Being self-employed means working from home for the majority of the week. Or if i feel like getting out, then from a cafe. Those who follow me on Twitter will have seen my latest find: Laptop Friendly Cafes. It is a site which conveniently tags cafes so readers know if power is available, and if wifi is free.
Badde Manors doesn’t have either but its cozy atmosphere, long trading hours and
moreish vegetarian food and desserts makes it the perfect study spot for late night cramming, or an ideal place to get work done.
I’ve been to Badde Manors a few times before. The first visit was documented here.
They’re known for their generous serving sizes and I’m glad to see that they still live up to the name.
My eggplant schnitzel ($15.50) is served with an enormous amount of Irish mash, some steamed vegetables and garlic toast. The eggplant is thankfully not soaked in oil, which is a common mishap with this delicate sponge-textured vegetable. I enjoy the cajun spiced breadcrumbs coating the silky eggplant. The mushroom sauce and creamy mash are the best parts though. They’re the core ingredients to my definition of honest comfort food.
Chefs salad and Eggplant schnitzel lunch at Badde Manors Cafe in Glebe, Sydney - vegetarian
K has the chef’s salad ($12.50) which essentially has all the goodies one would want in a salad! Mixed greens, chick peas, runner beans, artichoke, grilled haloumi and roasted almonds are tossed in with a minted tahini sauce which she mentions is strangely bitter.
An hour goes by and we both shamefully can’t finish our meals due to its sheer size but walk out eyeing the tempting cake display. Perhaps the next visit will have to be an afternoon “working” tea.
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Badde Manors
37 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW
Phone: (02) 9660 3797
Opening hours:
Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – 11pm
Friday, 11:30am – midnight
Saturday, 1pm – midnight
Sunday, 1pm – 11pm

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.

they make the best chai tea's ive ever had, and i love theirwhole vegetarian menu :D


Hi Joanie! I guess you could say Glebe is in walking distance from Newtown :) My book, I Ate My Way Through Singapore & Vietnam, is AU$49.95. Unfortunately, it's not available for sale in Vietnam as yet, but you can buy online via the official website or Amazon. There's more info on stockists here: Hope you're enjoying working in Vietnam!

Joanie (The Artist Chef)
Joanie (The Artist Chef)

Is this area in New Town? How much is your book? looks interesting. Iam working now in Vietnam but I am a filipino by blood but australian by heart! =)


That's perfect that you should mention they do a good chai tea! I'll have to go back for chai tea & cake! Yum!


I like my vegies with a slight raw crunch so love them here. I'm so fascinated with the eggplant schnitzel. It's such a brilliant combination, I wonder what other vegetables I could schnitzelize...

Betty @ The Hungry Girl
Betty @ The Hungry Girl

I love Badde Manors. Love their burgers and the corn fritters - omg, so good! Ooh and their Chai Tea is THE best ever - so much love for this little joint!

Kate Toon
Kate Toon

Ah Badde Manors totally rocks and I am a regular visitor for the SOLE PURPOSE of eating their egg plant snitzel. I find they slightly under cook those chunky veggies though. You need an extra set of teeth to get through them. Not sure about the mash and bread combo, bit stodgy for me. But very heartening on a cold winters day (if Australia had them).