I cannot emphasise enough on how the healthy eating bandwagon is shifting from a trend to a lifestyle. I am personally a huge believer of people having to educate themselves about their personal dietary requirements. I have so much gratification for cafes offering healthier food options, increasing awareness on health promotion and giving the public a dietary lecture. Yes, my #evescheatday(s) are countless, I know that, but I do love good nutritious foods, especially ones that fill me up and satisfy my cravings at the same time. You do not have to be restrictive of the junk, just ensure to include the goods despite all of the bad. There are many cafes who provide healthier food options that are gluten free, dairy free, free range, free from GMOs, you name it, and I assure you that all sorts of juices stores are already popping out at every corners of my suburb, but Nourished 385 is certified as the first official clean eating cafe in Melbourne. Minimising the need to use unprocessed foods, mixing and eating whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible has allowed Nourished 385 be at the spotlight of attention and it is definitely a clean eating restaurant that is one to look out for.
Head chef, Benjamin Hildred (above), greeted us with a warm welcome and got us the best seats in the house at Nourished 385’s backyard before he introduced us the menu. He mentioned that everything from the meats to the vegetables and all other ingredients are freshly sought from local farms, none of the fresh produces were imported. Eggs and meats are all free range, cakes and other desserts are made on site with no dairy products used, hell yes you can kiss gluten goodbye. Supporting local farms allow farmers to have jobs and ideally, consumers are supporting the local economy as a whole.
This new brunch place is currently only a month old and it has a gorgeous space that makes you feel right at home. Organic wines, teas and coffees are available for consumption on the premises.
We sat at Nourished 385’s backyard where we ended up petting a stranger’s dogs while enjoying the 18 degree weather. Right where the lady is seating, she has views to the Victoria gardens.
Here’s Rachel petting two adorable dogs from where we were seating at. Aww I heart doggies!!!
Berry Melon Beauty Elixir, 6.90AUD + Super Charge Smoothie, 6.90AUD
I had the juice while Rach had the smoothie. Don’t you just love pleasuring yourself with sweet treats and knowing that you get a high dose of antioxidants from these superfood drinks? Hello smoother skin. My Berry Melon Beauty Elixir consisted of blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, kale and cranberry juice. Rachel’s Super Charge Smoothie is a result of blending mango, pineapple, watermelon, apple, banana, blueberries, goji berries, spinach and coconut water.
Coffin Bay Oysters (3Pcs), 10AUD
We started out our morning with a beautiful presentation of the Coffin Bay Oysters. Many people like the taste of reed or the sea when savouring a good oyster meat. You would like this if that metallic or mild salinity fits your taste goblets.
Tamari Marinated Tofu W/ Shaved Baby Beetroot, Quinoa Tabouleh, Bean Sprouts & Seeds, Over Summer Leaves & An Apple Cider Vinaigrette, 18AUD
Fresh and light leaving us satisfied. Heaps of vinaigrette coating the salad and you would be guiltless because there is no heavy dressing involved.
One of the most wonderful things in life is taking devotion towards eating, it pleasures my mind.
Sweet Potato Thai Fish Cake, 4AUD
One of the waiters recommended us to have a try on their Sweet Potato Thai Fish Cake. It was one of my favourite dishes of the day. The firm moisture and grilled exterior allows the cake to stay intact and it was served with an amazing yoghurt sauce that blew our minds.
Coconut & Peanut Chicken, Wrapped In Baby Cos Lettuce, Served W/ Kimchi & Cashew Crumble, 16AUD
We experienced the crispy-crunches coming from the baby lettuce, kicks of heat from the kimchi slaw and good lean meaty chicken all at once. Its alot to take in so I reckon that you share your plates to excite your taste buds.
Chocolate, Coconut & Peanut Fudge, W/ Crunchy Peanut Brittle, Housemade Yoghurt Semi Freddo & A Bitter Cacao Ganache, 8.50AUD
We were contemplating to share a dessert but couldn’t decide between two. Chef Ben was kind enough to let us try one we didn’t order by serving us two small blocks of it, blocks of fudges. Of course with 8.50AUD you will receive a larger block. Ever since that tiny bite, we were raving about it the whole day, wishing we have ordered a whole cake. The bitter essence was mild, the peanut butter flavour was distinct and I loved the palpability of the flakes of coconuts. Seriously this is fudgelicious.
Carrot Cake W/ A Coconut & Cashew Icing, Banana Sorbet & Almond, Date & Caramel Sauce, 7.50AUD
We ended up choosing the Carrot Cake instead of the fudge, which was delicious as well. The icing had a balmy texture and it has hints of maple syrup and lemon for that mandatory zest of sweetness. The carrot cake is literally a carrot cake with soft shaved carrots formed as the cake base. The banana and almond gelato is dairy free. It had a unique flavour and different consistency as how a normal gelato would feel like.
Outdoor garden, gorgeous backdrop for brunch photoshoots, and for you all Instagram creatives, hashtag healthy-eating.
Organic coffees are amazing. They have a more full bodied flavour, more robust. And you avoid tasting commercialized chemicals that permeates the beans, which alters its true flavours. The coffee blend that we tasted comes from a pack called the Sumatra Mountain Gayo Supreme which had a fruity and slight spice flavour. There is a bold flavour of dark plum, dark chocolate and raisin, a bittersweet finish. Loved it.