Vegans: Eat at Mad Spuds Cafe!

So after a rather dismal weekend of eating in Sydney restaurants with poor vegan options (The Winery & Bondi Pizza), I figured that one of the best neighborhoods to head for lunch on Sunday would be Surry Hills, with its eclectic patrons and quaint little cafes. Walking on Crown street, I came across Mad Spuds Cafe, and initially noticed it because of the big sign in the window that says that they offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. SOLD!

Mad Spuds Cafe Sydney - Restaurant Review

There are 3 vegan items on their regular menu, as well 2 on their special summer menu. That’s a total of 5 clearly-labeled vegan choices! (Am I the only vegan out there who finds it difficult to decide when there is actual choice presented to me?) I asked the waitress for her recommendation and she quickly responded “the lemon corn bread”. I agreed, and ordered it:

GRILLED LEMON CORN BREAD – vegan
Corn & vanilla puree, avocado, chermoula beans & spiced falafel

Mad Spuds Cafe Sydney - Restaurant Review

When it arrived, I was speechless. The presentation was beautiful! But the taste… wow. That corn & vanilla puree is divine! So sweet and smooth, it compliments the cornbread and falafel so well! Everything was so luxurious and delectable. It rivaled food that I’ve eaten at very exclusive restaurants, and yet the value for the price ($14) was excellent. How many times have I paid that for boring pasta with plain tomato sauce?! Yet this plate consisted of: 1) lemon corn bread 2) guacamole 3) vanilla corn puree (ahhhh!) 4) falafel 5) chermoula beans (baked beans) 6) 2 grilled cherry tomatoes and 7) greens. So much work and thought went into this dish, and it certainly didn’t go unappreciated.

Mad Spuds Cafe Sydney - Restaurant Review

I’m telling all my friends about Mad Spuds Cafe (vegans and non-vegans alike), and I will be back soon to eat there again. The only thing I can’t promise is that I will be able to stray from this dish and try one of the other vegan options!

Updates

September 12, 2011 – I ate here again yesterday for the 4th or 5th time and it was awesome, as usual. There were a couple other vegan options on the menu, but I’ve been unable to venture beyond this dish since it’s just too darn good. Every time I order this, the presentation is a little bit different, but this last time was the best – with lots of guacamole to go around. Order this – you won’t regret it!

Mad Spuds Cafe Sydney - Restaurant Review

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12 Comments

  1. Bob in Ottawa says:

    Great review, sounds great, thanks

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    • vegangela says:

      You’ll have to visit there next time you’re in Sydney!

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  2. Ellen says:

    Wow! Thanks a lot for the review!!

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    • vegangela says:

      You’re welcome – thank YOU for leaving a comment! I’ve got a review for Foveaux coming really soon too… stay tuned! :)

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  3. It looked really good, Angela! Now I have to eat there as I visit Australia someday again soon.

    xx

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    • vegangela says:

      Absolutely… and all those tapioca puddings too! :)

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  4. Jennifer says:

    You were right about Mad Spuds. I’ve been there twice since reading your post. The vegan stack is delicious and filling. I was also impressed with their soy latte. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences. You certainly know good food.

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks! Isn’t it the best? I love everything about that place (you’re right, the soy lattes are really good too)! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Lavishinair says:

    Looks yum… Plan to check it out tomorrow

    Pretty new to veganism… Glad I found ur blog!

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    • Congrats on going vegan! Hope you enjoy Mad Spuds as much as I do :)

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  6. Lavishinair says:

    Thx for the encouragement, Angela… I’ve survived Week One!

    Unfortunately, they no longer appear to have the ‘Grilled Lemon Corn Bread’ on the menu… But it does feature as an element in their Veggie Brekkie Stack.

    The stack itself comprises of a large deep fried Potato & Lentil Ball, a slice of Marinated Tofu, 2 small strips of the aforementioned crispy corn bread, and a quarter of sliced Avo, all piled high on a bed of delish Boston Beans… The dish was also dotted with what was described as ‘quinoa puffs’, which i assumed to be the 4 mini fallafells type things floating around in the bed of beans

    Although tasty, do feel they could reduce the number of oily elements… I totted up the damage to be 600kcals (not incl. the soy latte)!

    The hunt for a healthy weekend brekkie treat continues… Perhaps sharing’s the future!

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    • Congrats on making it through your first week!

      Lots of restaurants will do healthy vegan by making you a plate of “sides” – spinach, tomato, avocado, baked beans, mushrooms… All you have to do is ask (and ensure they cook it in olive oil, nut butter!)

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