Something I’ve really loved is seeing the rise of Vegan cuisine that is filling and delicious. I’m not a Vegan, but I think it’s great to see given a lot of prevailing opinions that, “Vegan or Vegetarian is boring”. Well I’m here to tell you that visiting a restaurant like Elixiba will change your mind – it’s delicious!
This was my second visit to Elixiba after enjoying lunch here last year. Second visit in itself should be enough really, but it’s always good to go back and see if they’ve managed to maintain the food and service.
The good news is, they did. The first thing you’ll notice when you arrive is the amazing fit-out. Beautiful timber tables, carved chairs and the intimate cosy booths with carved leaf shaped tables. On this visit I called ahead to request a booth, and I’d recommend you do the same.
When I arrived I was greeted by a friendly member of the team. In fact, that was one of the highlights of both meals at Elixiba, the awesome service. What stands out in my memory is asking the team member last time what she would recommend (a favourite method of mine to choose what to eat) and she said, “Honestly, everything!”. And she meant it.
While I waited for my friend to arrive, I ordered a glass of Smallfry Stella Luna Shiraz (Barossa Valley, $11). After a long day I really needed a glass of wine, which is a pity because their drinks menu sounds amazing: cocktails made with elixirs with a healthy twist, some boutique spirits, herbal liqueurs, fresh coconuts, exotic sodas, botanical ‘shots’, custom brewed beers and the usual selection of hot drinks. I’d like to go back just to try some of their drinks menu!
When I picked up my glass, I did a double take because it felt like I was holding it wrong (and it was only my first drink). Turned out I wasn’t losing my mind, it was just a beautiful glass! And the wine was great too.
My friend arrived and also ordered the wine which she also really enjoyed. Then we perused the menu and chose:
For me – ‘Mazing Macro Bowl ($17), a ‘nourishing bowl with organic black rice, roasted vegetables, steamed greens, house fermented pickles and your choice of plant protein and sauce’. I chose the BBQ Jackfruit (which is said to be like pulled pork) and SouthWest dressing. This was a delicious bowl of great colours, flavours and textures. Roasted beetroot and sweet potato atop black rice with BBQ jackfruit, pickles, leaves and garnished with carrot ribbons. Filling, wholesome and tasty. The house made SouthWest was a great accompaniment for the dish.
My friend had the Humble Burger ($22) – ‘every element made from scratch and served on our epic house-made paleo rolls with spiced chips and side salad’. The humble burger claims to have ‘the best plant based patty you have ever tasted. Smothered in smoky BBQ sauce and cheesy sauce with lettuce and tomato’. The verdict from my dining companion was a very tasty burger and great home made chips. I love the fact that the roll is paleo, whilst it was a little crumbly it held together well.
Although I was full, my friend wanted to try one of their amazing sounding, house made desserts, so she ordered the Raspberry Fields ($16). Our server described it as like a cheesecake: ‘layers of raw biscuit, raspberry chia gel, raw coconut mousse, herbal chocolate and awesomeness’ (love the ‘awesomeness’).
At this point I’ll say that my experience with some raw desserts to date has been less than successful. They are either loaded to the hilt with sugar or just don’t taste right. But this one was great – creamy, not too sweet, a great combination of flavours, and served with whipped coconut cream.
So overall we both really enjoyed our visit to Elixiba, the service, the variety of amazing and interesting food and drinks, and it’s almost like you can feel the love and care that goes into every dish.
I’ll be heading back there soon and plan to take my hubby along to give it a try. I think it’ll be his first Vegan restaurant experience but I’m confident he’ll enjoy it.
Level 1, The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre
(07) 5562 1407
p.s. I just saw some terrible reviews on Facebook which I’m surprised at. Trip Advisor has some excellent and some poor reviews, perhaps Elixiba needs to look at what’s going on here? I’m glad to say my experiences today have been great (although if I had read some of these it may have changed my decision about returning!).