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Australia’s Winter Produce: 5 Restaurants Celebrating Local Ingredients

australias winter produve

Winter is here, and Australia’s seasonal produce is at its prime. From hearty root vegetables to succulent citrus fruits, there’s a wealth of ingredients to be found in every region, and a growing number of restaurants are celebrating these local offerings with creative, plant-forward menus.

Get ready for delicious food with a playful twist, exploding with rich aromas, vibrant colours and flavours – here is our recommended list.

1. Yellow, Potts Point


When we think about showcasing the best seasonal produce, Yellow comes to mind immediately. This chic restaurant offers a 6-course vegan tasting menu that showcases the finest produce available each season, crafted carefully by Cheft Bren Savage.

This winter around, Yellow not only introduced a seasonal menu but also brought back their annual truffle dinner series. On the 26th and 27th of July only, guests can indulge in truffles with a menu that will feature premium produce, complemented by David Coomer’s rare black winter truffles.

Yellow is definitely on our must-visit list.

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2. Monster Kitchen & Bar

Monster Kitchen & Bar

This Monster does not hibernate, rather it embraces the cold months.

Menus in this kitchen are passionately crafted with locally sourced ingredients by Matthew Bentley. The new seasonal menu is an outstanding example of Ovolo’s Veg Pledge, alongside its commitment to plant-forward dining.

From pumpkin wonton tartlets to corn ‘succotash’ tacos with mole Amarillo & avocado, each of our plant-based creations packs a flavourful punch, ready to delight, surprise and inspire your tastebuds.

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3. No Bones, Byron Bay and Ocean Shores

No Bone

No Bones serves No BS, and we love how straightforwardly delicious this restaurant is!

Check it out for an atmosphere guaranteed to cheer anyone up, but also for the tasty seasonal specials. Our fav? The roasted cauliflower with harissa and no bees honey glaze, drizzled with a preserved lemon tahini and pomegranate.

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4. ZA ZA TA, Brisbane

Za Za Ta

Inspired by the vibrant Tel Aviv dining scene, ZA ZA TA is your go-to for a rich collision of culinary cultures, where old-world spice and new-world flavours come together to create a truly modern mosaic of flavours. Now, add the freshest seasonal produce to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a memorable dining experience!

Warm up with a new must-try on ZA ZA TA’s Winter menu, like the Burnt Cabbage Salad, Beetroot, Blistered Grapes, and Nigella Seeds. Not only is it guaranteed to secure you a perfect Instagram picture, but also packed with vitamins to support your immune system in this cold weather.

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5. Smith & Daughters, Sydney

Smith and Daughters

Led by Shannon Martinez, Owner of Australia’s two most prolific plant-based businesses, alongside Head Chef Josh Bosen, this restaurant is guaranteed to delight you. It’s a simple, yet perfect statement that’s at the heart of Smith & Daughters – creating the best food, that happens to be vegan.

Save yourself from the winter blues and indulge in Chef’s Menu, full of seasonal specials. We hope you get the table right in front of our open-plan kitchen to watch an incredible team do what they do best.

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