Healthy, Sydney dining venues that will put an end to “cheat night”.
The most common downfall of the social dieter is dinner plans. Breakfast outings never lead us astray, with all the incredible healthy cafe options in Sydney. We remain on track for lunch, with midday restaurants and healthy take-away eateries. Though, when it comes to dinner, why do all the options for a fun night out seem to induce heart disease and encourage our early demise? We’ve decided to tackle this issue to uncover Sydney’s healthiest, and tastiest dinner options.
Executive Chef Simon Lawson brings Australia’s largest organic licensed restaurant to Sydney’s south east. He maintains a fiery passion to break down the stigma that organic food is expensive and tasteless. Further emphasising this by establishing the Agapé Organic Food Truck. The rotating menu encompasses the same fast-and-tasty food truck love, though adds an organic twist. Healthy nachos, pumpkin and lentil dahl and their famous handmade spelt pizzas are all regulars on the menu. The restaurant menu is very similar, though includes starters like red heirloom eggplants stuffed with quinoa, chia, pomegranate, and chimichurri. Healthy pizzas, superfood salads and their renowned street foods are what to expect from this suburban delight! Group feast menus are also available.
1385 Botany Road, Botany NSW 2019 (corner of Botany Road and Bay Street), 02 8668 5777, Open Dinner Tues-Sat from 6pm, Lunch Fri 11.30am-3pm, Brunch, Sat 8am-2.30pm.
Nothing leaves you feeling better than doing a good deed for your community. In foodie world, the concept behind this restaurant is probably the most philanthropic deed we can think of. A ‘pay-as-you-can-afford’ billing model. The non-for-profit organisation relies solely on donations to provide quality, vegan meals to those who rarely tend to treat themselves. The menu is constantly rotating with fresh, tasty, vegetarian goodness! Pop-in for a feel-good meal that supports a feel-good cause.
This Bondi treasure serves healthy, organic breakfasts, lunches and dinners over the Bondi shoreline. The dinner menu encourages the meeting of individual needs, so making allergy or diet adjustments is definitely not shunned. Cheese & Charcuterie boards are tailored to your personal preferences by staff. Whilst light meals like coconut king prawns, and shaved zucchini salad are popular favourites. The main meals have been nipped out of a health-food cook book! With BBQ salmon, quinoa and fennel orange, as well as chicken and seasonal vegetable pie, to name a few. The Bar, next door, serves tailored red and white wines to suit your choice of meal, as well as signature cocktails and craft beers on tap should you wish to balance out all the healthy eating.
Shop 5, 39-53 Campbell Parade North Bondi Sydney, 02 9130 2200, Open seven days, 7am – Late
Gigi, on King Street, is one of the few Sydney pizzeria’s that adheres to the ‘Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana’. This means, their pizzas are made according to specific regulations. These include using hand-stretched dough, traditional toppings and wood-firing their pizzas, the Napoli way. These regulations are well-implemented through their plant-based, vegan menu. Gigi’s Vegan pizzas and calzones are made using fresh produce, that replaces the texture of cheese, rather than using faux-cheeses. If you’re still sceptical, you can check out the out-the-door queue outside this rave-worthy pizza joint.
379 King Street, Newtown, 9557 2224, open 7 nights. 6pm – 10.30pm.
Nga Chu (Miss Chu) isn’t known as the ‘Queen of the Rice Paper Roll’ for no reason! Her Vietnamese/Western merge creates a first of its kind style menu. There is a heavy Vietnamese influence that lies behind main dishes like rice paper rolls, spring rolls, dumplings and steamed buns. Though the different flavours and ingredients customise to Western tastes like barbequed meats, quinoa and super-food salads, as well as vegan options. These healthy, refreshing bites are available for catering services as well as dine-in at all venues.
Darlinghurst – 150 Bourke St, Darlinghurst, 02 8356 9988; Bondi – 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, 02 9365 7762; CBD – 501 George St, Sydney, 02 9283 0357; Glebe – 199 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
This Japanese-influenced gem prides itself on fusing old traditions, with new ideas. How does mixing popcorn, seaweed and chilli sound to you? Or edamame, white truffle, chilli and orange? The word that comes to mind is, interesting! Which can only amount to a fun night out with friends. Though, one thing that remains central with all dishes is that they are fun, healthy and made-to-share. Totally not abusing our diets!
26-28 Pittwater Rd, Manly, 9977 7461, Open Tuesday — Thursday-Bar & Dinner 5:30pm — late, Friday — Sunday-Bar & Dinner 5:00pm — 10:00pm
Have you discovered this hidden gem yet? Nestled between St Mary’s Cathedral and the Cook and Phillip Park Pool, it is the ultimate hidden CBD location. This Buddhist-inspired, vegan restaurant has been around since 1988. The dinner menu takes form of an oriental tapas style that includes all vegan essentials. An array of dumplings, steamed buns, spring rolls and other vegetable creations are available. Mains include stir-fry, tofu and mushroom based meals. The parkland setting doesn’t stray from its vegan focus, and neither does its wine list. With carefully selected wines that are either certified organic, bio-dynamic or vegan.
2-4 College St, Sydney, 02 9360 2523, Yum Cha Open 11am-4pm 7 days, Dinner 5pm-10pm Tue-Sun
Functions till 1am
An obvious favourite, known by all foodies past and present. Bill Granger’s first Darlinghurst restaurant was established with the intent of casual Australian dining. From Darlinghurst breakfast, his menu extended to continue the freshness throughout lunch and dinner. The Surry Hills and Bondi venues are the only two available for dinner. Starters include zucchini fritters, beet and pomegranate salad, and eggplant and tofu, to name a few. Selected fish, meat and vegetarian options like lentils, formulate the mains. As well as Asian greens and other vegetables that make up the side dishes.
79 Hall St, Bondi Beach, 02 8412 0700, Open Mon to Sun 7am – 10pm, lunch from midday, dinner from 5pm
Porch and Parlour are renowned for their healthy brunch options. They are a popular favourite that shines throughout this competitive market in Bondi. Thankfully, they are now open for dinner. From Wednesday to Saturday nights you can enjoy an array of healthy Bondi delights. Cheese or vegetable tasting boards, are paired with natural, organic wines that rotate regularly. These are also complimented by the house wine list that has been perfectly selected to suit the dinner menu options. Dinner is designed to share with lots of veggie dishes, circling around a mushroom and eggplant base. Pumpkin ravioli will compensate for the carb lovers. Whilst braised lamb ribs and crispy pork belly should satisfy the meat eaters.
7-18/110 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi NSW 2026, 02 9300 0111, Open Monday – Tuesday 6.30am – 3pm, Wednesday – Sunday 6.30am – 10pm
This relaxed local hangout turns its focus on locally sourced, sustainable produce. Meaning, their dinner menu is full of health, tasty options to satisfy your dieting conscience. Seafood like oysters, trout and tuna are a big part of the menu. Perfect for the Bondi, beachside environment. Veggies definitely override the larger part of the menu, with the restaurant being vegetarian favoured. Chicken, duck and other meats have their own section mixed in with some veggioe delights on the side. A share menu is also available, which allows your to try a bit of everything in small portions.
Curlewis St & Gould St, Bondi Beach, 02 9130 3218, Open weekdays 7am – 10pm and weekends 8am – 10pm
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