CLOSED: Sanitarium Kitchen

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )



145 Eagle Street (at Riverside Centre), Brisbane, Queensland, 4000

Upmarket health food cafe and restaurant in the financial district. No alcohol or BYO. Haas low-fat & gluten-free food options. Directions: It's on the odd number side of the street, ground floor of the "145 Eagle Street" building. Confirmed closed, Feb 2017.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Juice bar, Take-out, Australian

8 Reviews

First Review by vegan_simon

Lacks vegan options - Edit

Nice venue but 90% of the food has dairy, egg and/or goat cheese. The non-salad vegan options are limited.

Pros: Nice venue

Cons: Lacks vegan options Expensive

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very average and limited vegan options - Edit

My partner & I arrived just before 11am during the week and, once we had selected from the few vegan dishes available on the menu, attempted to place an order at 11:05 only to be told that the breakfast menu finished at 11am - apparently it was all to difficult to throw some avocado on toast after 11am. Disappointing the waitress didn't tell us the brekky menu was about to finish when she handed us the menus! So, we then selected the sandwich of the day, asking that the cheese and tzatziki be removed. Although the lady serving seemed not to understand that vegans don't eat tzatziki as well as cheese, she took the order. But minutes later advised that the tzatziki couldn't be removed as the sandwiches were all pre-made. We queried why they hadn't considered using vegan cheese as an alternative in any of their dishes and were told that, unlike many other vego restaurants, the owner here had never even considered it. Anyway, we left to eat at the nearby VegeRama with mostly vegan options, including the best Lasagna I have ever tasted!
Updated from previous review on Sunday April 13, 2014

Pros: doesn't serve meat

Cons: lots of dairy and limited vegan options, no cheese alternatives, inflexible

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vegetarian but not one for vegans - Edit

On the down side, this place has bugger all vegan options. On the plus side, what they do have is really nice, plus it's a bit fancier than most vegan cafes.

Pros: central location, atmosphere, fresh and tasty

Cons: very limited vegan options

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Great place - Edit

I love Sanitarium Kitchen. I have eaten there quite a few times since it opened a few years ago. The food is always fresh and tasty. The menu clearly states which items are vegan. They have daily specials that change regularly. It is a nice place to go for lunch with outdoor seating. I have also taken several non-veg friends there and they like the food too.

Pros: Good variety, vegan food clearly marked on menu

Cons: A little on the expensive side for every

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Finally a city based vegan/vegetarian cafe! - Edit

I was delighted to discover this vegan/vegetarian cafe in the Brisbane CBD. They have a great range of food on offer and I highly recommend the Sweet Potato and Lentil salad - scrumptious!

Pros: Healthy Cuisine, Great Value, Great location

Cons: Wait staff average

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What's a vegan? - Edit

Seriously vegans don't even bother. We went there to get the 5 bean quesadilla, but apparently you have to call a day in advance to get anything vegan aside from a block of tofu... I expected a ton more from the makers of the best soymilk ever... None of the servers even knew what a vegan was... how can that be? They had to go ask the chef. Parking is a nightmare downtown, don't pull into any lots because they charge 17$ for 30 minutes.

Cons: nothing vegan, parking is horrible, what's a vegan?

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It's Okay - Edit

We went to this restaurant for breakfast and had the Kitchen meusli with soymilk but it wasn't great, maybe the soymilk was a bit off. The fruit wasn't the freshest either. Decided to have oatmeal at our hotel the following day and it was cheaper, the fruit was fresher and the soymilk tasted a lot better.

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Jeffrey 04 Nov 2009 - Hi CarolR, thanks for the honest review of this place. I found it helpful.  

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scrumptious food, lovely atmosphere - Edit

Sanitarium Kitchen is located next to the Pig 'N' Whistle pub (in the "145 Eagle Street" building, between Emirates House and the Riverside Centre skyscrapers), on the river side of Eagle Street opposite where Eagle Street joins Eagle Lane.

I had the delicious 'kitchen muesli' with soy milk and a nice dandelion tea with soy milk for breakfast here this morning (about $11). Examples from the extensive menu: sandwiches: falafel tortilla wrap, salads: braised beetroot, sides: Italian style pizza bread, mains: pumpkin penne, Spanish bean quesadilla, fresh juices/smoothies: ginger kick, lychee lassi.

It's cheaper to take-away (probably good at busy times), but the decor is so nice that I recommend dining indoors (flip through the books in the bookcases) or in the garden courtyard out front.

It's nice to see an upmarket vegetarian restaurant (but typically Brisbane-casual) in the city centre, with friendly staff and delicious healthy cuisine.

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