Tasked with finding good vegan or vegetarian options during Restaurant Month? Don't worry, we've done the hard yards for you. Below, we've rounded up our top menu recommendations from this year's stellar Restaurant Month line-up that offer vegan or vegetarian dishes.
Cafe Hanoi | $55 for a 3 course lunch or dinner | Vegan
Cafe Hanoi is a favourite spot in the Britomart area, offering outstanding Asian-French inspired cuisine that is sure to satisfy all your cravings. During August, the team have created a special vegan banquet menu which includes five dishes across three courses. To start, enjoy green jackfruit with oyster mushrooms, carrot, soy lime dressing and sesame cracker or shiitake and water chestnut netted spring rolls. For the main course, you'll be treated to three excellent dishes; crispy eggplant with sticky soy glaze, fresh mint & red chilli; lemongrass braised tofu with shiitake, chilli, coriander & crushed peanuts; pickled carrot & daikon, makrut lime leaf & sesame seeds. To finish off the meal, a delicious dark chocolate bombe with peanut butter banana filling, chocolate sorbet & crushed peanuts will grace your table. See full menu and Ts&Cs, here.
The Sugar Club | $115 for a four course vegan tasting menu + a glass of bubbles
Take your Restaurant Month experience to new heights - literally - with an unbelievable offering from 53 floors high at The Sugar Club. Their vegan 4-course tasting set menu champions seasonality and combines local sustainably sourced ingredients with bold flavours. It includes a complimentary glass of NV Nautilus Cuvée Brut, and the option to wine match each course for an extra $60 pp. See full menu and ts & cs here.
Burger Burger | $40 for a two-course lunch or dinner + glass of beer | Vegetarian, vegan
Nothing beats a good burger, and the guys at Burger Burger do them exceptionally well. Grab a seat by the window looking out toward the harbour and enjoy their special two-course Restaurant Month offering matched with a glass of Sawmill lager. For your first course, choose any burger from the menu. There's both a vegetarian and vegan option to choose from, and we think the vegan 'beef & cheese' is a must-try - vegan mushroom, quinoa & walnut patty, vegan swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, vegan aioli, and tomato jam with a choice of potato skins or charred broccoli to accompany your burger. Course two is dessert, and we think you're going to love it... mini donuts with cinnamon sugar, salted caramel sauce & whipped cream - yum! See full menu and Ts&Cs, here.
East | $40 for a two-course lunch or dinner + a glass of wine | Vegetarian
With 100% of the dishes on offer being vegetarian and 75% vegan, it's no surprise that East has made this list. Located on the ground floor of the Sudima Hotel on Nelson Street, East serves up a menu of the most delicious modern-Asian eats. If you haven't yet been to East, August is the month to do so, for $40 you'll sit down to a two course meal with a glass of organic wine. Begin with an entree of shiitake mushrooms with pepper and Thai holy basil, then move on to a main course of nasi goreng fried rice with tofu, egg, bean sprouts and sambal oelek. This meal is matched with a glass of Hunky Dory Sauvignon Blanc. See full menu and Ts&Cs, here.
White + Wongs | $55 for a four course lunch or dinner | Vegetarian
White + Wong’s ‘east meets west’ cuisine takes classic street foods from China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand – the noodles, soups, curries and delicious dumplings – and has created an eclectic menu to pick and choose from to suit. It's the perfect place to dine with friends this August, offering two menus, one completely vegetarian, featuring dishes including edamame beans with spicy sweet soy, rainbow glass noodle vegetable salad, wild mushroom crystal skin dumplings with goji berry, coriander and teriyaki glaze, penang curry with tofu and a coconut sago with poached lychee, peanut praline and mango sorbet. See full menu and Ts&Cs, here.
Vivace | $85 for a four course lunch or dinner + wine matches | Vegetarian
Vivace's lively atmosphere, warm ambience, and enjoyable Mediterranean fare are the perfect combination for a great meal this August. This year, Vivace is also offering a full vegetarian menu, meaning that nobody misses out this Restaurant Month! For $75, enjoy a four course meal complete with wine matches to each dish. To start, a salad of roast beetroot, carrot, feta, pine nuts and micro greens is on the menu. For your second course, enjoy a charcoal ravioli with beetroot, goats cheese & oregano with spinach & onion puree. The third course is a delightful mushroom risotto with feta, crispy shallots & truffle oil. To finish it all off, a tiramisu will do just the trick. During your meal, you'll be sipping on four wines; Nautilus Pinot Noir Marlborough, 2017; Fromm Pinot Noir Marlborough, 2018; Smith & Sheth 'Cru' Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2019; Gonzalez Byass Pedro Ximenez Nectar Sherry. See the full menu and ts and cs, here.