SYDNEY | Yulli’s is a vegetarian restaurant in Surry Hills that first got our attention for a reason unrelated to its food. As well as being a vegetarian restaurant, Yulli’s is also a craft brewery, although these days brewing occurs at Yulli’s dedicated Alexandria brewery, On tap you’ll find four of Yulli’s own brews, and in the fridges a further 30 bottles and cans from Yulli’s and other independent New South Wales craft breweries.
The core range beers are all accessible and tasty, and the seasonal and limited releases are well worth trying. When we visited most recently there was a delicious chamomile pale ale on tap. For those who don’t want beer, there’s also a decent wine list, featuring drops from independent Australian wineries. And of course, there’s the food.
We’re long past the days when vegetable based food was boring, and a quick glance at the Yulli’s menu proves this. Food is designed for sharing, and includes dishes with influences from Asia, Mexico, and the Mediterranean. Think Vietnamese pancakes with chilli radish, crispy tofu skin, king mushroom, fresh herbs and blood plum sauce, or fried zucchini wrapped in shredded filo pastry, served on wilted spinach and tom yum sauce with tomato salsa. How about naan pockets with crispy enoki mushrooms and grilled haloumi with pickled cabbage, lettuce, fresh herbs and aoili with beer battered fries and hot salsa.
The space is small, and narrow, and goes back a fair bit further than you’d think from looking at the street entrance. There’s a bit of seating on the footpath and a small courtyard out the back. Natural materials are the theme here, with timber floors, wood furniture and panelling, and plush cushions.
With great beer and a menu that even meat eaters could eat their way through without realising they weren’t eating any meat, Yulli’s is a great option for a drink and feed in Surry Hills.
417 Crown Street
New South Wales 2010
Mon: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Tue – Sun: 11:30am to 10:00pm