Covid-19 restrictions have forced many restaurants and cafes to close their doors in 2020, including our own Bodhi Restaurant Bar, but there are a few venues in town who have found ways to remain open and operational, mixing up their usual offerings to continue providing delicious vegan and plant-based dining for you to enjoy at home while in Coronavirus isolation.
In support of the vegan restaurant community, and the broader hospitality industry, we want to share some of our favourite takeaway and delivery options across Sydney for you to enjoy. At your request, we’ve also expanded the list to include both vegetarian and vegan options.
So what cuisine are you craving? Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, burgers, pasta, pizza, cocktails - it’s all here!
Lentil As Anything
Feel good inside and out by supporting the good folk at Lentil As Anything, now offering their “Pay-As-You-Feel” meals takeaway and delivery from their Abbotsford, Thornbury and Newtown locations. Most of their produce is donated and all of their programs are run by volunteers, with proceeds and contributions going back into their many and varied community projects. They have ready-to-go and vacuum sealed meal packs on offer.
Feeling like a pho? Get a taste of Saigonese at Newtown’s Golden Lotus, with the plant-based eatery offering its varied menu through Uber Eats to enjoy at home. Think flavoursome pho, duck baos, fried salt and chilli mushrooms, fried rice, vegan beef rendang and Saigon Beer. Takeaway and delivery lunch and dinner, Friday - Sunday.
Start your day the right way with a burst of Middle Eastern spices courtesy of Khamsa Cafe in Erskineville. Drawing on owner Sarah's Palestinian heritage, Khamsa's plant-based menu mixes fattoush and zaatar pastries, fragrant Arabic coffees and turmeric 'elixir' lattes, across breakfast and lunch. Takeaway available Tuesday to Sunday, 8am - 3pm.
Get all fired up with plant-based meixcan and perivion fusion food from Newtown’s Calle Ray, now offering their menu as takeaway and in pre-order packs. Choose from roasted ‘duck’ wrap, nachos, enchiladas and churros with chocolate dipping sauce, and sip on sangria and a range of cocktails and wine. Pre-order packs order by Wednesday 9pm, pickup Friday. Takeaway Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm-9pm.
Fellow long-established plant-based business, 22-year-old Green Gourmet has doors in both Newtown and St Leonards, offering pick-ups and home delivery of frozen and chilled. Their range includes takeaway yum cha, chilled bento boxes, frozen ready-made dishes, vegan cakes and groceries, and they deliver to a broad spread of Sydney suburbs.
Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen
Get yourself back into the CBD to pick up a delicious feed from Mother Chu’s, run by the charming Taiwanese Chu family. Order signature dishes like the Chili Noodle Claypot, Mother Chu’s Special Curry, Golden Fingers, and black sticky rice for dessert.
Plan your Mexican night in with good food from the good folks at Bad Hombres, who are now dishing up their Mexican-inspired plant-based bites to take away from their Surry Hills home. Get staples like guacamole, tacos and nachos, plus Mexican-style stirfry mushrooms and a traditional-style Mexican rice pudding. You can also pick up natural wines and tequila/mezcal-based cocktails. Takeaway and delivery Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm.
An Eastern Suburbs favourite, Peppe’s on Bondi Road has also switched to offering their plant-based Italian fare via pick up and delivery. You can order their famed Iggy’s garlic bread, a range of pastas and salads, a 1kg Peppe’s Special Lasagna for two made with plant-based bechamel, and their delicious tiramisu and sorbets, plus a selection of natural wines. Takeaway and delivery is available Wednesday to Sunday from 5pm.
Another one of our go-to Surry Hills haunts, Yulli’s is offering a Doomsday Dinner Delivery Menu featuring ready-made meals to cook at home, and a four-course set-menu including Vietnamese pancakes, green papaya salad, penang curry and sticky date pudding. There’s also a set menu for the kids featuring mushroom nuggets, as well as six-packs of beer, bottles of wine and cocktails by the jar. Delivery is available Thursday to Sunday, 6pm-8pm.
If it’s plant-based woodfired pizza you’re after, we have good news for you! Gigi in Newtown is now open for takeaway, with a menu of moreish options such as the Regina with tree nut ricotta, tomatoes and basil, and the Cavolo with cauliflower puree, cauliflower artichokes, pinenuts, capers and currents. They also have calzones, salads and desserts, plus a range of wine and beers. Takeaway and delivery from 4pm daily.
For some of the best plant-based burgers in town, hit up delivery from Soul Burger, with more than a dozen different burgers to choose from, including a new plant-based beef brisket burger from Fable Food. You can pair these with loaded fries or kombucha. Soul Burger is working with DoorDash to deliver to your door.
Get your fast food fix at Alibi at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, which has turned its plant-powered“Dirty Greens” offering into “ALT CTRL EAT by Alibi”. Enjoy eats such as cheeseburgers made with high-protein patties and sausages by The Alternative Meat Co, jalapeno loaded fries, mac and cheese balls and cauliflower bites with chipotle aioli. Plus they have spirits by the bottle, a bunch of wines and bottled beers. Takeaway is available from 12noon to 10pm daily.
Take a trip to Thailand without leaving the Inner West, with a dining experience from Little Turtle in Enmore. Choose from an extensive menu of fresh, health conscious vegan Thai food, such as mushroom Tom Yum soup, Pad Thai noodles, stirfrys, curries and salads, plus a range of frozen meals you can heat up at home. Takeaway and delivery available Monday to Sunday from 11am, with a bunch of specials like 10% off takeaway and curbside orders.
Beachside eats hotspot Eden Bondi is now offering their menu of delicious dishes as takeaway. Choose from Nonna’s shroom spag bowl, gnocchi and truffle penne mac n cheese, to a chocolate calzone and a range of pizzas, plus ready-made meals and a DIY pizza kit for you to cook up your own storm at home. They also have kombucha and wine. Delivery within 3km of their Bondi Beach venue or pick up in store, Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm, and Sunday 11:30am – 3pm and from 5pm.
The newest vegan takeaway offering to launch in Sydney is from Yellow in Potts Point, as part of the Bentley Group’s new Bentley Group At Home service. Meals are designed for two and arrive at your place almost ready to eat, with a few finishing touches required from your own kitchen. There’s also an option for sommelier Nick Hildebrant to suggest wine pairing or a signature cocktail to go with your meal. Pick up is available 3pm-8pm or you can choose their delivery service.
Ok, so we've snuck this one in here as a bonus, as it's not a restaurant but how can you go past the incredibly moreish snacks and packs Nutie has on offer? They make gluten free, dairy free and vegan treats from their Balmain and Surry Hills stores. More than half of their donuts are vegan, and almost all of their cheesecakes, bars, tarts and other baked delights are vegan too.
Is your favourite not here? Know of other great options around the country? Let us know what we’re missing - share your plant-based takeaway and delivery dining moments with us via Facebook and Instagram.
Credit for Bad Hombres photo: @madeleineryanphotography