Eka Wholefoods Cafe, 129 Buckley Street, Seddon. Phone: 0412 485 132
At Consider The Sauce HQ, we figure if we ever went completely meat-free, our diet would be based mostly around the foods of the Mediterranean – African, European, Middle-Eastern.
Your actual “vegetarian food”?
Not so much.
Yes, we are cynical about such stuff.
Some of that is down to probably unfair baggage and previous bad experiences, including some with vego slop right here in the west.
Why have any truck with such food when the various national cuisines deliver meat-free food so effortlessly and with such delicious panache?
No doubt that’s why we’ve gone so long without trying Eka Wholefoods.
And why, after ordering, we are a mix of anticipation and crossed fingers.
We need not have had any fears, as what we lunch on is very fine.
The joint is the expected mix of one half wholefoods of many kinds and one half gorgeous cafe, a tranquil space in which we enjoy stopping for a while.
Bennie loves his bao tempeh sliders ($12.9).
The crispy but seemingly rather salty tempeh dances with organic kimchi, house-made peri-peri sauce, grilled shitake mushrooms and caramelised onion.
This pretty food goes down a treat.
My soba noodle salad ($16.50) is even better.
Joining the organic noodles are cherry tomatoes, chopped toasted almonds, black sesame seeds, cinnamon-crusted organic tofu and a sesame-lemon dressing.
This salad is expertly done and a pleasure to consume.
We depart without trying the good-looking range of sweet treats but with some brown rice and tamari in hand.
It’s been wonderful to have our skepticism so wonderfully rendered daft.
Check out the Eka website here.