I’ve always wanted to go on a road trip down south from Sydney, and this past weekend I finally got to do it! During my trip to Jervis Bay, I’ve eaten at a couple restaurants and cafes that are vegan-friendly, which I’m going to share with you in this post! I absolutely love travelling, and don’t agree with the general opinion that maintaining a plant-based diet during vacationing is hard! So here it goes, my list of absolute must-visit restaurants with vegan options on the South Coast
Back 2 Earth, Berry
Back 2 Earth is a 5-acre property only a 5-minute drive to Berry Village, which is famous for its shopping and café culture and is a great venue as a base, whilst exploring the local area. Back 2 Earth is more than an organic farm stay, it’s also a health retreat offering a float tank experience, massage therapy, psychotherapy, raw vegan cuisine and food workshops. The retreat is located just 2 hours from Sydney, 2½ hours from Canberra, and 2½ hours from the Blue Mountains.
The retreat’s basic principles are sustainability, environmental awareness, zero waste policy and self-sufficiency. The 5-acre farm produces organic fruit and veggies by honouring nature’s rhythms and cycles and many of the farm animals at Back 2 Earth were rescued animals. Guests can purchase a seasonal box of fruit and veggie from their organic fruit and veggie co-op, as a way of extending their visit.
This one doesn’t really count as a restaurant, but still is definitely worth a visit, not matter if you’re vegan or not. It’s the perfect place to unplug from a stressful daily routine, or for a relaxed family vacation. It is run by Mark and Jenny, who have been raw vegan for several years and want to share their knowledge. You can lie in the sun reading a book, enjoy the stunning view or pet the miniature ponies, alpacas, sheep, goats and rabbits.
On our visit, we tried some of the raw vegan food, which was absolutely delicious! The first course consisted of raw sushi with sprouted wild rice and fresh veggies, together with a sweet dipping sauce. The next course was probably our favourite – with a base of cauliflower rice, flavoured with dried garlic and star anise, topped with veggie noodles drenched in a flavoursome Thai sauce. Afterwards, we enjoyed a platter of antipasti consisting of dried olives marinated in olive oil and herbs, fermented cashew nut cheese, dried tomatoes and raw turmeric nachos. For dessert, we had a raw chocolate cheesecake, a raspberry spirulina cheesecake, followed by fluffy blueberry, vanilla and chocolate mouse. We weren’t really sure what to expect of raw vegan food, but it’s safe to say that our minds were blown! It was also very interesting to see Mark prepare all of our food! After eating we ventured down to see and pet the animals, which we absolutely loved as well!
Back 2 Earth
Borrowdale Close, Berry NSW
The Gunyah Restaurant at Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay
The Gunyah (aboriginal for meeting place, or place of shelter) is the dining room, reception and communal lounge at the Paperbark camp in Jervis Bay. Designed by Sydney architects Nettleton Tribe, it is a unique space, built high off the ground to enjoy the sea breeze and a wonderful position amongst the tree tops. In the warmer months, the sliding doors open up for outdoor dining on the verandah, providing a bushy backdrop to candlelit meals and to observe the goings on of resident possums, sugar gliders and colourful birdlife. The Restaurant offers a three-course vegetarian menu for $55. If you want it to be vegan call up and let them know, either way, bookings are required.
Sitting on the candlelit balcony with a view over the jungle like forest we started our meal with a spinach and watercress soup accompanied by warm sourdough bread with a pesto dip. The first course was roasted mushrooms with spiced lentils and walnuts topped with watercress. The main course consisted of grilled baby leeks, mango and papaya salad and snow peas. The dessert was a watermelon sorbet on a bed of freeze dried and fresh berries, topped with cotton candy. All the dishes were outstanding in taste and left us very impressed! I can highly recommend this place, not only because of the amazing food and friendly staff but also because of the romantic and cosy atmosphere.
The Gunyah Restaurant at Paperbark Camp
571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia, NSW
Phone: (02) 4441 6066
Pilgrim’s Vegetarian Cafe, Huskisson
If you come to Jervis Bay for a holiday then definitely stop by Pilgrims Cafe! Pilgrim’s is a vegetarian cafe with lots of vegan options, which has a lovely hip surfer-vibe atmosphere and nice harbour views. I ordered the ‚Avocado on Toast‘ with a side of the homemade baked beans and mushrooms ($18), which was a great combination and absolutely delicious! I also tried the vegan pumpkin spinach pie ($6), which I also really enjoyed! The coffee was fantastic and the freshly squeezed orange, apple and carrot juice ($11) tasted super refreshing!
Pilgrim’s Vegetarian Cafe
Shop 5 57 Owen St, Huskisson, NSW
Phone: (02) 4441 6118
Milkwood Bakery, Berry
The Milkwood Bakery in Berry is famous for it’s Sourdough and should be a part of you visit this little town! Berry is probably one of the most adorable, cute towns I’ve ever been to in Australia, full of cosy cafes and beautiful shops. The Milkwood Bakery offers a huge variety of baked goods like cakes, croissants, pies, danish and of course various kinds of loaves of bread. We bought a Sourdough loaf ($6.5) and an Olive Loaf ($7), which were super crispy on the outside and soft & warm on the inside. With the Sourdough, we enjoyed some homemade strawberry jam and soy cappuccinos, which I can highly recommend.
Berry Sourdough Cafe & Milkwood Bakery
109 Queen Street, Berry, NSW
Phone: (02) 4464 3033