If, like me, you think the phrase ‘delicious vegan food’ is an oxymoron, go to the Nourishing Quarter in Redfern to learn just how wrong you can be. Despite the slightly dodgy name and sometimes ditzy service (in a loveable hippie kind of way), this place could keep even the most committed carnivore coming back for more. They’re all about the super-duper-healthy here, with a menu that blends Asian and South American flavours in ways that sometimes sound strange, yet taste oh so good.
The focus is on sourcing unique, plant-based, ‘super’ foods. In practice, this means there’s a whole lotta tofu, pumpkin, chickpeas and unusual grains going on, in dishes that would verge on the obscenely wholesome were they not just so damn delicious. So much so, I can even forgive them for naff names such as ‘Sweet Angel Wraps’, ‘Monastic Fried Spring Rolls’ and ‘Sacred Congee’.
Everything is strictly vegetarian, with loads of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options, and all such dietary considerations are clearly marked on the menu. There’s a good selection of small and large dishes to share – or devour greedily on your own – ranging from rice-paper rolls and noodle salads to pho, curries and congee.
Bonus points for the quirky mismatched china and British Monarchy memorabilia (picture your nana’s lounge if your nana had become a Buddhist and you could bring booze to her house). This is the place to head to if you’ve had a big night out and need to feel virtuously restored. Bypass the vegan cheesecake though – some things just shouldn’t be messed with.
315 Cleveland St, Redfern
(02) 8399 0888
Open Tues–Wed 5.30–9.30pm, Thurs–Sat 11.30am–2.30pm & 5.30–10pm, Sun 11.30am–2.30pm