Eggs Benny but make it vegan: The shire cafe with tasty alternatives

A cafe at Sutherland is offering diners bright and fresh dishes characterised by vegan and gluten free options.
A cafe at Sutherland is offering diners bright and fresh dishes characterised by vegan and gluten free options.

We all know a vegetarian or vegan diet is kinder to the planet, to animals and to our bodies than chowing down on meat.

But giving up bacon forever can feel like a tall order.

If you're not quite ready to go full vegetarian or vegan a cafe in the Sutherland Shire might just become your go to destination for brunch.

7th Heaven hasn't set out to pigeon-hole itself by catering for one market. Instead, the menu has been curated to appease both vegan and non-vegan lifestyles, appealing to a diverse crowd.

The cafe at Sutherland is endeavouring to provide diners with bright and fresh dishes characterised by a range of vegan and gluten free options.

With a clean and bright fit out, distinguished by blond wood, marble topped benches, hanging bulbs and a green foliage feature wall, the décor reflects what the café offers.

7th Heaven plates up a healthy mix of both plant-based and regular options for diners.

Husband and wife team, James and Dina, are the brains behind the café, with Dina being the leading hand in menu creation.

For brunch, think bright, fresh and good looking dishes that bring a smile to your face.

Mornings look like a double grain porridge with rolled oat and amaranth, saffron poached pear, organic berries, honey glazed roasted macadamias, muesli and rhubarb compote.

Or for a weekend treat, the fluffy vegan vanilla pancakes with macadamia crumble, house-made burnt butter caramel sauce, salted caramel coconut ice-cream and berries.

Vegans will delight at the range of meat, egg and cheese substitutes giving the real deal a run for its money.

Eggs Benny has got a vegan brother at 7th Heaven, with all the usual trimmings - poached eggs, bacon and hollandaise but all plant based.

James and Dina assure customers that all the faux alternatives won't leave you missing the meat.

For lunch, you'll find even more classics that can be made vegan on request.

All of the dishes typically reserved for carnivores aren't off limits for the plant-based.

Inspired by a popular carnivorous counterpart, the vegan chicken schnitzel sandwich is loaded with vegan schnitty, lettuce, tomato, vegan cheese, and house-made vegan aioli on toasted sourdough.

For the protein pursuers, there's an excellent scotch fillet sandwich with caramelised onion, oak lettuce, tomato, dijonaisse mustard and aioli on a toasted olive panini. Or a Reuben with corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, tangy house-made sauerkraut and a house-made thousand island dressing on organic toasted rye.

On the drinks front, expect a range of freshly squeezed juices, vegan smoothies and 'mylk' shakes and coffee is by Sydney based Gabriel coffee roasters.

Whether you're a vegan full-time, or your partner is and drags you along for the ride, 7th Heaven serves up an interesting menu that makes a sound argument for plant-based dining.