the vegetarian groups (that I will not name because from what I hear they can be a little lawyer happy) seemed to be filled with these militant people that believed that if I wasn’t spiritually devoted with cult like passion for the cause I wasn’t a real vegetarian.. whatever that means… (all I wanted was some recipes).

I am now a closet vegetarian, and eat meat in social situations to avoid the tedium (so not really a vegetarian at all).

As for the Vegetarian place you mention, there are two that I ate at on multiple occasions in Dickson.

Au Lac – (Wooley St.), just up from Dickson Noodle House
Kingsland – Tucked in the corner courtyard next to the Turkish place

Au Lac was (and still is) excellent in my experience, and I still stop there for a meal if it’s not filled with hippies taking a break from chaining themselves to bulldozers.

Kingsland I found a little hit a miss, often served dishes that were luke warm but had a good range and variety.

Another great location down at Tuggeranong Homeworld just closed up (Vegetarian House). For food, it’s quality was easily on par with Au Lac with an excellent price.

Unfortunately I believe all three of these restaurants use gluten as the base for their fake meats so may not be terribly useful for the OP.

pptvb pptvb 9:55 am 03 Jun 10

I do so love a large, rare steak with beer battered chips.
Mmmmmm

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