Food is an important part of travel for me. Before any holiday I research and note down the places I want to eat. Usually I don't have to research because the places are already ingrained in my brain from reading food and travel blogs. My trip to Sydney was no different. I made a list and planned to stick to it. Except I went to one place twice, which wasn't on my list, and only visited one place from my list. I think there were so many activities happenning as part of the conference, I didn't have the time to go to all of the listed places. I am not disappointed though, because the two places I did go were amazing!
The photos of the food are all what I ate at 'Earth to Table',which is located in Bondi. As you may notice 'Earth to Table' is the one not on my list. However, I am so glad a friend picked it as a place to meet up because the food is truly heavenly. Food served there is organic, raw, and vegan (also gluten and processed sugar free). I enjoy raw vegan food but I never loved it. 'Earth to Table' made me love their raw vegan food. My first order was the zucchini alfredo with marinated mushrooms topped with shaved macadamias. It was so creamy and delicate. The flavour of the cashew sauce was mellow and pleasing. I don't like creamy pastas, but I like this one. After the meal i felt satiated and and very light, one of the many benefits of raw vegan food in my experience.
The next day after lunching at 'Earth to Table' I was planning to wander the streets of Sydney after yoga. Except when my new friends mentioned they were going to 'Earth to Table' I changed my plans and went to Bondi with them! Lunch was awesome where we chatted whilst eating delicious raw vegan dishes. This time I ordered off the menu. I asked the waitress if they had the dish with the avocado on top, as I was eyeing it the day before. They had it and it was the special of the day, a rainbow salad consisting of zucchini, carrots, beetroots with sprouts, spinach and avocado. It was delicious! Raw vegan food is a cooling food, which suited the day as it was warm and quite humid.
If you happen to be in Sydney this is definitely a place to try. Get their 'cheesecake', also. It was the lightest raw vegan cheesecake I have ever had. I had the Blueberry and Lemon "Cheesecake". The "cheese" filling made of coconut flesh was so smooth and fluffy. Raw vegan desserts I had before were always quite dense, although delicious. So this one was a very pleasant surprise. I concluded that it must be the young coconut flesh that makes it so airy and light, perfect for hot summer days. Both times we went there the place was packed and a queue generated very quickly. The staff was lovely too, I noticed them take care of their queuing customers by providing them with free refreshments. I saw small glasses of smoothies being sipped by customers as they waited.
The other amazing place I had the opportunity to dine at was 'Bodhi'. Bodhi is located in the city near Hyde park. Their food is vegetarian and has an Asian an influence. Their outdoor area was very pretty with large fig trees decorated with shimmerring fairy lights. I didn't remember to take any photos because I was completely engrossed in the discussions and the food. There were so many dishes all very good. One thing I did notice was that the vegetables were allowed to be the star of the dish which was nice, no overpowering sauces or spices. The most memorable dishes were the stuffed courgette flowers, warm black rice salad, rice dumplings filled with spinach, pumpkin, and mushrooms. Also the fried radish squares (daikon, maybe?) were very moreish. Gave me good ideas about incorporating more vegetables into my diet. Next time I go to 'Bodhi' I'll take photos or at least try to remember everything I ate. The food was definitely one of the highlights of this trip to Sydney. Looking forward to the next time so I can go through my list and check the rest of the places off!
Till next time Sydney! With fond memories,