Cafe Royale

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47 The Square (at Square Edge Arts Centre), Palmerston North, New Zealand, 4410

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a separate vegan menu, and several of the day's counter dishes are vegan suitable. Open Mon-Wed 8:00am-3:00pm, Thu-Sat 8:00am-8:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Australian, Non-veg

16 Reviews

First Review by GreteGriessel

lovely cafe great atmosphere - Edit

Really nice place to eat. The jackfruit burger was well spiced and really delicious! My mother thoroughly enjoyed her Portobello mushroom one also. Really friendly efficient staff. Would recommend as a great place to eat.

Pros: a separate vegan menu so no confusion. Great drink

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Mango Coconut Smoothie - Edit

I came here to pass time while waiting for check-in at our hotel and the smoothie was delicious! Great vegan options on the menu! Good service and free WiFi!

Pros: Vegan Options, Free WiFi, Coffee (soy, almond milk options)

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it’s a nice breakfast Just a little hidden - Edit

This hidden gem I wouldn’t have known about if I didn’t have the app

The big vegan breakfast was very nice

Vegan sausages were alright little dry other then that was very nice

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Great space, decent vegan options - Edit

Beautiful and interesting cafe and gallery space. We came here for brunch and ordered the no-egg omelette and mushroom hash with smoked tempeh, both reasonably priced. I had a banana berry smoothie, veganised for me with coconut milk and co-yo and very nice. The mushroom hash ($17.50) was tasty, although the potato wasn’t that hashy: not very brown or fried looking/tasting. The omelette ($16.50) was nice but a little rich for me at that time of day. I followed up with coffee and a vegan cookie that was a little on the sweet vanilla-y side. A cool place I’d definitely come back to, especially to try the lunch menu.

Pros: Beautiful and interesting space, Reasonably priced

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Plant Power separate menu - Edit

I love that there are so many options on the seperate vegan menu.

I have had the pizza with walnuts, mushrooms and tahini. It was delightful, and so innovative. I also tried the jackfruit burger, which was nice, but a little sweet for me. The chips were lovely, with vegan aioli. There are plenty of sweets in the cabinet, all labelled. The brownie was great, and the raspberry slice was also lovely.

They serve boutique beers and wines I note. Service is friendly. Nice ambience in the gallery.

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-23

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Lots of tasty vegan options - Edit

Cafe Royale is my favourite place to eat when I am visiting Palmerston North. They have a separate veg menu with lots of options plus vegan options in the cabinet. The options change so there's no chance of getting sick of the same old choices as happens at other places with vegan options. There are always vegan baked goods too. I usually eat here and also take away food for lunch the next day.

Pros: many choices, always have vegan baked items, friendly staff

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The best pizzas in town - Edit

The original Palmy vegan-haven, Cafe Royale has a lot going for it.
The plants-only menu has something for most tastes - burgers, pizzas, salads, and more. On top of that, there is a good selection of vegan-friendly cabinet food too. Definitely worth checking out next time you're in Palmy.

Updated from previous review on 2015-04-12

Pros: Vegan, Often healthy

Cons: Bit pricey

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Tasty! - Edit

Having read previous reviews we were very excited to finally try a jackfruit burger, but when we arrived (14.05) the kitchen was already closed.. Fortunately we could still order some delicious potato pumpkin pastries, and some pistachio ginger and coffee walnut cake.

Pros: Clearly labeled vegan options

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nice place, good food - Edit

although our dishes were a little dry with not much sauce/cream it was still tasty and the coffee was brilliant. zhe deserts weren't bad either. nice service very willing to help out :)

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Jackfruit Burger & BBQ Sauce - Edit

This vegan burger was so finger licking good. I can not even describe it. At first it reminded me on a portobello mushroom by the texture of the fruit patty, but it has its own texture and was really tasty. Well worth the money and we'll come back again - they even do pizza! ;-)

Pros: very good vegan food!! no need for dairy or even m, super bright 1st room with sky window , nice waiter and waitress :)

Cons: no place like this in my hometown in Austria :(

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A wonderful vegan lunch! - Edit

My husband and I visited here after reading about their dedicated vegan menu, and we were not disappointed. Loads of delicious options on the menu and in the cabinets as well... I have to say it was some of the best vegan food weve ever had eating out in NZ to date! We even bought a takeaway pasta dish to take home for our dinner that night and that was amazing as well. We highly recommend it and will definitely be back - try the jackfruit burger! Sooo good!

Pros: Dedicated plantbased menu

Cons: Wish it was closer to where I live!

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A nice cafe with a dedicated Vegan menu..... - Edit

We went here for a birthday lunch. The dedicated vegan menu was great. More choices than I have previously been used to when visiting cafes and everything we ordered was delicious and great quality. Friendly staff with great service in a nice little cafe alongside an art shop and galleries. I had a berry smoothie with my lunch and that was great too. We'll definitely return here for more lunch visits when visiting Palmerston North.

Pros: Great selection of Vegan food, Nice, clean cafe and friendly staff, Good size portions, fresh ingredients.

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Nearly everything vegan or vegetarian - Edit

In a 'meat centric' town like Palmerston North it would be almost impossible for a purely veg restaurant to survive, yet, apart from a few token menu items, this is a vegetarian/ vegan place. I took my carnivorous 95 year old aunt, who asked for ham in her cheese sandwich and got it, but meat was otherwise not very visible. We visited twice in one week during a road trip. I had a brown rice and nut salad, and later a wonderful leek and vege soup - all with a home made whole grain sour dough bread. Husband had a vege burger and later a filo quiche, with the egg replace by a chickpea flour- based filling. There is an enticing range of desserts and cakes. The place was full each time we visited including a long table of elderly 'ladies who lunch' - unlikely to be vegetarians but obviously regulars enjoying good food. Vegan wines and beers are available. The owner is friendly and interested in customers' tastes. The cafe is in a heritage Art Deco building used as an arts centre. Well worth a visit.

Pros: Mainly vegan and vegetarian, Large menu choice, Varied and original food

Cons: None

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Impressive vegan menu - Edit

Cafe Royale has a "Plants Only" special menu with at least 6 breakfasts, over 10 lunch items and four pizzas. They also have a Grain Free menu, plus a range of the normal NZ cafe foods for the non-veges.

The Pizza Bianca had a delicious base but we should have listened to their warning about it being very garlicky - it was a bit much. Next time we'll try one of the other ones.

The 4.5 year old loved the mushroom hash and my vegan big breakfast was pretty good but needed a sauce to tie it all together.

The coffee was good, but ask for a tulip cup for your soy flat white or you'll get a big bucket of coffee flavoured soy milk.

With friendly staff and a nice clean-and-bright ambience, we'll definitely be going back next time we're in Palmerston North.

Pros: Range of food, Nice ambience

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Superb vegan eatery - Edit

Lovely little cafe set in an art gallery. I seriously wish I hadn't left it until our last day in Palmerston North to visit. The menu has lots of vegan choices and the owner is very happy to talk through the options (although he wouldn't share his recipe for his tomato sauce which was astoundingly good). Vegan Ravioli was fantastic and lentil patty burgers outstanding. Undoubtedly the best meal in Palmerston North. Craft beers to accompany the meal and a peice of vegan coffee and walnut cake to take home for later. Yummy!

Pros: Lots of vegan options and a great owner/manager

Cons: Nothing

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love it ! - Edit

Great cafe for the niche market which is totally lacking in palmy! Just need to get the word out! I love the vegan menu and vegan cabinet food! Also have had dinner on a Friday night and enjoyed the courtyard on the hot evening!

Pros: courtyard, options for vegans(whole menu) , paleo and meat ea, quirky decor

Cons: not easily found- rely on word of mouth

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