• Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 10 reviews )



178 Charles St, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250

This veggie restaurant is part of the environmentalist community and offers information for interested parties. Open Mon-Sat for breakfast and lunch, and Fri-Sat for dinner. CONFIRMED CLOSED, MAY 2016.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Beer/Wine, Australian

10 Reviews

First Review by V_Jo

Currently closed - Edit

Such a shame Fresh is no longer open. After new owners a while ago this place went downhill quickly. Used to be fantastic. Might be talk of relocating but at the moment it's no longer on Charles st.

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Not much for vegans - Edit

Checked this place out but found very little on the menu that was vegan. Even the rolls were not vegan unless you took the gluten free option. So decided to go elsewhere.

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Great for Community - Edit

Whilst the Fresh menu is albeit different due to recent change in ownership (which truthfully I favoured more to the current menu) its current menu is diverse and populated with wholesome vegan food as well as vegetarian. As one of the first and few vegetarian well-known eating places in Launceston, it is a great establishment within Launceston community.

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great vege stop - Edit

Great little vegetarian restaurant in launceston, excellent breakfast choice

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Best Ever - Edit

Fresh is my best favourite cafe, and actually worth the drive from Hobart to Launnie just to eat here!

Huge vegan range, including tasty treats like cakes and muffins, and the best dairy-free smoothies I've ever tasted.

Staff are friendly, and the place has a lovely, ambient, retro, gentle, funky feel.

Drive to Launceston. You won't regret it.

Pros: amazing food, tasty treats, cool staff

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Favourite Restaurant In Tasmania - Edit

I ate here whilst stopping for lunch on the way from Hobart to Davenport, as it is the only vegetarian venue I am aware of in Launceston. It is a cosy little place overlooking the green and next door to an environment shop. To add to the bohemian atmosphere, the place itself is covered in flyers advertising events to do with permaculture, world music an queer issues and handwritten adds in search for vegetarian house mates. It really seemed a meeting place and a melting pot for Tassie's alternative community.

To the food - I was with 2 omnivores who despite their flesh guzzling ways were kind enough to drive me from Hobart to Davenport and who were at least prepared to give this place a go. All items on the menu looked unusual and dazzling but no-one would decide so we settled for the $60 tasting plate for 3 - always a good choice for the chronically indecisive who are very, very hungry. I asked for 2/3 vegan and 1/3 vegetarian, as my diners were quite adamant on their dairy that day.

The platter, when it came out, was very, very impressive, aesthetically as well as gastronomically. At least my vegan selection was, and I gathered from the satisfied grins of my fellow diners that their Uddery choices were much to their liking. The variety of dishes on the plate included: roast pumpkin with a raw beetroot dressing, corn fritters, grilled eggplant, giant pearl couscous which I've never come across before and which tasted like a better risoni pasta, a couple of colourful salads, and a couple of dips with flat bread. All very fresh, all very wholesome, very much of that half raw/half cooked approach to food which I very much like and very much craved for, having just come from Hobart with its myriad of mock meat Asian outlets.

Although the cost at $60 dollars seemed foreboding at first, the fact that all three of us were very full at $20 each seemed like a good deal. So I was going to stop it at that, but unfortunately the vegan berry cake looked out of the world, so I had a slice of that with a soy chai. The cake turned out to be the close to the nicest cake I've had in Australia, turning out to be both fluffy and moist to heavenly proportions.

Fresh on Charles turned out to be my best vegan dining experience in Tasmania by a long shot, and by a small shot perhaps in my top 3 eating sports in Australia. Needless to say this cafe comes highly recommended.

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Tassie Vegan - Edit

I went on holiday with some friends to Tassie - I was the only vegan, one friend was a gluten intolerant pescaterian and the other was a meat eater. After dining out at Fresh, the meat eater decided to go vegetarian and the pescaterian had more gluten-free options than I did vegan!

Fresh is one of those places that you wish you could take back home with you! I think I may just have to move to Tassie...

Although the food choice for vegans wasn't massive, you should be able to find something you like, if not just ask the waiter whether they can make you up something (I asked for an toasted avocado and veg sandwich - yummo!)

The service is good, without being great, the two times we went they were quite busy. The servings are generous and the price reasonable. Their soy chai latte is to die for and their vegan chocolate muffins are heavenly!

I will definitely be going back next time I'm in Tas!

Pros: variety of foods available for all types, cool interiors, lush deserts

Cons: busy, tables could be a problem for tall peops, not open for dinner every night

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Most Favourite Ever - Edit

Fresh is totally my favourite vego cafe ever. When I lived in Launceston it was my go to place. The food is funky and, well, fresh, and the staff are always awesome. Last time I went it was licensed too, hope it still is; nothing like Coopers longnecks with delicious dinners. Also, I once sat across from Bob Brown having a coffee at Fresh, which was pretty much the most awesome thing ever.

They also do pretty smish coffee and muffins and such too if you're not up for a big feed, not that the portions are excessive. Anyway, by far my favourite vego food in Tassie, if not Oz.

Pros: Wicked food, Wicked people, Wicked vibe

Cons: Like, none

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Lives up to its name - Edit

Fresh is located on Charles Street up the hill a little way from the Elizabeth Street intersection. Fresh overlooks the lovely Prince's Park.

The cafe comprises two old shops connected in a renovated building. The funky furnishings include retro, repro and contemporary pieces. Very stylish.

The food is certainly fresh and healthy. Not much vegan food marked on the menu except for the rice noodle, pumpkin & tofu dish served with fresh spinach (also gluten free, $17), which was delicious, albeit maybe a bit overpriced. A dandelion tea with soy milk and a berry muffin (only vegan dessert available) came to $7.

I dined at Fresh on a Wednesday at lunchtime and it was busy, with a quiet crowd seated indoors and outdoors. The service was friendly and prompt considering that the cafe was almost full.

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Fresh - Edit

The meals at Fresh taste delicious, and they include generous helpings. There are several good veg*n/raw-foodist dishes, though the majority aren't.

However, it's small so there aren't many places to sit. Also the meals are a tiny bit expensive (but not overpriced), though they are definitely worth it.

Fresh's staff are friendly, but don't hang around and chat customers up, though that's probably mainly because they're busy.

Pros: great-tasting food, Generous servings, good value

Cons: small & crowded

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