145 Eagle Street | Brisbane
There is a plethora of places to eat in Brisbane CBD during the work week, a lot of them really affordable as they compete for your business. Take away sushi places selling $2 rolls line every street, as do places selling pies, burgers, chips, and your Chicken Katsu.
On a temporary health kick (I’ve now fallen off the wagon but I am to clamber back on come Monday – promise) I was in search for wholesome, healthy food. A Google search brought up Govinda’s Vegetarian buffet, a couple of Japanese places and Kitchen Sanitarium.
Owned by Sanitarium of Wheatbix Sanitarium, Kitchen Sanitarium sells only vegetarian food with food sourced within 200km and proclaim to be organic and wholesome.
A serious meat/seafood/egg lover, I hold very little trust of vegetarians, but I was willing to give it a go after reading loads of good review. It was on Eagle Street, Riverside Plaza, a few doors up from Pig and Whistle with lots of outside seating and some seating inside – a bright airy space.
Big menus, service breakfasts and lunch with their main meals like risotto at around $18, curry of the day (eat in $14/takeout $9.90). Although the 4-bean quesadilla called out to me, I opted for a takeaway salad choosing from around 4 different options (small for $5.90 and a large for $9.90).
I went for the salad of the day, a Greek salad made with tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, roasted capsicum, olives, cucumber and crumbled feta. It was crisp, light and full of flavour. With that, I also got a beetroot and puy lentil salad made with chunks of beetroot (tasted like canned), lentils, cranberries and hazelnuts – easily one of the most DELICIOUS salads I’ve ever had. Call me a vegetarian/salad convert.
I got the large box of salad and it defeated me, took me two goes, and 4 hours and I still couldn’t finish it all! Next time, a small box would suffice for lunch, making it quite a reasonably priced option for lunch. It was surprisingly filling too, and I was left feeling light and so healthful all day.