The concept behind Whole Meal Café had been in the pipeline for over a decade before it opened in Darlinghurst in 2010.
You may have spotted it in my ever-popular Top 10 Healthy Eats in Sydney post, but when I was invited to try out the new menu, I was a little more than excited to write a full review.
Whole Meal Cafe was the brainchild of a professional gymnast, health nut and personal trainer who had plans to create a health-focused restaurant when she was just a teenager. While it has been well-respected for its awesome protein brekkies in that time, it has recently changed hands to an equally passionate health foodie who has big plans for re-branding and renovations in the next few months. This delightful cafe will maintain the original appeal amongst the health conscious of Sydney, but has moved to producing their own super healthy treats in-house (oh my!), and a revamped menu to include many of todays popular superfoods. Expect to see maca, cacao, tahini, coconut oil and other nutritious staples to make an appearance on your plate. Yes, I am officially in love.
Our Mission is to support healthy, active lifestyles, providing tasty, clean and wholesome food, fast.
I am a big believer in making healthy food as simple and fast as possible. In fact, I’m so impatient in the kitchen I rarely cook or bake anything that takes much longer than 30 minutes. If I’m only going to spend 20 minutes eating it, I don’t want to spend double that time preparing it – the food maths just don’t add up. It needs to be tasty, healthy and above all, convenient, which is exactly what this Darlinghurst great is offering. Right up my street, so to speak.
With a selection of super high-protein options including the ‘protein cloud’ omelette (egg whites with ham and other goodies), low-carb almond meal pancake stacks, and delicious green salads, it’s difficult to make a selection. Fortunately on this rainy Saturday morning, Mr Fit Foodie and I have nothing but time on our hands to enjoy the happy chatter, health magazines and friendly staff that await us inside.
After much deliberation over a variety of dishes I’m salivating over, I opt for a very ‘clean’ Sesame Tahini Greens Salad and poached chicken ($12), while Mr Fit Foodie goes all-out with The Protein Plate ($20 with reg coffee).
Both plates delivered exactly what they promised. Delicious, whole food options with simple, tasty ingredients. No sauce-smothering, no pools of oil, and plenty of flavour. For the price you’d be hard pressed to find other options as fresh and well cooked in this suburb.
While we both clean our plates, I order coffee. This is the part I hate…in fact I’ve given up actually asking for my favourite coffee, mainly because I get a lot of blank and confused faces. Today I feel like tempting fate and cautiously ask for a long black, with a dash of almond milk and 1/2 tsp stevia. My request is met with a smile before the friendly waitress turns to Mr Fit Foodie for his order. She shoots….she scores.
Coffee arrives – as ordered, along with our other order of a Caveman Coffee (long black with coconut oil – $5). Even more delightful was the tasting plate of treats we were very kindly gifted. Even my full stomach couldn’t keep me from the hand-made Cookie Dough bliss ball. It was like eating the amazing cake batter from your mum’s mixing bowl, and then some. In addition we try the Salted Caramel ball and Cacao ball. Both delicious and surprisingly less sweet than usual cafe ‘health’ ball offerings, so often loaded with dates. We also taste the brekkie bars that we’re told are a favourite of time-pressed customers needing something nutritious to grab-and-go.
Whole Meal Cafe delivers great casual dining for locals and health foodies alike – real food that is packed with nutrients, a complementary drinks menu and relaxed atmosphere. Can’t wait to return to see the newly refurbed interior to match the great menu.
Whole Meal Cafe
6 Flinders St, Darlinghurst NSW – 02 9358 3694
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks 7 days a week, 5am to 3pm.