If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you’ve probably heard the incredibly hilarious saying that goes something along the lines of; ‘How do you tell of someone is vegan? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you’, often punctuated with an expletive or two. However, that’s often not the case, with many an ethically-influenced eater piecing together something from the bottom of the menu in order not to cause a scene when out with friends or family. Well, Sydney: gone are those days, because we’ve headed out to source some of the best plant-based fare that the city has to offer. The only hard part now is avoiding the inevitable overwhelming feeling of too much choice… #sorrynotsorry.
367 Pitt St, Sydney
It’s been said – once or twice – that Mother knows best. When it comes to Sydney’s vegetarian and vegan scene, the maxim is spot on. With a variety of traditional and original dishes, Mother Chu’s strives to create a true taste experience, coupled with impeccable service. Take our word for it, every dish consists of the best and freshest produce. Who said eating ethically has to mean a second-class meal?
Shop 4, 14-20 Station Street East, Harris Park
Ever wondered what a Tandoori paneer pizza might taste like? Wonder no more, my vege friends, because Chat Kazz has this bad boy on its books. This all-vegetarian restaurant offers a mouth-watering menu of Indian-style fast-food, so definately give it a go. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, give the cumin soda a whizz. You never know till you try…
379 King Street, Newtown
In Newtown, one of Sydney’s most diverse & vibrant suburbs, sits a little gem called Gigi Pizzaria. They’ve been serving up sumptuous vegetarian treats for seven years, so you can be sure they know their stuff. In fact, the sheer number of times Gigi’s has been featured in ‘good food guides’ around Sydney proves it.
A personal favourite from the menu is the Funghi e Radicchio – a pizza topped with
Swiss brown mushrooms, garlic, dairy free blue cheese, parsley, radicchio, & roasted walnuts, extra virgin olive oil. Hot damn.
Shop 6, 18-20 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown
If you’re an ethical vege/vegan and you miss that meaty taste, but don’t want to slice off a bit of a pig to get it, Loving Hut may just be for you. Boasting a menu which includes such delights as viet-style chicken salad, banh cuon rice noodles, vegan-friendly pho and sweet and sour ‘fish’, Loving Hut is a must-visit for Sydney-siders looking for something delicious, wallet-friendly and cruelty-free.
95 Bondi Road, Bondi
The Plant Gallery might sound like something you’d see in Little Shop of Horrors, but when it comes to this Sydney-based vege restaurant, it’s anything but horrifying. The opening menu included raw vegan Peruvian dishes such as smoky gazpacho shots, Caesar salad with eggplant bacon and coconut crisps; zucchini spaghetti swirled through with a Romesco-like sauce and an Inca berry cheesecake with orange nut crumble. A mainstay today is the chocolate and walnut brownie… and who can argue with that?
49 Perouse Road, Randwick
The easiest way to win over a die-hard meat eater to vegan food is, without a doubt, a big, juicy burger. At Soul Burger, they’ve made this their mission, offering a menu which features every type of burger you could wish for – from mushrooms or chickpeas to chilli beef, sausage and battered fish – all without harming the hair on one little pigs’ chinny chin chin.
57 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Sick of heading out for dinner and finding one or two vegetarian options down the bottom of the menu that almost look like they’ve been added as an afterthought? So were the owners of Yellow. To combat the lacklustre emphasis on vegetable-based cuisine, Yellow re-launched their dinner menu to be 100% vegetarian in February 2016. Since then, the restaurant has maintained its reputation as a leader on Sydney’s vege/vegan scene. The reason? According to the owners, by treating vegetables with the same consideration as protein, they aim to show that vegetarian dishes are just as delicious as any other menu item. And believe us when we say that they pull. it. off.
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By Courtney White