Ph: 09 399 2361​

63-67 Nelson Street
Auckland, 1010
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Opening Hours

SUN 11:00am - 11:00pm
MON 11:00am - 11:00pm
TUE 11:00am - 11:00pm
WED 11:00am - 11:00pm
THU 11:00am - 11:00pm
FRI 11:00am - 11:00pm
SAT 11:00am - 11:00pm

The Details

  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • South-East Asian
  • Thai
  • Vegetarian / Vegan
Need to Know
  • Eco Friendly
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Dates
  • Healthy Options
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert

The Verdict

Who said plant-based eating had to be boring? We think not. Gone are the days of salads and mushroom burgers being the only plant-based options on the menu thanks to eateries like East—Auckland’s Asian-Vegetarian restaurant.  

Located on the ground floor of Auckland’s Sudima Hotel on Nelson Street, East offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian options served up with style, in fact, 75 per cent of the dishes on offer are vegan so there are plenty of options for you to dig into. 

The brains behind the veggie eatery are the Jhunjhnuwala family, who are actually vegetarians themselves, so we think it’s fair to say they know what they’re doing when it comes to plant-based eating. They believe that sacrificing meat doesn’t mean sacrificing taste, no siree! And trust us, once you’ve tasted their fare, you’ll completely agree. 

Now get the idea of salad and raw veggies out of your head as East is home to big, bold and vibrant Asian dishes that will leave your palate pining for more. Using a variety of ingredients the Chefs bring inspiration from Japan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka to create an explosion of flavour that’ll even turn the most die-hard carnivores. 

With an ethos of high impact on taste and low impact on the environment, the menu focuses on sustainable, health-conscious dining that doesn’t skimp on flavour. Think of all your fave Asian classics coming together for one big party in your mouth. You’ve got flavoursome curries, fresh papaya salads, bao buns, dumplings, oodles of noodles and some delightful surprises—damn we’re hungry, let’s just delve right into it, shall we? 

Designed for sharing, order up a few dishes and you’re good to go. The crispy cups, filled with pineapple and Thai chilli jam are the perfect one-bite starter, this delicate little package is served with a tangy tamarind reduction, which will leave your palate feeling oh so refreshed.  

Now onto the small plates—the larb salad, cos lettuce wraps are made from soy mince but certainly don’t lack in texture, they’re a beautiful blend of crunchy yet soft, while the prik nam pla (A traditional Thai dipping sauce, with a vegan twist) adds a balance of sweet and salty to the dish. 

The gochujang cauliflower smothered in red-chilli paste sauce is to die for—warning they're devilishly moreish! While the ginger caramelised bang bang shitake mushrooms will spice up your life and will have you coming back for more even if spice isn’t your thang. 

No meal is complete without our fave tasty little morsels—dumplings.  We could devour platefuls of the steamed mushroom and truffle dumplings served with goji and chilli oil and we advise you to, too. Get in our bellies. 

Now unbuckle your belt a few notches as there's way more to come. If you’re after something on the larger side, opt for the Penang curry, a mild creamy curry filled with fresh ingredients like lotus root, mushrooms, kumara and plenty of other veggies. Pair this with jasmine rice and you’ve got a dish fit for a Raja. Another dish that pairs well with rice is the caramelised black pepper tofu, now this dish is truly to die for and if you like spice then it’s a match made in heaven. 

Get your slurp on with the char kway teow noodles—think thick flat stir-fried noodles with shitake mushrooms, egg, garlic, and chive. Yum. Our fave dish has to be the Peking jackfruit pancakes, they're meant for sharing but we could definitely demolish this plate to ourselves with ease. 

We can’t forget about dessert, especially when it tastes as good as these do. Sink your teeth into the East Brûlée—trust us,  you won’t forget this anytime soon. If that doesn’t entice you then the sound of salted caramel chocolate tart should do. Completely vegan and served with coconut sorbet, this wonderful creation can only be described as a culinary masterpiece. So, if you want to end your dining experience on a high, then we seriously suggest ordering one, two or even three of these bad boys. 

What do you wash all this delicious grub down with? As well as having an entirely plant-based menu, the wine list is 100 per cent organic and vegan, so you can drink all night long without the guilt, well kind of. You can even treat yourself to some after-dinner drinks with a view at Sudima's new rooftop bar, Sunset

Not only is the food at East impressive, but the space itself is equally as stunning and both combined provide a stylish and delicious vegetarian dining experience that is rare to find in Auckland. It’s refreshing to see a restaurant putting in the effort to dish up sustainable healthy dishes that can be enjoyed by everyone. 

So, whether you want to jump on the meat-free Mondays bandwagon, become completely vegan or simply just want to try something new East is all the inspiration that you need. 

Image credit: East.

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