I have wined and dined myself over several months to bring you a guide of Canberra Vegan Cuisine for Takeaway and Eat-Out Dinners. This article is a follow up to my popular article ‘Canberra Cafes with Vegan Options‘ where I shared with you my favourite Breakfast & Lunch cafe spots. Also included in the Canberra vegan guide series was an article on ‘Where to eat Vegan on the South Coast‘ to demonstrate eateries catering to vegans at Canberrans favourite public holiday location. I’ve designed these guides to aid the transition to vegan for beginners and to support Canberra locals & tourists looking for a bite to eat in the nations capital. These articles do not yet include ALL eateries in Canberra that offer vegan treats but, it is a start. I will be updating the articles continually to add to this list & to promote new eateries with yummy vegan delights.
If you are a vegan beginner you may also like my following resources; Fast Food Chains with Vegan Options Australia, and Accidentally Vegan Grocery Shopping Cheat Sheet Australia. For those interested in learning about vegansim, please refer to my Vegan Documentaries You Must See article.
★ = Must Try
Disclaimer: Menus pictured and options discussed are subject to change at the cafes discretion and may have been altered since the writing of this post. (26/01/18).
Taste A Curry – Queanbeyan ★
Taste A Curry is a authentic Indian restaurant serving traditional and reimagined Indian cuisine in the heart of Queanbeyan’s Amin shopping strip, on the outskirts of Canberra. Open Tuesday-Sunday with Lunch options from 12-2:30pm and Dinner from 5pm-9:30pm. Not open Mondays. While the lunch menu only includes 3 curry options, one curry is always vegan. During nightfall the restaurant comes to life with a dedicated menu designed to please all diets, with vegan, vegetarian and meat friendly options. The Indian restaurant has evolved their menu and traditional dishes to accomodate the growing community of Vegans within the ACT and surrounds.
Taste A Curry has a separate extensive vegan menu with a wealth of variety. The Vegan menu has 5 vegan entree dishes, 8 vegan main menu items, Roti & Naan bread, 4 vegan rice/biryani plates and vegan sides including Salads, Chutney and Papadums. Vegans do not miss out on any of the fan favourites at Taste A Curry with vegan samosas, a vegan tofu version of palak paneer, and a no meat soy based Rogan Josh. Staff are happy to accomodate to request and understand vegan ethos extensively having vegan family members themselves. Tastes and spice levels can also be accommodated, wether you like your curry hot or mild they will happily oblidge. Taste A Curry is also trialling vegan cheeses to hopefully bring out vegan pizza options sometime soon. Watch their Facebook page for updates!
My absolute favourite must try options were defiantly the Fried Stuffed Mushroom’s and the Fried Onion Rings with tamarind and date sauce and the Vegetable Curry which was complimented well by the Roti, Naan Rice. For those wanting a mock meat I suggest the Rogan Josh. In saying this, I must say every menu item I tried was absolute delicious!
Round (Walter gs) ★ – Dickson
Round, previously known as Walter Gs, is the holy grail for vegan pizza. Dare I say the best vegan pizza I’ve ever tried in the world. They have SIX vegan pizzas that are all incredible. Although being a non-vegan restaurant they offer an impressive amount of options. The following are completly vegan; The Classic Vegan Supreme, Vegan Veggie Pesto, Vegan Pepperoni, Vegan Peri Chicken, Vegan BBQ Chicken and lastly the Vegan Mexican which as a bonus, comes with guacamole and corn chips (amazing).
All these pizzas come with vegan cheese, sauces, and faux soy meats. There use mock meats are very authentic in taste and could fool any meat eater. They also have an amazing vegan cheesy garlic bread pizza, dark chocolate vegan donuts and a vegan desert pizza that’s coated in vegan Nutella, dark chocolate sauce, strawberries, bananas and icing sugar. My favourite pizza duo is the Classic Vegan Supreme, (fixed with faux pepperoni, vegan ham, olives, pineapple- all the regular goods!)
Mookie – Civic
Mookie is a new sit-down fast food eatery in Civic with American food that has a Japanese twist. They have burgers, fries and custard concretes (not vegan). Their ‘Donald Watson’ burger is completely vegan; a sweet potato, chickpea and tofu patty, vegan sauce, pickles and slaw. It was delicious! I also got confirmation that the chips on their own are vegan, which you have the choice of sweet potato, french fries and potato gems. (praying they expand their menu and offer vegan shakes and custard concretes soon!) Mookie is open from 11am and can cater for both lunch and dinner.
Kingsland ★ – Dickson
Kingsland is a fully vegan restaurant serving asian style mock meat and pure veg dishes which are natural and completely plant based. With their most expensive main dish being only $15, its very easy to get carried away with your ordering. Entrees are $3.80-$5.30. Main dish prices are an average of $12-14.50. Drink prices are $2.10-$3.20. This is one of the cheapest restaurants in Canberra and the quality of food defies all odds for a well priced eatery.
Their menu is full of variety, with a wealth of options for entrees, mains, deserts and drinks. Food is categorised by mock meat, which includes menu items with vegan mock meats of ‘Fish’, ‘Chicken’, ‘Pork’, ‘Beef’, ‘Duck’ and ‘Lamb’. They also have Tofu, Tempeh and Vegetable dishes for those not interested in the textures of mock meats. My favourite dishes include: ‘Crispy Chicken Balls with Plum Sauce’, ‘Satay Chicken with Snow Peas’ ‘Dim Sims’, ‘Curry Puffs’ and ‘Smokey Logs’.
Banquet is $28 for 6 or more persons. Banquet includes 3 entrees, 5 main dishes, 2 rice dishes and desert.
Note: Not open on Mondays. 20% off orders paid in cash on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Gluten free options marked.
Lazy Su ★ – Braddon
Lazy Su is a Korean dining house that oozes aesthetic with equally as exotic redesigned asian dishes. Instagram-worthy presentation is only the tip of the iceberg with creative flavour combinations such as sweet potato-avocado nori shell tacos and bao bun burgers with sweet corn and spicy tofu patties. Lazy Su cater for vegans with a variety of vegan staple menu items, clearly labeled, and Vegan Banquet Nights they call ‘Thats so Vegan’. Everyday vegan banquet is $49 pp, and a exclusive ‘Thats so Vegan’ event ticket will set you back $50-80 depending on the specialities of the night. Everyday vegan menu items include Tofu Fries, Tasty Tofu Bao-Burger, Su’s Nori Taco, Edamame Beans (PSA: the best I’ve ever had), Sweet Potato Poke Salad, Soba Noodle Salad and a Vegan Sundae Desert. Lazy Su is open for lunch from Tuesday-Sunday starting at 12pm and staying open till late over the weekends as they transform into a bar at night.
Au Lac – Woden and Dickson
Au Lac is a vegan restaurant chain with a large selection of Vietnamese mock meat and veg dishes. They have 2 locations in Canberra -Woden and Dickson. Au Lac has been around for 17 years, and are very popular in the Canberra region for their authentic Vietnamese meals. They have menu sections for soy ‘Chicken’, ‘Beef’ ‘Duck’, ‘Pork’ and ‘Fish’ mock meat varieties. Au Lac serve noodle dishes, soups, laksa, stir fry, soy meat dishes, and tom yum. They also have veganised versions of traditional dishes such as Vietnamese crepes and Claypots. Prices range from $16.90-17.90 for a main meal. Entrees are $6.50-7.90. Drinks are $5.90-6.90. I enjoyed their ‘Fried Veggie Dumplings’ and the ‘Soy Chicken Stir Fry with Cashew Nut and Mushroom Sauce’.
Banquet is $27 or $29 per person depending on meal package. Banquet can be made possible with 4 or more persons.
Note: They have DEEP FRIED SOY ICE CREAM. Gluten free menu available.
An Nguyen ★ – Kingston
An Nguyen is a fully vegan Vietnamese restaurant serving healthy vegan cuisine with mock meat and vegetable dishes. An Nguyen is one of the latest vegan restaurants to open in Canberra as its only been around since July 2017. An Nguyen aims to provide a beginning for peace and compassion through noble food choices with a consideration for all beings in mind. An Ngyuens entire menu is vegan which makes us very tickled for choice! They serve a variety of entrees, soups, noodle dishes, noodle soups, vegetable and tofu dishes, mock meat mains, soy seafood mains, curries and savoury pancakes. Their Mock Meat varieties include vegan mock ‘Fish’, ‘Chicken’, ‘Pork’, ‘Beef’, ‘Duck’ and ‘Lamb’. During daytime from 11:00am-2:30pm they are also open serving up lunch boxes, vegan cakes and healthy juices. My favourite menu items are their ‘fried rice’, ‘BBQ Chicken Sticks’ with peanut sauce, and ‘Chicken Vege and Cashew Nut’.
Banquet is $35 per person for 6 or more people. Banquet includes 3 entrees, 5 main courses, rice, and desert.
Note: Pay in Cash on Mondays and Tuesdays for 20% off!
Fish Shack – Civic
The Fish Shack serves an abundance of vegan mock meat and soy seafood options for vegans, listed on a seperate and lengthy speciality vegan menu that will have you tickled for choice. They have a variety of Soy Seafood main dishes for $13.50-16.50, served with lemon and vegan tartare sauce and your choice of side chips. (potato chips, chat potato wedges or sweet potato chips). The also have a fantastic vegan burger menu and a selection of side dishes like chips, salads, and potato scollops. A few soy seafood menu items include; The Vegan Snack Pack’, ‘Hoi Sen Duck Fries’, ‘Vegan Prawns’, ‘Vegan Calamari Rings’ and ‘Salt and Pepper Squid’. They also have mock meat burgers with patties including choices like veggie, mock ‘bacon’, mock ‘chicken’, pulled mushroom, soy ‘seafoods’ all served with your choice of chips.
Beach Burrito – Civic
Beach Burrito has vegan options for their tacos, burritos, nachos and loaded fries. Their vege nachos and fries are served with black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, and salsa. Ask for no cheese or sour cream. The tacos and burritos have a chickpea fritter and a tofu and vege option. Ask for no cheese or sour cream in the tofu vege.
My Order – I be difficult and ask for half nachos half fries hehe, with guacamole, black beans, pico de gallo and tomato corn salsa.
Fun Fact – $3 taco Tuesday!
Wok it up – Located all around Canberra
Wok it up Wok it up have vegan options clearly marked on their menu ordering brochure in store. All of their noodles are vegan (rice vermicelli, thick rice noodle, hokkien, pad thai) all rice (white/brown) all salad and vegetables. Their sweet chilli, sweet and sour and soy sauces are vegan. They also have tofu as a filling.
Click on the links to find their Locations.
Akiba – City
Akiba is an Asian restautrant serving Korean/Japanese influenced street food and main dishes. They are located to the left of Academy Night Club in Canberra’s CBD. The restaurant turns into a bar at nighttime serving cocktails ($14-20) beers, ciders and most importantly – sake. Akiba has a seperate vegan menu that can be requested. Their vegan street food ranges in price from $5-12 and their mains are $9-22. My favourite menu item is their Miso Dengaku Eggplant with nori and puff rice.
Note: Gluten free menu available.
Kokomos – City
Kokomos is a Tropical themed two-storey restaurant located in the CBD, opposite Academy Night club where the old and beloved Toung & Groove restaurant and bar once resigned. Like Tongue & Groove, this restaurant caters for a more older adult crowd and is flooded with hungry public servants after work hours. Kokomos have a small seperate vegan menu which can be requested. Kokomos menu is seasonal and always changing, but at this given time they have vegan side dish options, and a vegan banquet available. Kokomos is upscale and quite costly, so expect big prices for small portioned dishes. Cocktails are $15-18 per drink, and vegan dishes are $12-20 on the current menu. The grapefruit baked sweet potato is quite good.
Banquet is a whooping $49 per person.
Note: Gluten free menu available.
Roleee – Braddon
Roleee is a indian restaurant open for lunch and dinner providing vegan platters with curries, samosas, roti, and much more. Roleee continues to showcase their support to the vegan community by coming up with speciality options and recreating traditional dishes to cater to the demand, even supporting the VEGAN BIG DAY OUT hosted in Canberra 2 times consecutively. They have delicious vegan samosas, curries, desert, roti, and chutneys which can be ordered take home or eat in. Staff are happy to accommodate and demonstrate to you whats available to be vegan on their menu.
Rolee alss do an ‘All You Can Eat Vegan Feast’ every Saturday and Sunday for only $22.
Seoul & Ko – Korean Street Food – Civic
Located in the heart of the CBD on the outskirts of the Canberra Centre (near Guzman Y Gomez) lies the brand new Korean street food joint Seoul and Ko.
Seoul has a “Vegan Delight” bowl with an abundance of vegetables prepared in Korean street style fashion. The Vegan Delight bowl comes at a price of $14.95 including: mixed grain rice, marinated tofu, edamame beans, bean sprouts, marinated zucchini, onion, pickled radish, cucumber and grilled eggplant. The dish provides you with a complete array of flavours and textures to experience of Korean street food with a contemporary twist.
Seoul and Ko offer sit down meals or takeaway allowing retail assistants and public servants to grab a quick lunch on the go. Open from 10:30am until 9pm on weekdays for Lunch and Dinner and 10:30-11pm Friday-Saturday for brunch.
A Bite To Eat – Chifley
A Bite To Eat is a day time cafe and nightly restaurant which always has several constantly changing vegan options their adaptive and creative menu. Vegan options are labeled on their menu with VE or VE* meaning vegan or vegan option. Upon the time of me writing this their breakfast-lunch options included a banana bread, moroccan bowl (salad), bruschetta, fries and marinated olives. Dinner options are served after 5:30pm which included penne pasta, beetroot salad, fries and a tempura fried eggplant. Coffees, teas and juices are also available.
Soi Noodle Bar – Civic
Soi Noodle Bar is the most hip and on-brand noodle bar in Canberra. They have a vegan menu complete with several vegan noodle options, sauces, vegetable or tofu options and dressings so you can DIY your very own noodle box to go or eat in for just $14 or $15 with tofu. If you can’t see the vegan menu look for the I opt for the hokkien noodles, garlic pepper, cashew nuts and veggies. Open for lunch and dinner with the same menu.
Canberra Fast Food Chains with Vegan Options
In a previous article on my website I have listed over ‘20 Fast Food Chains in Australia with Vegan Options‘. 17 of these featured chain restaurants/eateries are also located in Canberra and will provide you with an awesome vegan lunch or dinner when your craving a takeaway meal.
Fast Food Chains with Canberra locations featured in the article include: Zambreros, Mad Mex, Guzman Y Gomez, Beach Burrito, Crust, Dominos, Pizza Capers, Pizza Hut, San Churro, Gozleme King, Subway, Grilld, Nandos, Ali Baba, Th1ve, Sumo Salad, and Soul Origin. To find out how to order vegan at all these Restaurants please click here.
OUT NOW: Canberra CAFES with Vegan Options
If your business is in Canberra and has great vegan options you would like me to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me on my ‘Contact’ page. I am stationed in Canberra and would love to promote your options as I’m looking to expand my list! This blog article will act as a guide for many Canberra tourists and Newbies in search of a meal when visiting the nations capital. Let me showcase your cafe or restaurant!