Newfoundland may be known for its wild game and seafood, but our landscape is optimal for growing delicious vegetables and berries – making it a vegetarians paradise for dining options.

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Offering a complete vegan (and non vegan) menu of pastas, pizzas, and more, EVOO’s Mediterranean inspired cuisine is a fresh take on old world recipes. Their Hand-Rolled Gnocchi with soy ricotta will melt in you mouth like tiny potato pillows while their Beyond Mock Pizza will give you a “Big Mac” taste without any of the guilt.

Pair their menu options with vegan and non-vegan cocktails, local draught beers, and an approachable wine selection and you have a winning combination.

Their aim to provide an intimate dining experience matched with comfort foods are fit for the soul. In a city with so much culinary wealth, they deliver a unique dining experience by showcasing the potential of plant-based alternatives to our local terroir.

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Bernard Stanley Gastro Pub (BSG)

Bernard Stanley isn’t your typical pub. Elevating classic fare with local ingredients and dynamite flavours while maintaining the warm and inviting atmosphere of a pub is their unique speciality.

BSG offers a daily brunch menu from 10-4 EVERY SINGLE DAY. That means you don’t have to wait until Sunday to enjoy their Crunchy Brie Stuffed French Toast with Rum Caramel Sauce, which is as good as it sounds. And that’s not the only dish that includes rum, their Banana Pancakes with screech rum sauce is equally as delicious!

If you enjoy the “unch” part of brunch dig into their BSG Nachos which includes a rocking vegetarian chili, or keep it light with their asparagus and ricotta crepe stuffed with caramelized onions, mushroom and goat cheese cream sauce.

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Sushi Nami Royale

Contrary to popular belief sushi is not just raw fish, it is a way of preparing rice and accompanying it with seasonal ingredients. Sushi Nami Royale focuses on being the best fine Japanese dining experience in Atlantic Canada. Offering a mix of locally caught fish as well as vegan options, it is a true taste of Japanese cooking in St. John’s.

With 10 different vegan maki rolls available, including a Vegetable Dragon Roll with yam, cucumber, avocado, assorted grilled veggies and tofu, your sushi cravings are quelled. In the mood for a steamy dish? The Vegetable Yaki Udon noodles brings a true taste of the East to eastern Canada.

Do you have a large appetite or a large party to feed? Enjoy sushi from your hotel with the Vegetable Maki Party Tray which comes with over 60 pieces of vegan sushi.

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The Gypsy Tea Room

Don’t let the name fool you, The Gypsy Tea Room isn’t your Nan’s tea and biscuit cafe. Located in the historic Murray Premises, The Gypsy Tea Room offers a unique mixture of classic favorites & casual cuisine with creative flare. Their daytime and dinner menu offers a selection of vegan and vegetarian options as well as gluten free choices.

The Vegan Curry transports you to a tropical paradise with refreshing tastes of fennel, lime and toasted coconut. Or stick to a classic with the Beyond Meat Burger, which is topped with your regular fixings and served with a side salad of local lettuce, pear, walnuts, and beets.

If you happen to find yourself there on a Wednesday be sure to take advantage of their 2 for 1 margaritas – Salud!

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Rocket Bakery & Fresh Food

As bustling hub for the community, Rocket Bakery & Fresh Foods provides an authentic Newfoundland experience. From their weekly kitchen parties to the revolving daily menu, there is always something fresh coming out of the oven at Rocket.

After a day of touring downtown St. John’s you will be ready to grab a coffee and cozy in for an afternoon. The fan favourite Sweet Potato and Tahini Wrap paired with house-made soup is a must try. While there, be sure to also browse through their expansive offerings of baked sweet treats.

Simply put everything at Rocket is out of this world!

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Chinched Bistro

Don’t let the pig shaped welcome sign fool you, Chinched embraces vegetarians too.

Mostly known for their charcuterie and deli option Chinched applies the same flavour profiles to their vegetarian options. If you are a cheese lover, and let’s face it, who isn’t? We suggest opting in for the Chef’s Choice Cheese Board. The selection of artisan cheeses served with candied nuts, fruit compote & crackers can be a meal on it’s own.

Add in a few smokey vegetarian sides, like their Grilled Mushroom Bruschetta and Roasted Brussel Sprouts with a red wine gastrique and you will leave full and happy, or as we say around these parts, “chinched”.

Published: March 27, 2019