We heard Byron Bay is a mecca of vegan food. This is true, but not for dinner options. We headed to Asia Joe's and was delighted to see lots of vegan options. We ordered the vegetarian platter, which says it can be made vegan on the menu, and some stir fries.
The food came out fairly quickly, despite the place being super busy. The guy who took our order labelled everything vegan, with capital letters and highlighter, so I felt pretty good about seeing they're attentive.
The meals were fantastic. Good sized portions, healthy and fresh, lots of flavour. But atmosphere is the number one pro of the whole place. Hidden away in a little alleyway in the heart of Byron Bay's main street, this place is beautifully lit up at night time, but be warned, it takes a while to get a seat.
We came back two nights later for a take away meal. I tried ordering the vegetarian platter again, but the girl serving us said it couldn't be done vegan, despite it being written on the menu. I immediately froze, as we'd eaten this two nights before and the guy said nothing about it not being vegan, and it is clearly labelled that it can be vegan on the menu. I was doubtful about what she said, but didn't get it a second time just in case. She suggested some tofu pockets, which were fantastic. The meal took about 20 minutes to come out, but it was delicious, fresh and affordable like last time. The only downer was the doubt about the vegetarian platter.
Cons: Confusion about vegan options, Hard to get a table