Mother Chu's vegetarian kitchen on Pitt St, is a restaurant that specializes in vegetarian versions of authentic Taiwanese dishes. Owned by the Chu family, the restaurant incorporates their Buddhist traditions into scrumptious cooking that appeals to all palates. While the décor is not flashy, the restaurant has a cosy, homely feel to it.
Boasting a wide-range menu, and plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, Mother Chu's is a great place to enjoy cruelty free 'chicken' and 'seafood' dishes, all averaging around $20. For the health conscious, there are plenty of boiled/steamed dishes, with brown rice options.
Eating at Mother Chu's can be quite the experience, (a) due to the hilarious spelling mistakes on the menu (Fench beans, anyone?) and (b) because there is a menu that specialises in gluten dishes. Looking at the menu, you can't help but wonder, how does one make 'fried gluten slices'?
Mother Chu's satisfies that craving for greasy food we all get every now and then, without the heavy, 'I've eaten too much feeling'. As the restaurant doesn't serve alcohol or use MSG, eating here can be a daunting prospect for some. Having now tried alcohol-free beer though, I'm happy to say that I'm now open to enjoying alcohol, without the, uh, alcohol. While I'd no doubt recommend Mother Chu's for vegetarians, and Chinese food lovers, I would actually also recommend it to non-vegetarians. If you're new to vegetarian food, try the 'triple chilli dish' or the 'Peking Duck' – you won't regret it!