Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 2 reviews )

39 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington, New Zealand

Serves meat, vegan options available. Offers some vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Let your staff know your dietary needs.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Beer/Wine, Australian, Non-veg

Reviews (2)

First Review by Yvette Rigby

mixed feelings - Edit

Southern cross is the best vegan food if i feel like dining in a restaurant and eating European style food. they generally have one vegan option with a few meals that can be adapted to be vegan also. the menu is always clearly labelled and updated regularly. the only issues i have really had with Southern cross is that quite often you will have a long wait for you food (even starters) with no warning from wait staff and on one occasion after clearly asking for the vegan version of the breads and dips i was given a yogurt based dip. for such a vegan friendly restaurant i was surprised the waitress didn't seem to understand or notice a mistake had been made when i asked what the dips were. it made me feel very uncomfortable eating the rest of my meal unsure what other mistakes had been made.

Pros: good vegan options, clearly labelled menu, good service

Cons: long waits, got given a yogurt dip (not vegan)

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vegan entrees, mains and desserts, oh my! - Edit

Unexpectedly for a bar/restaurant, the Southern Cross is very vegan friendly... there are vegan entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts. On top of that, there's a vegan wine list - that's something I've never seen at a restaurant! On this visit, I shared the marinated tofu grill and the winter veggie stack with my companion. The tofu was tasty and served with a yummy udon noodle stir-fry - only complaint would be that they only gave us 3 smallish slices of tofu! The stack came with garden salad and a polenta cake - again tasty, but sadly the pumpkin in the stack was hard as rock. Although we didn't order dessert (choice between cake, sorbet and even vegan fondue), I've had the choc-rasp cake before - served warm with non-dairy ice cream, coulis and chocolate sauce, awesome.

Pros: Vegan wine!, Cozy yet classy atmosphere., Vegan fondue!

Cons: Moderately expensive, Small portions

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