By Lara Flanagan
September 27, 2020 | 4 minute read
Momo Wholefood, Newcastle
Plant-based eating is becoming an increasingly main-stream dietary preference. You might be a vegan because of your health, the planet or your ethics or you might just love eating in a way that increases your intake of plant-based ingredients. Regardless of the reason, vegan menu choices are becoming more popular every day, and it is great to know where to head if you are travelling somewhere new.
If you are visiting Newcastle and surrounds, and love a delicious vegan feed, then this is the guide for you. Following are my recommendations of where to go in and around Newcastle for the best vegan eating.
Momo Wholefoods is a vegetarian café that is very vegan-friendly. The café’s located in an old heritage building which lends itself to a light and airy interior. Momo Wholefood is all about healthy casual dining with a menu that includes an extensive range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The team at Momo Wholefood try to use locally sourced whole food ingredients whenever possible.
Their breakfast menu includes chia puddings, crumpets, tofu scramble and a range of smoothies and juices. For lunch be tempted by the Momo grazing board, and changing daily specials like falafel, Middle Eastern bowls, and burgers. Momo Wholefood also offers its customers a tempting range of sweets and pastries that are all made in-house.
Location: 227 Hunter Street, Newcastle.
‘Bhakti’ in Sanskrit means love or devotion and The Bhakti Tree is all about serving a 100% vegetarian and vegan menu with a great deal of passion. The Bhakti Tree menu includes a range of delicious traditional southern Indian dishes.
Their simple and affordable menu has something to please everyone, from carnivores to vegans alike. Dine on Naan or Roti Bread combined with the curry of the day or a salad or vegetable bowl. They also have a takeaway buffet that includes rice, curry, roast vegetables, salad, pappadum, and dessert.
Location: 410 Maitland Road, Mayfield West.
Pino’s Diner at The Family Hotel, Newcastle
Pino’s Diner is a recent addition to the food scene of Newcastle opening its doors in June 2020. Pino’s Diner offers customers an American-style diner experience with an incredibly tempting menu that is 100% vegan. Pino’s Diner is only open for dinner, and I recommend a light lunch during the day so you can enjoy all your dinner favourites!
The food is so good that it will please even the non-vegans who will be hard-pressed accepting that the food from Pino’s Diner is vegan. Enjoy a menu that includes hot dogs, burgers, loaded fries, buffalo wings and soft serves.
Location: 635 Hunter Street, Newcastle.
Bay Hut Café is a family-run café with an elevated outlook that is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. While Bay Hut is not a vegan restaurant, they are passionate about serving food that is nourishing and delicious, and include a range of vegan options on their menu. I love the fact that they make all their menu items on the premises, including a tempting array of desserts.
For breakfast, you can enjoy the Vegan Breakfast that includes vegan sausages, or you can build your own breakfast. Their Veggie Lovers Lunch is a popular choice with vegans and includes roasted vegetables tossed with rocket and a homemade dressing.
Location: : 6 Stockton Street, Nelson Bay.
Goodness Me Organics Grocer & Café, Adamstown
Goodness Me Organics is both an organic grocer and café. They have filled their bright, eclectic cafe with local artworks, and customers can sit inside or in their garden courtyard. Their blackboard menu changes regularly, and while not vegan, it offers a multitude of delectable plant-based choices. They also have a kid’s menu with vegan options. They use fresh, seasonal, organic, and local ingredients and are passionate about serving food that looks as good as it tastes. They make their own dressings, sauces and condiments which accompany all their meals.
Customer favourites include Roast Pumpkin and Caramelised Onion Pizza, Sweet Nectar Desserts and their Vegan Nachos complete with aioli and cashew cheese.
Location: 617 – 621 Glebe Road, Adamstown.
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