Looking for the best vegan restaurants in Sydney? Look no further.
Sydney’s had a booming vegetarian dining scene for quite some time, however recently we’ve seen herbivore foodies (myself included) searching for something more… ethical – enter the vegan dining circuit. There’s a fine line between vegetarian and vegan, and that line is made up of eggs, dairy, and any animal by-product for that matter. Whoever said you can’t be vegan and a foodie will be eating their words, or their mung beans, as we’ve put together this list of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney.
There’s no melted mozzarella, salami or pepperoni in sight at Gigi’s, operating as a completely plant based pizzeria in Newtown. Flavour doesn’t come as an afterthought though, with the menu adhering to authentic and traditional flavours from Naples, Italy. Feast on the likes of the Marinara Tradizionale, a stone roasted pizza topped with San Marzano tomato, garlic & fresh oregano, extra virgin olive oil or a Funghi e Radicchio pizza, made with swiss brown mushrooms, garlic, dairy free blue cheese, parsley, radicchio, and roasted walnuts, extra virgin olive oil.
Gigi’s Pizzeria 379 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042, Phone: 9557 2224
The Green Lion
The Green Lion is Sydney’s first ever plant based bistro pub. Your mind isn’t playing tricks on you when you read the likes of beef tacos, mac and cheese and beef burgers. These pub favourites are made using clever meat and dairy replacements, meaning that you really can have your cake and eat it too.
Green Lion Level 1/726 Darling St, Rozelle NSW 2039
Suzy Spoons Vegetarian Butcher
Vegetarian butcher, there’s an oxymoron for you. Initially stirring up controversy as a vegetarian butcher, Suzy Spoons was apparently stirring in all the right directions, as demand for her vegan products skyrocketed in the wake of overly processed, disappointing ‘meat’ alternatives. Suzy has her own brand of vegetarian and vegan sausages, burger patties, smokey rashers, and more. Suzy Spoons doesn’t have a restaurant or eatery as such, but all of her products are available online and are sold in health food stores and small supermarkets in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, ACT and Western Australia.
Earth to Table
This raw vegan cafe is a staple on the ethical-dining circuit, created in 2012 by Julie Mitsios Australia’s leading raw food chef. With an extensive all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, Earth To Table serves up strictly organic vegan soul food that tastes as good as it looks (the ‘Rainbow Seaweed Slaw’ is almost too beautiful to touch). They also offer an extensive drinks menu serving organic smoothies, tonics, teas, and cold-pressed coffees. Make sure you visit the dessert counter on the way out.
Earth To Table 85 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction, 9029 1755. Wed-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm
Lentil As Anything
When someone mentions the words ‘pay-as-you-feel restaurant’, whether you’re a carnivore, herbivore or vegan, your interest will definitely pique. Lentil As Anything is a unique social food movement that started in Melbourne. This long-standing vegetarian and vegan community run kitchen stands by the philosophy that we should all break bread together, with all ingredients for the regularly changing menu being donated. This unique dining experience has to be experienced to be believed, visit around lunchtime during the week so you don’t end up in the weekend queue-off.
Lentil As Anything 391 King Street, Newtown, 8283 5580
Green Gourmet, Newtown and North Sydney
The name matches the exterior at this 100% vegan Chinese restaurant Following a nourishing for the mind, body, and soul philosophy (abstaining from the use of onion and garlic in their cooking for ancient spiritual purposes) their twelve-page menu has you spoiled for choice. Famed for their innovative use of tofu, they also offer the option to dine large with their banquet menu’s. Additionally Green Gourmet offers a takeaway and catering service, as well as wholesale to a handful of premium grocers.
Worth a mention is Vegan’s Choice grocer right next door, which creator Colin Fung opened with his sister Gloria due to the popularity of their takeaway food menu.
Green Gourmet (various locations)
Newtown: 115 King Street, Newtown, 9519 5330
North Sydney: 538 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, 9439 6533
Fair-trade fast-food (say that five times fast), is what it’s all about at Funky Pies in Bondi. This 100% vegan pie house will banish any bad memories you had of mystery-meat servo pies. All of their flakey vegan treats are created on site by a small but dedicated team of vegan pie connoisseurs. We suggest trying the ‘G’day Satay’ for a spicy, potato treat. You’re truly living the Aussie dream as you can chomp on your pie while staring down at Bondi Beach, but if you’re in a rush they offer takeaway containers as well. They’ve also got some good drinks and desserts on the menu, but we all know who steals the show.
Funky Pies 2/144-148 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach, 0451 944 404. Mon-Fri 7am-8.30pm, Sat & Sun 11am-8.30pm
Chances are, whether you’re vegetarian or vegan, you’ve been around this organic block before. A visit to Iku Wholefood is like a vegan initiation, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a treats cabinet. Their ‘Macroburger’ or ‘Vegetable and Tomato Lasagne’ are both top favourites on our list, but if you’re on-the-go you can grab one of their mezze snack boxes. There’s plenty of Iku Wholefood’s dotted all over Sydney’s map.
Iku Wholefood (see locations here)
Bodhi Restaurant and Bar
If devouring yum-cha under the stars with snake-charmers and fire-dancers sounds like your cup of green tea, then look no further than Bodhi Restaurant and Bar. Pioneering vegan yum-cha in Sydney, Bodhi serves up imitation meat (largely substituted with tofu and soy) dishes that will have any carnivore fooled (vegetarian peking ‘duck’ anyone?). They don’t have a set lunch menu, as their famed yum-cha menu is constantly being re-veggified. Bodhi serves up a generous Pan-Asian menu, so you can find a little bit of everything flavoursome from the East. The outdoor bar area gets busy on the weekend, so if you want a more intimate sit-down meal they’ve got you covered with indoor seating.
Bodhi Restaurant and Bar 2-4 College Street, Sydney 9360 2523. Yum Cha 11am-4pm, Dinner Tues-Sun 5-10pm
Nestled amongst traditional oriental flavours that line The Spot in Randwick lies something quite unconventional. Soul Burger is out to revolutionise Sydney’s bustling burger market. However, the franchise, with a second store located in Glebe, is reshaping the dude food trend without an animal product in sight. The Eat Drink Play team more recently got to check it out. You can read the full review here.
Soul Burger 49 Perouse Road, Randwick
Open Mon-Fri: 12.30pm-3.30pm, 5pm-9.30pm; Sat: 12pm-9.30pm; Sun: 12pm-8.30pm