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The 9 Best Vegetarian Cheap Eats in Sydney

There’s never been a better time to be vegetarian in Sydney. The movement is having a moment, with many eateries offering meatless menus [link to best veg restaurants], or at the very least, a solid range of plant-based plates that don’t fall under ‘salads and sides.’ What’s more, going green no longer means splashing a ton of cash every time you eat out. Thanks to the growing demand for meat-free meals, there are plenty of places dishing up veggie delights on the cheap.

To fill up on wholesome, delicious vegetarian fare without breaking the budget, head to these hotspots.

Mother Chu Restaurant Sydney Sitchu
Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen

When you’re in the city, stop in at Mother Chu’s, where a steaming bowl of stir-fried noodles with veggies will set you back less than $10. If you’re still hungry, opt for the eggplant and tofu main with miso sauce, or tempeh stir-fry with walnuts, snow peas and broccoli. At this no-frills eatery, service is quick, making it perfect for lunch breaks. 

367 Pitt Street, Sydney

Laurie’s Vegetarian

In Bondi, this rustic eatery is the local go-to for hearty, homestyle meals. Laurie’s serves up a range of soups, pies, salads, hotspots, curries and burgers, all of which are packed with plant-free goodness. The prices are beyond reasonable – we’re talking $6-$12. Seating is limited, so grab takeaway and take it down to the beach!

286 Bondi Road, Bondi

Blossoming Lotus

With locations in Newtown (Sydney’s vegetarian capital) and the city, your traditional Thai fix is never too far away. The vegetarian eatery doles out delicious rice, noodle and curry dishes, but the buffet is the way to go. Choose a base, and pile it high with soy meats, vegetable buns, rice paper rolls and sticky rice.

Newtown and Chinatown

Top tip: If pho is calling your name, Golden Lotus’ vegetarian version is amazing.

Vegetarian Stock
Daily Eats

Whether you’re a committed vegetarian or just dabbling with Meatless Mondays, Daily Eats caters to that. The wholefoods café serves up plant-based meals such as the Green Seasonal Bowl, brimming with sautéed veggies, kale, avocado, poached eggs, apple, sumac and tamari seeds, plus extras like haloumi. Pair yours with a Single O coffee, and a not-so-cheeky slice of gluten-free cake.

Shop 14, 425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Shanghai Night

For authentic Chinese food, go to Shanghai Night, a dumpling and noodle house [link to cheap and cheerful noodle houses blog] that’s buzzing every night. The food is excellent, the portions are generous, and the prices are low. Order the steamed vegetarian dumplings, then follow up with the baby bok choy in oyster sauce, or the mixed mushrooms with seasonal veggies.

275 Liverpool Road, Ashfield

Zeus Street Greek Cafe Drummoyne Sitchu
Zeus Street Greek

We hope you’re hungry, because you’ll want to try everything at Zeus Street Greek. Begin with the spanakopita, falafel, or feta filo fingers drizzled with honey and sesame, and then move onto the Stavros Stavrou pita. Stuffed with olive tapenade, caramelised onions, tzatziki, tomato, parsley, and grilled haloumi [link to halloumi blog], it’ll convince any carnivore to have a bite (or three).

CBD, Surry Hills, Broadway, Rosebery, Drummoyne, Dulwich Hill, Gladesville, Cronulla

Pilgrims

After making its mark on the South Coast, Pilgrims landed on Cronulla’s sandy shores. The well-priced, all-vegetarian café serves breakfast and lunch daily, plus a Mexican-themed dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights: think nachos, tacos, quesadillas and burrito bowls. If you’re there during the day, order a wholemeal toastie or the Bliss Burger – it’s legendary.

Cronulla, Milton, Huskisson

Mamak
Mamak

At this award-winning restaurant, the food and the prices reflect those of the street carts that peddle Kuala Lumpur. You may have to wait in line, but don’t worry – it moves quickly. Once you’re in, order the crispy yet fluffy roti canai, and chase it up with kari sayur, a vegetarian curry with lentils, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and eggplant.

Haymarket and Chatswood

Soul Burger

Sometimes, you just need a burger. When the craving strikes, Sydney’s first plant-based burger joint doesn’t disappoint. The grilled Portobello mushroom burger is our pick, with lettuce, tomato, Spanish onions, roasted peppers and basil pesto. The falafel and chilli ‘beef’ burgers are equally satisfying. Whatever you decide, wash it down with a coconut shake – the coconut ice-cream is made fresh daily.

Randwick, Glebe and Parramatta

Top tip: Looking for vegetarian fast food in the CBD? Go to Lord of the Fries, which is famous for its burgers, hot dogs, fries (naturally) and homemade sauces.

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