I mentioned that I’ve been busy lately – one reason is that I went to Sydney for a conference, and had lots of organising to do beforehand & afterwards. The biggest vegan highlight of the trip was brunch at Naked Espresso in Newtown.
Naked Espresso is an all-vegan weekend-only brunch café in Newtown. The menu covers all kinds of brunch options – from a hangover-cure-style fake meat fryup to buckwheat pancakes with strawberries. Their espresso machine is Bonsoy-only and has never been near dairy products. There’s also a dessert menu, including cakes and vegan affogato! Everything is vegan, and there are quite a few gluten-free options on the menu.
The place was packed when I arrived, and I ended up sharing a table with two beautiful strangers and talking for hours about veganism, travel & information access for blind people. I had a couple of excellent flat whites, the Aussie feast (smoked tofu, mushrooms, hash browns, homemade baked beans, wilted spinach, fried tomatoes, toast & Nuttelex) and a classic bakery-style custard square. The food was excellent, & I’ll definitely visit again next time I’m in Sydney on a weekend.
Naked Espresso shares the same premises as Basil Pizza, a vegan-friendly pizza that operates by night & also looks worthwhile.
More Naked Espresso hype from the internets:
- group brunch
- brunch closeups
- another visitor to town who ate the same thing as me, except with the scrambled tofu.
- best soy coffee in Sydney
- bicycle latte art
Naked Espresso is at 126 King Street, Newtown and is open 9am-1pm Saturdays and Sundays. Basil Pizza is in the same place, at night.
Other notable vegan food on this trip was found at:
- Iku Wholefood, which is all vegan all the time, as well as healthy and tasty. There are quite a few Iku outlets around Sydney. This visit I went to the Oxford Street Iku and took away: a tofu pocket, a slice of chocolate pie with soy cream, & a mini vanilla friand. In the past, I’ve also enjoyed their black rice pudding.
- Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen, where a big group of us went for a Chinese vegan feast. Highlights for me were salt and pepper tofu, avocado & sweetcorn soup, and tempeh stirfry with greens & walnuts. Mama Chu’s is at 367 Pitt Street in central Sydney, and is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.