Bonta Vera

  • Vegan Vegan
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40 Church St, Minmi, New South Wales, 2287

Opened Mar 2016 a vegan cafe in the Newcastle area. Offers a mix of healthy meals & comfort food including faux meats and cheese. Aims to be as zero waste as possible. Bring picnic rugs if you wish to eat in the garden. Open Wed-Sat 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:30pm-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Western, Fusion

23 Reviews

First Review by KiwiPaul

Love this place - Edit

Delish food and desserts to die for.

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Good good comfy food - Edit

We came under a local guy suggestion.. we first checked out the place on the web and all the meals were so good looking that our mouth was already watering. We already know that they only had comfy food and we were ok with it.
We had the cauly wings (WOW! Incredibly good!), 2 burgers and a slice of brownie (best vegan brownie ever!). The burgers (prawns and chicken) were very good and original. The only thing was that the prawns looked as the real ones but were not very tasty, for the rest it was amazing!! We also had the side chips but I would have avoided them (they were nothing special). In general I would recommend 100% this place!!

Only one thing actually shocked me: even if in the menu says that is 100% vegan, they refer to the ingredients as they were animal products, and to read it made me feel for a while not feeling like it anymore. I didn't want "bacon and cheese", I just wanted a good vegan burger. I'm vegan because of animal rights and I don't miss any taste of animal products, so to me that was a bit too much (plus the prawns that looked the real ones.. quite shocking).

Pros: Good food and 100% vegan , Best brownie , Nice location

Cons: Bit pricey, Too many references to animal products

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Delicious - Edit

Lots of delicious 100% #vegan options - savoury and sweet. Burgers were amazing. Friendly staff.

Pros: All vegan options, Dine in or take away

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Amazing!! - Edit

The best vegan burgers and desserts.
Great service, the staff are super friendly and the food is amazing. YUM, would highly recommend

Delicious.

Pros: great food , friendly staff , decently priced

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Mixed Feelings - Edit

Honest review from a regular.

Generally I would say Bonta is my favourite restaurant & usually take omnis here to impresses them, I remember the 1st time i came here during opening week, I was so excited to finally be going somewhere with actual options! But was a little sad when i saw everything but one thing on the menu was fo meat, since going vego at a very young age meat was not something I missed, but decided to try a chicken burger, and was surprised to actually like it. I come here regularly and their food is usually pretty good, my omni friends couldnt even believe it was vegan! Sadly these feels only lasted a few months as after a while they started to change, the menu has changed about 4 times now and food got smaller and prices got larger.

Every time lately the one thing i wanted and just drove 30mins for they do not have. They have gotten new chefs and staff and taken away my Bonta nuggets!

They use to have all day breakfast on Sundays but never made it in, in time for this, I am not a morning person so never tried their breakfast menu sadly enough. But I'm so confused as to why one day chips a thin one day and are thick the next? But hey atleast they still having amazing freak shakes. Bring back the old Bonta¡!¡!

Pros: Actually really tasty food (mostly) , Kind & helpful staff

Cons: To many changes

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Bonta is going down hill unfortunately :( - Edit

Was a fantastic restaurant when it first opened. Great prices, portion sizes, and friendly service. Each time I've visited the portions have gotten smaller, the prices have been increasing, and this last visit the service was below average. It's really disappointing as the restaurant started out so strong and it's in such a beautiful location. I doubt we'll be returning anytime soon to be honest.

Pros: All vegan, beautiful venue.

Cons: Shrinking portions, getting pricey, jaded staff.

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Room for improvement - Edit

We visited today and I have wanted to eat here for quite some time. The wait was lengthy and my drink lacked flavour but was hot, thankfully! The food arrived and was ok, nothing to rave about at all. I think the burgers really lack taste, they were pretty bland. I think the food will definitely improve and should also have the menu include healthier options, like vegan dahl with bread and more soups and vegans curries! The only thing that annoyed me were the staff. If you have your kids there and they are waiting for their food, at least smile. ALL of the wait staff looked like they couldn't wait to finish their shift. That is the biggest turn off. Please improve your staff! Or train them to smile 😃😆

Pros: Good value

Cons: Staff lack friendliness

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vegan sanctuary - Edit

It would be great to see a little more healthy food added.

The guys here have created a great vegan gathering point where you don't have to ask about menu items . Always offering new things.

Worth a supportive visit if in Newcastle. Great bushland setting in a historic courthouse.

Pros: great people safe menu

Cons: a little junk foody

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here for lunch - Edit

Got the parmagedon. 'Twas tasty but nothing too exciting. Menu was only bar food at lunch ( burgers and fried things) Give it a 6.5/10. Really cool location in an old courthouse. Tasty fries. Didn't eat a dessert but they looked good. worth a gander

Pros: location, desserts!

Cons: greasy, no healthy options

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Bonta is the best for burgers - Edit

Amazing Burgers. Have been a few times to try a different one each time and they mever fail to please!

Pros: All vegan options

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Huge potential being wasted. - Edit

Beautiful old building in a lovely bushland setting. Wide verandah with outside tables facing the bush, listening to the birds.

Service was dismal. Meals came before drinks, one item not even served. Had to ask for refund when leaving :(

Menu BORING. Only burgers, no salads. Our burgers were dry and bland. Mine tasted OK, my sister's was tasteless and left unfinished. Only good thing was the chips.

All the burgers were full of frozen processed products trying to be meat and tasted like meat. Why? Where are the vegetables? Shakes looked great but didn't try as all had sugary syrups, would have been nice to see some with real fruit.

With such a wonderful setting this place could be so much more. I was expecting to see some heathier options on the menu. Not all vegiterians / vegans miss the taste of meat.

I will not be going back, I can make much better burgers at home that don't taste like dead animals.

Pros: Beautiful location with outside seating, Lunch with the birds, Heritage building

Cons: All food taste like meat, .No fresh vegetables ?

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Great food great vibe - Edit

Delicious food served by the friendliest staff, the pancakes and freak shakes are definite favourites

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Delicious! - Edit

Enjoyed some very delicious burgers & nuggets here and will definitely visit again.

Pros: decent prices , tasty, close to the highway

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first time but not the last - Edit

Staff very friendly. Service was fast. The burgers were amazing. The bread melted in your mouth and it was hard to believe they were actually vegan. Very tasty and the chips were hand cut and crunchy. Yum

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 Beautiful setting and tasty food; fast efficient and friendly service - Edit

Great selection of meat-like, meat-free burgers and sides, 3 of which have gluten free alternatives too. Sweet, friendly staff and lovely  setting with pretty grounds and tables on verandah as well as inside with aircon. Delicious looking selection of desserts which we will sample next time but this time we were too full. Also samples of various flavours of plant based jerky to try at entrance.

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I wish I lived closer!! - Edit

We were greeted with a little chalkboard that quoted "animals are here with us and not for us" so already I knew I'd nade the right choice on picking a place to eat. Gorgeous interior, very relaxed atmosphere. The milkshakes were all delicious, especially the caramel and the halloween chocolate mint! The wait for the food wasn't long at all, considering the place was packed. I ordered the perri perri chick'n burger and I've been fantasising about eating it again ever since. Even better, my vegan boyfriend's non vegan family all ate every scrap on their plates! No complaints at all. Can't wait until we can go back here!

Pros: Vegan heaven

Cons: (( I don't live close enough ))

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BONTA VERA IS LIFE - Edit

Best vegan burgers and treats around! The 'big mock' tastes better than a real Big Mac, and it's VEGAN aghh

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Fantastic Food! - Edit

Bonta Vera is to my knowledge the 1st and only completely vegan cafe in Newcastle. I love the feeling of being able to order anything off of the menu. The staff are great and the location is really convenient (on the way back home from uni for me). The menu is mainly burgers which is great because I love burgers, but I think there is an opportunity for them to expand their menu and offer a bit more variety.

Pros: All vegan menu, Nice selection, Wifi

Cons: Menu consists of mainly burgers.

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Excellent cafe in peaceful area - Edit

Looks like a converted house in the country, but it is tastefully decorated and has a good menu. I had a vegetable salad with sweet potato fries which were delicious. Would go back again.

Pros: Everything vegan, good value for money

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Lovely Cafe - Edit

Love Bontavera. Great place to take non vegans and vegans alike. Definitely recommend!

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One star. - Edit

Beautiful venue and garden but staff aren't very pleasant and the burgers were flavourless and chewy. Certainly wouldn't recommend or go again.

Pros: Garden

Cons: Expensive, Rude Staff, Flavourless Food

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best place in newcastle - Edit

suggest the double cheeseburger. it was great and in my opinion the double is the perfect amount of meat. the flavours of the sauces remind me of a McDonald's cheeseburger but the actual burger in the bun tastes better. nice and open area and great seating. only real flaw is the staff didn't really smile and the location is a bit odd but i will definitely go again.

Pros: great food, good seating and atmosphere

Cons: weird location, staff weren't that energetic

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Lovely Breakfast - Edit

Took my wife out to breakfast this morning. The setting was very nice in an old courthouse. The pancake stack and the Big Veg Breakfast were both very nice. Prices were very reasonable. Highly recommended.

Pros: Good service, Vegan

Cons: Would have been nice if the pancakes and the bread

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