This Thai restaurant can be found at the Yarralumla shops at the very end of a short arcade. It's actually rather spacious inside.
There are several tofu dishes on the menu, but as is usual for many restaurants, you need to be clear that you don't eat seafood products and so on. After establishing this, the people at Sukothai are happy to accommodate, and they do understand the meaning of the word 'vegan'. Lunches I've had include a beautiful tofu yellow curry, and a spicy chilli-basil tofu stiry fry noodle dish. They told me that it can take longer to prepare vegan dishes, so if you
are coming with a large party of people you might like to pre-order. One last thing: ask for mild chilli unless you are accustomed to the hot spiciness of authentic Thai food.
Tofu yellow curry
Chilli-basil stir fry tofu, vegies and rice noodle
Although we have blogged Sweet Bones before, the menu has evolved much
since then and we thought it was worth a revisit to talk about two of
our favourite dishes. The Italian tempeh sandwich comes with olive bread, salad, pickles and tasty flavoured tempeh. If you haven't tried tempeh before, we encourage you to give it a go, as the Sweet Bones people have really excelled on this one.
The nachos mountain is a great choice when you have a big hunger to fill. It is packed with interesting flavours -- chillies, olives, corn and beans with vegan sour cream & cheeses, on a large bed of corn chips. The chips are the Mission brand and are free of palm oil.
Sweet Bones cafe has moved to new premises. The entrance is now on Elouera
St, close to the roundabout on Lonsdale. They now have a printed menu,
which is a great improvement over the blackboard, and it has a number of
new items that we can't wait to try.
If you do an internet search for vegan food in Maitland NSW, not a whole lot comes up. There is the Momo Wholefood Cafe, but it wasn't open when we needed it to be (i.e. dinner time).
Mannu's Kitchen is an Indian restaurant in central Maitland that was open late for dinner on Saturday night when we were in town. After making the usual polite vegan enquiries, we were able to order three vegetable curries with rice and pappadums, as well as vegetable pakora entree. The pakora were among the largest we've seen – one serve is almost a meal on its own. All in all, it was a very filling and satisfying meal. Like some other Indian restaurants we've tried, their dhal dishes all contained animal products. We hope that in time restaurants will provide the option for coconut cream instead of dairy.
This week I attended a work lunch at the Oaks for a large party of people. A few days before, I enquired about vegan options, and received a fast response stating that there were a few items on the menu that could be veganised. In the end, I chose to have them make me a vegan surprise. I received this beautifully presented polenta dish topped with grilled vegetables, avocado and tomato. The grilled eggplant and capsicum were lovely in their own right, and the dish had just the right amount of herbs and salt. All of our meals had been pre-ordered, which saved a huge amount of time. The garden setting is a very relaxing atmosphere to have lunch. If you're looking for something a little bit fancier than usual, you might like to try the Oaks and give them some advance notice.