Restaurants with Vegetarian Options in Australia

  • Pier Farm

    Pier Farm

    Taste the flavours of the sea at Williamstown’s new seaside dining destination, ...

  • Kilcunda General Store

    Kilcunda General Store

    Fulfil foodie desires at Kilcunda General Store perusing through artisan gourmet...

  • Vine & Tap

    Vine & Tap

    Traditional Italian meets contemporary dining at Bathurst's new food and win...

  • Old Green Bean

    Old Green Bean

    Finding popularity among Bendigo locals, pay a visit to Old Green Bean coffee sh...

  • Margate Beach House

    Margate Beach House

    Immerse yourself in the relaxed ambiance of Margate Beach House on the corner of...

  • Republiq Bar and Grill

    Republiq Bar and Grill

    For an exotic taste of the Middle East and Mediterranean in Brighton Le Sands, h...

  • Shelter

    Shelter

    Set in idyllic beachside Lennox Heads, Shelter on Pacific Parade beckons as a ho...

  • The Burger Rebellion

    The Burger Rebellion

    Opinions vary on what makes a great burger blend - Port Macquarie locals know be...

  • Bangkok Jam

    Bangkok Jam

    Thailand and Melbourne meet in a fusion of traditional cuisine and modern archit...

  • The Metz Cafe Bar

    The Metz Cafe Bar

    Stop to inhale the aroma of wood fired pizza wafting from the kitchen at The Met...

  • Insieme Ristorante

    Insieme Ristorante

    Tucked between Adelaide City’s office buildings on Flinders Street is Insieme Ri...

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    Cultural Influences

    Restaurants in Australia are as diverse as they are plentiful. With a restaurant scene rich with cultural influences from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, America and Polynesia, Australia has become a destination for restaurant buffs from around the world. While a blossoming food culture exists right throughout the country, Sydney and Melbourne are at the forefront Australia's fine dining scene. "Modern Australian" is the term used to describe our cuisine; a mix of east meets west, somewhat French, somewhat Italian, somewhat Asian. Our own unique style, but unclassifiable.

    Australian Cuisine

    There is no real discernable difference in cuisine from region to another, but influences such as italian and greek in Melbourne and asian in Darwin are noticeable. Australians love their seafood: Sydney rock oysters, Queensland sea scallops, rock lobsters and mud crabs, giant king prawns and Balmain bugs (the Balmain gug or Moreton Bay gug is a type of slipper lobster and is closely related to the rock lobsters. It is a popular crustacean commonly found in restaurants, fish markets and local fish shops), blue eye cod and Barramundi are all delicacies regularly found on menus throughout the country.

    Indigenous foods are also becoming widely recognized and available, enabling the creation of dishes such as: calamari seasoned with lemon myrtle, aniseed myrtle linguine tossed with South Australian scallops, native spinach fettuccine with crocodile, creamy bush tomato and macadamia sauce, kangaroo fillet crusted with mountain pepper, served with a pepper berry dressing and rosella flower salad. And of course there are witchetty grubs, a delicacy usually reserved for those who venture into the outback.

    Restaurant Opening Times & Reservations

    From relaxed water front cafes to internationally renowned award winning restaurants, whatever the style, Australia serves up an infinite range of culinary delights that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Every restaurant operates on their own opening & closing time but as a guide:

    • Breakfast: 7am - 10am
    • Lunch: 12noon - 2pm
    • Dinner: 6pm - 9.30pm

    Reservations are usually made by phone, fax or via the Internet. It is advisable to book award winning restaurants several days – in some instances weeks – in advance. The bill (check/cheque) includes service and tax. Tipping is optional but appreciated. If you are pleased with the service it is customary to add a tip of 5-10%.

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