This vegan restaurant in the heart of Byron Bay is the brainchild of friends Laurie, Tahlia and Yasmina, and is challenging the notion that meat eaters and vegans can’t dine happily together.
If you’re vegan, you’re probably used to the groans of your meat-eating friends when you suggest a plant-based restaurant for dinner. But, if you’re based in Byron Bay or heading there on a trip, you can be sure even the most devoted carnivores will be happy at No Bones because the menu is packed with meat substitutes and also full of flavour.
There are no wrong choices
Ask the staff what they recommend and they’ll definitely point out the duck pancakes made with crispy strips of seitan (a popular meat alternative made from wheat gluten). They come served with the usual trimmings of cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce. Other popular starters are the Crispy fried chicken with agave sriracha glaze and the Brussels sprouts with lemon cream and pine nuts.
Moving onto the main course, vegans and meat eaters will enjoy the Beyond Meat beef burger with cheese, pickles, caramelised onion, No Bones special sauce, lettuce, tomato and a side of French fries. But, plant-based eaters will know that it’s hard to find a creamy, cheesy pasta dish that’s as good as the real thing. But, at no Bones, the creamy field mushroom pasta with truffle, house cashew parmesan, enoki mushroom and crispy sage is as good as, if not better than, the real thing.
Dessert is where No Bones really shines because there is one menu with classics like spiced pumpkin pie and churros with chocolate dipping sauce, but also an entire menu of alcoholic desserts. Who can resist an affogato with your choice of Brookies Mac, Amaretto, Kahlua or Frangelico?
Food for the future
The founders of No Bones say they are, “inviting people to join their expedition to save the earth one Brussel sprout at a time”. Their motivation has always been to create a more sustainable future without compromising on flavour, which is why this place is so well loved by non-vegans and vegans alike. By opening No Bones, Laurie, Tahlia and Yasmina want to change the way people think about what they put in their mouths, where it comes from and the effect is has on our planet.
The restaurant is a place where you can relax knowing that no matter what you order, your choices will be ethical and where you can be proud knowing that you’ve contributed to a better earth. And, alongside delicious food and creative cocktails, there’s no better feeling than that!
Address: 11 Fletcher St, Byron Bay
Tuesday – Thursday | 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Friday – Saturday | 5.00pm – 10.00pm