As a treat since I had some time off work, my mum and I ventured out to Ballarat. A lot of you have been mentioning the Ballarat Wholefoods Cafe, so we had to try it out. Most noteworthy is that the cafe is 100% gluten free. You will find them at 413 Sturt Street. They are ready to serve you 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch.
We arrived around 1 pm and parked out the front. Parking is ticketed and only available for 1 hour. There is outdoor seating available as well as a bright and vibrant interior. In addition to the cafe, you can also purchase groceries. You’ll find a large range of products in their fridges and shelves.
After perusing the menu you just head to the counter to order and pay. There is a lot on their menu and since it is all gluten free, it took us a while to order. We decided to completely overeat by ordering a side as well as a main each. To help it all go down I grabbed a refresher. Due to the mint, it had a refreshing taste with a subtle watermelon flavour.
First of all, we started with loaded sweet potato fries. These arrived with bacon, guacamole and cashew cheese. The fries were rustic with a light coating. You can choose regular cheese if you don’t like the cashew cheese. Although we really loved the slight tang it added to the dish. Cashew cheese is also really creamy so you don’t miss that consistency. The fries were a really great size and we barely made it through them. I’d definitely order these again.
We followed these up with mains. I ordered the baked fish of the day and mum went with their curry of the day. The baked fish of the day was blue grenadier with a quinoa fennel salad with pumpkin and sweet potato. The fish was beautiful and flaky with a lovely flavour. It was enhanced with a squeeze of lemon and played well with the flavours of the salad. Personally, I found there was a bit too much quinoa but that’s nitpicking. The fish special was paleo and dairy free.
The curry of the day was Sweet Potato and Cashew Nut Curry served with cauliflower rice and quinoa. You are able to have protein added to this for a few extra dollars. Mum decided to add chicken although she agreed it was not necessary. The curry was really smooth and had a nutty flavour. The curry spice was mild in flavour. It was packed with sweet potato and chicken pieces that really fill you up. The cauliflower rice and quinoa was a nice addition. I could honestly eat this dish every day. If you go without the chicken, this dish is vegan and paleo.
Finally, for my birthday cake, we ordered a raw berry cheesecake. Because it used cashews, the cake was vegan and really smooth and nutty. The cake had a nice refreshing taste. Thankfully, after all, we ate it wasn’t too heavy.
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