Being a Melbourne gal and doing my rounds for the last year, I am happy to report that I have found some amazing places out there that respect our health, our food and our planet… dishing up nothing less than deliciously nourishing meals.
Organic, refined sugar free, gluten free and refined anything free wholefoods. In abundance.
Here I’m counting down the
#5 The Vegie Bar – Fitzroy
As the name suggests, The Vegie Bar is a vegetarian and vegan restaurant serving up some absolutely amazing looking dishes using organic, bio-dynamic & local ingredients. The Vegie Bar has a number of Gluten Free and Raw options and are usually able to cater for your specific dietary requirements if you have any.
It’s got a really laid back vibe and casual feel, even though the food looks like something you would get in the finest of restaurants. There is also a separate bar out the back offering a good range or bio-dynamic & organic wines, as well as juices, smoothies and other bevs.
Word of warning though– this place gets extremely busy and if you are coming around dinnertime you are generally going to be waiting for a table!
#4 Combi – Elwood
Combi is a cool little café open for breaky and lunch daily, that has the whole nourishing eating thing down-pat! Using only organic produce, they offer an awesome selection of super food smoothies, cold pressed juices, kombucha (fermented tea), organic cofffee as well as some yummy options for breaky and lunch (think acai bowls, avo toast, raw pizza).
They also offer a deliciously healthy gluten free sprouted bread which I love (as a lot of gluten free bread these days has a CRAP load of, well..crap!) and they make their own nut milk out of activated almonds…yeah baby, this is my kind of place!
#3 Yong Green Food – Northcote
YGF are another vegetarian and vegan restaurant with an emphasis on Asian flavours. They offer an extensive menu of nourishing starters, mains and deserts with a HEAP of raw, gluten free, organic (some items are made with conventional produce but they make this very clear to you which I love!), and garlic/onion free options.
They serve up some amazing organic smoothies & juices as well as offer some beautiful organic and bio-dynamic wines. Yong Green Food has great service and affordable prices.
#2 Shokuiku – Northcote
An 100% organic & bio-dynamic café like no other, Shokuiku takes your health up a knot (hell yessss!) by producing meals that are loaded with super foods & herbs, free from gluten & refined sugar, and only contain nuts and seeds that have been activated for optimum digestion. Any water used is filtered and all meals are plant based.
They offer an array of powerful herbal & medicinal teas (think Pau D Arco, Cat’s Claw, Chaga), cold pressed juices, smoothies, soups, wraps and noodles – as well as a breakfast on Sundays and Dinner on Saturday nights. As an extra bonus, you can also purchase organic superfoods & herbs from this little place that you may have a hard time finding elsewhere. But wait, there’s more! They also do catering on the side and specialise in raw cakes (if you have signed up to ma tribe, you would have seen that amazing pink birthday cake my hubby had organised for me… yeah this place made it… YUM!)
#1 O-My – Beaconsfield
Yep, I saved the best for last! If you are after nothing less then mouth-watering nourishing wholefoods in a classy candlelit setting, look no further then O-My! Pronounced “Oh My”, you are in for an absolute treat if you choose to dine with these guys. Although it is about a 50-minute drive from the CBD, O-My is well worth the km’s if you want to experience fine dining at it’s finest + organic & nourishing foods all mixed into one.
O-My is exclusively degustation, offering up a 4 course, 6 course or 8 course degustation with matching wines as an extra option. The 3 brothers that own this amazing little place are super passionate about fresh produce & sustainability, so much so that all of their vegetables and herbs are grown out the back in their own organic vegie patch, the meat is sourced by the most ethical organic farmers, and even their honey is produced by the bees out the back (I shit you not!).
They are happy to cater for any dietary requirements you may have, and were more than willing to cook all my food in organic coconut oil. The attention to detail in this place is impeccable, and they treat you as if you are their one and only customer. Expensive? Of course.
Worth it? Every single penny.
If I find any other suitable contestants I will be sure to add them to the list, but for now, these guys are the best of the best in our rainy little city of Melbourne.
If theres an organic whole foods cafe or restaurant in Melbourne that you have been crushing on – I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
Yours in health, wellness & love,