Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sydney Vegan: Friday Dinner

After lunch on Friday, Andy and I walked down to Darling Harbour to see Avatar at the Imax, but as I said in my last post, it was sold out. Instead, we wandered around Darling Harbour, popping into the Chinese Garden for a few hours.

We also walked through China Town and Paddy's Markets, so by the time we got back to our accommodation in Newtown we were pretty hungry. Luckily, we were mere steps away from the restaurant strip of King Street, and literally less than two minutes' walk from delicious and vegan-friendly Basil Pizza.

After carefully studying the menu and working out the best value deals, we took advantage of the special offer -- Buy a large pizza and get a pizza bread for just $2. On the pizza bread there is a choice of herbs, pesto, garlic or chilli, and mozzarella or Cheezly. We chose herbs and cheezly.

This was really yummy, and the cheezly was generously applied, but the herbs were a bit understated. I would recommend garlic or pesto instead.

For our pizza choice, we shared a large Vegan Lovers -- tomato sauce, grilled eggplant, marinated artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, tofu chunks, and cheezly. For an extra $1.40, we added vegan pepperoni slices.

This was an excellent choice. The flavours were perfectly matched together and well-balanced, unlike our usual homemade pizzas which are overloaded with toppings. The sauce was delicious, and the spicy vegan pepperoni added an extra layer of flavour. This pizza would have gotten two thumbs up, but my thumbs were occupied with stuffing my face.

Although the food was satisfying and delicious, one large pizza and a pizza bread for Andy and I is not enough, so we walked across the road to Vegan's Choice grocery store and tried their Tofu Ice Cream. Apologies for the really shonky photos (I blame Andy's mediocre camera rather than my mediocre photography skills); I had taro, which was light purple but mostly just tasted like vanilla ice cream.

Andy had avocado, which was light green and mostly just tasted like creamy.

The ice cream was good, creamy and smooth but with a few icy chunks throughout.


Anonymous said...

taro vegan ice cream???i would LOVE that! taro is one of my favorite flavors. there's a froyo place around here that sells taro flavor, but it's obviously not vegan. gorgeous garden shot. haha pizza bread sounds remarkably similar to pizza, which is also on bread!

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

I totally ate at both of those places when we were in Sydney! I loved them both. Newtown is filled with yummy vegan food. Gotta love the crazy assortment of dessert choices at Vegan's Choice!

Hannah said...

I agree, that's a beautiful photo you've got there of the garden! And I would have chosen the taro ice cream too :)

I wish you were here in London with me right now, so I'd have someone to split the vegan cheesecake I found today with. (Sadly, I couldn't let myself buy it, as it only came as a whole cheesecake and I knew I *would* eat it all myself. And that that wouldn't be good)