The venue is permanently closed.

It’s called The Plant Gallery and, yes, it’s in Bondi, but this isn’t your average green juicer.

This healthy-eating haven reinvents raw, vegan and plant-based dining, with an exquisite Peruvian-inspired menu.

Set in a restored art gallery – with reclaimed-wood tables and a high ceiling – the bright white space has an unmistakable industrial feel, cleverly balanced with a green-wall installation behind the bar.

Helmed by David Ortega, who met head chef Juan Carlos Miranda while travelling in South America, The Plant Gallery is passionate about “the art of healthy eating”, offering up a fresh take on dishes like spaghetti Huancaina, sweet-onion pizza and arroz chaufa. Everything here is strictly meat-free and nothing is prepared over 48 degrees.

That doesn’t mean the dishes are any less filling, though. The indulgent spaghetti Huancaina – dressed in a cashew-and-yellow-chilli sauce, and finished with cashew parmesan – is what Ortega describes as a “comfort dish”, while the green curry, which is infused with Thai flavours and packed with marinated vegetables, is fusion cooking at its finest.

For dessert, it’s hard to go past the chocolate Lucuma mousse, which is prepared with cacao. Finish off with a refreshing after-dinner mint tea.

The whole dining experience feels light, calm and incredibly detached from the noise and congestion of Bondi Road… which is just the kind of thing residents of Sydney’s #cleaneating capital are after.

The Plant Gallery | 95 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach

 

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