Green Gourmet

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115-117 King St, Newtown, New South Wales, 2000

Vegan Chinese restaurant with buffet bar where food is charged by weight - available at lunch daily and for dinner Tue-Sun nights. Yum cha on Saturday and Sunday lunch. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-7:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Chinese, Buffet, Take-out, Asian

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First Review by janivegan

Excellent vegan food - Edit

Pros
I have been to the Green Gourmet many times and have never been disappointed. The buffet is good at lunchtime and you pay by weight to eat in or take away. There are some many choices from their a la carte menu it is hard to single any out but my personal favourites are the Sichuan style eggplant or the braised mushroom steak with ginger and snow peas. Gluten free dishes and batter are available. The staff are always helpful and friendly.
The prices are low to medium.

Pros: Tasty vegan asian food, Efficient service, Self serve buffet

Cons: Desserts from their shop next door a bit expensive

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Green Gourmet - Edit

Came here for lunch after a hiatus of some years. The buffet on offer was great. You take a plate and put on what u want. At the cashier they weigh the food deduct the plate and pay the difference my dish $8.50.
The place was very friendly, the owner Colin came over and welcomed me.
It got the Happy Cow sticker. Am surprised hadn't received one. Next door Colin has a vegan store. Check it out vegans.

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-16

Pros: 100% vegan, Staff helpful, Has also a la carte menu

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Great Asian food - Edit

Good selections of Asian vegan food . Good buffet and price

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once a week visit - Edit

great selections, loads if space

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very nice - Edit

Lovely food and service

Pros: large selection, friendly service, affordable

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Great Yum Cha - Edit

I went here for lunch and we had a great variety of yum cha that was all very tasty. Staff were friendly. There was plenty of seating and would be good for groups.

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Buffet style vegan food. - Edit

They offer a buffet style lunch menu that's charged by weight of your plate. Very fair in my opinion.
Weekends offer a Yum Cha style menu.

All of their food is delicious with a spacious eating area that can fill up fast on busy nights.

Customer service is good, but not spectacular.

Pros: Vary pricing based on weight, A wide variety of food, Lots of space

Cons: Customer service is good but not great., Can be hard to get a seat at busy times.

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Big and spacious restaurant - Edit

This place has tonnes of seating inside blocking out the main road noise. The food is so yummy with a buffet style self service where you pay by weight or an extensive menu. The menu is very expensive though however if you eat buffet style it's not as bad.

Pros: Much variety, Closed off and indoors

Cons: Expensive

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Vegan Heaven - Edit

Green Gourmet is a treasure trove of vegan dishes, and literally blew me away with its extensive menu and interesting dishes. The black bean "fish" was so, well, fishy I had to double check it was vegan. Though I went for a dish from the main menu, the buffet option is a great choice for trying out all the dishes they have to offer, and is an awesome choice for weekend takeaway!

Pros: Range of menu

Cons: Atmosphere lacking

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sooo tasty - Edit

Epic vegan menu with loads of options. Loads of gluten free options all labelled on menu. Really kind and knowledgable staff. Big portions for a fair price :)

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great family and friends joint - Edit

Although it's a little on the pricey side for a la carte, the food is always delicious and the restaurant is always clean and welcoming.

For a cheaper meal, try the lunchtime buffet :)

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plenty of options - Edit

Some items are just hit or miss, my favourite item was the Beijing 'duck' pancakes. The menu is very extensive, so there are options for everyone!

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green gourmet has a restaurant in st leonards - Edit

this was a great place to find on the north shore. definitely worth trying out. the food was good and the tea was amazing!

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cake - Edit

While I really liked the food here, the desserts were my favorite. There were a lot of options, even GF options. If you're looking to eat a healthy meal, it's probably not the place for you.

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All your Chinese foods made vegan - Edit

I like Green Gourmet IF and when I have a craving for Asian vegan fast food - which is rare. The buffet provides all of that, and the sit-down menu, it's reasonably priced too. I'm not a fan of mock meats or processed foods but if I were vegan during my uni days I would've been here a lot of the time chilling with mates or solo, reading and eating. Atmosphere is really nice and relaxed but I have come here for takeaway mostly.

Pros: Vegan, Cheap, Quiet & relaxed atmosphere

Cons: Processed

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Wonderful Chinese food - Edit

I had the not bbq pork buns and the Sichuan eggplant. Fantastic!

Pros: nice atmosphere , massive vegan selection, desserts

Cons: no booze, parking might be difficult

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Delicious vegan Chinese food - Edit

Green Gourmet is always a fun fining experience. I enjoy the appetizers / entrees the most here, which has lots of different delicious options. The steamed buns, rice paper rolls, dim sim, nori cutlets and dumplings are all great, as it the wonton soup. The salads are light, healthy & delicious. And although I am not generally a big fan of mock meat, the Beijing roast duck is nice for a fun treat, and is very tasty.

As has been noted in other reviews, there is lots of mock meat & fried dishes on the menu, but it is possible to avoid these given how extensive the menu is. Some dishes I think are a bit overpriced, but in general I think Green Gourmet represents pretty good value.

I have also tried the buffet, which has pretty limited options that rarely rotate. It can also look a bit sad past 8pm, with some trays often quite empty. For takeaway, the rice paper rolls & dim sims are good choices.

Overall I like the dining experience that Green Gourmet offers.

Pros: 100% vegan, Extensive menu with pictures, Large portions

Cons: A little heavy on mock meats

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Typical slimy processed foods - Edit

We went here considering the good reviews, on the premise it may be different, but in the end it followed the trend of a typical slimy processed foods place you can expect from similar eastern style vegan establishments.

Has an alright store next door, but pretty much everything contains palm or coconut oil (palm and coconut are both responsible for indonesia's deforestation).

If you are to have the buffet there, have it as early as possible to the start of the buffet, as the food goes cold and old as is not turned over and the heating mustn't work that well, the food just sits there, it's the same food the entire time. They said the buffet starts at 6pm (how long it sits there before the buffet starts is another question), we ordered at about 8.15pm or so, and weren't pleased after tasting the food. We ended up getting half our money back and leaving.

Maybe if you like the typical slimy processed foods scene, you'll like it, otherwise, this place is no different, so give it a miss.

Cons: Processed, Slimy, Cold

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miawmiaw 05 Aug 2015 - Please have better understanding about palm oil. Not all palm oil come from deforestation. A lot of palm oil is actually produced in old plantations from the earlier years.
Please do not stereotype. Thank you.  


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veganvirtues 03 Mar 2017 - Hi Balupton, did you make your negative comments to the owner of staff at GG?He is always there and all speak English.Have eaten here sometime ago was always pleased with what I got. I certainly will dine there this weekend.  


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Great buffet and vegan desserts - Edit

I love going to have the buffet here. Lots of nice food. Most dishes have some type of mock meat.

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Too meaty! - Edit

In my opinion the food all taste a bit the same. I don't find it feels healthy. And there are certain things there I simply can not eat as they are so so meaty! It really grosses me out!

Hey, but that's just me! Go make up your own mind… you may love it!

Have a lovely day.

Cheerio!

Pros: no meat

Cons: taste like meat, kinda greasy, doesn't feel healthy

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Delicious! - Edit

It's surprising to see a mix of positive and negative reviews about Green Gourmet, because I have always loved this place! The buffet has been great in my experience - varied, well stocked, with many enticing options. Rice paper rolls especially good. The laksa from the menu is my boyfriend's favorite, the vegetables are sliced very long and thin and mixed with the noodles, which he loves! The food is prepared in a fresh style, not all greasy, as sometimes happens with Chinese food.

Pros: delicious food, yum cha and buffet is fun & interesting

Cons: a little pricey

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Maybe I'm missing something? - Edit

I know this place is a Newtown vegan institution but I'm not sure why, especially considering the other options close by. I've been a number of times and I've been underwhelmed every time.

I've done yum-cha twice and there were few options - and all the offerings were similar to each other. I've done the buffet a few times and always felt it was not stocked enough and that I was fighting for scraps, and that much of the offerings were too old. I ordered off the menu once and was uninspired. The last time I went I was bamboozled by how they let the walls get to the dirty state they were in; I'd be embarrassed if it was my place.

The staff seem nice enough and there is often a lively vibe. Being associated with Vegan's Choice next door and knowing that Vegan's Choice also sell non-vegan options also makes me a little uncomfortable.

I think I've given this place enough chances - no more. But others seem to like it so try it - maybe you'll leave with a different experience from me.

Pros: All vegan(?)

Cons: Yum-cha options limited, Buffet not up to scratch

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thecriclover99 24 Nov 2013 - I totally agree!
I don't know why all of my friends rave about this place, because every time I go, I find my expectations aren't met...

I much prefer Green Palace, Thai (now lotus blossom) when I'm in Newtown...  


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Cute! - Edit

I think this place is great, I feel relaxed and at home every time I come here. Not at all pretentious and it feels like I'm always running into friends at other tables. The buffet is great, the laksa is delicious and the desserts are wonderful. I think the vegan icecreams can be a little bland... depends on the flavour you choose, but I can't complain about much here... The lighting could be dimmer!

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Yummy, though not the best... - Edit

I agree with the last reviewer. It was my first visit, but won't be my last. Very good food, with nice flavour, and it is not too oily or heavy. Not the best Asian vegan place I've ever been too, but well worth the time and money. They do nice fake meat dishes, and everything had good flavour.
Updated from previous review on Thursday February 22, 2007

Visited again last night and feel much the same. I understand why people like it. The menu options are outstanding, and everything looks good. That said, I've had much better mock meat Chinese style in recent months at Tian Ran on the Gold Coast, and Lotus Pond in Victoria, BC. I don't feel like Green Gourmet is just that delicious. Everything is solid, and the options are tremendous, but the food is just good, that's all. Still worthwhile, but a pricey dinner for good food, so know what you're getting into.

Pros: big portions, clean

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Delicious vegan Chinese, with plenty of mock! - Edit

I've been going to Green Gourmet since they opened more than 10 years ago, and I must say, it keeps on getting better, if not also more expensive (!).

Green Gourmet offers À la carte as well as a buffet that is charged by weight. I used to always order off the menu, which is probably slightly fresher and better quality than the buffet, but lately I've found myself grabbing a quick dinner for the buffet- it's very convenient!

Probably the best aspect of Green Gourmet is the Yum Cha on Sat and Sundays. Make sure you get there early when it's busy because that way you'll get the best variety of yum cha.

Pros: Tasty, yum cha

Cons: bad service sometimes

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Great choice - Edit

I think this place has done very well. The only thing I dont like is that they make the food look like meat! It's just not necessary! But anyway, it's all vegan and that's very cool with such tasty food. The desserts are really nice too. Looking forward to going back!

Pros: yummy, relaxed and non fuss type of place

Cons: food looks like meat

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Really enjoy the Yum Cha - Edit

I visit Sydney regularly, but funnily enough have only been to Green Gourmet twice, but both times the yum cha has been great.
Good atmosphere, friendly staff, and the variety of dishes is worth a try for anything visiting.
Some of the fried yum cha options were a bit overly greasy and oily, however the steamed options like the buns and the dumplings were excellent.
Can get a little pricy if you want to sample alot of the dishes, but I have left both times very satisfied.

Pros: great yum cha, excellent variety of dishes, good atmosphere

Cons: some dishes very oily and greasy, can get expensive

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