Mother Chu's Vegetarian Kitchen

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367 Pitt Street, CBD, Sydney, New South Wales, NSW 2000

One of handful of Asian vegetarian restaurants in Sydney. All vegan except honey. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Japanese, Asian, Taiwanese

43 Reviews

First Review by Aloo

Friendly staff, good food - Edit

My second visit here. Staff are friendly and attentative. Food is good and tasty. Service and wait time can be long if you go at peak/busy times. No onion or garlic used in food.

Pros: Lots of options, Friendly staff

Cons: Wait time can be long during peak time

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Not so great - Edit

I went here due to the restaurants long standing history and reputation . The staff were great and friendly, service was quick but the food was just not great. It was pretty flavourless, the texture was bad and the vegies did not taste good. Did not end up eating it and would not go again. I hate to give a vegan place a bad review but they have to lift their game.

Pros: Friendly staff, Quick service, Central location

Cons: Poor tasting food, Soggy and unpleasant textures., Not good vegies

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Traditional Taiwanese - Edit

Mother Chu's is a great spot for dinner. The service is quick and friendly, meals are affordable, but best of all are the flavours. My favourite dishes are the beans with soy slices and chilli sauce, and the soya bean rolls.

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Good vegan options - Edit

Nice place , mostly Asian food , a bit pricey but it's Sidney . We loved the rice ,soups and wanton.

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very tasty - Edit

Great food, with lots of choice and friendly staff

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Not so great - Edit

My brother and I were looking forward to a nice meal but when we were in Sydney a couple of weeks ago but we were disappointed in this place. I can't quite remember what I had but it was definitely drowning in a salty, blah sauce. My brother had the birds nest something to other, just not very tasty. It is a pretty little place in a good location but we decided not to try it a second time while we were there. Maybe we hit it on a bad night!

Updated from previous review on 2017-03-26

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When in Sydney... - Edit

Whenever I am working in Sydney I always eat here at some point. A few years ago the food was very average but on my latest trip I had stir fried tempeh with snow peas, broccoli and nuts along with special fried rice. It was fresh and delicious.

Pros: Convenient location in the CBD, Great menu choice

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Yum! - Edit

Mother Chu's is always delicious and a favourite when I visit Sydney.

Pros: Great selection, Well priced

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cheap and easy - Edit

for a cheap feed this is quite a good restaurant. the food isn't anything to rave about but its pretty good.

Pros: vegan, cheap

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Good food, all vegan. Has desserts - Edit

Classic Chinese and Taiwanese veggie food.
Nice staff.
Old fashooned/budget decor.

Pros: Food

Cons: Mains expensive for size

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Don't waste your money - Edit

We went here on the basis of other reviews, however, I wish we had chosen one of the hundreds of other options that were located around this place. When you first order you have to pay straight away. This is probably to stop you from not paying due to the horrible food. I had tofu with vegetables which consisted of 10 pieces of old, deep-fried tofu sitting on what what seemed liked half a kilo of raw bean sprouts and topped with 6 slices of cucumber, with a tiny bit of soy sauce drizzled over top. My husband ordered stir-fried vegetables which came out swimming in some watery, flavourless sauce and appeared to have been cooked days ago and reheated. Same with the boiled rice which tasted like it was days old and reheated. I love rice, yet it was inedible as was most of our meals. I think we managed to eat around a quarter of each meal (and one mouthful of rice), only because we were so hungry, before we felt ill. We actually went and got a coffee somewhere else afterwards just to get the awful taste of the food out of our mouths. Greasy and tasteless food that was not cheap as I could get something delicious for that price elsewhere. SO disappointed, we definitely won't be going back.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Terrible food, Pricey for what you get, Very cheap and nasty feel to the place

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love this place - Edit

Food is so so good

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Vegetarian

  Contributions +21

Great comfort food! - Edit

I love this restaurant. It's food is consistently good, no matter what dish I try. The staff are always so friendly and helpful. I love the fact that there is often an elderly member of the family spending time in the restaurant just doing their own thing, the last time we went the grandmother was doing seated tai chi, which really gave us a sense of authenticity.

Highly recommend the avocado soup, the deep fried nori rolls, the fried pumpkin with gluten, and the tofu clay pots. The serves are generous and always filling. I haven't had a bad dish yet.

Close to public transport and the centre of the CBD

For the amount of food you get, i don't think the price is unreasonable. Decor nothing fancy, but if you want fancy decor, there are plenty of other restaurants that might suit your taste.

Pros: Friendly staff, Good quality and great tasting food, Take away relatively quick service.

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Chinese style veggies - Edit

The veggies are ok, the fries could be better.

Pros: Convenient, Cozy atmosphere

Cons: Food too oily n salty, Slower service, Pricey

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mother Chu's the best - Edit

Mother Chu's in Pitt st Sydney is awesome if you like Chinese/Taiwanese vegetarian food.
I recommend crispy tofu with miso sauce for starters, they have fresh juices by the way. Tofu roll with back beans sauce & ginger is my favourite
There is a multitude of choices.

Pros: cbd location , been there for years , always greater with a smile

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Nice Chinese food - Edit

Simple decor not flash. But nice friendly service and good classic Chinese food, done without meat. Lots of options so will definitely go back to try out some of the others.

Pros: reasonably priced , all vegan, authentic

Cons: simple decor, not flash, no free green tea (but water), in town so no parking

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Fresh And Great Value - Edit

Amazing amount of vegan options, some honey in a couple of the meals so watch out for those.
Tofu, noodles, gluten based mock meats and heaps of veges. Amazing flavours. More than enough rice for 4 people. Great friendly service. Yum ginger tea too.
Updated from previous review on Monday April 28, 2014

Pros: Great Flavours, Lots Of Options, Value

Cons: Didnt Open Till 5pm

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Love this place - Edit

I've been going to Mother Chu's for decades. The food is consistently fresh, wholesome and filling and there is a wide variety of choices.

Pros: Fresh, wholesome food, Friendly service

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Nice food in the heart of Sydney - Edit

I liked this restaurant. It has an extensive menu and the food tastes good. It's not the best food I ever had, but well worth having. I ate a sizzling gluten, which was a little too sweet for me, but good anyway.

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Not bad but need more convincing - Edit

This is a place I've been to a couple of times on previous visits to Sydney but not for a while so my memory was a bit vague. It has a fairly plain setup with Formica tables in various configurations. The menu is extensive, although I noticed that some dishes had versions under different categories, such as the soy bean roll, which, in addition to its standard entry, also had variations under 'steaming' and 'clay pot'. We ordered the standard plus a miso clay pot with tempeh and steamed rice. The soy bean rolls were quite delicious, a little hot and accompanied by spring onions in a dark sauce. The miso dish on the other hand really didn't work for us: the broth was weak without much flavour and this left big hunks of crisp vegetable (including non-tender cauliflower and cabbage) to fend for themselves. The moral: be selective and look for recommended dishes (the soy rolls being one of which we took heed). We opted for a banana fritter (there are also apple and pineapple) with a scoop of mango soy ice cream plus one scoop each of passion fruit and mango soy ice cream. Very nice. All up this cost us $60 (including my freshly squeezed OJ and my partner's lemonade), which took me a little by surprise but is by no means outrageous. I'm not sold on this place yet but the menu's big enough that I'll come back and try it again

Pros: Decent-sized menu, All vegan including desserts

Cons: Some dishes are substandard

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Nice atmosphere - Edit

It's a good atmosphere, and the food is pretty good too.

Pros: Taiwanese, friendly staff

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Good - Edit

Quite yum. Good price. Friendly service. Highly recommended.

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Delicious vegan friendly food! - Edit

This is a great dairy free, egg free, msg free vego restaurant, lovely people as well and a huge menu.
Try the hot pots they are really delicous...no that is not a prawn on top!! :)

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hen hao chi! - Edit

Tastey noodles and Vegs. Curry puffs were very good too.

Nice staff, good location, all around good spot.

Probably not the most healthy thing in the world, but super tastey.

Pros: lots of options, friendly staff

Cons: the tea was average

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Mother Chu's - a Sydney vegan haven - Edit

We went to Mother Chu's for both dinner and lunch the next day during a recent trip to Sydney. The food and vibe was fantastic both days. The serves were good size but not huge - we had three dishes plus rice to share between the two of us which was plenty! In particular I loved the way the veggies were cooked.

All meals are vegan except three which contain honey which is a real plus for a travelling vegan!

They don't serve or allow alcohol there which may be an issue for some. We look forward to returning next time we're in Sydney!

Pros: excellent food, nice vibe, friendly

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mother chu's - Edit

Nice place very friendly people food excellent

Pros: quick, priced moderate, quick service

Cons: none

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An institution in veg*n dining in Sydney! - Edit

Of all the vegan/vegetarian restaurants I've ever been to, nothing quite compares to the food at Mother Chu's. I have been going to Mother Chu's for 14 years and I have never left disappointed.

Granted, there have been a couple of dishes over the years that were a bit too strange for me (both times, mock fish dishes), but even these were still tasty and my partner (who is not vegetarian) enjoyed them. However, this is only two dishes out of probably hundreds by now. All the others have been a joy to savour, and we have never left anything uneaten.

You must try the salt and pepper tofu, which is my favourite. Also the crispy gluten, flat rice noodles, tempura sweet potato, and the tofu with shitake mushrooms. The seaweed and moss soup, as a starter, is also a delight.

It can become very busy, but the food usually comes out fairly quickly. It is easy to rack up a bit of a bill, but then again, people who don't usually eat at vege restaurants think I am mad for thinking it is slightly expensive - it really is cheap compared to most places. We are always a group of 4, and we usually spend about $75.

Mother Chu is always sitting in the corner, keeping an eye on things. I would go so far as to say Mother Chu's is a bit of an institution in the veg*n dining world of Sydney, and I cant for the life of me understand why it has only 4 cows for a rating! 5 cows from me and long live Mother Chu!

Pros: Delicious food, Great range of choice, Reliably great food

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