The Cardamom Pod - The Brickworks Centre

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 23 reviews )

129 Ferry Rd, Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland, 4215

Vegetarian eatery at the Ferry Road Markets complex; previously at Surf Paradise. Serves snacks include toasties, salads, smoothies, fresh juices, and a large range of raw desserts. Vegan except for dairy milk for coffee. Open Mon-Sun 7:30am-5:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Western, Fusion

Reviews (23)

First Review by foxmulder881

My favourite place! - Edit

Everyone must go to Cardomom Pod! The food is amazing, so fresh and always beautiful. I think I've almost tried the whole menu and everything is out of this world! I love the breakfast burrito, the vegan taco - with tofu and cauliflower fritters, so good! I love the lentil dahl toastie too! Literally, there are no bad meals. They also do an amazing soy chai latte.

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Go Eat There Now! - Edit

This place is great. The décor is cute and cozy and the staff are friendly. They serve all vegan breakfasts and lunches with a generous range of mouth watering dishes. We ate in for breakfast and were not disappointed. Highly recommended will definitely be going again.

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SO GOOD - Edit

Came here while staying in Gold Coast. SO MANY VEGAN OPTIONS! The smoothies are amazing. The salads are super flavourful with a wide range, spicy, sweet, tangy etc. The VEGAN SHEPHERDS PIE is INCREDIBLE, I would travel all the way back here just to have it again. Canteen style service makes the whole experience easy and fun, you get your food right away. All staff were friendly and kind, great people, good vibes. 10/10 would go again.

Pros: Very fast service , Loads of vegan options , Great atmosphere and location

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yum - Edit

Food was yummy and there was quite a few vegan options.

Pros: vegan options, tasty, good location

Cons: not 100% vegan, don't serve alcohol

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Almost Vegan - Edit

The only thing not vegan here is the cow's milk they serve for (some) coffee.
Everything that comes from the kitchen is vegan.
Everything I've had here has been great - from the dosas, to the traditional breakfast, the calzone and the waffles.
They also serve cakes from the cabinet.
This place is a great addition to vegan restaurants on the Gold Coast

Pros: Waffles, Savoury breakfasts

Cons: Serve cows milk

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fantastic menu and presentation - Edit

This was a large café with airy spaces and a nice menu which was all vegan. The food was beautifully presented and the staff were very attentive. Unfortunately they were sold out of a few items.

Pros: beautiful food

Cons: expensive

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Nice little place - Edit

Nice food, great atmosphere (love the decor!), friendly staff. Meal ordering is done in a cafeteria line style.

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New Ferry Rd Location - Edit

The Cardamom Pod has really taken off since moving from its former location under The Phoenician. It's well deserved too because the food and decor we're always so amazing and such good quality. The new location on the GC Highway quickly became famous for its breakfasts which are not to be missed. Just looking at their breakfast is enough to make you pull out your camera and take a thousand pictures simply because it looks like the most amazing, delicious art. By the time you eat it it's either cold or melted since you sat in awe of its beauty for so long. They've recently opened a restaurant in the Brickworks at Ferry Rd and its taken over the breakfast menu that used to be at the Gc Highway location. The Ferry Rd restaurant is more of a restaurant. The menu is different and there is no hot box selection. I'd recommend going first thing in the morning if you're going for breakfast because as I said, it's ridiculously good and people know it so it's busy! Also if you're going to the Ferry Rd location for lunch, I'd go after the brunch/lunch rush is over, about 1:30 is good if you don't want a crowd. Both locations look amazing in terms of decor. The staff are great and if not busy, they can take your order pretty quick. Expect a wait if you go at rush hour for obvious reasons. When we ate breakfast when it used to be served at the GC Hwy location, we waited 1 hour before going up to the counter to order because it was so packed no staff were even thinking about taking our order so be prepared for that. I love the new Ferry Rd location because their menu is different for the more Hare Krishna fare. I'd highly recommend both!

Pros: variety, flavour, price

Cons: slow service when busy, can be very crowded

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Fantastic restaurant - Edit

The food here is amazing and you get plenty for your money. I make sure I go here every time I am in the Gold Coast it's that good!!!

The desserts are plentiful too.

Highly recommend

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Favorite Place To Eat - Edit

Absolutely amazing food every time... our go to place to eat when we visit the Gold Coast. Awesome salads, delicious hit dishes.. divine raw desserts.. smoothies, juices.. every the healthy foodie wants!

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Good food, service and atmosphere - Edit

All vegan and vegetarian food in an excellent little cafe with great atmosphere.
Very nice food (although I would prefer it to be slightly less loudly sometimes) and tea. And very friendly staff.
I wish more vegan and vegetarian places could attempt this sort of atmosphere.

My meal was affordable enough but many options were rather expensive.

Pros: Good food. , Good staff. , Lovely atmosphere

Cons: A wee bit too oily, A bit too expensive.

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Great vegan food - Edit

For how much it cost, I expect table service. The person who served me at the counter was challenged with explaining what the ordering process was and taking my order.

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Gold Coast vegetarian delight! - Edit

I visited this place many times on my trip to Broadbeach at the weekend. I am Vegetarian and also took along non-vego friends. They loved the food, atmosphere, price and friendly staff!
Delicious selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes - I wish they had a recipe book. Where I live in Victoria there are no vego places close by so for me it was a highlight to go out to eat and have a huge selection to choose from.
I will be back to The Cardomom Pod" on my next trip.

Pros: Delicious dishes, Great prices, Super staff

Cons: None

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Great food, wish they were 100% vegan - Edit

About half the food is vegan. They would benefit greatly I believe by going completely vegan and I encourage anyone else that think this to let them know. They're not exactly going to loose vegetarian customers if all the food is vegan, but they will gain vegan customers that can eat more there or that usually don't like to eat out at non-vegan places. Drinks are also great, huge selection of them and they serve them amazingly (cocktail glasses etc.)

Pros: Great food/drinks, Cool atmosphere/furniture

Cons: Should be 100% vegan, Can be expensive if you're really hungry

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Great Place - Edit

Laid back cafe style feel in a great location, with delicious food. They seem to have very knowledgeable staff and well labelled meal options.

The only comment I would say is, if you are a high carb low fat vegan then you might not have too many options here.

Pros: Delicious, Good Range

Cons: Food A Little Bit High In Fat For My Preference

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gorgeous healthy tasty cool - Edit

my second visit in a week, this place is almost too good to be true.the location is awesome on the corner of the main eat street of broadbeach, with amazing decore, and mood lighting with all sorts of querky furniture and cool walpaper..the food is healthy and packed with superfoods and they also have heaps of vegan gluten free and even raw offerings. the amazing thing is that its so tasty and yet very well priced concidering all the food value... loved all the hot food we ordered and the salads had sooooo much flavour the deserts where healthy but ultra yum and they also have a juice and smoothy bar with all sorts of original liquid nectar. highly recommend this place and also their smaller cute and cosy cafe in byron...YUMMM

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beautiful food. - Edit

I had vegan moussaka, with koftas. It was delicious. Nice chilled out vibe. A touch pricey the food is sitting in baymaries, but I'll be back when I'm next in Bris-Vegas

Pros: tasty, trendy atmosphere

Cons: a little overpriced

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Sloppy Food - Edit

The Cardamom Pod has a great location and setting. It's a short walk from the beach and great place to relax after walking in the city. It has indoor and outdoor seating.

The raw key lime pie with vegan icecream is appetizing, but the crust needs some work. As I bite into it find big chunks of whatever nuts and seeds they used.

The hot dishes are sloppy. Like something one would find at a food court. I say stay away from them and stick with the fresh foods and desserts.

Pros: Large quantity, Friendly service, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Can be expensive, Mediocre taste

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