How did you and Simon come up with the concept behind Eden?
We couldn’t find many vegan restaurants at the time which still provided delicious food & cocktails in a vibing atmosphere. There wasn’t really anything like it particularly in Bondi, so I guess we found a gap in the market.
I have always big a big foodie & lover of wining & dining and had made the assumption a vegan or plant-based diet was based on lettuce and just bland food in general. Following our travels in NYC and LA where the vegan scene is booming, my perception changed completely. I came home inspired to recreate old favourite classics by making them plant-based… I was just so excited to share these dishes with friends, family and the community. Opening a restaurant gave us the opportunity to do so.
Since the opening has the menu changed much and what are the 3 dishes that people keep coming back for?
The POPCORN CAULI. This is our most ordered dish by a country mile. This dish has been on our menu since day one. Then second the “Calamari” is made using an Asian Root Vegetable that mimics the texture of squid. We then marinate it in salt, a few different herbs & spices and serve it with a dairy-free tartare sauce. It’s delicious! The Charcoal ‘beef’ sliders are also a big hit!
We update our menu seasonally so our regulars always have something new to try but our staple dishes rarely change.
What are your favourite ingredients to cook with?
I love Parsley, fresh garlic, nutritional yeast and a really high-quality olive oil on almost everything. We go through a tonne of dark leafy greens and sweet potato plus have a pantry full of spices & condiments which make the world of difference when cooking.
We like to keep it simple during the week and have some favourites on heavy rotation like Massman Curry loaded with heaps of vegetables & legumes or a Mexican Bowl with beans, avocado, cashew cheese and tomato salsa.
What is one herb or spice you can’t live without?
I can’t choose one I don’t think but the top 3 are Nutritional yeast, parsley and chilli flakes.
The best advice I have received is?
Don’t hold onto the past or dream too far into the future. Focus on staying present and enjoy the little things in life. Practice gratitude, try not to take anything personally & always do your best.