New to Naremburn, in an emerging foodie hotspot part of Willoughby Road, is Sprout Wholefood Cafe & Grocer. Situated where Montien Thai used to be, is a bright and airy space dedicated to whole foods, sugar free and paleo styles of eating.
The cafe is larger than it looks. Out the back, there is an expansive deck looking over a kitchen garden (currently still in development). The owners say that soon there will be a cubby house for the kids to play in, whilst parents relax and sip coffees. It’s already fitted out with ramps, making it pram friendly.
Looking over the menu, I didn’t know which option to choose for lunch. Everything on the menu sounded nourishing, interesting but most importantly delicious. In the end I chose the Falafel Tabbouli Bowl which had chickpea falafel alongside a kale and quinoa tabbouli all drizzled with a yoghurt dressing. It was heaven in a bowl. I can’t wait to go back and try all of the other offerings.
As I was rather full from lunch, I didn’t have the space to try any of the sweets, but upon close inspection I noticed that many were completely sugar free and a lot were also gluten free and vegan. The Bountylicous and Nickers bars looked indulgent and the peanut butter cups were calling my name. I did fit in a coffee and it was pretty good.
My only criticism was the lack of options for young kids who don’t necessarily have a pallette for kale and quinoa. I had my 3 year old son with me and after some negotiation they were able to whip up a cheese toastie for him. Speaking with the staff they told me that they would be working on some menu items that would be more appealing to children. This would be great because the premises itself is perfect for kids.
There is a grocer next door which offers all the standard organic food shop fruit, veg, meats and health food products. Come in for a good feed and be inspired to take some healthy ingredients home.Sprout Wholefoods Cafe and Grocer is located at 272-274 Willoughby Road in Naremburn. You can ‘like’ them on Facebook or check out their website here.