Serves vegan yum cha, which is best when the kitchen is busy and things are coming out regularly. Also offers fresh juices. Licensed. Note that a few beverages might not be vegan, including cocktails, wine fined with egg products, etc., so ask. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Juice bar, Beer/Wine
Cook & Phillip Park CRN (College Street, CBD)
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

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  • Outdoor seating


First Review by Petesternz


5 Posted on 07 / 25 / 2014

The food was absolutely delicious and had the most amazing flavours! We went for dinner and the setting looking out at the park was reay pretty and very relaxing!

Pros: Amazing Food, Inexpensive, Inviting Staff

Melbourne: Take Note

5 Posted on 04 / 26 / 2014

Listen up all Melbournians, yes we may be the vegan capital of Australia, but let me just say, we do not have a Bodhi in the Park, and for this fact, our status is diminished.
This little place is absolutely awesome. What fantastic food, fantastic ambience and fantastic customer service.
It's not easy to find…we were looking for it, but then stumbled upon it just as we thought we were well and truly lost. But it was worth it. We got a tonne of tapas for dinner, and yeah it was pricey, but it was worth it. We took a meat-eating relative and she kept say 'you should check if this is really vegan' because she couldn't believe it. We got ten tapas all up and I was desperate to have dessert but I couldn't fit it in.
Worth coming to Sydney just to go here. A truly award-winning restaurant.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Taste, Atmosphere
Cons: Pricey, Some items are a bit oily (deep fried)

Still a winner

5 Posted on 08 / 17 / 2013

I have been going to Bodhi for over 20 years and I still love it! From the number of different moves, the menu changes and price changes, it is still fabulous. When vegan asian food was a novelty in Australia, Bodhi got me through and I still visit it when back in Sydney.
The location is just beautiful, the meals are still great.
I love yum cha. The only thing that isn't so fabulous is the increase in price, but I guess to pay for the location and it is in Sydney the price is fair.

Updated from previous review on Saturday August 17, 2013

Pros: Yum cha variety, location, great place for non-vegos
Cons: Bit pricey


5 Posted on 07 / 20 / 2013

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Sydney. I highly recommend it. Great service and delicious food! It is quite hard to find though and you would only be able to find in on foot.

Pros: Excellent food, Good toilets, Nice staff
Cons: Can be expensive, Hard to find


Agreed: Alright but overpriced

3 Posted on 01 / 23 / 2013

I still go to Bodhi once in a while for two reasons: first is because its fun to be able to do the Yum Cha thing once in a while; second because of its pleastant location.
As others have noted, the food is pretty overpriced, and the flavours tend to be more on the sweet and bland side. They dont have real chilli, they dont have real vinegar- only the sweetstuff.

Pros: Vegan yum cha experience, BEautiful setting
Cons: Overpriced, Too Sweet, No Spice

Not that good

2 Posted on 09 / 14 / 2012

This place is quite upmarket in its vibe, which is nice in a way, but I've been there three or four times, and each time the food has been pretty so-so, and very expensive for Australian restaurant food (one of the times it cost me $55 for yum cha, and I mean it cost that for me, not for me to pay for a group to dine with me). I found that there were a few really good dishes (from memory they were wontons, some kind of spinach dumpling, and an especially delicious dish made from rolled up bean curd skin with vegetable pieces inside it). I would maybe go back to have those dishes again at some point, but otherwise, the average service and food at the large cost you get them for mean that this restaurant isn't one that I'd recommend. Try Green Gourmet if you're looking for good vegan Asian. They don't do yum cha as often as Bodhi, but they do do it, and it's great. They're also a helluva lot easier to find than Bodhi.

Pros: Vegan, Some good dishes, Nice vibe
Cons: Expensive in a mostly unwarranted way, Hard to find

Too posh and westernised to be worth it

2 Posted on 07 / 24 / 2012

Bodhi serves reasonably tasty, fresh food. But it's just lacking in interesting or authentic Asian flavours, throws in too much oil and sugar, and charges far too much for the park-side views and posh lampshades. Yum cha's a more pleasing experience than the main menu, but Green Gourmet in Newtown is tastier and cheaper (yet unfortunately only open from midday).

Pros: fresh food, nice (if fancy) atmosphere
Cons: expensive, uninteresting food

lovely but pricy

4 Posted on 03 / 23 / 2012

I've been here a few times and it's been great each time! It's nice for special occasions since it is expensive and portions are small. I also went here for a friends birthday party where she rented out the whole place and there were people walking around with little tastings of a bunch of things. As for their regular menu, the mock duck wraps will delight anyone vegan or not :)

First yum cha!

5 Posted on 03 / 03 / 2012

Since becoming vegetarian at a very young age, I've always avoided yum cha since it's (usually) decidedly meaty - so I was really excited to come to a place where I didn't have to worry about what was in anything! All their outdoor seating suited us well on a sunny lunchtime. We tried 4 savoury dishes and 2 sweet between 2 people, which was a perfect amount and came to about $20 each. If you're eating on a budget, make sure you stick to a limited number of dishes - it can very easily add up, especially if you get lots of "special" dishes.

Pros: Leafy setting, No worries for vegans
Cons: Can get $$$

Twice Awesome

5 Posted on 02 / 01 / 2012

First time I came here I was happy with their all vegan dinner menu with dishes mostly under $20 and a beautiful romantic park setting. The second time I came here around midday for their Yum Cha & it was also awesome! The desserts were especially wonderful. The staff were friendly & attentive & the place is licensed. It's an excellent place for a slightly more special occasion but still very affordable.

Pros: Vegan variety, Beautiful park setting, Affordable

great food poor service

4 Posted on 01 / 05 / 2012

we were at bodhi in the park for dinner tonight.We chose this restaurant because is 100% vegan and wanted to try something new.I ordered a jasmin martini to drink and I was really happy with my choice because it had a fantastic flavour.As entree we took prawn tempura and dumplings I have to say the fake prawns tasted like real!!Well done also the dumpling,tasteful and light.As main course we had sweet and sour chicken-and it was so good we had another one!!!- and BBQ duck really good,too.Three flavours ice cream tasty and unique.The food was really excellent but we were not pleased by the service.This was the first day after reopening and the only expert waiter was training other 2 waitresses and that made for a very poor service.Table too small and chairs unconfortable.Very nice music,though.

Pros: excellent food, good music, nice location
Cons: poor service, bit expensive, unconfortable seating

Hard to find, easy to love

5 Posted on 10 / 15 / 2011

I don't normally like Chinese food, but I gave this place a shot because it's 100% vegetarian. I don't regret it a bit and have already been back twice! The food here is a fusion of different Asian cuisines. A little pricey but certainly worth the effort! Ambiance is elegant and sophisticated. Staff are friendly.

A hint to finding the restaurant is that is located at least 50-100m back from the main road, set down low sort of beneath and to the side of the cathedral that's nearby, and also adjacent to the aquatic centre and a park-like area. You won't see this place from the main road, you'll need to find it on foot.

Pros: 100% vegetarian, Great vegan options, Tasty food
Cons: Expensive for what it is, Difficult to find on your first visit, Asian cuisine only

Bodhi in the park

4 Posted on 08 / 30 / 2011

I love it here! The food is always great, in a nice location, the staff are helpful, and while it is expensive, you get what you pay for. A great place to take friends.

Pros: Great food, Great Staff, Great Location
Cons: Hidden, Expensive

One of my favourites

5 Posted on 08 / 27 / 2011

I love this place: the location is wonderful - especially in summer. The yum cha is good but I really the evening menu. I'm always happy to bring my non-veg friends here. A bit expensive, but I guess you're paying for the location.

Pros: Location!

Not impressed, you're paying for location not food

2 Posted on 07 / 30 / 2011

Had dim sum there and the food was terrible. The skin of the dim sum dishes is very thick (more indicative of a quickly and cheaply made) and the dishes don't have much flavor. Overall, this place doesn't deserve either the 4 cows it currently has or its reputation. It's more because of the location and one of the few places that non-vegetarians know about.

Pros: Location
Cons: Food Quality, Food Taste

Excellent food, great service

5 Posted on 03 / 10 / 2011

I went to Bodhi for a business dinner and all of us really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was fantastic.

The staff we very attentive, helpful and were very enthusiastic about the food (and rightly so!).

The restaurant is a little hard to find and is tucked under plaza next to St. Mary's cathedral. The outdoor seating in the park is great but we did get a mozzie bite or two.

Anyway, highly recommended and price-wise you get what you pay for - great food with attention to detail comes at a modest premium.

The staff mentioned the restaurant is soon to operate as a bit more of a bar, but will still keep the great food on offer. It's a great location which will suit a bar/restaurant well.

Pros: Amazing food, Great staff, Nice atmosphere
Cons: Mozzies, A little hard to find the first time

Overpriced but friendly & great atmosphere

4 Posted on 03 / 01 / 2011

I'd never had yum cha before, so it was a great experience, especially since it's located smack downtown in a pretty park and is all-vegan.

The staff were very friendly and helpful (though they didn't explain the yum cha thing right away, and I was clearly initially confused).

The dishes were hit and miss. I highly recommend the deepfried prawn and potato cakes. They put the yum in yum cha.

Also, as has been pointed out, even medium looking appetizer-sized items were counted as large, and at $7.50 I walked away having paid nearly $30 for my meal.

The pigeons know this place well, and they jump at the chance to feast on leftovers when diners leave.

I had blast and would love to have brought my ladyfriend here if I could go back (but was traveling).

Yummy Yum Cha

5 Posted on 02 / 03 / 2011

Fabulous food, great service, good value for money and the only inner city restaurant where you can't spy a road or a building! What more can you ask for? Have been coming here for years and will continue to do so!

Pros: Food, Service, Setting
Cons: Chairs!

Simply an oasis

4 Posted on 01 / 18 / 2011

An oasis for vegan and vegetarian who normally being left out on yumcha. Simply delicious and environment supports the serenity, right in the heart of sydney! Busy lunch time and get more choice of food.

Pros: Very good and easy to find
Cons: Food is fast, drinks may be a while.

My favourite

5 Posted on 12 / 10 / 2010

I have been to many different yum cha restaurants in Sydney & the bodhi is definitely my favourite. The food is tasty the staff are friendly & always there to answer any questions. All this and great value too.

Pros: atmosphere, food

Excellent Vegetarian!

5 Posted on 11 / 18 / 2010

I am a tourist from Sweden & I was researching about vegetarian restaurants on Google in Sydney & I came across the bodhi restaurant. We arrived at the bodhi at lunch time today & was greeted by a very friendly waitress. She sat us down on an outdoor table & very promptly the waiters came out with dim sum food. I was a little confused about how this restaurant worked so I asked a waiter & they helped me with all the questions I had. I have enjoyed my stay in Sydney & I was very happy with the service I received & the quality of the food.

Pros: Delicious Food, Friendly staff, Location


3 Posted on 07 / 09 / 2010

Haven't been there for a year. I know the owner. Nice lady but the menu needs updating. Too expensive for what you get and not creative enough

Pros: Location to the city, Nice atmosphere, Plenty of room
Cons: Food is not very tasty, Food not creative, Expensive

Love this place

5 Posted on 06 / 24 / 2010

Great setting and beautiful place to chill and have some awesome dumplings. A must-visit if you are in Sydney!

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, friendly staff

Great location, good food but could try harder

3 Posted on 03 / 05 / 2010

I've been going to Bodhi for about 10 years. It's a fantastic location in a peaceful park in the middle of sydney CBD. It makes for an excellent lunch break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The yum cha here is more interesting than most vege yum cha places. Less spring rolls and more innovative dishes. I particularly like the desserts including the donuts which are a rare treat for vegans.

Now for the bad. I find the staff have always been a bit useless here. I'm probably being a bit harsh but I find that often dishes are not hot enough, drinks take a very long time to come and if you turn down a few dishes the wait staff stop coming to you quite quickly. I still enjoy the meal but I think it could be better. One thing I think they need to improve is the speed at which things get to the table as you can't have fried food being anyting other than hot and fresh or it's becomes soggy and unappetizing. This only happens occasionally but it's not normally a problem in yum cha places so I'm sure they can improve it. It's expensive for yum cha so I don't feel too bad being fussy.

All in all definitely worth a visit for the interesting dishes and fantastic location.

Pros: Tasty vege yum cha, Great venue, Interesting dishes
Cons: Food a bit cold sometimes, Waitstaff not overly helpful, Quite expensive

Definitely worth a visit

4 Posted on 01 / 09 / 2010

I've been there to eat twice and was satisfied both times. As it's Yum Cha style food, it's probably best to go there with a few others so that you can take several different types of dishes together and share. Otherwise for one person it gets pricey.

Outstanding Steamed Veggies & Ambiance

5 Posted on 12 / 13 / 2009

We went here two nights in a row because its in such a good location (just opposite the park built into back side of a really cool swimming/recreational complex, thus explaining all the healthy options!!! Don't let the rec complex fool you, its an ultra futuristic place with tons of water features and a tranquil setting in a park. Bodhi's furnishings are very modern and sleek. You can sit outside or inside, but at night I recommend inside because the park is teaming with native wildlife! The juices are great, but since its such a nice location we also had beer and wine because they so appropriately fit with the candle lit atmosphere. The service is bar none, they'll basically do/alter/prepare you what ever you can come up with if they have it on hand. The steamed buns are amazing, don't miss those! Both nights we ate an off menu item of steamed asian greens with brown rice (splitting one order since it was so massive). Absolute rarity to get healthy food in such a nice setting with such friendly service!

Pros: healthy, classy, friendly

Yum Cha

4 Posted on 12 / 01 / 2009

We checked out Bodhi on the day we arrived in Sydney. It was a Sunday afternoon and the outdoor seating was lovely with nice Spring weather. We were starving, so we accepted just about everything that come out, but in hindsight, we should have waited to see what else was to come as we stuffed ourselves and then saw items we wanted afterwards. I started with a watermelon juice which was quite refreshing. We shared noodles, steamed buns, spinach dumplings, pumpkin dumplings, potato balls, sweet potato cakes, sticky rice cakes and lemon tarts. While everything was good, nothing seemed amazing. I wanted to go back another time to try other stuff, but we weren't able to before we left.

Pros: lots of variety, nice outdoor area

Excellent "pork" buns

4 Posted on 11 / 14 / 2009

I've been to Bodhi in the Park a few times and I always enjoy it. I prefer Green Gourmet overall but this is a nice alternative. It is a little more expensive but the general vibe of the place is much nicer as well. Especially on a nice day when you can sit outside.

My favourite thing on the menu are the "pork" buns which are so good that even now - living in a different country - I still dream about them!

Definitely worth a visit!

Pros: Steamed buns! , Great View of the park
Cons: a little pricey

Great for a special occasion

3 Posted on 04 / 22 / 2009

Bodhi's isn't an everyday lunch for most of us -- it is a but pricey for that. But it's situation is fantastic, and the food is really very nice. It's a good place to meet a friend or your partner for a long relaxing lunch. Look out for the steamed veges, though, as there's a preponderance of deep fried goodies that can leave you feeling a bit greasy (as with most yum cha).

Pros: lovely setting, good service
Cons: a bit $$$

Had our wedding reception here

5 Posted on 03 / 12 / 2008

Bodhi is a great place to come for brunch on the weekend. The atmosphere outside is just lovely and the food is always delicious.

They also serve coffee now, which is great if you are craving caffeine.

We had our wedding reception here and it was just perfect. They were so helpful and it was incredibly cheap.

Pros: All vegan, Delicious food, Great for groups
Cons: Can be a little pricey - around $20 pp., Staff tend to forget your drink orders

Well presented, worth a visit

3 Posted on 02 / 23 / 2008

I didn't get there for Yum Cha which sounds great. Instead we went for dinner. Is lovely sitting in the park and eating. My friend and I had veggie kebabs and tempura mushroom for entree. They were ok, how can you go wrong with tempura mushrooms, but the sauce seemed a little out of a bottleish. Then we ordered their two most expensive mains, the Crispy Duck and the Pork Belly. They were beautifully presented, particularly the Pork Belly, but the flavours were just a little lacking. The side salads were iceberg lettuce, carrot and bean sprouts with a very subtle almost undetectable dressing, which was pretty unadventurous and did nothing to accentuate the meal. I might recommend they use some red cabbage, mixed leaf and maybe something interesting like coriander in their side salads, and find a more interesting shouldn't just be plate filler. The pork belly itself was ok but tasted a bit like stacked pancakes. The crispy duck was good, but again nothing adventurous.

I don't regret visiting, the staff were lovely and the setting is great. Nice place for a date, but thus far I didn't think there was enough complexity to the flavours of the food. Will head back for Yum Cha though, as I can't resist it and will maybe write another review :)

Pros: Scenery, Staff, Presentation
Cons: Flavours fairly bland
  • Jeffrey Jeffrey

    Hi Camerongreen, I found your review interesting. I've never come across a vegan pork belly before! In my opinion these wierd fake meats aren't usually as good as the simple stuff.


Not overwhelming

3 Posted on 01 / 23 / 2008

We have been to Bodhi a few times for weekend yum cha in the past. We liked the food but thought that it was quite expensive. And there was no way of keeping track of how much the individual dishes cost.

A couple of weeks ago we tried Bodhi for "a la carte" dinner for the first time and I don't think we'll be going back.

The dishes were well presented but they tasted disappointing. And the food was really expensive.

We went for an early dinnner so our party of three was the only guests. Still one dish was served about 10 minutes before the two other dishes and the rice. Even asking 3 times for the rice to be served didn't speed things up.

The outdoors setting of the restaurant is nice but overall Bodhi is not overwhelming.

Pricey but great for dinner out/Buffet Lunch

4 Posted on 06 / 22 / 2007

Somewhat pricey for dinner, only a few options, however, great food once you get it, can take it's time sometimes. The food tastes great, so that makes up for it, nice setting, relaxing (located right next to the entrance to Cook & Phillip Park Pool). The lunch is good, however, you don't know what you're going to get, perhaps good to ask prices or questions as the waiters don't mind. Sometimes it is a good idea to miss a couple and have the nicer tasting onces! Experience is the key (lucky I went with some which knew what was good!).

Food was awesome

5 Posted on 05 / 06 / 2007

Went here with a group, so I didn't have to order anything. Can't comment on past reviewers and their views on how the ordering worked... But the food was outstanding. Really delicious overall, with about 8 different dishes sampled. Truly top notch Asian fare on every level.


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