For the love of carbs and all things deep-fried, vegans put your salads down and roll up your sleeves.
Ethical vegan eats that also leave a see-through wrapper on our plates are the new go-to.
From burgers and chilli oil covered noodles to thickshakes, doughnuts and deep-fried chocolate bars, here are the best places to break your New Year's resolutions.
The Green Lion
All the food is completely plant-based at vegan pub the Green Lion. Serving burgers, pizzas and loaded fries, it's hard to find anything on the menu that's not crumbed or deep-fried. In other words, hard to find anything that's not pure, greasy heaven.
Keep an eye out for new items on the menu including deep-fried cheesy potato bake bombs and the chocolate almond halva served with a scoop of chocolate mousse ice-cream.
726 Darling Street, Rozelle, thegreenlion.com.au
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Bliss and Chips
This vegan fish and chip shop's menu is mock meat, cheese and seafood galore. Bliss & Chips fries up fish shop classics, a long list of burgers and even deep-fried pizza. And the deep-frying doesn't stop with the savoury, they've also chucked cookie dough and Vego-branded chocolate bars into the oil.
215 King Street, Newtown
Sydney's vegan deli is serving up serious melts, on a menu that's a balanced mix of carbs and bowls. Leave the salads for your health-conscious companion and get stuck into layers of 'meat' and 'cheese' toasted to perfection. Shift Eatery also has a daily selection of desserts such as doughnuts, brownies and caramel slice – all vegan, all delicious.
4/241 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, shifteatery.com.au
Fried lemongrass and chilli 'chicken' and fresh rice paper rolls at Loving Hut, Bankstown. Photo: Fiona Morris
Everything on the menu is Vietnamese at this all-vegan joint, and expect fake meat galore. They're spring rolls, 'chicken' nuggets and an array of deep-fried dishes including salt and pepper 'prawns', lemongrass tofu or eggplant. This is a no-frills eatery where you really get value for your money, with almost all main meals priced at $12.
Neeta City Shopping Centre, g47/54 Smart Street, Fairfield; also in Bankstown and Cabramatta; lovinghut.com/au
The Hold is burger joint mending rifts between meat eaters and vegos. They serve up burgers from two different menus, so make sure you grab the vegan one and choose from five burger options, all loaded with plant-based patties and vegan cheese. Sides include loaded fries with a crispy bacon substitute, plus chicken nuggets and sweet potato wedges. There are a couple of salads, but who cares? Cocktails and grease are where the party's at.
Shop 4, Sydney Road Plaza, 24 Sydney Road, Manlythehold.com.au
Chatkazz in Harris Park. Photo: Fiona Morris
Vegans may have to tread carefully around a few cheese laden dishes at this 100 per cent vegetarian eatery, but that does nothing to diminish the vegan carb heaven that is Chatkazz. The toasted sandwich is described as 'bread stuffed with potato served with chutney and tomato sauce', and it's just one of many comforting potato-based dishes on their pages-long menu. Garlic pizza, fried rice, sandwiches and noodles, it's the perfect place for cheap eats and carb-loaded Indian street food.
Shop 4-6, 14-20 Station Street east, Harris Park, chatkazz.com.au
In the heart of the Sutherland Shire Dogma is serving up gourmet hotdogs alongside a growing vegan menu. Swap the beef sausage for a vegan alternative and team it with fries or potato gems loaded with vegan aioli and cheddar.
1/98 Cronulla Street, Cronulla
Go-to dish: Biang biang noodles with chilli oil. Photo: James Alcock
Hand pulled X'ian delicacy, number 16 on the menu, is will set your tastebuds on fire: thick-cut Biang Biang noodles are doused in chilli oil and topped with a few Asian greens. The rest of the menu options are meat-heavy, so make sure you double check with staff if your order is safe to slurp.
Shop 39, 1 Dixon Street, Haymarket
Doughnut Time offers a trio of vegan-friendly treats: Ready to Crumbe (apple and cinnamon), Fairy Godmother (vegan cream cheese icing and 100s and 1000s) and Liam Hemsworthy (red velvet cake meets cookies and cream).
Locations at the Galleries, QVB, Newtown, Macquarie Centre; see doughnuttime.com.au
Vegan pizza at Gigi's. Photo: Anna Kucera
Gigi's is not only 100 per cent plant-based, it's certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, the Italian organisation with a mission to protect true Neapolitan pizza. This means its 'Marinara Tradizionale' pizza really is one of the most authentic in the country.
379 King Street, Newtown, 02 9557 2224, gigipizzeria.com.au
Cauliflower and Chinese pancakes at Bad Hombres Photo: Christopher Pearce
Did someone say pancakes? Bad Hombres serves up an all vegan, Asian-Mexican fusion tapas menu covering cauliflower, cashew cream, salsa verde and Chinese pancakes. Plus margaritas, naturally.
40 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, badhombres.com.au
Soul Burger's plant-based burgers, coconut ice-cream milkshakes and cheese 'n' bacon fries are a combination that will win over any steak connoisseur. Each burger is stacked high with your choice of 'beef', 'chicken', 'fish', 'pork', falafel, mushroom or tofu patties. The eatery went vegan in 2015 and is not going back anytime soon.
316 Church Street, Parramatta, 02 9687 3596; The Spot, 49 Perouse Road, Randwick, 02 9398 7496; 111 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, 02 9277 4624; soulburger.com.au