Taste and Graze, Mandurah

After some time spent in Perth, we scooted off down south to Mandurah to stay with my Granny for a while. I lived with Granny for about four months last year while completing my uni placement, so it felt very much like coming home. I took up residence in ‘my’ room as though I’d never been gone!

I love Mandurah and all the memories from spending time down here as I grew up – walking or driving along the foreshore always bring them flooding back, even as the town transforms. One more recent addition to the foreshore is the Taste and Graze Café and Restaurant. Well, sort of. When I enquired about how long they had been in business, I was told that prior to being Taste and Graze, they were the Stiff Chilli and only occupied half the space they take up now. The recent renovations have seen them open right up with plenty of indoor as well as on-street dining.

Mandurah has never offered a huge range of options for vegan dining, so I wasn’t getting my hopes up upon entering the café to peruse the menu. However, I was pleasantly surprised. While there was not a HEAP, there were certainly options (and potential ones with a few adjustments). We decided to stay for lunch.

I started with a green smoothie – can’t go wrong with that. I think it may have had peach or nectarine and passionfruit, but my memory fails me (boy, I need to start taking lunch notes or something!)


Then after confirming its suitability, I ordered the quinoa salad with raisins, avocado, celery, tomato, carrot and baby spinach.


We had a slight miscommunication – I was brought out the chicken and quinoa salad (different item on the menu) as opposed to the veg one, but this was very quickly rectified (impressively so!) and there were no hard feelings on my part.

This was a super filling lunch, without being too heavy. There wasn’t a strong flavoured dressing on the salad, but this allowed the sweetness of the raisins and the flavours of the vegetables to shine through. Nice, fresh, wholesome and crunchy. I really enjoyed it.

So much so, that about a week later we went back for another spot of lunch. Again, I had a green smoothie – this time with banana and mango.


I followed with a light lunch – a warm green bean, asparagus and broad bean salad with toasted walnuts (minus the crumbled feta).


This was lovely! I could see how feta would really work with this – I’d love to do it with a tofu or cashew cheese, but honestly it was delicious without too.  I can’t really fault it.

Wow, I just noticed how green all my meals were here – yum! We did grab a few little bliss balls to take away for afternoon tea too which aren’t pictured – they were yummy with a beautiful flavor from the toasted sesame seeds they were rolled in.

Taste and Graze is certainly a welcome addition to Mandurah, offering some great food that isn’t found anywhere else in this seafood dominated town. You can definitely see the Melbourne influence in this little café (and it’s not a bad thing). It is on the pricier side of things, but I’m not completely sure if that’s just W.A. these days as everything seems to be getting more expensive (did I mention the $12 pint of beer I had?!).

I’d love to see what they keep doing here, hopefully a few more veg items circulate the menu as I’d be happy to come back and taste them next time I’m in Mandurah.

Taste and Graze Café and Restaurant
Shop 3/16 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA
Wed – 9am-5pm
Thurs-Fri – 9am-late
Sat – 8am-late
Sun – 9am-5pm


  1. Laura says:

    Your green smoothies look so good! It’s been too cold to eat them here, but I’m craving the now! I think I need to do one post-workout when I need a cool-down!

    1. They were so yummy! Hmm…we need to develop a cold weather appropriate smoothie…maybe with ginger to make it warming 🙂

      1. Laura says:

        And a little cinnamon and nutmeg… It’s sounding delicious!

  2. Mihl says:

    That quinoa dish looks really amazing. And I wish broad beans were more common here. I like them so much.

    1. They did an amazing job plating it up, didn’t they? I love broad beans too…they are not super common here though certainly becoming more popular. You can’t get them in supermarkets though…maybe sometimes fruit and veg shops. Sometimes when you go on drives out in the country you find someone selling them really cheap from a stall on the side of the road. I love that!

  3. Ally says:

    It all looks great!
    I’m curious, where did you do your placement?

    1. I did my first placement at Hobart City Mission in Tassie, and my second one at the South West Aboriginal Medical Service in W.A. Did you go on placements when you studied?

  4. Maya says:

    hi theres a new place in mandurah when your here next called something raw ,its vegan vegeterian raw and mostly organic food. nice atmospher with solid wood slab tables , food is awsome coffes are made with nutmilk worth avisit

    1. Awesome, thanks for the heads up Maya! I’ll definitely check it out next time i’m over west. I hope it goes well – is it your business? 🙂

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