27 February, 2023
Vegetarian and vegan guide

Vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian? Lebanese restaurants in Sydney will ensure you receive a fulfilling and flavoursome experience. Regardless of your taste or diet, Lebanese restaurants in Sydney CBD have something for nearly everyone. Lebanese cuisine is perfect for vegetarian and vegan diets, offering a wide range of mezza and main courses and even desserts! 

Vegetarian and vegan diets can have a range of health benefits.

  • Richer in certain nutrients (fibre, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium and vitamins)
  • Assist with weight loss 
  • Appears to lower blood sugar levels and improve kidney function
  • Linked to a lower risk of heart disease

This is why you need Lebanese cuisine in your life! Spice up your life with a range of traditional and unique meals bursting of exquisite flavours. If you are a vegetarian/vegan and haven’t visited a Lebanese restaurant in Sydney CBD, all we can say is, you are missing out! 

We have put together our favourite vegetarian and vegan options you must order when you visit a Lebanese restaurant in Sydney. 

Mezza mania: the best casual vegetarian and vegan options served in restaurants Sydney CBD

Start your meal right with some hummus and baba ghanouj. Our top two preferred dips. These finger-licking dips are some of Lebanon’s most famous traditional dishes. 

Hommus is a vegetarian and vegan favourite as it is made from chickpeas! These vegetables are boiled, mashed and mixed with tahini, garlic, salt and lemon juice. The thing we love most about this dip is its versatility and health benefits. You can eat hummus with just about anything. Have it with some crispy bread, with potatoes or even your falafel! They are also rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre! Chickpeas offer a variety of health benefits improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of diseases. 

Eggplant lovers, this one is for you. Baba ghanouj consists of eggplant that has been chargrilled cooked, mashed and combined with garlic, lemon juice, tahini and mint. This vegetarian/vegan dip is rich in fibre and is a mighty antioxidant helping improve the flow of blood to the brain. Eggplant is also high in vitamin C, helping support the immune system and heart health. A scoop of baba-ghanouj a day may keep the doctor away! 

Fresh. Fantastic. Fabulous. It’s FALAFEL! This famous food has been part of Lebanese cuisine for many generations. Made from chickpeas that are soaked, ground and combined with a variety of spices. This mixture is then formed in balls and deep-fried until crunchy and crispy. Falafel is the perfect mezza option or is also ideal for adding to a pita with your favourite vegetables. 

Lentils. BORING. Not if you’ve eaten mjadra. This simple and delectable dish has been consumed throughout the Middle East for many centuries. This dish is made from cooked lentils, rice and caramelised onions. Mjadra is fulfilling and flavoursome, making it the best lunch or dinner option at a Lebanese restaurant in Sydney CBD. It is also extremely versatile, making it hearty enough for a cold evening but also great served at room temperature for a summer lunch. Not only is it tasty, mjadra has many health benefits. Lentils are one of the ‘superfoods’ high in fibre, protein, vitamin B and iron. 

Potato Coriander – spicy Lebanese potatoes. A must-have when you visit a Lebanese restaurant in Sydney CBD. These potatoes are crispy, spicy and fresh. Diced potatoes tossed with fresh coriander, garlic, lemon and chilli. This mezza can be the star of the show on its own or as the perfect accompaniment to other dishes. 

Making friends with salad is easy when you have tabbouli and fattoush as options. These light and fresh salads are Lebanese classics. Tabbouli is a heart-healthy dish, easy to make, containing plenty of fibre and minerals. Fattoush means ‘bread salad’ and this tangy and mouth-watering combination includes a variety of fresh vegetables tossed with crunchy pita chips and spices. Next time you visit a Lebanese restaurant in Sydney, these salads are a must. 

Are you struggling to find vegan/vegetarian options at restaurants in Sydney’s CBD? Zahli to the rescue. We offer a variety of vegan and vegetarian-friendly Lebanese dishes that will have you coming back for more! 

At Zahli, we offer an exceptional experience and take you on an authentic journey.

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Call us on (02) 9318 2228.