{Restaurant Review} Cardamon Pod Vegetarian, Broadbeach

We visited Cardamon Pod Vegetarian restaurant for lunch this week. Cardamon Pod is located at Broadbeach (on the Gold Coast), just a couple of blocks from the beach. This Hare Krishna restaurant continues to impress me with its vibrant and tasty vegan food.

My strongest memories of Hare Krishna food are steeped in my university days. The Hare Krishna food on campus had few vegan options, and I can recall lots of dairy-based foods. That is not the case at Cardamon Pod. Vegans are catered for, more than adequately. There was not a dairy-based mango lassi in sight! (Disclaimer: there may be one on the menu, somewhere….).

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We were famished on arrival. There was a hive of activity – it was 1pm, peak time. We had no trouble finding a table, and chose to eat inside. We sat at a large table with a long bench seat covered in about a dozen colourful and cheerful cushions. The décor is very eclectic, and visually pleasing to the eye. The tables are mismatched. There is a couch outside. There are purple plastic chairs, and there are wooden-framed chairs with soft, bouncy seat cushions (like the ones we sat in). There are grand looking chairs, with high backs and wide arms. We saw parrot candle stick holders, with melted wax covering the birds. The food is also visually appealing.

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Diners at Cardamon Pod can choose from a variety of hot and cold dishes. The hot dishes are presented bain marie style. I noticed one of the staff members using a thermometer to check the temps of each hot dish, which may be reassuring for those who have concerns about eating food from bain maries.

Mat was excited to notice that they had vegan kofta balls. We only know of one other restaurant that makes vegan kofta balls, so Mat was thrilled to have the option.

I was feeling overwhelmed by my hunger and the plethora of choices. I knew that I wanted salad. Mat suggested that we order a Vegan Platter. It consisted of our choice of 2 hot dishes and 2 salads, rice and a samosa. We chose vegetable curry, Kofta balls (of course!), Sweet Potato, Broccoli and Sesame Tofu salad and Dutch Carrot, Almond and Rocket salad. The platter cost $26. It consists of more food than one person can comfortably eat.

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We also decided on vegan nachos and an additional samosa as we knew the kids would enjoy both of these. We also shared our salads with the kids. The samosas are huge, so 2 samosas between 3 kids and 1 adult is adequate (Little Baker and I didn’t indulge in samosa).
The curry, nachos and salads were gluten-free. The nachos cost $16. The samosa cost $4 and came with a sauce that was called ‘tomato chutney’. However, it had the smooth consistency of a sauce – there were no tomato chunks. Mat and my daughter couldn’t stop raving about the chutney (sauce). This was also the sauce that was poured over the kofta balls. They were right in their assessment, it was scrumptious.

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My daughter tried all of the dishes, and informed me that her favourite was the nachos, specifically the kidney bean concoction covering the corn chips. The beans had a subtle hint of lemon. The boys loved the samosas, and corn chips -of course! Mat’s favourite were the kofta balls. The Dutch Carrot salad had a surprising, but welcome, bite of chilli to it. I also enjoyed the taste and consistency of the triangles of tofu. Little Baker enjoyed them too – these are easy finger food. He was trying to use a fork at one stage, imitating his siblings. I watched him attempting to balance a piece of rocket on the fork.

I did worry about Little Baker spilling food on the beautiful cushions. He had grains of rice spread across the table and stuck to his shirt. At one stage, our 3 year old clearly forgot that we were in a restaurant. After he scoffed his samosa, corn chips and broccoli, he curled up like a cat on a couple of cushions. He was set for a nap! Someone knocked over a glass of water. Ah, eating out with 4 children is rarely completely relaxing!

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Cardamon Pod also has a juice and smoothie bar, and serves raw desserts like chocolate mousse. We didn’t order a drink or dessert on this visit. On a previous visit, I ordered The Hulk (they had run out of baby spinach, so I was offered a double dose of spirulina. I agreed. It was the first time I had consumed spirulina in a smoothie. It was radio-active green, and delicious. Afterwards, I felt incredibly energised).

There wasn’t room for a Hulk or a dessert this time. Mat suggested that we visit solely for dessert one day. Great idea!
So, for a grand total of $46 my family of 2 adults, 3 children and a baby left Cardamon Pod with full and happy bellies, eager to visit again soon.

Look at what we spotted across the road, etched into the footpath……

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Cardamon Pod Vegetarian

11/110 Surf Parade,

Broadbeach, QLD

Phone 0452 218 108 for opening hours.

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RP

I want to extend my gratitude to those that have voted for me in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Vegan and Vegetarian Moms 2013

I am currently in the number 2 spot! This is very exciting! I would love to maintain this position. If you enjoy reading Made of Stars, please vote for me here.

I really appreciate your support. 

You can vote for me once every 24 hours. You are not required to register, or provide your email address. You just click. It’s really quick!

The competition ends on 7 February. Thank you. 🙂

 Ally

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About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

19 Responses to {Restaurant Review} Cardamon Pod Vegetarian, Broadbeach

  1. susykat says:

    Cardamon Pod sounds terrific! The food looks fantastic – I love the smoothie menu. What an enjoyable holiday you’ve all been having 🙂

    • Ally says:

      It is hard to choose a smoothie, they all sound delicious. We went back to Cardamon Pod yesterday and I ordered a Byron Chai. Yum! The kids were all over it. I didn’t get much.

  2. liveblissful says:

    Great review! I can’t wait to get back over there, everything looks delicious. I’ll have to try vegan samosa next time. They have so many yummy things, but one can only eat so much. 🙂

  3. Starr says:

    Sounds like a fantastic restaurant! Those nachos look particularly inviting.

    • Ally says:

      The nachos was delicious Starr! I forgot to mention that the corn chips were covered in melted cashew cheese. The vegan sour cream was yummy too.

  4. This is actually a really cool place to eat! I love the chalk writing for the menus and the fact that there are PILLOWS EVERYWHERE!!!! hahaha! Love it (and those nachos…) – nerdwithtaste.wordpress.com

    • Ally says:

      Hahaha! Yep, no shortage of pillows. If I was three I probably would have curled up on a few pillows too! No shortage of chalkboard menus either 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Thomas says:

    Hi you guys were close to where I live 🙂 Hope you had a great time. I have heard of this place but I have never been there. Thanks for the great review… plenty of good food to eat I see 🙂
    I went to the Farm Animal Rescue In Dayboro yesterday. It was a great experience and I met a few lucky non-human animals who if not for the owner of the Rescue place would have been slaughtered. If you get a chance have a quick look please at my post.. thanks http://veganismo.me/2013/02/02/farm-animal-rescue/

    • Ally says:

      Ah ha! We were near your neck of the woods! We spent a week in Burleigh. It was lovely.
      I don’t think you would regret a visit to Cardamon Pod 🙂
      Thank you for posting a link to your post. I would have missed it otherwise. I saw your stick insect (love them!) and your cockatoo (beautiful), but I missed your Farm Animal Rescue visit. My WordPress App is a bit ordinary. It doesn’t always update.

  6. Sophie33 says:

    Thanks for the great reviw, Allu! Much appreciated too! 🙂 Great pics of the place & the foods, of course! 🙂 Yummm!

  7. Andra Muhoberac says:

    Congratulations on being in 2nd place! I just voted for you and hopefully lots more votes will come in to make you #1, which you so rightly deserve!

    How I would love to be at Broadbeach right now! Cardamon sounds wonderful! I love your review and the photos you shared. Like you, I have loved Hare Krishna food. I even have THE HARE KRISHNA BOOK OF VEGETARIAN COOKING. These recipes are quite dairy oriented, probably because of the association with Vedic traditions, but most of the recipes are easily translated into vegan. I think the Hare Krishnas are fantastic for feeding so many hungry and starving people in their kitchens every day around the world.

    • Ally says:

      Thanks Andra! That is very kind of you. 🙂 I am happy that I have had such generous support. I am thrilled to be in the #2 spot!

      Mat is very keen to track down the Kofta balls recipe. I own a Kurma Dasa cook book (I’ve had it for 15 yrs) but it is at my mum’s place. I am hoping that I can find a kofta ball recipe in there.

  8. Everything looks so yummy 🙂 Awesome spotting a star in the footpath even. Of course we have been voting for you still. Soooo close to #1!

    • Ally says:

      It was yummy. We went back a couple of days later for dessert. Mat had more Kofta balls!
      Thanks for your votes. I really appreciate it. I hope you stay in top 5. 🙂

  9. Lou says:

    Just found you via Top 25 Vegan Mums comp….. I’m a fellow Gold Coaster/vegan/Mum 🙂 RE vegan kofta balls – I work at a Hare Krishna cafe in Southport called Giri Khana, and we make some MEAN vegan koftas (not to mention all sorts of yummy dishes!) Stoked to have found your blog 🙂

    • Ally says:

      Hi Lou! It’s great to ‘meet’ you. I’ve read some of your comments on Arohanui Vegan Love’s blog. I didn’t realise we were almost neighbours! Haha.
      I have heard of Giri Khana. Next time we visit the GC we will have to check it out.
      There is a Sth East QLD vegan parents group. Do you know of it? We went to the first couple of meet ups.
      I’m glad you’re in Top 25. 🙂

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