Clean-eating. Plant based. Vegan. Whatever you call it, it’s one of the fastest growing food trends in recent years. More and more people are realising the health and environmental benefits of avoiding animal products and having an entirely plant-based diet, but they still want to be able to eat out with friends and enjoy every part of Australia’s vibrant dining scene.
We can see this phenomena play out on cafe menus across the country. Little symbols are appearing next to dishes to indicate where they are vegan-friendly or can be adapted for vegan eaters. But it doesn’t stop there. More and more exclusively vegan restaurants and cafes are opening up around the country.
Here are some of our favourite vegan eateries.
Ovolo Hotel in Woolloomooloo, Sydney, is harnessing the trend towards vegan food among travellers in its restaurant, Alibi. It has an entirely plant-based menu, designed by raw food maestro Matthew Kenney. From appetisers, through to mains and desserts (and a number of crazy cocktails), vegan diners can enjoy themselves from beginning to end - and the flavour is such that carnivores will be none the wiser! We particularly love the macadamia ricotta that is incorporated into the heirloom tomato and zucchini lasagne.
Lygon Street in Carlton is known for its Italian eateries, which makes the Israeli-inspired fare served at the Green Man’s Arms the odd-man out. That, and the fact that this is an entirely vegetarian venue. Most dishes, like the portobello mushroom burgers and cauliflowers steaks, are entirely vegan, offering diners classic pub food with a pure plant-based twist!
Vegan pastrami, anyone? Shift Eatery is determined to be at the forefront of social change by making vegan eating easy. Located in the Sydney’s Surry Hills, it is the best place in town for a plant-based sandwich (they make their own ‘ham’ and ‘corned beef’) and a macadamia milk latte.
Dicki’s opened in the trendy inner-Brisbane suburb of New Farm in February 2018. This cafe serves hearty breakfasts and lunches seven days a week to diners who want their food animal-product free. Menu items are all familiar and accessible, so even carnivores will feel welcome (provided they are happy to swap their bacon for a side of crumbed eggplant).
Not every vegan wants plant-based haute cuisine. Sometimes they just want a good, old fashioned doughnut. That’s the niche that Cakeboy Doughnuts fills. This bakery has been based at the ‘Plant 4’ markets in Bowden for about a year now, and their amazing cake creations are entirely vegan. Of course, the Macadamia Choc Bomb doughnut is our go to treat!
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