Feeling a little hungover, I decided I needed something healthy for lunch, breakfast having been an impossibility. The new bakery and café Sweet Bones on the non-city end of Lonsdale Street has been beckoning for a while now; I kept trying to get in before they were open.
Now, from recent threads I know that some rioters are a tad anti-vegan. I am not vegan; just a wishy-washy vegetarian, although on most days my non-vegetarian intake is one white coffee and a sprinkle of cheese on tomato pasta.
Can vegan food be tasty?
On the basis of my tempeh focaccia today (I think it was $11.50, but I forgot to make a note) I would say most definitely yes. The bread was crunchy but soft on the inside. The vegan mayonnaise was delicious, and the whole thing had a smoky flavour that reminded me of various fish from my bad old days. The serving was generous and beautifully presented, as I tried to show in my photograph.
Importantly, the short black I had before the food was really strong and thick; enough to make me feel human again.
The cafe is in the über-cool arcade that contains a bike shop, various second hand and designer dress shops, and hairdressers and galleries and all the other essentials of modern living. (Yes, my irony levels are fine, thank you.)
It amused me, as I chomped my way through the delicious vegan lunch (nobly refusing vegan cupcakes as an afters) to see a stuffed antelope head looking down on us all from a second hand store, just above a super-sized Jesus with his arms open. I swear I saw the antelope’s head move once in a nod of approval. But I am a renowned liar.
I really recommend Sweet Bones. A large number of awesomely beautiful people were there, which made for pleasant viewing, from my daggy perspective. And the bread is really good. Give it a go and you may be pleasantly surprised.
You can, incidentally, have a real milk coffee, as well.
[ED - the arcade in question is Lonsdale Street Traders, across the road from Debacle where the tyre shop used to be]