Your hit list for vegan dining on the Coast
Vegan dining started out as a fairly niche business, but within the last five years, the movement has absolutely exploded as more people change their lifestyles to suit their health and ethical beliefs. So much so that we’re even starting to see Vegan hatted restaurants and “vegan” listed in the top 20 Google searches of 2018! It’s amazing seeing what people can do with the humble vegetable!
To help you scope out the best vegan eats on the Central Coast, we’ve pulled together a guide on some of the places we love to visit that have lots of quality vegan options! We know the Coast is a big place so we’ve split it, top, middle, and bottom!
Top – Wyong/The Entrance/Tuggerah
Motel Mezza – Wyong
Inspired by traditional Lebanese cuisine and drink, the menu at Motel Mezza is focused on sharing mezze platters and banquets. Think dips, flatbreads, small bites, sauces, and plenty of Lebanese grilled vegetables. About a third of the menu here is completely plant-based, which caters to the booming trend of vegan and gluten-free dining options on the coast.
Co-owner of the restaurant Tara Dickinson said plant-based food is a general theme of Lebanese cuisine, but Motel Mezza has a huge, dedicated focus on the dining trend.
“We have a dedicated plant-based banquet designed for vegan diners, we’re very vegan friendly. Come in, you’ll get 10 dishes, all plant-based and vegan and we’ll be able to show you a great time with your friends,” said Tara.
The Secret Café – Charmhaven
The Secret Café has a dedicated vegetarian menu including a pear and walnut salad, quinoa and avocado Mexican salad, a trio of fries (sweet potato, halloumi, and zucchini) and an avocado and quinoa wrap. Delish!
Mojave Grind – Killarney Vale
Opened during the height of COVID, this little café at Killarney Vale has quickly grown to be a real hit with Coastie vegans! Scan your eye over their menu and you won’t see a skerrick of meat! They do pizzas and Burgers on Friday and Saturday nights as well, so it’s the perfect spot for a hot date or a lazy weekend dinner option!
Middle – Long Jetty to Kincumber
Long Jetty Takeaway
Now this place is well known as a bit of an institution for Central Coast vegans, and they’ve had a solid following for quite a while. You can order takeaway favourites of course, but these guys have really honed their efforts on catering to the conscious consumer!
Think fish and chips, jackfruit burgers, buffalo wings, wonton soup, sausage rolls and slices all vegan and all made in house. These guys are the unsung heroes of vegan food on the coast!
Teta’s Gourmet Lebanese Kitchen – Terrigal
You’ll find this little gem tucked into the back of the busy Terrigal loop, behind the Crowne Plaza hotel (on the corner opposite the church). The hero of the restaurant is the food and you won’t find a better authentic Lebanese menu on the coast.
Teta opened two years ago and since then has been the talk of the Lebanese community, not only on the Central Coast but they frequently have visitors traveling up from Sydney to try out the cuisine, all from word of mouth.
Restaurant Manager, Amanda Merrell said, “We’re getting more and more people discovering what it is we offer. It’s a real testament to how authentic our offering is.”
If you’re visiting with friends, definitely try out the banquet. If you finish the three-course vegan smorgasbord, then power to you bro. That’s a feat of food domination. They can also cook that bad boy up for you in a vego or gluten-free skew, no extra charge.
Sage Café – Erina
Located at Erina Fair, Sage is a favourite meeting spot for passionate vegans on the Central Coast. They do a great all-day breakfast including a Vegetarian Breakfast and “a new pan-full of goodness” which includes roast pumpkin, sweet potato, zucchini with quinoa, red onions, garlic confit, parsley, baby spinach, and kale. If you’re not feeling pumped after a feed like that, call the doctor!
Bowlarama Bowls – Kincumber
These guys have a fresh AF set up at Kincumber, located in front of a gym in the industrial park on Cochrone Street. Their smoothie bowls are 100% plant-based and made from the freshest, high-quality ingredients. You don’t have to worry about scanning the menu or checking the fine print, it’s all safe for vegans! Loving the sounds of the Snickers bowl - banana, dates, cacao, vegan peanut butter, and coconut milk... yum! They also have a location at Long Jetty too!
Bottom – Gosford to the Peninsula
Pinnochio’s Wine & Pizza Bar – Gosford
If you’re after perfect Italian food with a beautifully matched wine or cocktail, you need to get ordering or book a coveted seat in the restaurant, which sits opposite Gosford’s Kibble Park, on the ground level of the Imperial Centre.
Owner, Tara Dickinson said the restaurant has had a strong focus on plant-based vegan food since opening and they get the most interaction on social media through their vegan food posts as people hunt down the elusive plant-based feed.
“Probably a third of our menu, both food, and our wine list is vegan, so we cater to a large part of the vegan community on the Central Coast. That’s something that we’ve always tried to focus on because it’s such a fast-growing movement,” said Tara.
“People who are plant-based eaters or vegan feel like there’s not a lot of choice for dining options on the Central Coast, so when they find us they get really excited.”
Executive chef Sean Connolly’s general food philosophy focuses heavily on ethically sourced produce and premium suppliers. To meet the needs of the Coast’s most ethical diners, The Bon introduced a “Vegan Feast” night which happens on the first Wednesday of every month – but make sure you book, reservations are essential! Check out their Facebook page for updates on when the next night is on!
Osteria il Coccia – Ettalong
If you’re up for some vegetarian fine dining, Osteria il Coccia is one to tick off your list. The set menu changes every two weeks, meaning it’s seasonal, fresh, innovative, and made with a lotta love. One thing you can count on is that it’s cooked by flame.
The menu includes five courses, with the option of matched wines – definitely the place to go for a special occasion dinner!
Fah’s Kitchen – Woy Woy
Finding a good vegan curry is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but we think Fah’s Kitchen at Woy Woy has got it down pat. They also do a great vegan laksa – check it out!