2 West Street
Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
+61 7 5520 7907
When it comes to restaurants, Marty and I ashamedly admit that we never put vegan restaurants on the top of our list of places to try. We love meat, dairy and eggs, and lasagne is my favourite food that covers all three. So when we stumbled across a vegan restaurant in Burleigh Heads over the summer, our initial reaction was, ‘Pfft yeah nah…’ but when we actually read the menu taped on the window, we grew interested. The restaurant, called From Earth and Water, was closed that evening but we made a promise to return the very next day for lunch.
From Earth and Water is chef Nicki Fulton’s baby. Everything on the menu is vegan so you won’t see any animal products. The food is not just gluten and dairy-free, but you also won’t see refined sugars and processed ingredients in here. And although most of the food is raw, there are some ingredients that have been cooked at very low cooking temperatures to preserve enzymes. And the best bit? Everything’s in season so you don’t have to freak out about food miles and whatnot. Given that I’m trying to wean off some bad eating habits (my packet of chip habit a day, anyone?) and given that Marty was on a health and fitness streak at the time, we decided to see what From Earth and Water could come up with.
I love just how simple yet elegant this place is. Whitewashed walls and matching furniture adorn the place with little trinkets such as shells and flowers all over, making the restaurant look like something out of Marie Claire magazine. I also liked that they opened the massive windows to let the cool sea breeze from nearby Burleigh Beach in.
We started off with some juices. Marty ordered the Green Hawaiian ($8), a wonderfully green mix of pineapple, mint, spirulina, coconut water. It was just as amazing as my Pineapple crush ($8) which contained pineapple, lime, vanilla bean, coconut water. Both were some of the best mixed juices I’ve ever had and I’ve since been inspired to whip up some coconut water-based juice mixes at home.
Marty ordered the trio of mini tacos ($18). The hard taco shells were made in-house with flaxseed. They were filled with a very vibrant mix of sweet corn guacamole, cherry tomatoes, cashew sour cream and spicy Mexican vinaigrette. I loved the textural contrast between the crunchy taco shells and the guac’, though the three-month aged non-dairy cashew sour cream from Dr Cow was my favourite bit – it was so hard to believe that it didn’t actually contain real dairy!
While Marty’s tacos were great, we both agreed that my micro heirloom tomato lasagne ($18) was the winner. I love heirloom tomatoes in any form but have never had them confit-style so when I took a bite, my mind was blown. WOW. The rest of the elements were fantastic too, from the almond cheese to the basil rocket pesto and to the sundried tomato sauce. Even the zucchini sheets didn’t suck (and I don’t normally like zucchini).
If you thought our savoury dishes sounded good, your eyes would light up if you saw the dessert menu. Not being a dessert fan, even I couldn’t help but clap my hands in glee when I saw that the caramel snickers ($12) contained ingredients such as vanilla cream and cacao mousse and caramel made from lucuma, a Peruvian fruit. Marty was equally excited in trying the peaches and cream ($12) which contained compressed peaches macerated in lime coconut sugar, maple pecan crumble, edible flowers, vanilla ice cream. Unfortunately for us, the desserts had already sold out by the time we got around to ordering so we’ll have to go back next time *sad face*
If you’ve never had raw cuisine before but you’re curious, From Earth to Water is definitely a great place to start. The food was FANTASTIC. It was amazing to see just how much flavour good quality – and raw – foodstuffs can contain, especially without adding nasty chemicals in them. Also, the dishes might have looked small but they were surprisingly filling so we probably would have struggled to finish dessert if were able to order some. Although Marty and I won’t be turning our backs on cheeseburgers, we’re definitely more conscious about what goes in our bodies and I guess that’s always a good thing.