We’ve rounded up the best vego options around the precinct…
Satisfy Your Lebanese Cravings at Baba Ganouj
The heady aromas wafting from Baba Ganouj are what will lure you in initially – the scent of freshly baked Lebanese saj and fragrant Middle Eastern spices are enough to make your mouth water. Once inside, it’s the menu that will make you want to stay. Baba Ganouj has a delectable selection of vegetarian options that are sure to satisfy, such as the moudardara – a perfectly spiced combination of lentils, brown rice and caramelised onion served with traditional cabbage salad.
Mangia Mangia at Cucina By Toscani’s
Fancy an Italian feast? Cucina by Toscani’s has you covered. The garlic pizzetta and mushroom and mozzarella arancini balls are the perfect way to begin – you could even order the vegetarian Mediterranean platter if you’re super hungry. For main, the spinach and ricotta ravioli in pumpkin and sage sauce and the delectable wild mushroom risotto with baby spinach and fresh herbs are both a must-try.
Veg Out at Brooklyn
Whoever said that vegetarian burgers were boring had obviously never been to Brooklyn Depot, which has two vego burgers that are sure to make your mouth water. The Fun Guy is stacked with a crumbed mushroom, oak-leaf lettuce, blue-cheese sauce, caramelised onions, fresh tomato and honey-mustard aioli, while the Fugazy has a sweet potato and chickpea patty, oak-leaf lettuce, onion rings, parmesan frico and truffle mayo. Yum!
Gandhi Indian Kitchen Brings the Heat
Indian cuisine is renowned for its incredible array of vegetarian delights and Gandhi Indian Kitchen and Laneway Stall does not disappoint. Start your feast with a crispy aloo bonda (spicy potato dumplings dipped in chickpea batter and served with mint sauce), a delicious onion bhaji or a homemade vegetable samosa, then look to Gandhi’s seven fragrant vegetarian curries – we can guarantee you’ll have difficulty choosing. The vegetable kolhapuri is a highlight, with mixed vegetables cooked in a spicy tomato gravy, as is the Punjabi eggplant curry, a traditional North Indian recipe combining eggplant, potato and peas. If you’re a dal lover Gandhi has two on offer – the yellow dal tadka with yellow lentils, tomato, onion, garlic and Sri Lankan spices, and the dal makhni, which is black dhal and kidney beans in spices, tomato gravy and cream.
Cactus Republic is Nacho Average Mexican
When Mexican cravings strike, it can be pretty hard to think about anything else until you get a taste. Cactus Republic is here to satisfy your desires, sitting strong on the corner of Stanley Street Plaza. The vegetarian options here are plenty – go for a classic vegetarian burrito, taco, quesadilla or nachos, or mix things up with the corn fritter and avocado stack and a serve of sweet pepper bombs filled with cream cheese.
Tuck into Vegan Food at Tippler’s Tap
We know what you’re thinking – the phrase ‘vegan dude food’ sounds like an oxymoron, right? According to Tippler’s Tap, that’s wrong. The American-style craftbeer bar has launched a menu dedicated entirely to its vegetarian and vegan friends! Many of the Tippler’s favourites are there, just tweaked to be sans-meat. The Vegan Chilli Dog features a ‘tofurky’ sausage topped with vegan chilli and grated vegan cheddar cheese, which is delicious with a side of street corn or pasta salad. If you’ve got a hankering for a burger, go for the Vegan Cheeseburger, a grilled vegan ‘beef’ patty on a sesame-seed bun with vegan cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup and American mustard, or the Vegan Chicken Burger filled with vegan ‘chicken’, sliced vegan mozzarella, lettuce, pickle and vegan aioli. Even meat eaters will love this menu – trust us.
Enjoy Chews With a View at River Quay Fish
There’s something distinctly Mediterranean about a long lunch by the water, soaking up the afternoon sun. River Quay Fish can offer that exact scenario right here at South Bank and complete your Euro fantasy with food to match. Dine on grilled haloumi, olives house marinated with chilli, garlic and lemon, and a fresh panzanella salad with tomato, basil, mozzarella and crispy garlic croutons.
Food Meets Art at Stokehouse Q
Let’s be honest – sometimes you really don’t make friends with salad. When that salad is so delicately plated it looks like a work of art, however, you’re going to want to befriend it immediately. Stokehouse Q’s talented chefs meticulously create this aesthetically (and palate) pleasing salad of roasted Falls Farm beetroot, goats curd, walnut and aged balsamic, and top it with petite onion rings and edible flowers to complete the masterpiece.