If you need further proof that the Gold Coast is going plant-based, then new Burleigh Heads eatery BKA Vegan is it. The restaurant and bar, which officially opens its doors tomorrow, is serving up refined vegan fare and it’s absolutely delicious.
The eatery is headed up by general manager Kylie Woods and head chef Ryan Jacobs, who gained huge popularity thanks to their food stall at the Currumbin Sanctuary Markets. Their fan base includes both vegan and carnivores alike, so no matter your dietary persuasion you’re seriously going to love their food.
Located just across the road from Mr Hizola’s and Jimmy Wahs, BKA is in good company and it has the goods to back it up too. BKA which stands for ‘be kind, always’ is the true ethos behind both the team and the menu. All ingredients are sourced locally and sustainably so expect to see their menu change often. Their dishes range from share plates and nibbles to larger, more refined meals.
We recommend starting with the miso eggplant chips (we could eat them all day) and the salt pepper tofu with house slaw and almond butter sauce—hands down some of the best tofu we’ve ever had.
Next, try the mixed mushrooms on cauliflower puree with kale and mushroom ju. And you can’t go past the caprese salad with their house-made vegan ‘cheese’. You wouldn’t know it was dairy free unless we told you.
But it’s not just about dinner here, the restaurant is also open for brunch and we hear it could potentially get boozy in the future. Except dishes like French toast with coconut yoghurt, burnt banana and maple syrup.
The drinks list is also entirely vegan with local and international beers and wine on offer. The cocktail list is an impressive one with tipples like Vera Glás (gin, elderflower, cucumber, aloe vera, lemon and aquafaba) and Campino (Aperol, Licor 43, strawberry, orange and aquafaba).
The venue space is modern industrial with polished concrete floors, timber sleepers suspended from high ceilings, pendant lighting and an exposed brick feature wall. In short, it’s the kind of space that is perfect for a long, lazy lunch or dinner with your crew. There’s also ample outdoor seating so you can breathe in the sea air while sipping on their coconut margarita.
BKA Vegan is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am.
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