Not long ago, finding great tasting healthy food in downtown Melbourne was like trying to find a needle in a haystack – this, in fact, was one of the very reasons OMG came into being. But on my recent trip home I was thrilled to see this once sleepy end of our city has come to life since my days of being a city office worker.
Whether you need breakfast or lunch you can grab and go, or you fancy a long lunch or post-work dinner and drink, there is sure to be something to tickle your fancy. Yes, I said drink! I do enjoy the occasional tipple and I’m a believe that a little bit of indulgence is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Here are my top picks…
Home Juice Bar
Home Juice Bar has an impressive array of home made (as the name suggests!) smoothies, nut milks, pressed juices. flavoured alkaline waters, hot drinks, bullet proof coffee, a range of fresh salads, raw desserts and breakfasts.
OMG hot pick: it’s impossible to go past the raw desserts – can’t you see why?
Tenancy 9, 720 Bourke Street, Docklands (on the concourse)
Green Press was my trusty go-to breaky and lunch place in my CBD working days – they have a delicious range of smoothies, pressed juices, elixirs, salads and soups.
OMG hot pick: The team at GP know how to do a mean smoothie, I love their immune boosting elixirs and tonics too.
7/525 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 727 Collins Street, Melbourne
The new Collins Square precinct is hive of activity, with nearby office workers congregating at lunch times and after work for drinks. There’s a heap of healthy options in the food plaza and even free wi-fi, making this a perfect place to escape the distractions of the office and pump out some work.
My hot picks from the Collins Square food court are:
- Nashi: Tasting plate with chicken, sesame bean salad, farrow and pine nut tabouleh, dukkah eggs, baby beetroot, hummus and saffron yoghurt.
- Harvest Cafe: It’s a tough call between the raw desserts and Acai bowls, why not give both a whirl?!
- Edamama: The beauty of Edamama is in being able to build your own salad. It’s the simple things we appreciate the most, isn’t it? You can take your pick from more than 20 salads and add your choice of protein.
- Long Shot: Baked eggs, nothing like a tummy warming breaky on a winter morning, right?
If you’ve got a little extra time up your sleeve why not settle in for an indulgent long lunch, or post-work dinner with your office buddies…
Drawing inspiration from San Sebastian in the Basque region of Spain (which I have such fond memories of from my backpacking days) – Bar Nacional is all about food that’s made for sharing, as it should be, right? Think tapas share plates, sangria, and Spanish donuts. For lunch you can make the most of their business lunch deal – with two courses and a glass of wine/beer for $25, or three courses for $29, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?
Also drawing inspiration from our European friends, Chiara offers a modern take on Italian classics, with a focus on wholesome, locally grown produce. There’s the usual suspects like pizza, pasta and risotto, but it’s the fish of the day with globe artichoke, orange, tarragon and burnt butter that has my name on it, with the berkshire pork belly cacciatore coming a close second. For dessert? You can’t go past the Viennetta dark chocolate semifreddo. Oh, Em, Gee!
Collins Square: 727 Collins Street, Melbourne
Pressed Juices Cafe
The team at Pressed Juices have an always evolving array yummy breakfast pots, grab and go salads, wraps, sangas (that’s sandwiches!), broths in winter, and guilt free sweet treats.
OMG hot pick: Quinoa and pickled ginger nori rolls
567 Collins Street, Melbourne
With locations all over the CBD, we love Earl Canteen’s great range of ready packed grab and go salads.
OMG hot pick: Mozzarella and prosciutto salad
567 Collins Street & 500 Bourke Street
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