The vegan trend has well and truly swept Sydney. There are restaurants from the city to the sea serving up fresh, delicious plant-based food that not only nourishes the body, but also tickles the tastebuds. For your vegan foodie fix, make your way to these restaurants – and don’t be afraid to bring your meat-loving friends! They’re that good.
Introducing: Sydney’s first plant-based burger joint, Soul Burger. The burgers are big and juicy, filled with plant-based patties (like falafel), as well as lettuce, mushrooms, onion, tomato relish, mustard aioli and vegan cheese and chorizo. There are also thick-cut sweet potato chips on offer, coconut milk-based shakes, and a selection of organic beers and soft drinks.
Randwick, Glebe and Parramatta
The menu is a fusion of Asian and South American: think rice paper rolls, pho, Vietnamese tarts, vegan san choy bow, quinoa salads and buckwheat noodles. Every plate is nourishing, filling and loaded with superfoods, and the vegan cheesecake is the perfect finisher. The restaurant is so popular, it has two-hour sittings every night, so be sure to book.
315 Cleveland Street, Redfern
Tucked inside The Red Lion in Rozelle, The Green Lion is Sydney’s first vegan pub. Here, you’ll find classic pub meals that are completely vegan, such as burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese, tacos, pizzas and even hot dogs. If you can’t decide, opt for a beefless burger and a side of fries, which are drizzled in vegan gravy and cheese.
726 Darling Street, Rozelle
An eatery that went 100% vegetarian about a year ago, Yellow has a vegan focus, and every plate features produce grown by local suppliers. The restaurant is a la carte during the week, and offers three- and five-course tasting menus on Saturdays. Set inside a converted 1950s art gallery, Yellow is as achingly hip as it is healthy.
57 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Though it’s not strictly vegan, there are plenty of options to choose from. The menu is mostly Asian-inspired, but there are a few dishes that can be described as Central American or Moroccan. Get there early to score a table as it gets quite busy, and sip on a glass of vegan wine while munching on ginger dumplings.
417 Crown Street, Surry Hills
In prime position on Woolloomooloo Wharf, OTTO Ristorante has fine dining down to a tee – and they cater to vegans too. The restaurant offers a vegan degustation, and it’s incredible. It changes regularly, but you can expect to enjoy zucchini flowers, ravioli topped with vegan cheese and pistachio, creamy mushroom risotto and desserts to match.
8/6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
The feel-good restaurant Lentil as Anything dishes up a range of delicious vegan food. While the menu changes all the time, you can usually expect hummus, lentil dahl, veggie patties, vegan burgers and Sri Lankan and Malaysian delights. Diners sit at friendly communal tables, and pay whatever they feel the meal is worth, and all profits go to charity.
391 King Street, Newtown
After a decade whipping up cheesy pizzas, Gigi’s went vegan in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Foodies flock here for the arancini, potato croquettes, eggplant parmigiana, and of course, the pizza – whose dough has been given pizza’s highest honour: an accreditation from the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN).
379 King Street, Newtown
Vegan food, served up buffet-style? Yes, please! A staple on Sydney’s vegan dining scene, Green Gourmet has over 130 items on its menu, most of them Chinese. It works like this: you choose what you want to eat and how much, and you then pay by weight. Easy. Many of the options are gluten-free, making it a great place for varyinf dietary requirements.
St Leonards and Newtown