Japanese plant-based dinner at O’Uchi in Sydney  

O’Uchi located on Clarence Street in the heart of Sydney their menu is seasonal and features unique modern Japanese dishes, all filled with verified organic vegetables.

O’Uchi impressively uses authentic Japanese ingredients which are usually VERY HARD to find because it is very expensive- sometimes could be more than 4 times more expensive compared to mass produced ingredients like miso or soy sauce.

This place also doesn’t use MSG – which is again very rare for Japanese restaurants. Do you know that the Japanese invested MSG? That is why MSG is everywhere in Japanese dishes unfortunately.

This restaurant is not plant-based but it does however have a great selection of plant-based dishes on their menu.

Pickles – this was so yum! The veggies were fermented but also smoked – $12

Seasonal vegetables – house pickled

This was so tasty that I actually bought some and gave it to my foodie friends!

Kale fritter – My favourite. – $15

Kale, chia and tapioca fritter served with yuzu ponzu soy gelee.

Sweet potato stix – $14

Sweet potato coated in quinoa and sesame with orange teriyaki sauce.

Zucchini tempura skewers – second favourite. – $10

Served with soy shiitake dashi, gf option when potato starch used instead of tempura flour.

Sticky rice shiitake tofu gyoza – $15

 Served with coriander, a leek salad and yuzu ponzu vinaigrette. 

Carrot salad

Sorry I didn’t keep the details. But I think it was seasoned special ponzu dressing…?  

Sesame tofu

This was not on their menu but was in their specials. Sesame tofu is also known as goma tofu, whilst usual tofu is made from soy, goma tofu is made from sesame paste and kuzu. Kuzu, aka kudzu is a Japanese superfood it is an ancient medicinal food, used still to this day for cold, flu and stomach bug relief. Artisan kuzu, crucial to goma tofu is super rare and expensive, I don’t know how this restaurant affords it!

It makes the taste so much better.

Yuzu & honey tomato with coconut yoghurt – $9

Tomatoes marinated in yuzu and honey, served with coconut yoghurt.

It is like a dessert (and we ate as dessert).  

If this is cooked in rice syrup or different sweetener… our meal can be totally vegan!  

After eating all dishes, I feel so nourished with lots of organic veggies. There are lots of plant-based options on the menu including vegan dishes for both lunch and dinner. If you love a yummy Japanese meal and want to be healthy, this is the place to be!  


O’uchi 

Visit their website: https://ouchi.com.au 

Ph: (02) 9299 3237

 Address: 80 Clarence st, Sydney NSW 2000


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