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SYDNEY EXPLORED: VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN EATS

The article is written by Maddison Reynolds

With year-round sunshine and bikini-clad beaches, it is no wonder that Sydneysiders are some of the most health conscious in Australia. There is an array of amazing dining options for vegan, vegetarian and conscious eaters alike on offer all over the city. We’ve compiled a list of a few local favourites to try, at your tasting pleasure.

CHEAP EATS

Funky Pies
2/144-148 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach

There’s nothing more Australian than the humble pie, which is now vegan, thanks to Funky Pies. The 100 per-cent vegan, pastry-creators have a café in Bondi where they serve their fresh baked pies and fair-trade organic coffee.

Bestseller The Funky Chunky, and 15 other pastries are on offer at the Bondi store. The Funky Chunky is filled with gravy, mashed potato, onion, garlic and shiitake mushroom.

Funky Pies also sells wholesale to a number of health food stores and cafes. Head to their website to find your closest outlet. 

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Gelato Blue
318 King St, Newtown

Gelato Blue is Sydney’s first plant-based gelateria is a favourite for dairy and non-dairy eaters alike. Since going entirely plant-based in 2016, the family-run business has used coconut milk and cream as a base to create their gelato flavours.

Menu highlights include Banana Split, Peanut Butter Fudge and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie. Be sure to keep an eye on their social media however as new and limited flavours are released often.

Looking for another reason to fulfil your ice-cream desires? They’ve just added 8 refined sugar-free options to the menu. 

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Lord of the Fries
10A Henry Deane Plaza. 18 Lee St, Haymarket
537 George St, Sydney
159-175 Church St, Parramatta
Dreaming of the fast-food you ate before going vegan? Look no further than Lord of the Fries, Sydney’s cult, vegan, fast-food outlet.
Lord of the Fries promotes ethical fast-food across their outlets with 100 percent vegan menus as well as low gluten, kosher and halal options. Menu offerings include a vegan Parma burger, Chicago hotdog and a range of fries with dipping sauces.
They’ve also just introduced the world-first Beyond Meat burger patty to their Original and Spicy Burger.

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MID-RANGE EATS

The Green Lion
726 Darling Street, Rozelle

The Green Lion is Sydney’s first exclusively vegan pub. The menu features all the classics from your typical Aussie RSL, except with a plant-based twist. Think ‘chicken’ parmigiana, loaded Mexican fries and ‘schnitzel’ burgers, enjoyed alongside a glass of wine or a schooner.

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Yulli’s
417 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Yulli’s is one of Surry Hill’s best known, plant-based dining hubs and offers a relaxed space where diners can feast on share plates and Asian-infused mains, free from meat.
The menu is extensive, featuring options including tempura beetroot roulade and stuffed roasted eggplant, and there’s also a great selection of craft beers on tap. While the restaurant is entirely vegetarian, it also offers up a dedicated vegan menu and vegan wine list.

TREATS

 Alibi
Ovolo Woolloomooloo
6 Cowper Wharf Roadway

Sydney’s latest plant-based venue is the brainchild of renowned chef Matthew Kenney. Alibi is inspired by Kenney’s clean approach to food without compromising on elegance and taste.

The venue, at the stunning Ovolo Woolloomooloo, features an informal lounge setting and bespoke bar, where unique and experimental cocktails are on offer.

Menu highlights include kimchi dumplings and zucchini lasagna in the mains, and coconut cream pie and hibiscus strawberry cheesecake in the desserts. The venue opened in late March and has been met by commendable reviews.

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Gigi’s Pizzeria
379 King Street, Newtown

A few years ago, Newtown icon Gigi’s made the bold move to shift its menu to an entirely plant-based offering. Since then, it has all but added to its cult-status and is arguably one of Sydney’s best-loved (and busiest) vegan restaurants.
Each menu item is carefully curated and there is no recommended dish to try here. Simply grab a group of friends and order as much as you can to get a real taste of why Gigi’s is loved so much.

Be sure to arrive early as the venue does not take bookings and it is not uncommon for lines of hungry millennial’s to wrap around the building’s corner.

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