Brisbane, it’s time to start obsessing over the next vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free super food.
Tapioca Garden, which has just opened in Nundah, is Australia’s first ever tapioca bar.
It’s the brainchild of two final-year students at Torrens University, Paige Hodkinson and Juliana Ribeiro, who have teamed up with local students, photographers, designers, marketing professionals, builders and material suppliers for a unique community project.
“Tapioca is a Brazilian super food that is currently trending overseas due to its amazing health benefits,” Paige explains.
“Vegan, gluten and dairy-free tapioca is a crepe-style food that anyone can enjoy guilt-free! As many Australian trends often follow what is happening internationally, we feel that there is a real potential for Tapioca to take off here locally and around Australia.”
Reflecting the spirit of the locals who have donated materials, products and time to make the café come to life, Tapioca Garden will give back to the local community in a number of ways.
“The Tapioca Garden will be contributing back to the local community through monthly charity donations to different organisations,” Paige says.
“Each month a new charity organisation will be selected. The café will also be showcasing student and local Brisbane artists’ work on the walls, and offering student discounts and specials for local Nundah Village workers.”
Even though tapioca is a ‘superfood’, you’ll still be able to indulge with some particularly sweet menu items.
“The good thing about tapioca is that it is versatile, which means both savory and sweet fillings can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Paige says.
“Our favourite is definitely Nutella and strawberry tapioca!”
You’ll find Tapioca Garden at 3/1192 Sandgate Road, Nundah. It’s open from 7am to 8:30pm, Wednesday to Sunday; and 7am to 3pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.