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Bodhi Restaurant and Bar

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Published March 29th 2013
An experience of vegan yum cha in the park
Unlike traditional Chinese restaurants for yum cha, Bodhi Restaurant and Bar is a vegan yum cha place surrounded by natural views. Nestled between the swimming pool and St Mary's Cathedral, I was impressed with this dining setting in a tranquil park-side location.

The restaurant is beautifully located between the pool and the Cathedral
The restaurant is beautifully located between the pool and the Cathedral


There's nothing better than enjoying food in an outdoor setting on a sunny day. Interestingly, red lanterns were hanging on the huge Moreton Bay fig trees, giving this place a touch of charm. Feeling the warmth from the beams of sunlight shining through the trees was a real good experience.

Red lanterns are hanging on the trees
Red lanterns are hanging on the trees to give this place a touch of character


Beams of sunlight come through the huge fig trees
Beams of sunlight come through the huge fig trees


I am not a vegetarian but I have heard good comments about this restaurant. So, I decided to give it a go. The waiters bring around trays of different dim sum. You can pick the food if you like. The food is crafted mainly with tofu and soy and various ingredients which are organic or vegan by nature.

A variety of dim sum is served at the restaurant. I ordered a few dim sum dishes and their looks were not dissimilar to traditional dumplings. The taste was fresh and light, though the price is a bit premium. As this was a busy Saturday, staff weren't able to offer attentive service. However, I would say that they were friendly overall.

The dumpling includes ingredients of mushroom, corns, and carrot
The dumpling includes ingredients of mushroom, corns, and carrot


The taro dumpling
The taro dumpling


The 'prawns' rice noodles, which has tofu inside
The 'prawns' rice noodles, which has tofu inside

This is a different yum cha experience, where you can enjoy the food under huge trees, fresh air and open sky.
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Why? A different dining experience of yum cha
When: Yum Cha 11am-4pm 7 days; Dinner 5pm-10pm Tue-Sun
Phone: 02 9360 2523
Where: Lower Mezzanine Level Cook and Phillip Park
Cost: Dim sum: $5.5 (Small), $7.5 (Large) and $8.5 (Special).
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