Sprout Vegan Cafe

Sprout Vegan Cafe: Not your Typical Vegan Restaurant
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you are looking for a healthy, tasty meal in Hawaii, Sprout Vegan Cafe is a perfect choice. This former food truck is a popular choice among the locals because of the great vegan food choices. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Sprout Vegan Cafe started as a food truck and now offers a beautiful brick-and-mortar location in Wailea Gateway Center. The boasting of being a vegan restaurant might deter some of the most dedicated meat-eaters, but even if you are genuinely a carnivore, you will find some great-tasting items on the menu. 

The brick-and-mortar location sprang from the popularity of the food truck. After just a year of opening the food truck, the need for a stand-alone restaurant arose. This is saying something about the food offerings from this great cafe. 

As soon as you open the door to the cafe, you will receive a greeting from one of the friendly employees of the restaurant. You can enjoy seating both indoors and outdoors in this quaint establishment. If you time it right, you might even get to see some live music while enjoying your meal. 

Lox toast, poke, sushi, and even ice cream are likely not something that you expect from a vegan restaurant. However, Sprout has found a way to create these dishes with plant-based ingredients, and each is simply delicious. The Sprout Vegan Cafe offers a variety of cuisines, including Mediterranean, Thai, Mexican, and some locally inspired dishes. 

The owner’s upbringing is in Hawaii, and you can see this flair on the menu. For example, Huli Huli chicken is a favorite of islanders, and Sprout offers a Huli Huli bowl as a play on this dish with tofu replacing the chicken.

Here are some dishes you should try: 

Upgraded Avo Toast
If you are a fan of avocado toast, you will try this upgraded version from Sprout. The base is a sprouted grain bread that is topped with house cream cheese, pickled red onions, sprouts, and avocado. Seasoned with salt and pepper and a balsamic reduction, this is an upgrade to your regular avocado toast. 

Spicy Tofu Roll
Vegan sushi may not be something you have thought about, but Sprout offers a wonderful selection of sushi for your enjoyment. The spicy tofu roll is a favorite made with brown rice, cucumber, carrot, and avocado. The house sriracha aioli is really what sets this dish apart. 

Falafel Wrap
You cannot go wrong with the tasty falafel wraps. This meal will leave you full as three falafels are served with fresh coleslaw, mixed greens, and both hummus and house-made tzatziki. 

Mexi Bowl
Sprout offers a variety of unique and tasty bowls. The Mexi bowl provides some southwest flavors and includes seasoned pinto beans, roasted vegetables, onion, salsa, cilantro, tomato, romaine, and Mexi-style brown rice. A pinch of lime sets this bowl off. 

Sprout offers a variety of drink choices. Try the lavender fizzy if you want a refreshing and tangy drink. If you have spent the day in the sun, the aloe slush is perfect. Finally, color-changing lemonade is a fun choice as you can watch it change from blue to bright purple when you add lemon juice. 

Even if you prefer meat with your meals, you need to try this cafe. The menu boasts many wonderful comfort foods with a vegan twist. The brick-and-mortar store is cute, and you can enjoy the great weather while enjoying a healthy vegan meal. 

Insider Tip:
If you are heading to Sprout Vegan Cafe, check out their live music sessions and arrive early to get a seat. The cafe also offers special picnic lunches, which are simply spectacular.