The Cardamon Pod – Broadbeach QLD

The Cardamon Pod – Broadbeach QLD

Another free weekend see’s us once again taking advantage of our proximity to the Gold Coast. The extended summer, sandy beaches and blue skies is always enticing, but this time we were visiting a good friend, who has recently moved to Brisbane.

We decided to meet at the Carrara markets for a bit of shopping prior to lunching at Broadbeach. Somehow we had never made it to these markets, so I thought I should remedy the oversight.  In all honesty it was a very lack lustre experience compared to other markets.  The Carrara markets are on every Saturday and Sunday, and most stands are of a permanent nature.  The retails are predominately selling cheap overseas products, at anything but cheap prices. The food was uninspiring and it wasn’t too long before I was prepared to admit defeat. There was truly nothing of interest to be found.

Carrara Markets Pony Rides

Anais @ Carrara Markets Pony Rides

After consulting a map we found a children area with pony rides.  Little Anais chose a pony by the name of “Princess” who had pink plaits with ribbons in her mane, and a sparkly love heart on her bottom.  Anais loved her ride around the markets on Princess but Locky was looking for something a little more.

Carrara Market Bungee

Locky doing backflips @ Carrara Market Bungee

My acrobatic son chose the Bungy trampoline and proceeded to do back flip after back flip until I was so dizzy I couldn’t watch anymore.

This signalled the end of our market experience, and with no tasted options in sight we headed to The Cardamom Pod in Broadbeach.

The Cardamon Pod Group Photo

The Cardamom Pod Group Photo

The Cardamom Pod is a funky looking Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant which was absolutely packed on our arrival.  Decorated in a mix of hippy retro meets Hawaiian cabana style it is a true eclectic mish mash of chic which absolutely worked to create a unique ambiance.  We choose one of many comfy cushioned corners where we had the choice of velour upholstered antique Georgian chairs or a bench seat covered in astro turf and funky cushions.

Above our table, hurricane lanterns and jam jars were hanging from driftwood, and filled with roses and other cottage garden flowers.

The Cardamom Pod

Maurz making the most of the funky wallpaper background

There was a floral wallpapered wall that Maurz and I couldn’t help but act like starlets in front of… yes I am a dag, but I keep good company 😉

The Cardamom Pod

Posing @ The Cardamom Pod… yes we are dags 😉

After a few poses, and taking the time to fully appreciate our surroundings it was time to order. There was a blackboard menu for desserts but the lunchtime menu is ordered directly from the bain marie. Hot food is on one side with cold food on the other.  All the food looked so wholesome and delicious.  It took some deliberating but eventually I chose a mixed plate of three hot dishes including rice for $21.  The dishes were vegetable kofta balls in a rich tomato sauce, a lentil and Eggplant Moussaka and at the recommendation of a fellow dinner the Quinnoa Bake.

The Cardamom Pod

Eggplant Moussaka, with Kofta balls and Baked Quinoa

For Mr GG I ordered a Cheese & Spinach Samosa with spiced tomato chutney and a mango chutney for $16.  This dish came with a choice of two salads.  My salad choices were “Tangy Cauliflower and yoghurt w Lentil” and a “Roasted Eggplant, baby carrot with Chick Pea Salad”.

Spinach and cheese samosa

Spinach and Cheese Samosa w mixed Salads

Just for safe measure I also added a pumpkin and feta salad bowl for an additional $9.00.


Roast Pumpkin & Feta Salad

The meals were very generously portioned and I was pleased to have not ordered any more food. Our three dishes were enough to fill the insatiable teenager, a hungry hubby, two little children and myself.

Double Salad Plate

Double Salad Plate

Maurz choose a mixed plate of two salads, the first being the “Roasted Pumpkin and Feta Salad” and the second being the “Cauliflower Salad” for $15.

All the meals were delicious and it felt good to be nourishing our bodies with such healthy delicious food. I couldn’t help notice that the cafe had been awarded best vegan/vegetarian on the coast by ??? I would have to agree.

The Cardamom Pod

110 Surf Pde

Broadbeach Qld

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  1. Your friend from Brisbane is a spunk!

    Was a great lunch after a very uneventful market day though – I would definitely go back to the Cardamom Pod, well worth the trip.

  2. Funny how life works out sometimes. Thank you for reminding me the beauty of surrender and surprises…The good ones like the Cardamom Pod! Those spinach samosas and pumpkin with feta look divine!

  3. It is definitely so spunky and awesome 😀
    Vegetarian food has never looked so creative 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. This is definitely my sort of cafe! I love the name too – I think I fell a bit in love with it just with that 🙂

  5. Hahah I love the family photo! Looks so fun!

  6. Wow- you guys had a blasssst! Love the pics – so much love in this post.

  7. Thank you for this post. When I moved to Australia people called me what I thought was Maws. Now I know how to spell it. 🙂 LOL

    That lunch looks great.

  8. I love the photos of all of you enjoying yourselves! I’m also inspired by the great dishes at the restaurant – yum!

  9. You always find the BEST food!! The pictures are lovely and I love your dress!

  10. You look fabulous in that photo! I can’t carry off dresses like that but you do! 😀

  11. Oh thanks for the comments on my dress 🙂 I have practically lived in it this summer, so light and comfortable!

  12. Oh your dress looks lovely!!And so does all the foods you ordered at Cardamom Pod!Glad you’re enjoying your time with your family 🙂

  13. I have gone to many markets with high expectations only to be dissapointed. A good thing you found the cafe. Those are amazing looking dishes!

  14. Hi Julie! I just love your photos. This restaurant sounds so scrumptious, it’s a great example for those that think vegan and vegetarian meals are boring — so not the truth. Thanks for sharing!:)

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