By Zoe Bradbury
In previous years, being vegan and eating out was a challenge; with little to no restaurants offering food that was completely meat-free. Now, Sydney is having a vegan moment, and Bondi is at the heart of it.
There’s just something about Bondi that screams ‘distinctly vegan’; from the focus on a healthy, outdoors lifestyle, to the range of cafes and restaurants that utilise sustainable foods and practices, to the war on waste and plastic that is plaguing the world.
The benefits of veganism are well known, and to celebrate World Vegan Day on the 1st November, here’s a rundown on some of Bondi’s best vegan eateries. These places not only produce amazing plant-based food, but they look amazing on social media feeds, thanks to fresh, colourful ingredients and interiors that focus on pops of greenery and pastels, destined to make friends food-jealous.
Located on bustling Bondi Road, this hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant is only 40 square feet, but don’t let the small size scare you off.
Focusing on pasta and gnocchi, which is made fresh on site every day, everything on this menu is vegan (even the wine), with produce local and sustainably sourced.
A revolving blackboard menu of 12 pasta dishes, paired with eight different wines, Peppes prides itself on simple, yet flavoursome meals. Except aromas of green pea pesto, signature pomodoro and gnocchi bianchi, served with cauliflower puree and a porcini stock reduction.
And the food is in good hands – with previous vegan degustation chef Joel Bennetts taking the reins, who trained under Pier Rose Bay’s renowned chef Grant King.
Owned by vegan restaurateurs Joe Pagliaro and Grace Watson, who also own vegan fine diner Paperbark in Waterloo, the emphasis on the interior was in creating a homely, relaxed atmosphere. Timber and exposed brick provides an industrial feel, with seating around two communal tables or at the bar.
Head here every Monday for live jazz and blues music for mellow tunes over a delicious Italian feast.
Peppe’s, 261 Bondi Road, Bondi. Open for dinner Wednesday – Monday 5:00pm-9:30pm
Overlooking the beautiful Bondi Beach, Eden Bondi is an 80-seater entirely plant-based eatery, offering a range of pizzas, burgers, bowls and salads.
Recently opened in August 2019, Eden is the result of a rebranding from popular Bondi vegan eatery, Conscious Feast. With a beautiful courtyard location that focuses on greenery and colour, indoor and outdoor seating is available at this licensed restaurant.
For something different and spicy, try the Captain Jack Pizza, featuring pulled BBQ jackfruit, black beans, pickled jalapenos and chilli mayo. The Watermelon Poke served on house-made nori crackers is refreshing and cleansing on the palette, while you won’t even notice the chicken missing from the Popcorn Cauliflower.
There’s also a range of refreshing cocktails, smoothies and juices.
Eden Bondi, Level 1 Pacific Building, 180 Campbell Parade. Open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-10pm
Self-proclaimed as Australia’s first all vegan Lebanese restaurant, the food served here on Bondi Road is fast, fresh and healthy.
Traditional flavours of Lebanon are not forgotten in this plant-based menu, with favourites such as baked falafel, hummus and dairy-free labne. Traditional meat-based dishes have been given a green spin, turned meat free thanks to mock, plant-based meats, served in dishes such as Buddha Bowls, ‘kafta’ plates and tofu shish tawook skewers.
Additionally, all produce is locally and sustainably sourced, as well as chemical free, the focus on nourishing bodies, increasing vitality and protecting the environment and animals.
Vegan Lebanese Street Food, 188 Bondi Road. Monday-Friday 5-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm
With a calming interior of blue, white and pops of greenery, organic-favourite Cali Press’ Bondi Beach offering is fresh, healthy and highly instagrammable.
With both vegan and non-vegan options available, Cali Press is great for those more sceptical about plant-based eating, the best of both worlds.
A range of fresh, nutrient dense salads are highlights, mostly organic and containing a bunch of superfoods. The Boho Smoothie Bowl is a refreshing option for summer, with coconut water, acai, mango and banana, topped with vegan granola and a range of fruits. Superfood lattes also help kickstart the day, available in warm flavours such as Cacao Mushroom Bliss, Golden Tumeric and Superfood Matcha.
Cali Press are also renowned for their cold pressed juices, which can also be bought as a detox, cleanse package, with home delivery making life a little easier (and healthier).
Cali Press Bondi Beach, 2/16 Hall St, Bondi Beach. Monday-Sunday, hours vary.
Want more vegan feasting options? Head to the Sydney Vegan Guide.
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