The opening of Mastic, a whole foods cafe by renowned Melbourne chef George Calombaris, is a sure sign the wellness movement is gathering pace in the world’s most liveable city.
Situated next to Hellenic Republic in Kew, the space was originally intended for Sweet Hellenic – a Greek bakery, before Calombaris decided to create a cafe with food he would want to eat. What does this mean? Everything on the menu adheres to the clean eating philosophy he attributes to his recent trim down – that means no refined sugar or flour.
The breakfast menu features a range of bowls including granola, chia seed pudding and bircher, as well as salads, eggs, and Dr Marty’s wholemeal flour organic crumpets with sweet potato butter, goats cheese and pumpkin seeds. There’s also a range of house made breads – banana and oatmeal, gluten free pumpkin, and sourdough multigrain.
For lunch, there’s salads and house made bagels, with gluten free options available, and pre-packed lunch and breakfast options too.
For sweet teeth there is a range of whole fruit smoothies and a combination of house and locally made raw slices. The standouts are the house made beetroot, cashew, chilli and date bar, and the Life Seeds salted caramel slice.
There is a food store in the pipeline, which means any of the ingredients on the menu can be purchased to take home. Want the flour? The salt? You name it, you can have it.
Oh, and if you fancy a hit of ping pong while you sip your smoothie you can make yourself right at home – so long as the tables aren’t occupied, of course.
26 Cotham Road, Kew
7:30am – 4:00pm daily
Photography by Bec Hudson www.bechudson.com.au