There's absolutely no denying that Sydney is full to the brim with healthy food choices - it is a health foodie's heaven (e.g. mine)! You honestly can go to almost any cafe and there will be something healthy on the menu... no excuses! Since I've lived here for almost 2 years now I thought I would share with you some of my favourite brunch spots. Some are well-known, others are not. But all of them are bloody delicious.
1) Hale and Hearty - Waterloo
If, like me, you love pancakes then you will be in heaven here - like seriously. The pancakes are paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free ... made with rice flour, eggs, rice malt syrup and coconut cream. But it doesn't stop there. The toppings are out of this world... think carrot cake or crispy bacon or apple crumble. There is even an option for savoury pancakes with sweet potato and goats cheese! In the picture below I have chosen a fig and mascarpone topping (and it was bloody delicious).
2) Porch and Parlour - Bondi
Quite a 'trendy' restaurant near Bondi Beach and full of gym-goers in activewear... pretty standard. Their menu suits all dietary needs from gluten free, to dairy free to vegan so you can bring anyone here and they'll have something to choose from! They are best known for their green breaky bowl and green pea pancakes (pictured below). I asked for an extra side of halloumi with mine because there's no denying that I adore halloumi. The pea pancake was made with coconut flour and served with a poached ('porched') egg - a winning savoury dish!
3) Sprout Wholefood - Willoughby
Out of the hustle and bustle of Bondi, this little gem is tucked away in a small neighbourhood near North Sydney/Crows Nest. They have an amazing selection of breakfast dishes which are all made with real, whole ingredients - both sweet and savoury (buckwheat pancakes anyone?). They also have a counter full to the brim of delicious healthy sweet treats - my favourite is the paleo carrot cake (see image below) which has the most amazing lemon cashew cream icecream... yes pleeeeeease!
4) Back and Forth - Castlecrag
A pretty new restaurant on the market but definitely not one to miss. It's in a random location but it's worth the effect of getting there simply for their buckwheat pancakes that are served with PEANUT BUTTER ICE-CREAM (oh my god.. words cannot describe how yummy it is). But it doesn't stop there... their deconstructed acai bowl served with Hippie Lane 'Rawnola' is a plate of fruity heaven. That's all I have to say because you have to try both dishes to understand my excitement... seriously good.
5) Rough and Bare - Mona Vale
Founded on the principles of JERF (Just Eat Real Food), this restaurant on the Northern beaches really does know how to cook wholesome, hearty food. The meat and fish is of the best quality - organic, locally sourced, pasture-fed and wild-caught. And all the dishes are nutrient dense and make the most of healthy fats to bring the food incredible flavour. Pictured below is the Breakfast Salad and the Porchetta and Eggs (yes - slow cooked pork belly really can be eaten for breakfast!!).
6) Earth to Table - Bondi Junction
Saving the best til last... without a doubt the best raw vegan food in Sydney. And the prettiest. Their selection of raw cakes/desserts are out of this world - think banoffee pie, caramel chocolate swirl 'cheezecake' or lemon and blueberry 'cheezecake', all served with ice-cream made from cashews and coconuts. But it doesn't stop there. The Shepherds Pie genuinely tastes like the real thing (except without any meat of course) and is even served with gravy! The Alfredo pasta has a creamy sauce made from cashews that reminds me of carbonara and it is so filling and satisfying despite the fact it is all vegan (which is not my usual dietary choice). If you live in Sydney and you haven't been here then WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR (who am I, Linkin Park?). And if you are visiting then please please please don't miss this one off the list.