Root Vegetarian | Vegan restaurant in Cairns


One of my favorites vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Cairns, located in the CBD called Root Vegetarian, on lake street at the end of “THE WALK” alleyway. The location will make you forget that you are in town. So it is very quiet and you can smell the food from the entrance of the alleyway.

Root vegetarian offers seated areas indoor and outdoor, able to fit three people. moreover, 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 and Instagram.


Menu overview


The menu is simply composed into two parts:

First, the “ROOT Bowl”: this option lets you compose your own bowl for $11.99 with two options and $15.99 with three options between, fried rice, rice noodles, salad, curry, and other options that may vary. These options are updated on their social media.

Second, snacks, you have sushi rolls and spring rolls, veggie fritters, buns, samosas, paratha, “chicken skewer”, dumplings, or sometimes vegan “prawn” chips

I personally tried the Root Bowl choosing the rice noodles with vegetables, fried 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 eating a lot you might want to add a snack.
Moreover, I also really like the use of fresh and local ingredients that are being rotated every week depending on what is available.
So, not only it’s vegan but it’s also an eco-friendly restaurant as well.
But 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!
In conclusion, I’m really happy my friend suggested this vegan restaurant to me! It’s a very affordable option for lunchtime. If you are around, make sure you support these lovely ladies.

Practical Information

Shop C/82 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870
From Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 am to 2:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Pre-Orders are available and the menu can be found on their Instagram and Facebook page. 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

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