Lentil as Anything - Newtown

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391 King St, Newtown, New South Wales, 2042

Non-profit community organization operating several cafes on a "pay as you feel" concept. This location opened in Apr 2014 and was reported fully vegan in Dec 2017. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Indian, International, Western, Australian

34 Reviews

First Review by mdants

We need more of these ! - Edit

Fantastic concept that's been carried out so well. Feed yourself and help others ! The food is of excellent quality and the local population knows this as the place is always busy. We need more LAAs all over Australia.

Pros: Great Food, You choose the price

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The place to go for food and humanity - Edit

The best. Excellent food, by the people for the people. The people who work here deserve the Nobel Peace prize.

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great - Edit

Lively concept.
The hours stated on happy cow are incorrect.
Saturday and Sunday they're open 10am-3pm and 6pm-9pm

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Great food!! - Edit

I love to come here to have some great vegetarian food!

Pros: Good food, Pay as you feel concept, Communal feel

Cons: Bit loud, Can get crowded

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Excellent example of community food business - Edit

Simple and delicious, with a short but diverse menu. Will be back. Pay what you think ... i believe you can pay at least $20 per head 😃

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great place - Edit

I like that place.

the menu is always different and inspiring.
The most difficult part is to find a seat as it's always full (even weekdays!!)
You have two choices for main.
You pay what you can afford and all the staff is volunter so if you want you can find an apron and give a hand ;)

Please respect the concept and pay ..

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Wonderful Cafe with great Mission - Edit

This is a 'pay as you can afford' vegan cafe serving different menu items each day. They normally only have 4 options and everything is delicious and fresh. Their chai is lovely too!
Most of the staff are volunteers and they train people who cannot get a job or are struggling. I love that they actively promote multiculturalism through their food and mission

Pros: Pay as you can afford, All vegan, Beautiful mission

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I would go everyday - Edit

Got the creamy mushroom pasta and Black beans. really nice.

Pros: Great tasting and hearty food, Non profit community feel, Quick service

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Lentils were missing - Edit

This evening was a Sri Lankan evening. I read it as from 6:00-9:00pm. I arrived at 6:25pm, sure it was crowded. But was disappointed only two dishes were available. I had rthe spicy stir fry vegetables, (why oh why do they add TVP pieces)? I removed them and found the spicy had curry powder or paprika, too much for my raw food taste buds, unable to eat. The dessert was a semolina cake, was ok, passable. I just wonder what they were feeding ppl after 7pm? I'll go back and try the A La carte and see if it's worth a HC sticker.
I dined alone, would have been a bit embarrassed bringing a friend.

Pros: Decor and ambience was great, service was good, friendly staff

Cons: not much to offer as it listed many dishes, seemed

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never disappoints - Edit

I've never had a bad meal at lentils. Great people and delicious changing menu of food.

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frequent visitor - Edit

Couldn't get much better for the price you pay.

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Great food and amazing coffee - Edit

We came here for breakfast and it was so good we came back for lunch a couple of hours later! It's a great idea for a restaurant and the food is delicious - if you ever go in and they have the Sri Lankan curry plate on, get it! They also do a great soy flat white.
Please, if you go, pay fairly. Lots of people seem to take this piss and pay next to nothing. Another branch closed down fairly recently because people were doing this, which is a real shame. Don't let this happen to the Newtown branch.

Pros: everything vegan, pay what you want, great food an

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Super Concept! - Edit

Yummy food and welcoming atmosphere

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Best Restaurant Ever - Edit

This is a truly lovely restaurant with great customer service. Always meeting new and interesting people!

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Surprisingly good - Edit

A non-profit vegan restaurant staffed by volunteers? A fantastic concept but I really wasn't expecting much beyond vegetable curry and some kind of lentil stew...

Boy was I surprised! And rightly so. Okay, so I did have a vegetable curry - a Thai green one to be precise - and it was lovely. I had a mouthful of the spaghetti bolognaise too and it was great - really tasty with a really nice texture. That'll learn me eh?

I hope we left enough (and a little bit more) for the meal as I've heard that there are some that take advantage of the "pay what you feel it's worth" ethic of the place, which really isn't on.

Pros: Great ethics

Cons: Get's very busy

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Great concept despite very average food - Edit

I really liked the charitable cause behind this whole operation. More cities should have a place like this. But the food, although quite edible, left something to be desired. Portion sizes were highly inconsistent. Food was just lukewarm/chilled and got churned out like in a cafeteria. It felt a little sloppy. I guess I just missed out on the best dish—the curry plate—since it was about 90% of the orders from what I could see. That being said, I'd gladly come back for the efficient service and hearty food. Please do consider chipping in more if you have the means.

Pros: commendable cause

Cons: inconsistent food quality

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Needs support - Edit

This is a very worthwhile venture, providing an ever-changing choice of tasty vegan meals every day. But while it is always busy, it is struggling financially. The idea has always been that customers pay what they feel or can afford, which means people down on their luck can always get a nourishing meal, but I am disgusted by how often I see people who are obviously not short of money (expensive laptops or tablets, trendy clothing) dropping merely a few coins or a $5 note in the box on the way out. If you haven't been here, pay a visit, and please put a decent amount in the box.

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Great concept - Edit

This place is so great and always packed but as it is a pay by donation that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't struggling. People who can afford it need to pay decent amounts for the great food on offer here. The service is fast and friendly, the food is delicious and hearty (I especially enjoyed the curry plate and Mexican beans).

Pros: Societally inclusive, Efficient service, Delicious food

Cons: Pasta was too oily

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One of the best - Edit

This place is awesome! It's a pay as you feel restaurant designed to be inclusive. The food is delicious and the menu changes each day. Most tables are communal and I've met lots of great people here. It's a great spot for a weekend breakfast and I love it for lunch and dinner as well. The staff are lovely, it's largely staffed by volunteers. If you can afford to pay what you would at any other restaurant, please do (or give more) as it relies on peoples' donations to continue to exist.

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lovely community, food could be better - Edit

lentils is an amazing community organisation. beautiful people make it up. I volunteered here a while and made great friends. my only issue is that the food varies a lot in portion size and quality. it should be consistently high quality so people feel more inclined to pay for it. lentils also pay for their ingredients, I feel that they could also make a critique on food waste buy cooking with waste food every day, instead of paying for it.

Pros: fully vegan

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Support a good cause by eating here - Edit

I come here weekly for the Saturday morning class and a feed after. On Saturdays they have a breakfast menu as well as the usual lunch and dinner.l, all 'pay as you feel'. Menu changes daily although you will see familiar ingredients used differently after a few visits (think vegan feta, pastry, and of course lentils). Food is always tasty and presented well. This place is very popular with the Newtown locals. Considering this is a lot for profit staffed by volunteers the food is top notch and service usually good. It does get extremely busy though, so it can be loud, some colourful people (adds to the atmosphere), and sometimes a wait on service. I love Lentils because I have an infant and I feel alright bringing her to yoga so I can have a practice followed by a lovely family meal to start my weekend! For this I make sure I donate for an added meal each time I eat, so others can also enjoy everything this place offers.

Pros: Completely vegan, Definitely affordable! (pay as you feel), Charitable

Cons: Loud, Sometime a wait on service, Communal tables

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a must see restaurant - Edit

purely vegan and a constantly changing menu.
pay as you feel, volunteer run and not-for-profit.

Pros: pay as you feel

Cons: popular but what did you expect

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Pay as you feel for delicious 100% plant-based food with great service - Edit

Lentil as Anything is a short walk from Newtown train station.

The restaurant is very community focused. You pay as you feel, it is run by volunteers and usually hosts live music on weekends. Yoga and other events are run upstairs.

A variety of international cuisine is always available on the menu which rotates regularly depending on daily produce.

Must try:
- The curry plates are always good
- Malaysian Laksa
- Chai

Pros: Community centred, Great food, Friendly service (all volunteers)

Cons: Busy on weekends, Limited parking

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Every City needs one of these - Edit

If you set aside the fact that it has delicious, fresh vegan food in hearty portions and an ever changing menu, or the fact that every one if its volunteers staff will likely provide best service you've had this year, Lentil as Anything is worth a visit for the very fact that it's ethics are 100% based on community, trust and equality.

It is no coincidence that Lentil always has a healthy queue and, being based on donation only (in which you can literally pay what you want) means anyone from any walk of life can come and enjoy a healthy meal regardless of their situation.

Every city really does need a place like this.

Pros: Vegan chai is to die for , fantastic ethics , for the community

Cons: Feels a bit rushed at times

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perfection! - Edit

Great ethos, delicious food, friendly staff and constantly changing menu.

Pros: Great fresh vegan food

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Great concept, variable execution - Edit

I used to live in Melbourne where there were several Lentil as Anythings, so I was very excited when it came here. My first couple of attempts weren't very impressive - the food was very bland, and the service slow. I visited twice a few months later, and the food seemed to have improved a lot. The menu is usually fairly small (two or three options), and the quality is variable, but the concept - of providing food on a pay-as-you-feel basis - is worth rewarding; if you do eat here try to be generous, as they often lose money, but as a charity all donations above $2 are tax-deductible. It also often a good way to meet people - the tables are usually shared, and the unusual experience can lead to good conversations.

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A must try! - Edit

Lentil as anything has a great atmosphere. It is a unique non for profit organization, where you pay as you feel the food is worth.

It is a great initiative for the community. You get to sit with all different kinds of people and share your experience with them. And at the end of your meal you get to put your money in the box and there is no judgement.

If you can afford to give generously I highly recommend you do. The donations cover the, rent, utilities, wages and stock. A great way to pay it forward for the next person who isn't as lucky as you.

The staff are very friendly, they are happy to help with any questions about the menu and food is served really quickly!

Pros: Friendly staff , Delicious vegan and vegetarian food , A great community initiative

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