Buddha’s Birthday celebrations will be taking place in Darling Harbour this weekend (10th and 11th of May) – see our archives for a review of the vegetarian food fair. Traditionally known as Vesākha, Buddha’s birthday is a time for spreading joy and happiness. People are encouraged to refrain from killing and cruelty by eating only vegetarian foods.
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Even if you’re not a Buddhist, the values behind the day can be embraced by everyone, and it’s always a good idea to have some meat free days. So here’s a round up of the best vegetarian restaurants in Sydney, where you can enjoy a cruelty free, delicious meal on Buddha’s Birthday.
If you’re feeling particularly spiritual, why not partake in some enlightening Jivamukti yoga before heading into the adjacent Sadhana Kitchen to refuel in the healthiest way possible. All the food is raw, organic and vegan, creating a completely cruelty and guilt free dining experience. The passionate staff do an amazing job at creating satisfying and delicious dishes without any nasties. They even have some amazingly good house made desserts to cater to your every craving.
147 Enmore Rd Enmore
Phone: 02 9516 1334
An extremely unique and eclectic eatery focused on reconnecting, healing, nourishing and flourishing, Nourishing Quarter is widely praised as the best vegetarian restaurant in Sydney. It is so busy that it’s usually wise to make a booking. Offering an interesting fusion of Latin American and Asian cuisine, they are willing to accommodate to any food allergies or sensitivities and create flavourful and healthful food without any meat whatsoever.
The decor is romantic and theatrical, with mismatched vintage plates, candlelit tables and a zany assortment of mismatched shabby ornaments.
315 Cleveland Street, Redfern
Phone: (02) 8399 0888
For those of you who want to go vegetarian but still enjoy hearty, full bodied food, Yulli’s is for you. Including favourites such as mushroom and haloumi pizza, delicious crunchy felafel, bagels and burritos, it is healthy and meat-free without going overboard. It’s also a bit more laid back and trendy than some of the more hard core vegetarian eateries. Check out the full review here.
417 Crown St Surry Hills
Phone: 02 9319 6609
This beautiful restaurant is set in a particularly tranquil parkland under the shade of giant moreton bay fig trees.It specialises in vegan yum cha and pan-asian cuisine, with a menu which is constantly changing according to the availability of fresh produce. The peaceful setting and fresh vegetarian food make for the perfect place to celebrate Buddhas Birthday. Check out the full review here.
4 College St Cook & Phillip Park Leisure Complex Sydney
Phone: 02 9360 2523
Earth to Table
This little slice of nirvana is a bit tucked away, but once you enter, it is an explosion of colours, flavours and smells. All their food is raw, vegan, organic and so flavourful and bright that even the most hard core carnivore won’t miss the animal products. They are famous for their guilt free desserts and smoothies which complement their meat free dishes perfectly.
85 Bronte Rd Bondi Junction
Phone: (02) 9029 1755