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 weight gain 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.
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.
This Japanese-influenced gem prides itself on fusing old traditions, with new ideas. There are plenty of calorie friendly items on the menu, including the tea smoked trout, served with buckwheat soba noodles, pickled cucumber, edamame, mint, tamari and sesam. Sunset Sabi also offers a range of light salads plus a full raw and sushi menu. Just be sure to stay away from the sh*tballs ($10.00) – these fried rice balls loaded with cheese and mushrooms won’t be doing your waistline any favours, despite being SUPER delicious.
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 veggie 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
Located on Crown Street in Surry Hills, opposite The Clock Hotel, Yulli’s is one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Sydney. No boring, bland vegetarian bakes here, their dishes are all packaged with flavour and well priced. Think miso baked eggplant or wild mushroom pizza topped with goats cheese and truffle oil. Tick off your five-a-day and order some Korean fried broccolini or stuffed capsicums. This restaurant doubles as a bar so if you are trying to balance out your healthy eating with a cheeky drink check out their strong craft beer list. You’ll also want to make a booking, this place gets busy most days of the week.
417 Crown St, Surry Hills 2010, 02 9319 6609, Open Mon 5 – 11pm, Tues – Wed 11.30am – 11pm, Thurs – Sat 11.30am – 12am, Sun 11.30 – 10pm
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