We are Lentil as Anything.



At our core are our not-for-profit vegan and vegetarian restaurants, where guests contribute what they feel their meal and experience is worth, according to their own financial ability.

Lentil as Anything was established in 2000 and continues to support our community everyday by;

Caring for people: Providing a wholesome and nutritious meal where money is not a concern.

Promoting Multiculturalism: Fostering an environment of inclusion

Reforming Society: Acting on the structures of society to restore justice.

Extending and spreading it’s ethos and values: Hiring volunteers, the long-term unemployed and the marginalised.

Encouraging: Young people to be active citizens and get involved in community based initiatives

Recent News

Lentil as Anything, Italy?

Our founder Shanaka has been attending a conference in Italy and met with the Mayor of Turin who has a lot of love for Lentil as Anything. Read on… You can’t pay for lunch? Be a volunteer! The ferocity of the civil war in Sri Lanka, which from 1983 to …

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Lentil As Anything Sydney – Xmas Support

Lentil As Anything Newtown is asking for some extra help this Xmas from our community! This year Lentils welcomed the start of summer with a break in, where the thief (or grinch?) stole our safe containing thousands of dollars of donations.   Lentil As Anything is a not-for-profit restaurant where …

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Job Vacancy: Restaurant Manager (Melbourne)

Restaurant Manager – Melbourne This is a great opportunity to join a community of socially responsible change makers who share a passion for providing delicious vegan food in an inclusive and vibrant restaurant environment. You should have a demonstrable background in hospitality and leadership, and a passion for providing opportunities, …

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New Brew Crew – barista training course

Lentil as Anything is excited to introduce New Brew Crew – barista training course. The support from the Westpac Foundation means Lentil as Anything will be offering volunteers from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds the opportunity to complete a unique integrated barista training course. Many of our volunteers face significant barriers to accessing training …

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Kimchi Mania 2.0

Can’t get enough Kimchi? Then learn how to make it yourself On Wednesday November 8th, at a Lentil as Anything pop-up in Preston, you can learn how to make delicious kimchi. And if that’s not enough Lentil As Anything is bringing you more kimchi than you can handle, by making …

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Shanaka – A year in Sri Lanka

Shanaka Fernando, the founder of Lentil as Anything, has spent the last few months tackling some big issues in Sri Lanka. “I’m currently serving as director of development at Rainforest Rescue International.” says Shanaka. “This is a volunteer position. The projects that I am driving are.. The BMZ climate change project; …

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Goodwill Wine

Lentil as Anything is proud to be working with David Laity from Goodwill Wine. David explains “Like so many on Black Saturday, I lost most of what I owned. I was grateful to be alive and had no idea of the overwhelming support that would be provided. Because of this kindness …

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