Mother Chu's Vegetarian Kitchen is an entirely vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Sydney's CBD. Run by a Taiwanese family including Mother Chu, the cuisine is a fusion of Asian countries. Dishes include French bean and soya bean slice with a sticky miso chilli sauce, and immitation meats such as Peking duck.
- Wheel Chair Access
- Mains under $20
This little restaurant is very near World Square and should've been busier. The menu has lots of really interesting sounding options, food was tasty and the service quick and friendly. I suspect the prices are a bit high for a lunch place, I'd certainly go more often if there were a selection of cheaper one dish meals on offer. Still, its good its there, I'd recommend trying it out.
We had a booking for 10 people and when arriving 5mins late the place was full. My guests and I were made to wait over 1hr and 15mins for our food. We had to wait till the existing customers and tables cleared. And they charged us the full price. Regarding the actual food - terrible. Mine was a veg curry with gluten, but the gluten strands were so thin. The serving/portion size is extra extra small, with most of my curry composed of gravy ,not actual food. Mostly water, no food. For this , I was charged $15.80. I could've made it at home for $1.50. Other review sites claim similar. When i commented on this low portion size, they asked for more money. I will never go back to mother chu's. They are a waste of time.
Mother Chu and her family are very distressed by hurtful comments made by someone who was disappointed at a recent meal in our restaurant. This is the background. The Vegan Club made a booking for 10 guests. At the appointed time 5 guests arrived. They were specially seated at a reserved table and we understand they all enjoyed their meal. Subsequently another party of 6 guests arrived. They did not identify themselves as part of the Vegan Club booking. Nor did they acknowledge the other members of the Vegan Club. They were separately seated and served. They arrived at a busy period and we were unaware they were part of any booking. One member ordered our vegetarian curry which includes gluten as just one of its ingredients. He asked for additional gluten with his dish and we explained that adding additional gluten would add $2 to the cost. He declined to pay the additional $2.
The dish he ordered was not listed in our menu as part of our gluten range but was, as described in the menu, basically a vegetable curry. We have never before had any complaint about this dish. In accordance with our Buddhist principles we work very hard maintaining one of Sydney's longest serving totally vegetarian restaurants. We are a family business. Our commitment is on absolute cleanliness, top quality fresh ingredients, service and keeping our prices as low as possible bearing in mind ever increasing city restaurant overheads. We will continue to serve our loyal customers and the many community members who for religious or other reasons appreciate our restaurant, our food and our service. We are disappointed that anyone has not totally enjoyed a meal with us and hope that such a single misunderstanding will not deter others. Sophia Chu