Bernadette le Roux
These days it’s not only good for us but also highly fashionable to be gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian, and it seems Scarbourians are cashing in on this (in a good way). Here is another café in the area that makes health food cool in a totally modern way (minus the tie-dye and dreadlocks).
The food is contemporary and on trend as well as original. Try the bagel beef burger or the Vietnamese string salad with soy-roasted pumpkin seeds, mint, chilli, crispy noodles and yuzu dressing for lunch, or the ‘hot hash’ breakfast with caramelised onions, spinach, red pepper, spicy harissa and eggs any way you like them. If you’re feeling virtuous, the oats super bowl with chia seeds, coconut and berry coulis is excellent, as are the wild mushrooms that come on a zucchini flax rosti with avocado and mixed greens.
Don’t leave without checking out the cake selection. Ask your waitress for a recommendation but the baked cheesecake is heavenly – dense, creamy and somehow light all at once.
The vegan options extend to the coffees and flat whites, which are available with almond or soy milk. Their smoothies are excellent and you can choose your ‘base’ as coconut water or yoghurt then add any number of superfood additions such as maca-root powder, hemp, raw cacao or chia seeds.
The fresh fruit and vegetable juices are also excellent. Milkshakes are original, extending to an avo-and-mint offering. Kombucha lovers will find their favourite drink here, too.
On the alcoholic front there is a very small wine list, with one or two special options, but if you’re really into your wine you may want to bring a bottle. Ciders, craft and local beers are all on offer too.
Service is friendly and attentive and regular patrons are known by name. The renovated cottage-turned-café has strong family ties, dating back to 1978, and the love and passion for the place is tangible.
From the outside, the café looks quaint and quirky, fitting neatly into the Scarborough aesthetic. Inside it is modern and airy without losing the warm and cosy feel. Sit on the street-side veranda and watch the kids play in the treehouse or move inside for a table amidst the friendly bustle from the kitchen. There is also a sunny courtyard which is perfect on breezy days.
Reserved tables will be released after 30 minutes for a no-show, so don’t dilly dally.
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