Elemental Café makes the kind of vegetarian and vegan food that will leave the most bacon obsessed of meat lovers impressed and satisified. A friend of mine suggested it recently and it’s become one of my go-to neighbourhood spots. Elemental Café has a huge offering on its menu, including breakfast, lunch and snacks for in between. There’s a quiet indoor space, free wifi and if you have little ones in tow, there’s a play area outside and a selection of games and books to keep them entertained. If you have friends or family with young kids take them for a coffee, lunch or a glass of something stronger- they’ll thank you.
So…. we ate a lot of food. In the interest of checking for consistency, you know? I’m a huge fan of smoothie and juices, although you won’t find me doing a juice detox in this lifetime. Making my own juices has taught me just how difficult it can be to balance the flavours. Here’s the Greener Pastures, with spinach, cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger- delicious and perfectly balanced. There’s also a Flu Fighter Shot made of orange, lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper.
The lentil and tomato soup was on the specials menu but I think it deserves a permanent place on the menu. With rich Middle Eastern spicing, the flavour and texture was so rich that it left me floored. This was easily my favourite meal we tried. I went home and Googled about 50 lentil and tomato soup recipes, but none that I’ve made have come close to this magic- ok I’ve only made two recipes but still. If you ever go and see this on the specials board, get it!
The café manages to be light and airy, but warm and welcoming. Service is really on point, staff are friendly and attentive- they’ll go out of their way for you. The pizzas are amazing, thin bases and great topping combinations. The Black Bean Burger with a black bean, sweet potato and butternut patty was firm- not one of those squishy veg patties that falls out the side of the bun.
Our pint-sized guest at the table, Morgan, went for carrot cake. Considering that she’d had a packed lunch at school before joining us for a food review (talk about fun homework), I thought her dessert for lunch decision was very wise. That, and being a polite young lady, she let us all have a taste of cake too. Thank goodness for her generosity because Elemental Café’s carrot cake is a winner.