Mandala Organic Arts Café, Mermaid Beach

To the space where Three Worlds once resided in Mermaid Beach, Mandala Organic Arts brings its own three worlds:

–       Its spiritual concept of community and the Mandala, a sacred art microcosm of the universe;

–       Organic sustainable produce, and good food;

–       Arts: a live music and event space.

Mandala2 This 100% vegan café is a family affair, with extended family members and community passionate about a healthy ecologically sound way of life and good food. The kitchen hums with young staff, working for the love of it, eager to tell me about what they’re doing.

The menu holds a range of vegan choices, from the Ocean salad made with kelp, tarts, stir fries and burgers to raw desserts and superfood cakes, juices and probiotic drinks, such as kombucha. Central to the restaurant’s menu is the pizza, a work of art in itself. As manager Glen explains, the pizza too is another representation symbolic of the mandala (the restaurant’s logo and name).

Mandala11B In many cultures, eating nourishing food is considered a sacred celebration. At Mandala, as with many other vegetarian restaurants, you get the definite impression that there is an altruistic mission to bring us good healthy food, with sustainability rather than profit as the main goal.

Mandala12 In the six months since the restaurant opened, walls have been knocked down and the dining space extended into the yard. With the help of Permablitz, the urban wilderness has been conquered and a flourishing permaculture garden set up. It now produces passionfruit, paw paw, herbs, perennial greens such as kale, native Australian bush foods and lemon myrtle for use in the restaurant.

Mandala is in many ways a meeting place for a networked alternative community, with groups such as Sea Shepherd, Animal Friends, International Skating Expo and alternative health groups using the venue for wellness seminars, doco premières, permaculture talks and book launches.

Mandala9 It’s also a live music venue with touring bands and resident musicians several nights a week. On weekend nights it’s a roaring recession-resistant hub: a place for young health and environmentally aware young people to socialise. The sheer vibrancy has to be seen to be believed! This place rocks!

To find out more about what’s on at Mandala, send them an email, or just go along with friends for a meal and have a chat to one of the staff members. They’re a friendly group.

2558 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach Ph: 07 5679 1762

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3 Reviews

  1. Ben, Stacey, Lalita and Kishori, 5 years ago

    Mandala Organic Arts – THE BEST

    With out a doubt the best Vegetarian restaurant we have ever eaten at! The only thing better than the atmosphere in the restaurant is the delicious food. My family and I eat out 95% of the time at only vegetarian restaurants – we’ve spent the last 12 years trying vegetarian restaurants out, both in New Zealand and Japan. This one comes out tops!

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  2. Alex, 5 years ago

    Brilliant! You feel right at home when you walk in the door. Staff are friendly, and the the drink menu describes the health benefits of the drinks really well. I had come over from New Zealand wanting to see this place, and the only thing that let me down was the bad weather, so we couldn’t sit outside. The food was delish, very reasonable on the pocket, and practical to eat (something that is very under rated in my opinion).

    I’ll be back 🙂

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  3. Mat, 4 years ago

    Stirfry was cooked as in COOKED, no colour left in the vegetables, ruined dish.

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