Sydney vegan eats

10 12 2012

In our 8 days in Sydney we ate at 15 different places. Here’s some of the food.

Places we ate at:

  • lunch at Vrnda’s, 157 Broadway, Ultimo. Cheap Indian eats with one set meal option and a strange cold grainy ‘custard’ with the dessert.
  • dinner at Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen, 367 Pitt Street, CBD. Large Asian menu with reliable mock meat dishes and tasty sauces. We ate basil eggplant, fried tempeh and tofu icecream with buns.
  • lunch at Iku Wholefoods, Westfield Plaza, Pitt Street mall Level 5. Lasagna, quiche and cakes is what we ate.
  • dinner at Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher, 175 Enmore Road, Enmore. We ate a schnitzel burger, a polenta, sundried tomato and basil sausage sandwich with grilled mushrooms, Kentucky style tofu nuggets with mayonnaise.
  • lunch at Peace Harmony, 44 Erskine Street, CBD. The Thai food might have been great, but my whole experience was tarnished by the non-vegan soy milk they offered. Soy milk containing dairy milk is poor form.
  • lunch at Sadhana Kitchen, 76A Wilford Street, Newtown. Raw vegan food that had interesting smoothie combinations with unheard of superfoods and flavoursome raw mush.
  • dinner at Broadway Lounge, 166-170 Broadway, Sydney. The special Tuesday vegan menu offered tacos, pasta, tofu rice and lasagne with chips.
  • lunch at Iku Wholefoods, 25A Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Same food as the other Iku, just without the fancy Westfield foodcourt and with a relaxed outdoor decking for eating.
  • dinner at Nourishing Quarter, 315 Cleveland Street. Possibly my favourite restaurant of them all. Tasty food, beautifully presented and with a perfect fusion of Asian and South American cuisine.
  • lunch at Kebab, the Corso, Manly. Felafel roll are a vegan fallback for when there’s no other vegan food.
  • dinner at Green Palace Thai Kitchen, 182 King Street, Newtown. Cheap plates of tasty Asian food. The deep fried icecream wasn’t hot, though.
  • morning tea at Apt, 6 O’Connell Street, Newtown (first floor of Berkelouw Books, at the back). Mango and Berry smoothies, gingerbread PEOPLE (it’s not a man, because we’re gay) and gluten free peanut butter brownies. The gingerbread wasn’t spicy enough, and the coconut cream with the brownies was bland. Otherwise nice.
  • lunch at Green Gourmet, 115-117 King Street, Newtown. Yum cha on Saturday lunch was amazing.
  • dessert at Vegan’s Choice, 113 King Street, Newtown. The Chocolate Macadamia Nut brownie was amazing.
  • dinner at Veggie Patch, that happened to be at the Carriageway for the Finders Keepers markets. The vegan burger and bliss balls were vegan.

Apt morning tea gingerbread person and peanut butter brownie with coconut cream.


Vegan burger from Veggie Patch Van.


Plate of food from Green Palace Thai Kitchen.


Cakes from Iku Wholefoods, Westfield.


Iku’s vegan lasagna and salad with a tasty tangy dressing.


Iku’s quiche with same salad.


Mother Chu’s deep fried tempeh with peanuts and cucumber.


Nourishing Quarter curry with tofu, pumpkin, peas and chickpeas. Deliciously spiced, hearty, generously portioned and very nourishing. Served in a vintage tureen.


Nourishing Quarter quinoa stacks that went with the curry, plus a side salad beautifully presented. It’s obvious that they love their food here, by the delightful presentation.


Quinoa and chia cold rolls with peanut dipping sauce; a fine example of the Asian and South American fusion at Nourishing Quarter.


Lemongrass and tofu stirfry at Nourishing Quarter. It was so tasty.

Sydney eats and travels

10 12 2012

Sydney 1st December – 9th December 2012

We fly into Sydney on Saturday, arriving in time for lunch. Our apartment in Chippendale was walking distance to Broadway Road, where we ate lunch at Vrndas. It had a very limited menu -one set lunch option only of a basic rice, curry, salad and paddadum. It also came with a very bizarre dessert with a grainy cold “custard”. The Broadway shopping centre was just up the road and we did some grocery shopping before heading back to the apartment for an afternoon nap. For dinner we walked into town and ate at Mother Chu’s on Pitt Street. We enjoyed the deep fried tempeh and a marinaded eggplant dish along with some tofu icecream and buns for dessert.

On Sunday we meet up with Andrew and Sayaka at the Chinese Gardens at the South end of Darling Harbour. It was about a 20 minute walk from our apartment, and a quiet oasis in the middle of the noisy city. There was a wedding being held in the water pavillion, and too many uneven stone steps to make pushing the pram a convenient option for carrying Hugo around. The limestone rocks in the middle of the lake were meant to resemble animals, and they had some lovely bamboo groves, some lizards sunning themselves on rocks and brightly painted pavillions on the hill. After attempting to board the monorail at Chinatown but failing (that particular station inside a store was shut) we walked to Westfield in the mall and ate lunch at Iku Wholefoods in the most upmarket shopping centre food court ever. The lasagna and quiche were quite delicious, as was the organic coconut water. We also had some cakes. It was fortunate that the chocate in HappyLab wasn’t vegan, otherwise I might have walked out with a suitcase full of test tubes and conical flasks filled with sweets. In the afternoon we caught the train to Newtown and met up with Jeremy and his sister at Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher where we ate burgers and hot dogs, bought some festive Christmas sausages and nibbled on kentucky style tofu nuggets with a cannelini bean based mayo.

Monday it poured with rain and while Hugo stayed warm and dry in his pram under the raincover, we got quite wet walking around. We caught the train to Circular Quay and took some dreary shots of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House covered in foggy rain. We had a quick walk through the Botanic Gardens, but the rain and an unhappy Hugo forced us out to an early lunch at Peace Harmony on Erksine Street. The sign on the door suggested that it was all vegan, but this Thai eatery served ‘Thai soymilk’ that contained dairy milk in it. Not very vegan. The pad thai was a little flavourless, but otherwise ok, while the stirfry dish had lots of spice. The festive sauages that we bought the day before from Spoon’s became our dinner.

There was much better weather on Tuesday, with the sun out and no more rain. We put Hugo in the sling and walked around The Rocks and up the steep steps to the Harbour Bridge pedestrian walkway. We walked over part of the bridge and had a lovely view of the harbour. There was a living Christmas tree made out of pipes and hundreds of succulent and grass plants by the station. From there we took the train to Newtown again and ate at Sadhana, a raw vegan eatery with a yoga studio attached. Some hippy mums and their babies became entertainment as we rolled our eyes at the conversation about how the babies being born now have really great energy. We had some raw tacos in lettuce leaves and a raw lasagna with salad, along with a warrior smoothie. Benno had his conference expo in the evening at The Rocks so I went out with Hugo to the Broadway Lounge (conveniently about 10 minutes walk from our apartment) and caught up with the Sydney Vegan Club crew. The pub puts on a special vegan menu on Tuesday nights. I had the lasanga with chips and salad, with the other options being tacos, pasta or tofu with rice.

Benno’s OSDC conference started officially on Wednesday. We walked together to the UTS broadway campus, then Hugo and I headed to the Powerhouse museum a little further up Harris Street. Apart from the Wiggles exhibit, there wasn’t actually much very interesting for Hugo so we didn’t spend long there. We ate lunch an Iku Wholefoods in Glebe. I had a burger while Hugo slept in the pram, then I got some takeaway chickpea, beetroot and liquid smoke salad for dinner that I had with the rest of the Spoon’s festive sausages and a takeaway pack and chocolate friand for my lunch tomorrow. Benno had his conference dinner near Redfern station, so Hugo and I had dinner at the apartment and walked around in the rooftop garden until it was kitchen-sink bathtime and bedtime.

Hugo and I had a big day on Thursday. We caught the train from Central to Circular Quay before boarding a Captain Cook scenic ferry to Taronga Zoo. Then I had to push the pram up steps to get to the cable car that took us all the way up the hill to the top entrance of the Zoo. We walked our way through the zoo during the morning, seeing dinosaurs, elephants, chimps giraffes and a magnificent view of the Harbour from the central lawns. We ate our Iku takeaway lunch while fending off birds, including several ibises with long beaks that kept trying to steal a bite, then kept wandering down to the empty red panda exhibit (they must have been sleeping or hiding because we didn’t see any) and out to the ferry again. It was the scenic route back to Circular Quay docks, taking 40 minutes to wind around the harbour passing Shark Island, Watsons Bay, Fort Denison, and going along the coast pointing out the expensive real estate (54 million dollar mansion anyone?). After an afternoon nap, we meet Benno at UTS and walked back to the apartment. While waiting for the conference to finish, we saw Goose from Good Game walk out of the ABC (next door to UTS). We checked out the coop bookstore and got some note paper in the shape of a 3D pear. We walked up Cleveland Street to Nourishing Quarter for dinner. It was a delicious meal – perhaps my favourite meal of our Sydney trip – but an ecclectic environment with the description on happycow summing up the decor well as “vintage great aunt dining room”. We had quinoa and chia rice paper rolls and a curry with quinoa and salad and a tofu lemongrass stirfry. Portraits of the queen and Roy Orbison music completed our dinner, along with a quick read of “The Wartime Kitchem Garden” that featured propaganda on the potato: feed without fattening and give you energy!

Benno was again at his conference on Friday so Hugo and I took the ferry to Manly beach. It was a half hour ride, and once we got there Hugo fell asleep in the pram so I wandered along the beach esplanade, ate a felafel roll for lunch and looked at the shops. Once Hugo woke up we sat on the sand and he played on the beach for a little while before we packed up and headed back on the ferry and train to the apartment. We took the train to Newtown for a third time and ate at Green Palace Thai Kitchen.

On our final full day in Sydney we ate at 3 restaurants. In the morning we took the train to Newtown and had fruit smoothies and sweets for morning tea at Apt, a little cafe in a bookshop. They served gingerbread PEOPLE and a peanut butter gluten free brownie with coconut cream. From there we had yum cha lunch at Green Gourmet with Andrew and Koji. We ate plate after plate of chinese goodies until we were all full, and it only cost $50 for all of us. We got some sweets from Vegan’s Choice grocer next door – a chocolate macadamia nut brownie for me and a slice of cake and tofutti icecream for Benno. In the afternoon we walked to the Carriageways near Redfern station and wandered around the Finders Keepers markets that featured local, handmade crafts, clothing and goods. We got a starwars t-shirt for Hugo and ate at the very popular Veggie Patch van. They sold out of burgers about 3 people after us, but they were yummy so it was worth the wait in the line!

Sunday we packed up and headed off to the airport. After the taxi that we booked didn’t turn up, we hailed another (a very cheap $22 to get to the airport – cheaper that the three of us taking the train), only to make it to the airport to find massive queues for Jetstar. We waited in a line that snaked around the whole airport before being called into a closed lane as our flight was about to leave. Then we had to drop off our pram, only to have to conveyer belt full so we had to wait for it to clear. Then Benno got selected for extra security screening and we only just made it to the gate before the plane took off. It’s just as well Hugo doesn’t mind take off and landing otherwise it might have been an even less enjoyable morning!


Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour. Bamboo and lake.


Monday’s beautiful weather – can’t see past the bridge and everything was wet and grey. We felt sorry for the poor people climbing the bridge on that day.


Benno on the Harbour Bridge, walking along the pedestrian walkway.


The Sydney Harbour Bridge on a sunny day! Blue skies and water.


Chinese garden of friendship: the lake with limestone rocks shaped like animals.


Taronga Zoo Triceratops.


John Storey Memorial Depensary. Opposite the bus depot on our usual walking route from apartment to Central station.


Elephants at Taronga Zoo. The cable car went over the top.


Giant fig tree, Botanic Gardens, Sydney.


Room with a view: the giraffe enclosure at Taronga Zoo.


Happy Lab test tubes and conical flasks filled with chocolate sweets. Fortunately, with the sweets being non-vegan, I saved myself a lot of money.


View of the harbour from the Concert Lawns, Taronga Zoo.


T Rex, Taronga Zoo.


Hugo St. There’s also a Lang St in Sydney, but we didn’t get a photo of that one.


Himalayan Tahr. On a rock.


Anarchist chimp. I shake my fist.


Living Christmas Tree, Circular Quay. Made up of pipe, grasses and little succulents.


Lizard, Chinese Garden of Friendship.


Look (left and right before crossing).


Manly Beach.


Lifeguard keeping watch at Manly Beach.


Mortuary Station, being refurbished. On our walk from the apartment to Central Station.


The Opera House, taken from up on the Harbour Bridge walkway.


Opera House, again.


Potato propaganda, from the Wartime Kitchen and Garden book we found at Nourishing Quarter.


Pygmy Hippo, Taronga Zoo.

Cairns Vegan Eats

22 06 2012

We recently spent 10 days in Cairns on a family holiday. Here is our rundown of the Cairns Vegan Food.

It was great to escape from the winter cold in Adelaide to a constant mid-twenties temperature which was perfect for long walks along the esplanade, swimming in the pool and snorkeling on the reef. We also drove to some waterfalls, the Daintree National Park, around the Tablelands and took the skyrail up to Kuranda.

Melbourne Vegan eats weekend

23 11 2010

Inspired by the adelaide vegan festival, refreshed by the completion of exam marking we drove to Melbourne for a weekend of vegan eats. First stop, Keith’s landrover on a pole. Next stop, the rather ugly giant koala. First eatery on the list after being stuck in Melbourne traffic for the better part of an hour, Las Vegan bakery/cafe. Second lunch was down the street at Soul Cafe. Next, after a little drive, was Lord of the Fries where we ate at a 20% discount fries, mini-burger and fried v-chicken pieces. Needing a rest after 3 meals, we waited until dinner and ate an amazing whole v-fish at Vegie Mum. The waiter was hilarious and not true to his word “bad service, great food”; the service was fantastic as was the food. Feeling hungry again the next morning we ventured round to the very atmospheric Monk Bodhi Dharma for some great coffee, chai, french toast and banana bread with lemon tofu ricotta. The waiter had a “black coffee” tattoo on the back of his calf and eating was done on a large shared table. Lunch was at the famous Box Hill Vegie Hut for more Asian cusine including mock duck, pork and chicken and a Sunday-only dim sum menu that included 4 seasons buns and grilled dumplings. I think my stomach is still reeling from the overload of too much good food.

Eating like Kings and Queens

19 09 2010

M & M took us out to lunch on Saturday at Bliss Organic Cafe where we feasted like kings and queens. We ordered a main each, but cut it into four and shared it around so we each got to try a bit of every main. Then afterwards we stuffed ourselves with banana cake, mocha joy cake and shakes. Yum!

Bliss burger with a huge pattie inside.

Bliss wrap.

Scrambled tofu with mushroom, potato, seeds and sultanas.

Avocado and tomato bruchetta with a PEA POD!

Hana yori dango

25 03 2010

We’ve been clearing out the cupboards and eating leftover food this week.

We’ve eaten eggplant lasagne,

chickpea and coconut curry,


Made with love by us… a packet of mochi flour, 190mL water, stir it up, roll into 2cm balls and put in boiling water for 3 minutes.

Cooked mochi balls...parfait?

Cooked dango drizzled with golden syrup. I think it needs a skewer.

Celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary in Sapporo

17 02 2010

Coming all the way to Hokkaido, Benno wanted to visit an Ainu culture museum. Ainu are the indigenous peoples of Japan, the last remnants live in Hokkaido. The Sapporo Ainu Culture Promotion Center, Pirka Kotan, was at the end of a subway line followed by a 40 minute bus journey. We got on a number 12 bus, which is what we thought was the right one according to sightseeing map. However, it took a different route. The bus driver stopped at the terminal and pointed us in the right direction of the main road to get the bus that goes to “Koganeyu onsen” bus stop. It was a little slippery walking on the ice, but we found the next bus stop and soon a bus came. We got to “Koganeyu” bus stop and asked the driver if it was the same as “Koganeyu onsen”. He said no, keep going. So we waited, then he stopped 3 stops later and said that if you want “Koganeyu onsen” stop, it was back there. We walked all the way back in the snow and ice (stupid bus driver) and finally found the Ainu museum. It took us about 2 hours to reach it.

The Ainu made interesting clothing. They made woven bark fabric for gloves, cloaks, headbands and bags. We went outside and saw some traditional buildings covered in snow. There was also a hut that they kept stolen bear cubs for fattening up then eating. It made Benno feel sad.

Afterwards we headed back on the bus and subway to Sapporo, then down to the end of another subway line and on another bus to lunch at Chi-e no ki, a vegan macrobiotic restaurant. It felt like a blizzard walking from the bus stop to the restaurant through all the snow. We had a lovely late lunch at around 3pm to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We ate the curry set that came with tempeh (Benno is happy) and the fried rice set. Then we had the moist and rich carob cake for dessert and the waffle set with ginger herb tea. Unable to move but needing to get home, we waited in outside in the snow for the bus, throwing snowballs at each other and having snow fights.

We stopped off at the Jupiter International supermarket in Sapporo eki for some treats, then booked our limited express and shinkansen tickets for tomorrow’s ride home.

We ate out at Aoi Sora again for dinner. It was very enjoyable and the staff are lovely. While the menu is small, every item is delicious and beautifully presented. It was a fantastic wedding anniversary dinner. We had the fish burger (awesome, best ever) and the millet burger set with many salad options. For dessert (even though Lara was already full) Benno ordered (and ate almost entirely on his own) the hot apple pie, the parfait and genmai amezake. To top it off, we got given presents again- free rich chocolate balls that were so creamy and chocolatey. And, I think he gave us a big discount for coming again as we only paid Y4000 for all that.

On the way back to the hotel we stopped at Odori and saw the remains of the snow sculptures – a pile of snow blocks. It was almost -7 degrees and noticably chillier.

If you go to Sapporo, please eat at Aoi Sora! It’s so tasty and welcoming!