I like to live life by the whole 80/20 rule. Eighty per cent of the time I’ll be eating healthy and the other 20 per cent I’ll be shoving my face with burgers. To be honest, it’s probably more like 70/30, but who’s counting?
When I caught whiff there was a new eatery in Auckland specialising in health food, I jumped with joy—well, 80 per cent of me did. I needed to get amongst. I recruited my vegan pal and we made a beeline for Greenleaf Organics in Kingsland.
In was a grey, drizzly day when we rolled up to the New North Road café. Despite being situated in a spacious, concrete space, the café was snug and inviting. We pulled up a table and ummed and ahhed over the menu.
Rainy days call for comforting drinks so I ordered a ‘yoga latte’ to start. “What on earth is a yoga latte?” I hear you ask. It’s Greenleaf Organic’s take on a turmeric latte made with your choice of milk. I opted for coconut milk and was served a brilliantly yellow cup of goodness. The spiced drink had hints of cinnamon and cardamom, creating a delightful aroma and flavoursome taste. Turmeric is the new caffeine.
My friend opted for the Malaysian lentil and pumpkin soup of the day for her meal. She was served a hearty bowl of soupy goodness with two slices of organic sourdough toast and a side of vegan-friendly butter. Drizzled with coconut cream, the soup was delightfully thick (as all good soups are) with lentils throughout. It was comfort in a bowl.
I tossed up between their Maui mango chia pudding and quinoa porridge before settling on their soft shell Mexican tacos. I was served two corn tacos stacked high with a blend of their house beans, seasonal veges (carrot, beetroot, salsa and red cabbage), pea guacamole, vegan sour cream and a spiced pumpkin seed and sunflower seed garnish.
To say it was flavoursome would be an understatement. The fresh ingredients complemented each other perfectly and the addition of pea guacamole was a delightful surprise—who needs avocados anyway?! I felt full but not stuffed in the way traditional tacos often make you. Health buffs will be pleased to know my meal ticked all the boxes being vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
I’m all about finishing a meal off with a sweet treat, so my friend and I eyed up the cabinet treats. Ginger ninja slice, a turmeric and cashew bliss ball (they’re all about the turmeric here), or a cacao and raspberry macaroon? Everything sounded—and looked—so good! We opted to keep things simple and shared a chocolate chunk cookie. Om nom nom!
Eating healthy need not be boring or hard with Greenleaf Organics in town. I can’t wait to eat my way through the menu. Oh, and the best part? They’ve got a black bean vegan burger on the menu. It looks like I can have my burger and eat it too—hallelujah!
Want to know the location, opening hours and all the deets? Find Greenleaf Organics in the Directory.
Image credit: Greenleaf Organics and Natasha van der Laan