Whether you’ve given up meat for ethical reasons or for the health benefits, the popularity of plant-based diets continues to grow. Here’s our pick of Parramatta’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants, so you can tend to your meatless munchies, without resorting to hot chips every single time.
Even hardcore carnivores will be impressed...
Using a combination of innovation and creativity (and a really good vegan-aise) local boy and Soul Burger Founder Amit Tewari has managed to serve up an entirely vegan menu that doesn’t suck. Even hard-core carnivores will be impressed with offerings such as classic beef burgers with the lot, crumbed chicken and pulled pork sliders at Australia’s first gourmet plant-based burger joint.
If in doubt, go for the “Classic Cheeseburger”. With a sizzling patty and melting slice of “Cheddar”, it looks like a cheeseburger, and tastes like a cheeseburger, but by some crazy feat of science and/or magic it’s completely free of meat and animal products.
Be sure to leave room for a “milk” shake, made with fresh coconut ice cream.
316 Church Street Parramatta 2150; Open daily 11:00am - 10:00pm.
Lord of the Fries
When the chips are down and you’re just craving a juicy burger, head to Lord of The Fries.
In fact, this fast food joint has so much award-winning cred (including Best Vegetarian Restaurant from the Lifestyle Channel), it’s popular with both carnivores and those who have given flesh the flick.
From their original Veggie burger to a chook-free take on a classic schnitty, Lord of the Fries caters to those craving a meaty meal, without any actual meat!
Bonus: They also offer gluten-free options and can vegan-ise most of their menu
Shop 1172A, lower food court, Westfield Parramatta, 159 - 175 Church St, Parramatta 2150; Open Monday - Wednesday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Thursday 10:00am - 9:00pm, Friday - Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm.
With plant-based curries and limited use of dairy, Indian food is naturally popular among both vegetarian and vegans. But this local “100% Pure Vegetarian” restaurant deserves an honourable mention for its exclusive veg-only menu. Highlights include regional specialities, frankies (Indian wraps) and classic curries.
With a focus on Indian street food, and a passion for creating “an Indian experience to rekindle your memories of home”, you will be certain to leave Chat with both your hunger and your happiness satisfied.
ChatKazz is open for lunch and dinner, and catering is also available for those who’d like to take the taste home.
4/14-20 Station St East Harris Park 2150; Open Monday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 10:00pm.
This Malaysian mainstay may not technically be exclusively vegetarian, but is an excellent option if you’re in the mood for Asian. And not quite up for the challenge of trying to explain that your vegetarian noodles, really shouldn’t be made with fish sauce!
The dedicated vegan menu at PappaRich includes meals featuring “faux” curry mutton and sweet and sour “chicken” with rice, and taste so authentic you’ll wonder if you need meat in your Malaysian meal at all!
Shop 2185A, Zone G, Westfield, 159-175 Church Street Parramatta 2150; Open Sunday - Wednesday 11:00am - 9:30pm, Thursday - Saturday 11:00am - 10:00pm.
Cake Mania caters to all dietary requirements and requests, including those who would prefer their baked goods made without any animal products.
Taking on the challenge of cooking without eggs, butter and milk, Cake Mania offer a range of vegan flans, tarts, pastries and cakes that look good and taste even better!
With rich bases and creamy toppings, some of the delicious and surprisingly vegan must-tries include Chocolate Mousse, Vanilla Custard and Strawberries and the raspberry and almond cake.
91 Macquarie Street Parramatta 2150; Open Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday 7:30am - 3:00pm.