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The Best Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes You Can Have Delivered in Sydney

Next-level plant-based dining at home is easy thanks to these restaurants and cafes.
By Concrete Playground
August 18, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
August 18, 2021
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THE BEST VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN DISHES YOU CAN HAVE DELIVERED IN SYDNEY

Next-level plant-based dining at home is easy thanks to these restaurants and cafes.

These days, eating vegan no longer comes with an eye roll from meat-loving friends and family. In fact, the variety is so compelling that it's easy to opt for a vegan and vegetarian feed even if you are a carnivorous foodie. From pasta to tacos, and burgers to ramen — there is a wealth of plant-based options to choose from in Sydney, so hitting the veggie portion of the food pyramid has never tasted so good.

Thanks to swift delivery options, eating green from the comfort of your own home is super easy, too. These Sydney restaurants and cafes are reinventing old-school ideas of plant-based dining, which makes going meat-free even more adventurous than ever. Check out some of our favourite vegan and vegetarian options for next time the craving hits.

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    While you may not be able to head to Surry Hills to dine at Mark and Vinny’s right now, you can order all your Italian favourites while still wearing your PJs. The plant-based gurus have been raising the bar on vegan and vegetarian dining since 2018. Online, you can order black arancini, zucchini flowers, gnocchi or activated-charcoal pasta — all deliciously vegan.

    Mark & Vinny’s has also made life easier with curated meals for one, two or four people. There’s a significant selection of gluten- and nut-free delights, too, that will leave you wondering if these Italian-inspired dishes ever required anything other than delicious veggies all along.

    Delivery: Mark and Vinny’s offers delivery via Deliveroo, UberEats and DoorDash.

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    If you’re looking to dip your toes into the veggie lifestyle, Shift Eatery has wholesome meals packed with plants, protein and flavour. Renowned for ‘The World’s Best Vegan Bacon and Egg Bagel’, Shift serves up a range of Aussie classics from vegan bagels all the way through to brownies. In fact, owner James Danaskos’ mission is to make vegan simple and easy for everyone.

    There’s an array of toasties and baked goods (we’re eyeing the lamingtons) to keep your home office satisfied for the day. Plus, the inner city spot has brought back its vegan meatball and buffalo subs.

    Delivery: You can have Shift Eatery’s vegan eats delivered via DoorDash.

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    This Surry Hills Mexican joint dishes up all your classics with a plant-based twist. Expect jam-packed burritos filled with mushroom, eggplant, jackfruit or potatoes, kale quesadillas, ‘cheese’-y nachos and charred chipotle corn.

    During lockdown, you can take the choice out of dinnertime with Bad Hombre’s dinner packs. The alambre, eggplant or cauliflower feasts can be completed with 750-millilitre bottles of classic or chilli margaritas for a proper at-home treat.

    Delivery: Delivery from Bad Hombres can be ordered through Bopple.

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    Devoted to the humble chickpea, Simply Hummus satisfies a particular craving. Inspired by the tiny falafel bars in Israel, this Darlo bar takes hearty ingredients and pairs them with simple, delicious sides. The no-fuss approach means the quality of Simply Hummus’ ingredients truly stands out.

    Keeping it entirely plant-based, its menu lets you choose from cauliflower with caramelised-onion shawarma; falafel plates with salad, tahini and pickles (be sure to add the chips); and hummus plates with the likes of hot Moroccan eggplant, plant-based mince, sautéed mushroom or masabacha — warm chickpeas with a garlic and lemon sauce. Plus, Simply Hummus is keeping your whole household fed with these special lockdown date night and family meal packs.

    Delivery: You can get Simply Hummus delivered via the restaurant’s website, UberEats or DoorDash.

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    Alt-Ctrl-Eat by Alibi Bar & Kitchen

    When a vegan bar opened in the Ovolo Hotel, Sydneysiders moved fast to eat plant-based ‘bad food’ by chef Matthew Kenney. Alt-Ctrl-Eat is Alibi’s fast-food delivery option, with a philosophy of sustainability, quality produce and nutrition. Vegans and non-vegans alike can rejoice in a menu powered by plants that offers open chick’n or eggplant katsu burgers, mac n cheese balls and loaded fries.

    Its cheeseburger patties are made by the Alternative Meat Co, which makes meat-free patties that are high in protein. And if you’re after something a little lighter, it also has a range of salads and noodles to keep you fuelled.

    Delivery: Alt-Ctrl-Eat is available for delivery on Deliveroo, UberEats and DoorDash.

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    Green Gourmet Vegan St Leonards

    Green Gourmet waves its magic wand over what it means to eat plant-based food. Proudly vegan since 1998, this Sydney gem has been serving up all the goods we thought we’d have to sacrifice: salt and pepper ‘calamari’, barbecue (not) pork buns, roast ‘pork’ and crispy ‘duck’. The dishes are so ingenious that Gourmet’s founder Colin Fung says many of its customers aren’t committed to the plant-based life, they’re just looking for good food.

    Green Gourmet has yum cha feasts, and a long menu of Chinese and Southeast Asian favourites, plus handcrafted desserts that are also entirely plant-based and gluten free. Locals can order pickup or delivery straight from the menu, or else the restaurant delivers cook-it-yourself vegan treats as well as dairy-free baked goods throughout Sydney and the Central Coast.

    Delivery: You can order Green Gourmet delivery via its website, UberEats or DoorDash.

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    Thought being vegan meant no more croissants? Think again. Since opening last year, Oh My Days in Glebe has been pushing the limits on plant-based dining expectations. Owner and chef David Rigby (formerly at Bentley, Est. and China Doll) has carefully entwined influences from France, Mexico and Australia to deliver a menu that spans burgers, burritos, pastries and all-day breakkie favourites, plus juices and smoothies.

    Top picks include the vegan braised spiced beef burger with coleslaw and chipotle mayo, and the super shareable jackfruit nachos. You can get it delivered to your doona, along with freshly-baked almond croissants; peanut butter and chocolate slices; and iced matcha lattes.

    Delivery: Oh My Days offers local delivery via DoorDash or is running a Sydney-wide delivery system during lockdown. You can place your orders via the cafe’s website.

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    Without an animal product in sight, the offerings at Eden features veggie-packed hero dishes and vegan reworkings of some of your favourite snacks. If you’re ordering a big meal in, start with popcorn cauliflower bites, salt and pepper ‘kalamari’ or loaded ‘bacon’ fries.

    When it comes to big cosy meals, the Bondi spot has you covered with mushroom-based fettuccini ragu, hemp mac and cheese and a Mexican bowl stacked with beans, pickled onions, brown rice, smashed avo and tortilla chips. Complete the meal with a bottled Tommy’s margarita or white rum and passionfruit cocktail.

    Delivery: Order Eden delivery via the restaurant’s website, UberEats, Deliveroo or DoorDash.

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    For 100 percent vegan bowls of steaming hot ramen, order in from Rara’s latest opening on Australia Street in Newtown. At Lonely Mouth, the team has introduced a menu that’s entirely new — apart from the vegan miso ramen, which is a fan-favourite already at RaRa Redfern.

    Alongside it, you’ll find three new (all-vegan) ramen: a sunflower and hemp seed shoyu, with plant-based ‘chashu’; the tantanmen (spicy sichuan-based sesame broth) topped with house ‘mince’; and a soy miso, topped with grilled tofu, red cabbage, bean sprouts and grilled corn. And, on top of the ramen, instead of tamago, you’ll find Lonely Mouth’s own house-made vegan ‘eggs’.

    Delivery: You can order delivery from Lonely Mouth via UberEats, DoorDash and Deliveroo.

     

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    Chatkazz is a culinary gem delivering a truly special vegetarian eating experience. The term means “spicy and delicious”, and that’s exactly what you’ll get here. Pick from pani puri (crispy puffed bread stuffed with black chana and potato, served with tamarind chutney), pav bhaji (cheese-topped spicy vegetable curry served with onion salad and papadam) and paneer tava pulav (paneer and veggie fried rice served with raita and papadam).

    And don’t stop at mains. Chatkazz’s takes on traditional Mumbai roadside sweets are endless. Take your pick from gajar halwa, made with carrots and dried fruit; gulab jamun, deep-fried balls made from milk solids soaked in sugar syrup; or the less-traditional brownie with ice cream.

    Delivery: South-west Sydneysiders can order Charkazz delivery on UberEats and Deliveroo.

    Images: Cassandra Hannagan

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