A Vegan-Approved Guide To Dining Out In Australia
From fast-food to fine dining, here's where Aussie vegans like to eat.
Despite the rise of the celebrity vegan -- Miley, we see you -- and the proliferation of animal-friendly beauty products, you might think that finding somewhere wholly plant-based to eat would be pretty tough.
According to Simon Hill, who has a masters in nutrition and also founded vegan resource Plant Proof, dining out as a vegan in 2019 is "super easy."
Australia is definitely one of the leaders in terms of vegan options when dining out as well as vegan products in grocery stores, he told 10 daily.
Yes, you can indeed grab things like meat-free sausages, mince and burger patties from your local supermarket thanks to brands like Organic Village and Beyond Meat.
But that's not really what we're here for -- we're here to point vegans and non-vegans alike in the right direction when you can't be effed cooking and just want to head out for a bite or better still, order some takeaway.
If you're still starved by the end of the list, take a tip from Hill. The easiest way to work out what's available in your area is to jump on Uber Eats or Deliveroo and select the vegan filter -- or use the Happy Cow mobile app.
Conscious Feast, Bondi Beach, SYD
This all-vegan outfit that operates out of Preach Cafe in Sydney's Bondi beach gets Hill's tick of approval. If you don't want to dine in you can order ahead and pick up your delish goodies -- think burgers, veggie bowls and plant-based pasta -- from the cafe or dial-up Uber Eats or Deliveroo.
Keep an eye out for their new location opening soon in Bondi, too.
The Raw Kitchen, Fremantle, PER
Despite being on the other side of the country to Sydney Vegan Guide's Renee Buckingham, this plant-based restaurant and "hub for healthy, sustainable living" located in the heart of Fremantle gets her thumbs up.
Gigi's Pizzeria, Newtown, SYD
This cult favourite plant-based pizzeria in Sydney's trendy inner west serves up exquisite wood-fired pizzas which go down a treat with a signature Gigi cocktail -- you can even follow up with a vegan dessert such as cannoli or tiramisu.
Hill's hot tip: arrive early to beat the crowds.
Vegie Bar, Fitzroy, MELB
Established in 1988, this buzzy all-vegan eatery in Melbourne's Fitzroy covers a lot of different cuisines -- think Vietnamese boa, Indian samosas and Moroccan tagine. If you're on the go stop by their takeaway joint next door or order delivery online.
Grill'd, various locations around AUS
The arrival of the burger chain's five brand new vegan burgers -- including the Vegan Cheeseburger 2.0 -- is, in Hill's opinion, a "real sign that times are changing."
In fact, Hill told us that the CEO of Grill'd has made a pledge to make half of its menu plant-based by 2020.
Transformer, Fitzroy, MELB
Transformer is slick, vegan fine dining at, well, it's finest. The innovative menu -- which includes cumin braised eggplant and grilled figs with vegan blue cheese -- also caters to diners who are gluten and/or fructose-free.
Blendlove, Southport, GOLD COAST
Buckingham loves Blendlove on the sunny Gold Coast for its takeaway salads and 'pulled pork' rolls.
While you're there check out their cheesecakes -- they're all vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and soy-free.
Nalini's Ayurvedic Kitchen, Bronte and Bondi Beach, SYD
Also on Hill's list is Nalini's, run by a mother-daughter duo that's passionate about creating entirely plant-based food that's both tasty and nourishing. The curries and dosa (traditional south Indian crepes) are packed with spices with medicinal values and probiotics for a happy gut.
Pop to the Bondi Beach location to choose from over 30 vegan ice cream flavours.
Lord of the Fries, various locations around AUS
The epitome of vegan fast food, LOTF also got a mention from Hill and for good reason -- the Aussie chain's range of hot dogs, burgers, milkshakes and, of course, fries, are next level.
If heading in store is too much effort -- we hear you -- then you can hit up Uber Eats or Deliveroo.
Feature image: Instagram/@rawkitchenfreo, Instagram/@consciousfeast, Instagram/@blendlove.