Sydney's budget-friendly vegetarian favourites

One of the vegetarian burgers at Pilgrims in Cronulla.
One of the vegetarian burgers at Pilgrims in Cronulla. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Bread & Circus

21 Fountain Street, Alexandria

It's the wholefoods canteen that turns salad sceptics into die-hard fans. Choose any/all from a handful of colourful, flavour-charged options - perhaps shredded cabbage, fennel and sprouts with coriander, chilli and oyster sauce dressing. Brekkie is tops, too, from sauteed white quinoa to toast with honey-thyme-cinnamon butter.

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food U$30 guide.
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food U$30 guide. 

Cafe Sopra

Shop 8, 16 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

Anyone who doubts that vegetarian food can be deliciously decadent will be convinced by Sopra's rich and cheesy polenta with gorgonzola and oyster mushrooms, followed by their famous banoffee pie. Pasta and lighter salad options don't skimp on flavour, either.

In the Annex

35 Ross Street, Forest Lodge

Food at this tiny cafe doubles as art, including what we suspect is the most beautifully plated potato salad in history. Squeeze in for some seasonal vegie dishes that'll knock your socks off, and those irresistible bubblegum lamingtons.


Lord of the Fries

537 George Street, Sydney

It's Sydney's first branch of the Melbourne all-vegie hotspot and the chips are damn good. Make a meal out of them with a United Nations of sauces, or you can upsize with a satisfying selection of meat-free burgers and hot dogs.

Miss Chu

5/54 West Esplanade, Manly

It's the Vietnamese tuckshop that keeps multiplying, with six Sydney branches and counting. Dishes such as omelette, avocado and balsamic caramelised onion rice paper rolls make it a case of the more the merrier.

Nourishing Quarter

315 Cleveland Street, Redfern

Eclectic is the key word here, from the decor to the globally-inspired meat-free menu with Latin American grains, fragrant Asian noodle soups, and Indian curries.


97 Gerrale Street, Cronulla

Milton on the south coast might notice a reduction in visitors from Sydney since we now have our own branch of their famous vegetarian cafe. The Bliss burger is the stuff of legends.

Sadhana Kitchen

147 Enmore Road, Enmore

It's the pop-up turned permanent fixture and aren't we glad. Try drool-inducing vegan doughnuts, super-food packed salads, sandwiches and smoothies. Shout out to nearby Revolution Foods, too, and their ''disco fries'' with miso gravy.

Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher

22-24 King Street, Newtown

The move to a new, larger site is a sign, perhaps, of how popular this most unusual butcher shop is, or more to the point, how enamoured punters are with the likes of tomato and polenta snags, and rosemary-garlic burger patties.

Veggie Patch Van

Food truck, mobile, @veggiepatchvan

Winner of the Good Food Under $30 award for Best Vegetarian. You can track down the van via social media and then roll up for the likes of sweet potato chips with basil mayo, knockout burgers and wattle-seed pancakes with grilled banana. Make sure you don't miss sibling restaurant, Yulli's at Surry Hills, either.

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Angie Schiavone is editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Under $30 guide. The 2014 edition  is available in selected bookshops and can be purchased for $9.99 from the SMH Shop.