Known for its craft beer and ale collection, Yulli's at Surry Hills has taken vegetarian food to another level. Yulli's will completely change the perspective of vegetarian food for anyone who doesn't have much of it. If your idea of vegetarian is boring salads and potatoes then you know nothing about it. The creative chefs at Yulli's have taken inspiration from European and Asian cooking plus exciting ingredients to create a menu that is very unique and meets a wide variety of palates.
The menu has small, medium and large plates to choose from. While the small plates are smallish portions, the lines blur between the medium and large plates. All plates though are made to share. Some of my favourites are the Edamame and tofu moneybags, the ginger and leek dumplings and the grilled halloumi. The halloumi dish was just sublime and by far the best one I've had in a while. Three large chunks of grilled halloumi on a bed of smooth silky potato mash and balsamic reduction with char-grilled witlof on the top and roast potatoes to the side looked and tasted divine.
Grilled Haloumi with Balsamic Reduction and Potato Puree
The menu has plenty to choose from and after the first couple of dishes, we got some help from the wait staff who helped us pick a few more. The prices are reasonable and the quantity is quite generous for the medium and large plates. For groups of 4 or more, Yulli's offers a banquet for $40 per head. I think that's great value for money.
They have a large selection of beers and wine including craft beers and vegan beer and wine. Yulli's is very popular so bookings are recommended. Owing to the size of the restaurant and the close proximity of the tables, it can get a little noisy especially if there are some larger groups close by.
Our table ended the meal with a shared sticky date pudding which was absolutely flawless. The warm pudding and date sauce teamed with some super soft vanilla ice cream was a treat to the eyes and tastebuds.