Garden of Vegan is a small bustling café on Charles Street, just a stone’s throw away from Fresh. Based on the number of hungry patrons queuing up at both establishments, vegan food is in high demand on Charles Street! Garden of Vegan has a different menu each day, with three set meals to choose from, as well as soft rice paper rolls and raw treats available daily. Garden of Vegan aims to bring local, seasonal, and organic ingredients to its diners.
Unfortunately I cannot offer a review of the main meals on offer at Garden of Vegan, but the desserts are first class! We only had the opportunity to have one meal in Launceston, which meant choosing between the two premiere veg restaurants, Garden of Vegan and Fresh. It was too difficult a decision to make, so we came up with a cunning plan which meant we could have our cake and eat it too! We decided that we would dine at Fresh, and then on the way back we’d get takeaway from Garden of Vegan to enjoy later that evening as our travels took us further North along the Tasmanian coastline.
The Friday menu included Pho (Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup), Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe with Organic Mung Beans and Shiitake Mushroom or Zucchini), and Raw Lasagna. All options sounded great, but we thought the soft rice paper rolls might be the best option to take with us on the road. We eyed off the tofu and avocado rolls, and decided to grab them after lunch on our way back to the car. This was a mistake.
It turns out we gravely underestimated the popularity of this place. By the time we got back the rice paper rolls were all but gone. But alas, the dessert cabinet beckoned! I decided upon the raw chocolate cheesecake with raspberries, and T went with the raw vanilla cheesecake with a strawberry on top. I almost got the choc-vanilla version, but as it turned out, I kind of accidentally combined T’s vanilla cheesecake with my chocolate one anyway. Oops!!! It was one of those moments when it was just so good that I couldn’t help myself! (Plus T knew there’d be some serious points in it for him if he offered to ‘share’.)
- Go. And go early.
- Seating is limited. If it’s sunny pack a picnic blanket and enjoy your takeaway in Princes Square Park across the road.
- Eat dessert first.
Meals are around $15 and raw cheesecakes about $10.
Open Monday – Friday 11 am – 4 pm (also at Harvest Market every Saturday 8:30 – 12:30 pm)
3/166 Charles Street, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia