Headed to the land down under? Sydney, Australia is known for its strong plant-based dining scene, with vegan and vegetarian restaurants rampant around town. From burgers and pizzas to sushi and fine Thai food, whatever your’e craving, Sydney’s range of vegan restaurants will have you covered. Here are just 4 of our picks alongwith their signature dishes, so check out these 4 Top Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Yellow, Sydney, NSW
Yellow is a vegetarian bistro in Potts Point from the award-winning team behind Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Monopole and Cirrus. It is inspired by the European dining scene where contemporary food and wine are served in an informal setting at affordable prices. Recognizing a demand for vegetarian and vegan dining in Sydney, Chef Brent Savage and his team have created a plant-based menu with a focus on interesting and heirloom vegetables, grown by local suppliers. Yellow is open seven nights a week, with brunch offered on weekends. On Saturday nights they offer tasting menus only, including a vegan tasting menu.
Signature Dishes: Parsnip Pappardelle with Yolk and Ricotta, Plum and Fennel Ice Cream, Yellow Bean with Pickled Brassica and Yoghurt
Address: 57 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia. Website.
Bodhi Restaurant Bar, Sydney, NSW
Bodhi is a purely vegan restaurant that uses no animal products or by-products in its food or beverages, which includes yum cha at lunch, tapas and shared mains in the evening, and an extensive beverage list including coffees, teas, mocktails, cocktails, local vegan and organic wines and craft beers. Its menus also follow a Buddhist cooking philosophy in that dishes are free from the five pungent vegetables– onions, garlic, green onions, chives and leeks. Bodhi is a female-led business with owner/operator Heaven Leigh at the helm, and Kitty Hong Xiao and Brooke Ng heading up the kitchen.
As a third-generation restaurateur, hospitality is in Heaven Leigh’s blood. Her grandparents ran Chinese takeaway shops in Dundas Valley and Chatswood in the 1970s and 80s called Lady Jade, and her mum, Lee-Leng Whong founded Sydney’s first vegan yum cha restaurant in Chinatown Sydney.
Signature Dishes: Braised Japanese Mushroom Tataki With Wakami & Mushroom Floss, Roasted Teriyaki Cauliflower with Nashi Pear, Fig, Pomegranate, Tofu crumble, Pumpkin Puree & Pomegranate Molasses
Address: 2/4 College St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia. Website.
Peppe’s, Sydney, NSW
Located along Bondi Road, Peppe’s is a relatively new and intimate restaurant with a simple pasta menu and natural wines by the glass. Produce is locally sourced and the pasta is made in-house daily. The all-vegan restaurant opened in 2019 this year and was conceptualised by Joe Pagliaro and Grace Watson – the brains behind Waterloo’s Paperback. The 40-square metre enclave boasts rustic, homely interiors and its kitchen is helmed by chef Joel Bennett, who had previously worked at the two-hatted Gastro Park.
Signature Dishes: Peppe’s is highly regarded for its gnocchi dishes
Address: 261 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW 2026, Australia. Website.
Vina Vegan, Sydney, NSW
Family owned and operated since 2009, Vina Vegan was brought to life simply to share traditional Vietnamese vegan recipes with people who simply want to eat better with food that is 100% vegan, gluten-free and MSG-free. The quaint and cosy restaurant on King street serves an abundance of fresh vegetables and flavourful faux meat, as well as mouthwatering plant-based renditions of classic Vietnamese dishes that cater to everyone’s tastes and preference. The restaurant is also known for its amazing customer service, and is a neighbourhood favourite.
Signature Dishes: Vina Spring Rolls with Mungbean, Carrot, Tofu, Mushroom, Taro and Vermicelli; Vina Pho Noodle Soup with basil, vegan beef or vegan chicken; Wok Tossed Red Curry Sauce with Broccoli, Mushroom, Capsicum, Potato and Snow Peas
Address: 395 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia. Website