Vegetarians won't go hungry here, in fact we have so many delicious options sometimes it's hard to choose.

As a Vego, finding food (other than hot chips or a simple salad) can sometimes be a challenge.

There are times the occasion calls for something a bit more nourishing and inviting, like a sunny brunch with family or friends. No-one wants to have food envy at these gatherings, so here’s some recommended vegetarian meals from around the Barrington Coast.

As a vegetarian and new arrival to the region, I’m always on the lookout for the more mouthwatering plant-based options. These are just some of the delicious meals I’ve discovered and I’m excited to continue my mission to seek out more and try them all!

I’m sure you’ll appreciate and enjoy this deliciousness, even if you’re not actually vegetarian.

The Artisan Farmer, Nabiac

Visiting the Artisan Farmer, I wasn’t expecting there to be gluten free, dairy free and vego options… afterall they’re a deli, bakery and café. But I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of meals available and even happier upon trying them.

It was hard to choose (always a good sign), so now I’ve visited a couple of times just so I could experience both my preferred options: the roast veg sandwich was warm and filling, a nice comforting lunch; and the poké bowl was a next level flavour explosion which looked and tasted absolutely divine!

Roasted vegetarian sandwich: eggplant, pumpkin, capsicum, spinach leaves, nut free pesto, vegan aioli, toasted on gluten free bread.
Roasted vegetarian sandwich: eggplant, pumpkin, capsicum, spinach leaves, nut free pesto, vegan aioli, toasted on gluten free bread.
Farmers vegetable poké bowl: brown rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables, tofu, avocado, nori, spring onions, soy sesame and ginger dressing.
Farmers vegetable poké bowl: brown rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables, tofu, avocado, nori, spring onions, soy sesame and ginger dressing.

The Greenhouse Café, Nabiac

The Greenhouse Café has a nice atmosphere and it’s a great stop to enjoy some soy milkshakes, mango soy smoothies and a tropical juice. I’ve noted for a future visit: the farmhouse salad with roasted pumpkin or the corn fritter stack or the haloumi burger… I can’t decide which one.

Healthy drinks for the kids are always a winner.
Healthy drinks for the kids are always a winner.

Sushi Table, Forster

In Stockland Mall, Sushi Table is a perfect spot to pick up a light bite on the run, try my fave the tempura vege roll.

Burger Urge, Forster

If your hunger leads you to something a bit heavier, then Burger Urge at Stockland Mall will tempt you. They have a range of plant-based burgers which are vegan friendly. I can highly recommend the Bad Boi Chi Chi burger and not just for the name, it’s especially good if you like a side of spicy heat. I order mine with a gluten free bun.

Bad Boi Chi Chi burger: vegetable patty (sweet potato, kale, chickpea), lettuce, avocado, tomato, red onion, jalapenos, ranch and a green tomato and jalapeno relish on a light rye bun.
Bad Boi Chi Chi burger: vegetable patty (sweet potato, kale, chickpea), lettuce, avocado, tomato, red onion, jalapenos, ranch and a green tomato and jalapeno relish on a light rye bun.

Tartt Cafe, Forster

The vege stack from Tartt is a must try. If you eat with your eyes first like I do, you’ll be in awe of this colourful and nourishing plateful of deliciousness. Trust me, your taste buds will most definitely agree!

Tartt's vegie stack is artwork that you can eat.
Tartt's vegie stack is artwork that you can eat.

Bent On Food, Wingham

This award-winning café has the most incredible almond milk hot choccy and gluten free orange-chocolate cake or gluten free pistachio citrus honey cake! Try them after you’ve filled up (almost) with the spicy corn fritters which are vegan and gluten free too.

The deliciousness at Bent On Food is actually good for you.
The deliciousness at Bent On Food is actually good for you.

The Farmers Wife Distillery, Allworth

Their amazing gins are winning multiple awards and their new distillery door proves to offer incredible food options as well.

With lots of share plates on offer, we enjoyed the arancini balls (opted for GF option) and the roasted seasonal vegetables. Of course it would be rude not to have dessert… I can highly recommend the flourless chocolate cake.

Famers Wife Distillery table food
Famers Wife Distillery table food
Farmers Wife Distillery veggie plate
Farmers Wife Distillery veggie plate
Farmers Wife Distillery flourless cake
Farmers Wife Distillery flourless cake

Old Bar Village Cafe, Old Bar

I love it when a cafe has a tasty vegetarian meal listed as the hero dish, which can then be topped with added proteins for the meat-lovers who may be dining with you. At Old Bar Village Cafe the choices include creamy mushroom risotto, creamy pesto fettucine or roasted vegetable and feta quinoa salad (all perfectly delicious as vegetarian dishes but add chicken or prawns if your partner wants).

Also, leave room for the house-made cakes for dessert, I recommend the orange almond cake or passionfruit cheesecake... divine!

Old Bar Village Cafe passionfruit cheesecake
Old Bar Village Cafe passionfruit cheesecake
Old Bar Village Cafe orange almond cake
Old Bar Village Cafe orange almond cake

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