Posted September 25, 2013 by Jennifer Lam in Occasion

Yulli’s vegetarian bar and restaurant, Surry Hills

It’s Friday night and we’re celebrating my belated birthday. As many of us girls are approaching the big 3-0, it seems that we’re all seeking a healthy balance in work/life and have suddenly welcomed vegetarianism into our lives. Thankfully, our new meat-free diet doesn’t create much of a restriction because we’re at Yulli’s – a vegetarian bar and restaurant on Crown Street in Surry Hills.

The menu is great and offers much variety. It’s refreshing to see that the menu isn’t all about mock meats or raw veganism. I’m not particularly comfortable at either ends of the spectrum but Yulli’s menu masks the vegetarian concept well. The dishes don’t try hard to impress carnivores, instead, tofu, legumes, vegies and even pizza stand on its own. Everything is absolutely delicious. By the way, the banquet menu is fantastic value!

Yulli’s banquet menu


First course

Steamed leek and ginger dumplings w fresh plum sauce
Pan fried haloumi
Edamame and coconut money bags

Second course

Falafel plate
Salt and pepper tofu w green papaya salad

Third course

Porcini mushroom and haloumi pizza
Eggplant Involtini
Pear and orange salad

Dessert platter

Chocolate fudge brownie
Baked New York cheesecake w rhubarb sauce
White Belgian chocolate caramel slice

Dumplngs, haloumi and edamame and coconut money bags, course one, starters of banquet menu at Yulli's

The banquet menu is a no brainer for groups larger than 4. Dishes are individually priced between $10.80 and $18.50 so for 9 dishes (4 courses) at just $35 per person, we feel like we’re robbing them!

The steamed leek and ginger dumplings are an uplifting start. The dumpling skins are subtly chewy and delicate. The filling is much less brash than it sounds.

Pan-fried haloumi is always a winner, especially when served with a tomato and kiwifruit salsa, and the edamame and coconut money bags are surprisingly light and nourishing.

falafel plate at yulli's

The falafel plate contains fragrant falafel cylinders on betel leaves with a spicy tomato chutney and a pickled ginger and pineapple salsa. Eaten as a wrap, there’s so much going on in each mouthful, it’s easy to forget we’re in vego territory.

Having eaten a fair share of salt and pepper tofu in my life, I’m also delighted by the salt and pepper tofu served with the green papaya and peanut salad. The papaya salad lacks a bit of punch, but the crisp batter and seasoning on the tofu, that is divine!

Main course and dessert photo at Yulli's Surry Hills

The third course continues the Modern-Asian and Mediterranean fusion fare. The eggplant involtini feature roti-wrapped grilled eggplant which are stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and spinach, and topped with a lemongrass and tomato sauce. Yes, the lemongrass and tomato sauce combo works!

The pear and orange salad consists of perfectly segmented fruit and a gorgeous mix of oak leaf lettuce, coral lettuce, tomato, cucumber, Spanish onion, avocado and a cranberry dressing. Add to that, the thin and crispy porcini mushroom and haloumi pizza with kalamata olives and roquette salad, and we’re rather quite full.

Group photo of girlfriends at Yulli's in Surry Hills

We finish with the dessert platter of bite-sized pieces of chocolate fudge brownie, cheesecake with rhubarb sauce and white Belgian chocolate caramel slice, and even make room for a surprise birthday cake!

Interior photo of Yulli's vegetarian restaurant and bar at Surry Hills Sydney

So there you have it. A great night out with the girls and nobody left with the urge to chew down a steak. You can have your cake and eat it too! Vegetarianism, bring it on!

(Note: For those concerned, I’m just doing this vegetarian thing on a part-time basis)

417 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW
Phone: (02) 9319 6609
Web: yullis.com.au

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Jennifer Lam

Jennifer is the founder of I Ate My Way Through. Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. These days, you'll most likely find Jen blogging about slow & intentional living On The Slow Lane and sharing what she knows now about mindful parenting and play-based learning at Mama's Got This.