Vegan Italian meal at Pepe’s in Bondi Junction   

I knew Peppe’s food would be great because Peppe’s was created by the team from the vegan restaurant Paperbark in Waterloo– I had one of  the most amazing vegan degustation there!  

Sadly Paperbark is now closed … but I am so glad Peppe’s is still here!  

 Shop front

Peppe’s was opened in 2019 … Why has it taken so long for me to dine there? Well, Peppe’s doestn’t take bookings – I  have been  a couple of time before, but the queue was too long… my impatient hubby won’t queue for food unfortunately. 

But I  am so glad, I finally had the chance to visit after such a long wai.

My friends told me that to avoid the queue, just go at 5pm, the opening time (which I didn’t know before which is why I could not dine there ..) so here I am, I went at 4:50pm!  

 I was checking the menu on the door and had already made up my mind on what I wanted to order. But actually menu changes quite often (not dramatically) so you do need to check ?blackboard menu?– yep no menu book!

Each day, the menu can be checked on the black board  

 Not a big menu – which can be key for a restaurant to be sustainable. Paperbark was an AMAZING restaurant but had to close down, maybe because of the wide range of  dishes they had to cook which could have been difficult to sustain.  

For entrée, we ordered polenta chips.

 

Polenta chips with herb aioli  $9  

 I think this was my most favourite dish of the day!

Very crunchy! And it had vegan herb aioli like sauce which was just amazing. Very garlicky, rich and creamy. Sooo yum!  

I think it was prepared on that day. As I could tell they were super fresh. Lucky us!  

Another entrée, we ordered arancini.

Arancini $10  

 They were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and came with yummy vegan tomato aioli and chilli oil on the side. 

Peppe’s aioli is such a winner…!

 The pasta is made in-house daily, with a special focus on the gnocchi. 

It is so obvious from blackboard menu – 4 gnocchi and 1 pasta on the menu! Well, gotta order gnocchi!  And I love the mushroom so I went for gnocchi al funghi  

Gnocchi al funghi $23  

 Rich mushroom sauce with crunchy garlic.. I can tell gnocchi is so fresh and of course, yummy.

Another main we ordered was lasagna 

 Pepe’s lasagna $26  

 Making lasagna is so hard so I enjoy eating it when I am dining out. I didn’t mind more creaminess from bechamel or cheese but still so yummy.

As a side, we ordered cos salad. Simple yet lovely. Dill gave a great accent of the salad.

Cos, herbs, cucumber salad $12  

Dessert  time!  

I knew that most reviews raved about their tiramisu. So I was so determined to have it.  

Yes, it is yummy! It is exactly like tiramisu without any dairy. Very rich and creamy but I think it was made a couple days ago so if I got to eat freshly made tiramisu, it would have been super fabulous.  

Tiramisu $14  

I saw some reviews mentioned the portions were small but I just want to say that since this is very high quality food I don’t mind the price and portion at all. The menu is very simple so people would expect bigger portion. Please think of this restaurant as a high end fancy restaurant –  cooked by real experienced chefs who understand food very well, not like some vegan restaurants that serve not so experienced vegan cook  

Highly recommended!


Peppe’s  

Address: 261 Bondi road, Bondi, 2026

https://peppelovesgnocchi.com.au/


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