Vegan restaurants Cairns

Root Vegetarian

Today I had lunch at a fairly new vegan restaurant in the CBD called Root Vegetarian. It’s located on lake street at the end of THE WALK alleyway. The location will make you forget that you are in town. It’s very quiet and you can smell the food from the entrance of the alleyway.

They offer seated areas indoor and outdoor able to fit three people. The atmosphere is pretty chilled with acoustic music, if you want to do some work on your laptop there’s one spot with socket plugs. With a raw design and setup, the counter and wooden wall behind it is definitely my favorite part!

The Root Vegetarian is a vegetarian and vegan Asian style restaurant that offers a buffet-style display. They update their menu every week on Facebook or Instagram.

Vegan Bowl
Root Bowl

The menu is simply composed into four parts: 

  1. The ROOT Bowl: this option lets you compose your own bowl for $13.99 with three options between, fried rice, rice noodles, salad, curry, and between three or four protein options. 
  2. Sushi rolls 
  3. Snacks: veggie fritters, spring rolls, Samosas, Paratha, “chicken skewer”, dumplings or vegan “prawn” chips
  4. Soup 

I personally tried the Root Bowl choosing the rice noodles with vegetables, fired rice, the spicy tofu curry and added a samosa.

My thoughts

First and foremost, the food was absolutely delicious! It was the perfect seasoning for me. It wasn’t a huge portion but more than enough for a regular person. If you’re used to eat a lot you might want to add a soup as an entree or a roll.

I also really like the use of fresh and local ingredients that are being rotated every week depending on what is available. Not only it’s vegan but it’s also an eco-friendly restaurant as well.

Most importantly for me, Asian food is on top of my favorite food in this world. Therefore when switching to a plant-based diet, it made it harder for me to have some of my favorite dishes. Because the food often contains fish sauce, oyster sauce, animal broth, etc. So having an all vegan and vegetarian restaurant near me is amazing!

To conclude, I’m really happy my friend suggested this vegan restaurant to me! It’s a very affordable option for lunch time. If you are around, make sure you support these lovely ladies. 

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Practical Information

Root Vegetarian

Shop C/82 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870

From Wednesday to Saturday 11:00 am to 2:30pm 

Sunday to Tuesday Pre-order ONLY 

The Pre-Order menu is available on their Instagram and Facebook. You need to order two days prior via Instagram or Facebook message. It’s a minimum of three meals per order to pick up or arrange delivery. 

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Love, Grace