And here we were thinking vegans in Sydney had it hard. It seems there’s no better place!
Australia is going bonkers for plant-based diets, and Sydney is leading the charge with many new restaurants going vegan entirely, while mixed restaurants conjure up sizeable side menus for our Earth-friendly fiends. The list of vegan restaurants is huge; so huge in fact that we’ve added a bonus 11th restaurant at the end. You’ll never guess who has embraced veganism lately…
Lentil As Anything
Lentil As Anything opened their doors to Sydney in 2014, sharing a seasonal menu that changes daily. Check their Instagram out for the daily menu changes. Located in the bohemian world of Newtown, this place dishes up more than vegan dishes; they also play a stake in the local arts and crafts scene. Drop by and surprise yourself!
Govindas Cinema and Restaurant
You read that right: a vegan/vegetarian buffet restaurant with a cinema on the side. And no, it’s not a recent creation. Welcome to Govindas, a plant-based Indian restaurant that has been operating in Sydney for over 40 years. It’s more like an institution, really. Earth-friendly dinner and a show? Yes please!
Fine dining meets plant-based food – and this isn’t the only fine dining vegan restaurant on our list. Welcome to Paperbark, featuring a weekly-changing menu served as part of a three-course meal. Located in the vibrant inner suburb of Waterloo, their seasonal menu consists of fancy creations. Imagine a pumpkin tostada with carrot, wattleseed Paperbark mushrooms, macadamia and finger lime.
Bodhi Restaurant & Bar
Bodhi is a full-vegan restaurant, which also follows the Buddhist cooking philosophy of no onion, garlic, chives, leeks and spring onions. Head in for a Yum Cha lunch or tickle yourself fancy with a tapas-style dinner. How about some “chicken” sliders, with spicy Malay peanut sauce, cucumber & Asian herbs in a gua bao bun. Oh, they also have a beautiful bar serving some wild concoctions.
The Golden Lotus
Saigon never tasted so good! Allow me to introduce The Golden Lotus, a 100% vegan restaurant that serves up classic Vietnamese cuisine with a healthy twist. Among the plant-based dishes are some imitation meat and poultry, using soybean protein to play a nice culinary trick. Pretend to be guilty, if you wish. How about a vegan vermicelli noodle with char-grilled “pork” skewer?
It sounds a bit like a gangsta name, but don’t expect any beef at this place. Yulli’s is both a dining establishment and a brewery, where both sides of the business are 100% vegan. Drink and eat without the exorbitant calories! We recommend keeping room for dessert too. Especially for the sweet potato doughnuts with coconut sabayon. The healthiness depends on how much sugar you add.
It’s a watering hole, a high-end cafe and an a la carte kitchen all rolled into one! The kitchen is run by Matthew Kenney, a world-renowned plant-based chef. As the website states, Alibi is your hideout away from home. It’s your partner in crime. It’s the perfect excuse to live an Earthly lifestyle. And that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice on taste. Don’t fret, Matthew will see to that!
Escape the hustle and bustle of the raving city and find yourself planted firmly in Petersham. More exactly in Ruby Lonesome, an eclectic corner cafe serving The Little Marionette coffee and a meat-free menu. Order yourself something simple like avo on toast or go crazy on their cakes and treats, or even a brekky roll with kale and cauliflower vegan sausage, crispy baked kale, house-made tomato and whisky relish and a side of hash brown. Now that’s a great way to wake up!
Fine dining is fine by us! Welcome to Yellow, a vegetarian/vegan establishment in Barangaroo. Their dining lists consist of a la carte dinners, weekend brunches, tapas-style share plates, and specialty tasting menus. They also host special event dinners and lunches. They even have a wine list to match with their vegetarian and vegan dishes. How fancy!
Welcome to Sydney’s first vegan deli cafe, dishing out a devilishly delicious menu that plays the devil’s advocate for veganism. If you don’t watch yourself, they might just convert you. Don’t expect healthy salads laced with kale and lettuce, they’ve got more cunning things to share. How about a No Whey José, featuring house-made Cuban “ham”, BBQ pulled jackfruit, pickled gherkins, dijon mustard, house-made mojo sauce and cheddar “cheese” on toasted sourdough. Or even vegan waffles topped with sweet gelato…
Bonus: Maybe Frank Pizzeria
Perhaps your tastebuds are yearning for a guiltier plant-based pleasure. Maybe you need pizza? To be frank, we highly recommend Maybe Frank! While most Sydney vegans know that Gigi’s is the best plant-based pizza establishment, sometimes you need to give your meat-loving friends some options too. As well as vegan options, Maybe Frank also caters to coeliacs or those who have an aversion to gluten. Mind you, the Maybe Frank vegan options are only available at the Surry Hills establishment.
Feature image: Rice Paper Rolls. Photographed by Ella Olsson. Image via Unsplash.