10 April 2013

Eat Me. Cardamon Pod, Broadbeach

Whilst I don’t love all meat I certainly enjoy chicken, fish and pork and thus I’m certainly not a vego and would never pretend to be. But I had the chance to eat at the Gold Coast’s top vegetarian restaurant (or so the whispers say) last week and was pleasantly surprised. I often find that if I eat a meal without meat, 10 minutes later I’m hungry again. But it’s clear that the fellows over at Cardamon Pod know their vego food because I was truly satisfied.

Tucked into the corner of Broady’s busiest strip, Cardamon Pod has an unassuming façade and simple, rustic interior décor; with a splash of colour. The food is served buffet style; you go up to the counter, order your dish and they will serve it for you out of the bain maries and you’re ready to go. Perfect when you arrive already starving!

There’s a variety of choices on the menu, the first step is deciding how hungry you are, from there you can choose from several selections like Pod Perfection (2 curries, 2 salads and rice), Not Too Hungry (2 dishes with rice), Salad Feast (3 salads), Vegan Platter (2 hot dishes, rice, 2 salads, 2 vegetable samosas, 2 chutneys) or a combination. The dishes are bigger than you would expect. I had the Not Too Hungry and got plenty of food so unless you’re beyond starving I probably wouldn’t go past it. Price points are great too; my meal was $15 which was the cheapest dinner I’ve had in a long while considering its size.

In my Not Too Hungry (yes, I just love saying it) I had a dhal with rice and a pumpkin, quinoa and fetta salad. Full marks for the dhal but the salad left a little to be desired as it was full of that taste-less fetta. Nevertheless, I’ll definitely be heading back next time I want a quick, easy and cheap meal. 3/5

Where: 10-11/110 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218
Bookings: not neccessary
Phone: 0452 218 108

Photo by Krissie.

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