Sydney eateries are dishing the vegan love like never before. It’s hard to know where it started—perhaps with Gelato Blue or Gigi’s in Newtown, the vegan pub food at Rozelle’s Green Lion, or the plants-only high-end menu at Yellow in Potts Point.
Either way, we’re pretty happy the hype is rising over plant-based foodie goodness. Here are a few new vegetarian and vegan-friendly places in Sydney you need to check out ASAP.
Greek Vegan Bakery
The name leaves surprises. Since opening their Revesby kitchen in 2017, the family-run Greek Vegan Bakery has peddled their famous animal-free spanakopita (with vegan feta imported straight from Greece), moussaka (with mushroom “mince”), and galaktoboureko (with vanilla cream made from almond milk) to the hungry masses. Now, they’ve opened up their own cafe in Newtown, the heartland of vegan hospitality, and we’re cheering. They’re kicking all the dietary-requirement goals too, because each day they’ve got tasty gluten-free options to boot. This place is open Monday to Friday.
This vegan Thai kitchen quietly opened its doors in May, just down from the Warren View Hotel. They hired The Canary Studio for the handsome fit-out, complete with a pink neon sign that reminds diners, “You are what you eat”. Thankfully, they haven’t just copied-and-pasted another ho-hum Thai menu. Yes, there’s an appearance from old faithfuls like the pad thai, pineapple fried rice and tom yum soups, but there are less-common additions like khao soi with tempeh; and a mod-Thai spin-off in the red curry arancini. All dishes are presented thoughtfully and prettily, complete with flower petals. Open 7 days, 11am–10pm
On the ground floor of some pretty ordinary apartments on the eastern end of Parramatta Road, there’s a new mod-Ethiopian eatery that’s got Camperdowners frothing. Since opening in March, Alem’s House has developed such a strong following—in less than a month, demand was such that they opened for dinner service, too. Plant-eaters will be happy chappies during the all-vegan (and gluten-free!) lunch menu. Each dish is a breezy $8, and served with injera, the deliciously Ethiopian fermented flatbread. Try the mooreish misr wat of spiced red lentils or the gomen, a lightly sauteed dish of spinach, garlic and ginger. Diners are gently encouraged to eat with their right hand, as per the traditional Ethiopian custom.
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