Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 8 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.

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

8 Reviews

First Review by Yvette Rigby

Three course vegan option - Edit

A lovely restaurant for a special occasion like a birthday party, date, or formal dinner.

Very tasty vegan options with every element on the plate having an individual, full flavor which retains the taste of the original ingredient. Everything is cooked very well, fits together, and has been thought through. Presentation is also very pretty.

Southern Cross Garden Bar serves yummy cocktails, has an outside area and has a classy interior.

If you go here do expect to pay quite a bit though and waiting time for food is quite long.

Pros: Amazing three course vegan food, perfect for a special occasion, all around quite swanky

Cons: Cost, waiting time

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So many vegan options - Edit

I like the place, and the menu, with super clearly marked vegan options.

The thing with this place is that it can be one thing or its opposite.
The staff members can be super friendly, or really not welcoming.
The portions, too, go from too much to too little.
And the food items go from delicious to bland, and from super oily to 0 oil...

I went there quite a few times, and must say I had all kinds of varied experiences!...

Pros: Many vegan options , Nice place, Central

Cons: Random portions and seazoning , Staff can be not welcoming

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Always a top choice - Edit

Almost always chose SC when wanting a meal out! This place caters for all meals of the day and meals and clearly marked as vegan or can be made vegan. They have a great cabinet which has a lot of raw vegan cakes and slices as well as a dessert on their menu that is always vegan! I would recommended the Buddha bowl on its own! Their sides are also good garlic bread, fries etc. they even have vegan wines marked on the menu.

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Great vegan optikbs - Edit

I was really pleasantly surprised by the number of vegan options available here. I had the walnut and mushroom ball salad for my main and the raw chocolate torte for dessert, both of which were delicious. So good I had to return before leaving Wellington to try one of their dairy free milkshakes which also did not disappoint. Definitely worth a visit.

Pros: lots of great vegan options, great atmosphere

Cons: a little on the pricey side

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great options! - Edit

Had the portobello benedict and it was amazing! Cannot recommend it enough. Likewise, the vegan mac n' cheese I had on a previous visit was very tasty

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My Vegan go to in central Wellington!!! - Edit

Southern Cross is a ethical and sustainable restaurant. This should be highest on the vege option on this list! They have a food cabinet with new food every day and always has about 5 vegan options in it ranging from vegan chickpea Mediterranean salad, to vegan Lamingtons, to vegan cheesecake and vegan slices. There's always something new! Just yesterday I got a $4 vegan chocolate banana muffin. About 80% of the options on the menu are either vegan or can veganized. With cashew cheese sauce used on their Mac and cheese and other dishes, and Tofu offered as an extra option alongside a non vegan option.

Just noticed yesterday their winter Brunch menu has changed to dairy free yoghurt and coconut Milk in their Oatmeal and Granola options! You can get dairy free milkshakes for an extra $2. All their coco and bananas used are fair-trade!

I live and breathe their Vegan Buddha Bowl! There's so many vegan options to choose from, just google their online menu! I'll be sure to post photos the more I go.

Also the outdoor area is so lovely! Best atmosphere and feels like such a hidden gem.

Pros: They no longer use dairy yoghurt or milk in dishes, Their take away containers are bio degradable/eco!, They always have events on

Cons: Would be cool to have an online menu for cabinet!

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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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