If you no longer want to be the vegetarian afterthought on the menu, or if you just want to explore what a vegetarian menu really has to offer then take a look at the places below, not all are vegetarian but they will definitely not leave the options at a mere salad or ‘you can have this but ask for no meat’.
205 Victoria Road Marrickville 2204
A 35 seater in Marrickville, this place will guarantee you a meat free pizza and pasta experience with a bit of Negroni on the side and even gluten free options for those in need. To keep things fresh the pizzas will rotate around every week but don’t worry, I doubt they’ll be off the menu for long. After all how can you keep something like a multi-cheese pizza with a washed rind, fior di latte, blue cheese, warrigal greens and hazelnuts of a menu for long?
91 Glebe Point Road Glebe 2037
A middle eastern joint in Glebe that offers a lil somethin’ somethin’ extra to its dishes. This place offers both meat and vegetarian dishes a-plenty so there is something for almost everyone. Now, be warned, these dishes are more interesting than your typical vegetarian options, I mean something like barbequed broccolini with labne, burnt honey and za’atar (grilled field mushroom with cavolo nero, enoki mushrooms and fermented shiitake mushrooms) or a crumpet-like turmeric baghrir with honey crème fraîche, grape molasses and confit leek, honestly sound delicious with a side of drool but I’ve had some uncertain looks when mentioning this to some acquaintances.
417 Crown Street Surry Hills
Yulli’s is another fully vegetarian restaurant offering a wide range of predominantly Asian fusion dishes, with some Mexican and Moroccan thrown in. It’s also a fully licensed venue which means that you won’t have to divert to another pub post food coma. The interior and service here are simple and casual, working well to offer consistent crowd favourites making this a reliable place to return to time and time again. Pro tip: if this is your first time, don’t go during peak hour, this place is a crowd favourite after all.
40 Reservoir Street Surry Hills 2010
One for the vegans, this offers an inventive mexican menu that’ll impress even the meat eaters. Don’t believe me? The cauliflower with seaweed salt, cashew cream, salsa verde, coriander, crispy shallots and Chinese pancakes has been the joint’s most popular dish since even before its vegan switch up. They have a rotating taco that is determined by the seasonal availabilities, local wines, tequila and an awesome 80s inspired playlist that’s not too shabby at all.
57 Macleay Street Potts Point 2011
A fine dining experience on the famous yellow terrace that used to exhibit the best of the local artists back in the 80s, these days they serve up some of the best vegetarian fine dining experiences out there. It first opened in 2014 made the veggie switch in 2016 to become Sydney’s first fine dining vegetarian and vegan restaurant, save for the famous weekend brunches. You’ll get a la carte every day except Saturday, where you’ll instead choose between five- and seven-course tasting menus with an equally refined wine list to match. Set aside a few hours to relish in the experience and enjoy.