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Lindsay September and Lauren Josephs
Despite everything on the menu being plant-based, there’s no lack of options. If you’re there at breakfast time, the lox (cured carrot) muffin comes with cashew cream cheese, and the blueberry buckwheat waffle stack is a sweeter gluten-free breakfast option. And the menu in general is a gluten-free mecca: everything is either gluten free or has a gluten-free option available.
Toasties (including a delicious cheese-and-tomato one), wraps, globally inspired bowls and salads all feature. If you’re here because of Instagram envy, though, you’re likely to go for one of the bigger meals, like the calamari (crumbed king oyster mushroom rings) with tartare sauce, a burger or the mac ‘n cheese.
There are three burgers: Beyond Beef, cauliflower steak and pulled oyster mushrooms. The pulled mushroom burger impressively looks the part of its pork counterpart, but falls short on texture, the chewy mushrooms making for difficult and messy eating in combination with the excess of barbecue sauce. In general, the plates are overwhelmed by sauce, making it seem as if the ingredients themselves need masking. The infamous carrot dog is a feat – laid in its beautiful bun, the smoked carrot resembles a sausage perfectly, especially laid atop fantastic coconut cheddar and its crisscross of beet ketchup and mustard. However, the amount of sauce is overpowering, not allowing the carrot’s surreal un-carrotness to shine.
Both dishes come with air fries, which are indisputably the best thing on the menu – if ever you’re craving just a plate of perfectly crispy and seasoned fries, BamBoo is the place to get it. The Asian-style slaw is almost as good – fresh and unencumbered by a heavy sauce, the slaw shines and elevates any plate it’s on.
There are two desserts: pumpkin pie and baked caramel cheesecake, both of which are gluten free. It’s unfortunately the low point of the menu, the oat and coconut gluten-free base making for a gritty mouthfeel and the cheese in the cheesecake not light and fluffy at all.
Remember to order a drink, despite none of them appearing on the menu at the station where you order. You have all your usual coffee suspects, which come with oat milk but can be swapped for almond or coconut. There’s a small selection of cold drinks, kombuchas and freshly made juices. Additionally, there’s a daily menu of very filling smoothies.
Friendly, but scant and slow.
It’s an order and pay at the counter setup, but your food is still brought to you and you're still allowed to order from your table if you’d like anything extra. The airy space with its wide-open doors makes guests feel welcome to stop by at any time of day, whether to grab a quick coffee, a sandwich or to sit down and enjoy a working lunch. However, it is a bit tricky in summer as flies abound. The accessible plug points at various tables are the perfect addition to this quirky and contemporary eatery.
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