Casual restaurant offering vegan menu of Thai and Asian style dishes using vegetables, a variety of mock meats, no garlic or onion. Sample items include salt n' pepper fried tofu, fried rice with vege ham, vegan chickn burger, green curry, noodle soup with tofu & veggies, and savory sesame pancakes. Accepts cash and NZ Eftpos. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Sat 11:00am-9:00pm. Closed Sun.

155 Reviews

First Review by studioahimsa


Points +261

29 Nov 2023

Great, unpretentious little place

Excellent tasty food. Lots of options, wide variety of foods

Updated from previous review on 2023-11-29

Pros: Good food, Good variety , All vegan


30 Nov 2023

Heyyy Elise! Getting into any trouble this weekend?




Points +417

09 Oct 2023

Absolutely Delicious

I couldn’t have asked for a better first meal in Auckland this visit. The Tom kha was incredible! I would definitely go back.


Points +190

16 Sep 2023

Lovely Vegan food with many choices

(German below)
I really can recommend this quite completely vegan restaurant in the middle of Auckland.
I have chosen the spicy plant based chicken, which wasn't to spicy. 🔥🥵😂 (Was middle spicy)

Ich kann dieses ruhige Vegane Restaurant in der Mitte von Auckland komplett empfehlen.

Ich habe das "spicy plant based chicken" gehabt, was nicht so scharf war, wie man vielleicht denkt 🔥🥵😂 (wobei es eher mittel scharf war)

Pros: Personal very friendly-Personal sehr freundlich , Big selection/Große Auswahl, Close to inner-city/Nah am Zentrum

Cons: A buEtwas teurer


Points +71

07 Sep 2023

dinner out in nice vegan place :)

had a nice dinner at this hidden place right in Auckland main city :)
food was delicious though the cauliflower was a little too spicy for me but my friend liked it so it really just depends on your preference so I guess you'll have to go there yourself ;)
will definitely come back to try some of the many other dishes (they all sound soo good)

Updated from previous review on 2022-10-30

Pros: many options, very tasty!, no long waiting time

Cons: some things are pretty spicy (personal preference)


Points +122

27 Aug 2023

Favourite Vegan Restaurant in Auckland

Love this place. Super casual restaurant with excellent food. Currys taste just like the ones in Thailand. Nice high carb meals, the food isn’t too greasy so you don’t feel sluggish afterwards. Have eaten here a couple times and rate it every time.

Updated from previous review on 2023-01-04

Pros: Tasty thai food , Great value for money , chill atmosphere


Points +1375

20 Aug 2023

Good and quite cheap

So great to have a fully vegan Asian restaurant available!
My go-to are their big soup bowls with noodles, veggies, and tofu or fake meats. Always quite tasty. The staff is very friendly too.
I'd recommend however avoiding their "shrimp". Also, the crunchy tofu (sharing entrée) is quite bland and uneventful.

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-04

Pros: tasty, large portions, friendly staff

Cons: not particularly attractive room


Points +89

05 Aug 2023

A great gem

I can’t believe there’s a Thai vegan restaurant with no onion and garlic… got my heart pumping, ordered som-tom salad and Tom Kha Gai soup with jasmine rice…. Yumo yumo


Points +20

02 Aug 2023

Good food, great selection

Had the plant based duck, green curry and dumplings. I enjoyed the food and was good portion sizes. Great for a meal with friends but not really date night ambience


Points +1406

18 Jul 2023

Would go back

Good value and all vegan. Nothing special but nothing to complain about either.


Points +48

11 Jul 2023

Great laksa

Sunflower is a small, cafe-style place. It doesn't look much but the laksa I had (the special of the week) was great. Huge portion, cheap and delicious!

Pros: Big menu - lots to choose from, Great location - just a 2 min walk from Queen St, Large portion size


Points +271

20 Jun 2023


My all time favourite place! Food is consistent, tasty, and filling. I always order at least 2 mains and a side when I go, so I can take some home for laters haha! My fave dishes are the crispy chicken on rice, and the thai green curry.

Pros: Amazing food, Always consistently good, So much food for your money


Points +22

30 May 2023

Nice place but not the best food

Little cozy place. I ordered noodles after the recommendation of the waitress. It wasn’t bad but not the best I tried.

Pros: Atmosphere , People


Points +163

18 May 2023

A garden of delight

Don't let the no frills setting deter you, the food and service are great.


Points +372

19 Apr 2023

Lovely place

It's a small restaurant with a lovely vibe. It's so nice to have so many options to choose from on a menu. Will definitely go back once in AKL again.


Points +851

14 Apr 2023

Tasty food, friendly people

Stopped in as I heard they did a great ‘fish’ and chips (the New Zealand national dish!). It was hard to stick to that plan as there was so much that looked great on the menu! I enjoyed the food and the lady serving was very friendly and helpful. I definitely hope to visit again before I leave NZ!

Pros: Lots of choice, Good value


Points +134

25 Mar 2023


so many gf and veggie options 🫶


Points +341

19 Mar 2023

No frills, simple and quick vegan food

Sunflower Thai is a great place if you're looking for super quick and simple vegan Thai food. You can count on a filling and satisfying meal every time. I love the satay chicken dish! Only rating 4 starts as I don't love that you hear the microwave going off while you're dining. It makes me question how fresh the food is since it's being reheated. Nonetheless, still a great place.


Points +123

14 Mar 2023

Lightning Quick!

Arrived half an hour before closing and the staff were happy to take my order. I've never had a Pad Thai arrive so quickly and was super fresh. Highly recommend 🥰


Points +57

08 Feb 2023


stopped here for lunch.

the food we tried:
- the pan fried dumplings
- the teriyaki mushrooms with rice
- the ‘fish’ with aubergine and rice
- the taro pancake

all were very nice! our faves were the taro pancake and the dumplings.

Pros: lots of options , good pricing, speedy service

Cons: location - no windows, not their fault tho!


Points +44

05 Dec 2022

Loved the place

I tried fried 'chicken' which tasted even better than a real chicken 👏 👏 👏


Points +20

25 Nov 2022


Set back from the road. A simple sit down area but the food is brill. Really excellent. Wide choice. Friendly.


Points +40

19 Sep 2022

Honestly the best

Such a good range of options and everything is honestly so delicious. I even think your non vegan friends would love it too! Although was a little confused when I figured out rice wasn’t included! Also- we ordered through Uber eats and paid for the delivery only to discover that they actually offer free delivery themselves! So if your reading this ready to order on Uber eats- try calling them first!

Pros: Free delivery, Delicious, Great range

Cons: No rice


Points +31

17 Sep 2022

Tasty Thai

Food is consistently good. The facilities are pretty lacklustre but they have friendly staff.

Updated from previous review on 2022-04-22


Points +13866

18 Aug 2022

Nice dinner at an Auckland vegan institution

I love the Sunflower, and I’m sure it’s Auckland’s oldest vegan restaurant. It’s no frills and you have to walk through other restaurants to get to it, and I enjoy that tucked-away, hidden-gem feel. Five of us shared a few dishes, including the fish and chips (not particularly shareable despite being in the share plate category of the menu), green curry, crispy chicken, panfried dumplings and pad Thai. Generally the dishes were quite delicious, although the chicken was quite dry and didn’t come with a dipping sauce. Sadly they were out of the fish cakes, which had been highly recommended to me (and apparently I’d had before according to my last review of this place). The curry was creamier than last time (also based on my previous comments) and was nicely spicy. Prices were reasonable except for (again) the chicken, which was $30 for not a huge bowl of fairly low-quality nuggets.

Pros: Generally delicious food

Cons: Expensive, dry crispy chicken


Points +22

06 Aug 2022

Totally blown away with the choice and quality of food it was amazing

A Vegan feast of epic proportion’s

Pros: Heaps of Vegan options , Quality of the food , The huge menu ….so much choice


Points +155

11 Jul 2022

Totally worth it

Was delicious! Went here twice after stumbling upon the sign while walking along high street. The pan fried dumplings were great as was the red curry and the tom Yom goong soup with faux prawn. Open on a Monday unlike many restaurants in Auckland.

Pros: All vegan , Has good flavor , Long hours

Cons: Slow-ish service


Points +2613

20 Mar 2022

Must try in Auckland

I’ve been here many times over the years and recently returned since the new owners took over and the menu was revised (which is kind of good as there were way too many options previously). The food is still great, though a couple of things we tried weren’t to my taste (the kumara curry rolls - though to be fair I’m not a big fan of kumara - and the papaya salad was very hot). The salt and pepper tofu and crispy tofu with satay were both delicious, as was the pad pak. I can’t wait to go back and try more.

Pros: All vegan , Tasty options , Good opening hours and location

Cons: Not everything to my taste, Very basic decor

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