Best vegan restaurants in Sydney
Solander Dining And Bar
When naturalist Daniel Solander arrived in Sydney in 1770 he meticulously researched the region’s flora and fauna. Solander Dining And Bar is not only named after the botanist who was integral to the early documentation of Australian plants, it now has a new flora and fauna-inspired menu designed in his honour. Start with the macadamia nut cheese and baby beets entrée and finish with a ‘Flora’ main of braised artichokes, asparagus, black barley and hickory-smoked corn. 65 Sussex St, Sydney.
Bodhi Restaurant Bar
Bodhi Restaurant Bar was ahead of the curve when it opened a 100 per cent vegan eatery in Sydney in 1988, and is still considered one of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney. The family-owned business run by third-generation restaurateur, Heaven Leigh, is now located in Sydney’s historic Cook + Phillip Park. Bodhi specialises in vegan yum cha and Asian cuisine and has an extensive pan-Asian menu, too. The go-to dishes are charcoal gnocchi with Sichuan chilli bean sauce, snow peas and asparagus and mango salad with crispy tofu. 2/4 College St, Sydney.
Yellow made waves in Sydney when it officially relaunched as a vegetarian restaurant in February 2016. Now, the two-hatted vegetarian bistro focuses solely on locally grown heirloom vegetables inspired by the meat-free dining scene in Europe. Yellow offers a vegan tasting menu that includes asparagus, barley miso, nectarine and wattleseed to start; cauliflower, macadamia and vermouth soy as a main; and honeydew sorbet, yuzu curd, young coconut and peppermint for dessert. Yellow also has a special weekend brunch menu aimed at vegans. 57 MacLeay St, Potts Point.
Alibi is the first cocktail bar in Sydney to offer a 100 per cent plant-based dining menu. Those who don’t enjoy eating anything with a face will love the kimchi dumplings with sesame and ginger foam, heirloom tomato and zucchini lasagna with pistachio pesto and a fun take on the Roman classic pasta, cacio e pepe, with kelp noodles and crispy olives. The cocktail list is predominantly plant-focused featuring loads of botanicals, fruit and vegetables. Inside Ovolo Hotel, 6 Cowper Wharf Rd, Woolloomooloo.
The Squire’s Landing
The meat-free movement is gaining momentum worldwide. And we reckon this pimped-up pina colada dessert would seduce the most strident carnivore to consider ‘living on the veg’ when it came time for dessert at Squire’s Landing. Elbow those food bloggers out of the way to get your slice of the pina colada pie, which comprises a vegan and gluten-free almond coconut cake, toasted shredded coconut, pineapple and lime sorbet. Herbivores unite. Circular Quay, The Rocks.
O Bar and Dining
Chef Darren Templeman’s passion for produce, flavour and technique informs the vegan menu at O Bar and Dining. Vegans love that this temple to fine dining is inclusive, offering options that go above and beyond the obligatory few salads and sides. As the sustainability movement gains momentum around the globe, we predict more and more people will find plant-based menus an attractive option. Highlights included the grilled brassicas with shaved raw fennel and sweet garlic and the chickpea miso-roasted wheat berries, portobello mushroom, confit eschallot and charred fermented daikon. Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George St, Sydney.
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