Sydney is currently exploding with fresh new vegan eateries as Sydney-siders embrace plant-based foods in a big way. We take a look at the vegan restaurants shaking things up on the Sydney food scene. There's some new kids on the block and some old favourites making our list of the most unique vegan restaurants in Sydney.
1. Bliss & Chips: Bliss & Chips has been making waves these past few weeks ever since its sneaky secret opening. It's hard to keep a vegan fish n chip shop in Sydney a secret though and it was only a matter of hours before the crowds were flooding through the doors. Bliss & Chips is the first of its kind in Australia and has EVERYTHING you could imagine a fish n chip shop would - and even a few surprises! There's burgers, salads, seafood baskets, crabsticks, pluto pups, potato scallops AND deep fried chocolate bars (which I hear probably shouldn't be attempted after a seafood basket).
2. Sadhana Kitchen: Sadhana is Sydney's first wholefoods and raw foods café and is one of the restaurants driving the rawvolution in Sydney. It's a hit with everyone - vegans, foodies, the fitness crowd, et al - and it's easy to taste why. They've got all of Sydney's raw food needs covered, from lunchtime delivery, to Australia's first raw degustation, to a decadent high tea experience (read our review here).
3. Bodhi: Bodhi has been serving Sydney diners since 1988 and specialises in vegan yum-cha, oriental tapas, and pan-Asian cuisine. There are too many tasty morsels on offer to pick favourites, which is why we recommend going in a large group and trying as much as possible. It's not just the food at Bodhi that makes it unique, it's the beautiful parkland location; the fig trees and fairy lights make for a magical outdoor dining experience.
4. Lentil As Anything: Sydney has Melbourne to thank for this beauty of social enterprise, which operates on a pay-as-you-feel model. The concept is radical yet simple: socialise in a community space, enjoy a wholesome and delicious vegan meal, and then reflect on your experience and pay what you can, or feel your meal was worth. The majority of the restaurant staff are volunteers, who exchange their time for the currency of community. Lentil As Anything has also created Sydney's first non-alcoholic bar, Lentil on the Rocks.
5. Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher: The concept of a vegetarian butcher is a rather perplexing one for many. It's the same items - sausages, burger patties, and schnitzels - that you'd expect from any butcher, except absolutely no animals were harmed for these ones. And they taste better! Stop by the café for a big brekkie or a lunch time burger fix.
6. Superfood Sushi: We love Superfood Sushi for its creative, healthy, and fun take on a traditional favourite. Each piece is handcrafted and looks almost too amazing to eat. Ingredients range from forbidden black rice to cauliflower rice, and grilled watermelon to kiwi fruit. This is definitely the most unique sushi dining experience to be had in Sydney.
7. Gigi Pizzeria: When Gigi Pizzeria went from a much-loved Sydney pizza institution, to a much-loved completely plant-based pizza institution earlier this year, it almost broke the internet. Not only is Gigi the first vegan pizza restaurant in Sydney, it's the first restaurant in the country (that we know of) to take animals off the menu. Gigi is committed to the authentic traditional wood-fired flavours of Naples, and I'm not going to lie, I've never tasted more delicious pizza.