Bodhi in the Park

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2 College St, Cook & Phillip Park CRN, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000

Serves vegan yum cha, which is best when the kitchen is busy and things are coming out regularly. Also offers fresh juices. Try the passion fruit donuts. Note that a few beverages might not be vegan, including cocktails, wine fined with egg products, etc, so ask. Tranquil setting with amongst Hyde Park by St Mary's Cathedral. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-4:00pm, Tue-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Asian

89 Reviews

First Review by Petesternz

Bodhi is a destination experience - Edit

I've eaten at this delightful restaurant many times, and often take non vegan friends along. The dumplings are delicious, and sitting under the trees, eating them, is a lovely experience. Highly recommended.

Pros: Good food, Great vibes, Good service

Cons: Pre-made rice paper rolls. I want fresh!

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great vegan yum cha - Edit

Great vegan food. The best location but a bit pricey.

Pros: 100% vegan

Cons: expensive

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yum cha heaven - Edit

I was not overly impressed with their dinner (before my vegan days) but am so glad I returned to Bodhi to have yum cha. So fresh and so many options. My favorite were the veg dumplings - carrot & ginger and the spinach. Yum! Will try their dinner again one day...

Pros: Beautiful indoor/outdoor setting

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yummy yum cha - Edit

Loved the yum cha here and the atmosphere!!

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My favourite restaurant on the planet - Edit

Bodhi is literally my favourite restaurant. I lived in Sydney for many many years and often used to go to Bodhi (when I could afford to)... I even used to go when it was in China town so I've been going here for years. I now live in London and have just got back home to London after a 2 week holiday in Sydney. I think I went here for yum cha maybe 6 times in 2 weeks (I dread to think how much I spent)!
Bodhi has so many different types of steamed dumplings and they're all good but I love the spinach, snow pea, bok choi, mushroom, shiitake, green tea, beetroot etc. I'm not a fan of any type of fried food but there are so many dumplings and BBQ and vege buns that I'm happy to fill up on them without running out of options before getting full.
I have taken non vegan friends here and all of them like it too.
It's a little expensive but I think it's totally worth it, the food is really fresh and delicious and the outdoor seating is lovely too.

Pros: Dumplings, Delicious, Nice outdoor seating

Cons: I live in London now so can't go here often :(

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Absolutely amazing! - Edit

The location of this restaurant is perfect, the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing.
The food is so delicious with endless varieties and you want to try everything! You will for sure impress your friends with all these vegan prawns and pork. I loved everything and I wish I could have a bigger stomach! :)

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try everything - Edit

Everything was so amazing ! Dumplings on deckkk

It is quite pricey but very worth it .
Fist time to have pecking duk ever in my life and it was quite tasteful
The sticky date pudding
The taro chips
The everything .
Prawn bites
Steamed buns

Beautiful location
Great atmosphere

My favorite restaurant in Sydney

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Insanely good - Edit

Had dinner here tonight and loved every minute of it! The bao were delicious, as were the dumplings. We chose the duck as the main course and enjoyed it immensely. Worth the price, in my opinion. Beautiful setting, very nice staff, and all vegan! Two thumbs up from me!

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absolute heaven - Edit

I’ve been here twice so far, once for yum cha lunch and once for dinner. Both times were great but I’ll have to rave about the dinner a bit more... special shout-out to the ‘chicken’ skewers, the betel leaf and the ‘duck’ pancakes, soooo amazing! I don’t think there had been anything we didn’t like so far! I’ve also only tried one cocktail as yet but they all look amazing! Their website does however mention to double check the cocktails are vegan before you order as some are made with egg yolk.
This place has indoor and outdoor seating, depending on what mood you’re in, and is just a short walk from St James Station. I would highly recommend this place if you live in Sydney or are visiting, it’s a must!

Pros: ‘chicken’ skewers, indoor or outdoor seating as preferred, near public transport, short walk across the park

Cons: need to double check cocktails before ordering

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My happy place in Sydney - Edit

High quality vegetarian dim sum (yum cha) has made our visits to Sydney that much better. They smartly took advantage of the parkside location to include patio dining that feels surprisingly secluded while only meters away from the busy streets lining Hyde Park. The shitake mushroom yam cake with crispy soy and vegetables, and pandan sago are to die for! We've never tried dinner because the dumplings are fantastic, but we'll definitely try it soon.

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-02

Pros: Gluten-free menu, a range of dim sum options, including greens, lovely parkside location

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good vegan carb feast. - Edit

Been going here for a few years. Nice flavors

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Great for lunch - Edit

The Yum cha lunch, with small dishes coming out of the kitchen among which you can pick whichever you want to share at the table, is really good. Usually ends up costing $20-25 per person for my friend sand me.
The dinner is very nice, especially with the romantic lighting outside (be sure to book in advance). I love the mushroom nest and the grilled portobello but the main dishes are a bit pricey. The shiitake asparagus dumplings as entree are excellent.

Pros: All vegan delicious yum cha lunch, Nice and quiet atmosphere

Cons: Pricey dinner place

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Was nice - Edit

I had a dinner here, we had drinks, entrees and mains. Everything was nice and the service was good. Luckly we booked as they weren't taking walk ins.

I would go back there for the location and to show off the place to visitors. But I wouldn't rate the food to die for. It was nice but wasn't amazing.

Pros: all vegan food.

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Great vegan yum cha - Edit

The concept is fun, but it also makes you spend money, because you want to try all the dumplings and dishes they offer. One of the best lunches I've had in Sydney, but a bit too pricey.

Pros: Delicious vegan food, Instagram friendly, Friendly staff

Cons: Expensive

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Good yumcha - Edit

I've eaten here a few times. The yum cha for lunch is nice.

I've also had dinner, where my favourite was definitely the fried eggplant. Also the sticky date pudding for dessert!

The atmosphere outside is great, very spacious and you're in the shade under huge fig trees. Inside is a little more crowded.

Pros: Lots of vegan choices, Nice outdoor atmosphere, Can take large bookings

Cons: Inside is a bit crowded / noisy at night

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Yum cha - Edit

Delicious all vegan menu (the food at least) with loads of wonderful dishes in a beautiful setting. Try the peking duck pancakes, really filling and scrumptious.

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Loved the vegan yum cha!! - Edit

So happy to have found a vegan yum cha. Great variety, everything is nice. The only problem is that as most dishes serve 3 ans i went first by myself then with my mum, I ended eating way too much both times!!! The desserts are great too.

Pros: Nice outdoor setting

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Wow! soooooo good! - Edit

You forget sometimes how easy it is to make delicious food with minimal ingredients. Was so impressed and wanted to go back but just didn't have time. In general Australias care a lot more about their cuisine than the average American. It certainly shows in a place like this. Every dish was better than the last. Maybe we got lucky, but maybe the most delicious experience I've had at a restaurant since going vegan

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Never again - Edit

I had avoided Bodhi for many years due to issues with their old restaurant in Chinatown, however I finally decided to give them another try. A bad mistake.
Despite the place being only 20% occupied I was told that I could only have a table for a maximum of 45 minutes. I ordered and the meal was delivered within 5 minutes which can only have happened if it was prepared well in advance. Served on a plate in a rice paper (or similar) bowl there was a mix of mushrooms, nuts, tofu and chewy asparagus - all drowned in a thick creamy sauce with a side order of rice. It was only a smallish meal but was very heavy and, as I discovered, almost indigestible. In fact I gave up half way through and paid nearly $30 for the experience.
This was an overpriced, unpleasant and hurried meal. I will not be going back. The website won't let me give it less than two stars but it barely deserves one.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-30

Pros: None

Cons: Expensive, indigestible, unpleasant

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good for impressing - Edit

The ambience is nice, especially when you sit outside. Service is a bit disorganised but functional, the staff are very friendly when they are serving you though so that's definitely a plus. The food is edible, but for the price you pay.....it's nothing exceptional.

Pros: - Everything on the menu is vegan, this place shou

Cons: - Expensive - Very small portions - Taste is medi

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This place is 'Wow' - Edit

Love the food. Love the people. Very nice, polite and friendly staff. Excellent service. Thank you :)
Feel good and taste great exquisite food. This is one of my regular places.

Warm and beautiful ambiance.
Love the outdoor seating.
Love the bar setting.

Thank you.. keep up the good work.

Pros: healthy tasty food , excellent service , wonderful ambience

Cons: non

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The place to impress people - Edit

My dad as a new Vegan had been missing seafood. In particular prawns. This place blew his socks off and kept him on the vegan path. Love the lunch time Yum Cha.

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Delicious meal casual atmosphere - Edit

Service was a bit messy, no waiter assigned to a table or area and a little lack of communication between the staff, not sure if we'd been served or not. But service was really fast and meals came in record time and were AMAZING in taste. Very casual restaurant, would recommend seating outside. If big eaters you can polish off a share plate portion to yourself easily but save room for dessert!

Pros: Full vegan menu, Absolutely delicious, Fast service

Cons: Expensive, A bit too casual for the price of the restaraunt

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Amazing Yum Cha - Edit

Fully vegan yum Cha restaurant. Hidden under st Mary's cathedral with nice scenery. Amazing food and such a varied menu including fake meats. Rice paper spinach rolls and Pork buns are a definite favourite and the Red bean puffs are so good for dessert! Quite pricey but certainly worth it. Great for vegans and meat eaters

Pros: good service , very little wait time

Cons: price

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Love at first taste - Edit

Bodhi in the Park is an instant favorite. Creative Asian cuisine prepared with nuance and presented beautifully. The menu is delightfully diverse, offering enough variety that there should be something to please just about anyone. Flavors and textures were excellent.

Service is warm, friendly, and attentive. The location has tranquil and inspiring ambience.

Highly recommended. Enjoy!

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Flawless - Edit

Wonderfully delicious food. Very polite, friendly & attentive staff, & a lovely atmosphere. Their deep fried battered eggplant is to die for!

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Lovely spot, great food, not cheap. - Edit

We had a lovely meal here. The service was excellent, and the food was really nice. It certainly isn't a great spot for a quick or cheap meal, but it isn't meant to be :) it really is a beautiful setting, and they put a lot of time into the presentation of the food, which was appreciated.

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