oFarm – Brookvale

{invite} Bianca: So a month back I took part in a crazy little thing called Meat Free Week, the basic gist? I couldn’t consume anything that had a face. Raising a bit over $800 for Bowel Cancer Australia, it was a worthwhile cause. But one that nearly brought on the tears. Animal protein does make up a fair bit of my diet of late so I relished the opportunity to give my body a break.

The universe aligned when we received an invitation to check out one of the latest additions to the recently refurbed Warringah mall, oFarm. A raw, vegan and gluten-free café. Perhaps not my first go to café during my ‘regular eating’ life. But during Meat Free Week, vegan/ vego food, I think it was fate.

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oFarm, has another store in Manly which is strictly just groceries, whereas the Warringah mall store has a small café attached. With mother in tow we descended on the Northern Beaches for a bit of vegan food action. Chef Juan took the time to sit and chat with us about the store and the menu.

I was slightly freaked out by the raw food angle but we dove in regardless. Mum cannot go past a good Acai, so her decision was an easy one. The Acai Bowl – w/ choco granola, acai, frozen banana and coconut water $13.99. She considers herself somewhat of a connoisseur after her obsession in Hawaii and her decision to go with the choco granola was a great one! Chocolate anything elevates any dish… that’s just a fact. I don’t really understand the appeal of acai bowls personally, it’s like drinking a soupy beverage with some fruit thrown in but mum and Alex love them and she adored this one.

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I was intrigued by the Avo on toast – sprouted bread, baby spinach, avocado, eggplant bacon, tomatoes, sumac, smoked paprika sauce and mixed sprouts $15.90. Being new to the raw/vegan scene this seemed the safest choice. It’s also the only item on the menu that is ‘cooked’. With the sprouted toast having been lightly toasted. I loved the acidic (ness) of the smoked paprika sauce and the eggplant bacon was genius. Not the real thing but a decent substitute.

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We then finished with the California Roll – Nori Seaweed filled with spiced cauliflower rice, assorted veg, marinated tomatoes and avocado with a wasabi and spirulina mayo and an oriental dipping sauce $15.90. Sushi is one of my latest obsessions, I can’t get enough. Was I slightly nervous about trying cauliflower rice? Yes. Should I have been? Nein! It was actually really really good. So much so, if I had the time and patience it would be a great every day alternative to rice. The thinly julienned vegetables added some crunch and there was a nice kick from the wasabi. It was fresh, zingy and light. This was my favourite dish out of the three. Such a clever twist.

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Instead of coffees we thought we’d give two of the smoothies a whirl. I had the Cashew Chai – w/activated cashews, chai spices, banana, coconut water and vanilla $9.50. I wanted to love this one but I found it a little ott with the chai. There was an immediate hit from the banana with a kick at the end from the chai. Tied together by the creaminess of the cashews. But I struggled to get beyond a third.

Mum went with the Wake up morning – Homemade almond milk, banana, coffee shot and maca powder $8.50. Definitely the winner of the two, with the maca powder giving a nuttiness alongside the coffee.

And lastly, we couldn’t go past trying of their sweeties, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Slice $5.50 was a decadent ending to the meal. There was an immediate hit from the fresh peanut butter and the vanilla layer lightened the slice up so it wasn’t so overbearingly heavy.

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Am I a raw vegan and raw food convert? No… but if I was in the area and had a hankering for some great fresh food and let’s face it… Had an acai loving mother in the backseat, I would definitely have OFarm on the hit list when on the Northern Beaches.

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Bianca

 

www.ofarm.com.au

oFarm Organic Cafe and Grocers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of OFarm. All opinions however are our own and independent. 

Author: forfoodssake

A Sydney food blog.

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