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by shirleene

Review: Okay, I've eaten at the Banana Lounge twice. Once was when it was fairly new and the other was just this week. On the positive, this cafe is really nicely set out. It's obvious work has gone into its atmosphere and making people comfortable. I did feel the food might need a little bit of work but perhaps as the cafe is new, this is something they could work on. At the moment, the menu feels a bit disjointed. They are going heavily down the mexican path but there are actual mexican places at west end who can do vegan well, so perhaps this isn't the best idea. The coffee is good and the choice of various non animal milks is great. Service was fine when i was there. I guess the food feels a bit ''home made' and like something you'd wack together yourself and not something you'd eat out. I would definitely urge them to abandon the scrambled tofu they are serving - it's just yellow tofu with absolutely no flavour at all, with lots of water. There are some great other recipes out there. Even a non vegan place down the road (atomica) does an amazing scrambled tofu! I think brisbane vegans have been spoilt in recent years with quite a few options and have also travelled enough to see great options available in places like NYC (Blossom) or even Sydney (Apt cafe or the fantastic Rubyfruit cafe in the Blue Mountains). So cafes that cater to this market need to have a good game. So my hopefully constructive advice would be, keep up the good work on the coffee/service front and have a look at some of the great examples of vegan cafe food that are being offered at other places. Maybe get in a professional vegan chef to consult? I think with a bit of tweaking, this could be really good. Updated from previous review on Wednesday May 08, 2013 Updated from previous review on Wednesday May 08, 2013 Updated from previous review on Thursday May 09, 2013


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