Fighting colds and cellulite, nourishment bowls are the salads you’ve been missing in your life. Boasting a generous balance of grains, proteins and veggies to keep you full until dinnertime, here are the best places to grab a nourish bowl in Melbourne.
If your body is sending you serious SOS signals (because feasting on candy has replaced any form of exercise this weekend), head to SOS café in South Yarra. Their Me So Green Salad is a vibrant mix of raw Asian greens, tricoloured quinoa, shiitake mushrooms, crunchy nuts, mild chilli, creamy miso dressing and a soft poached egg. If you’re feeling a bit fancy, try the Hipster Jar with layers of organic roquette, quinoa, sweet potato, avocado, spiced corn, a poached egg and falafels with crunchy nuts and kale crisps.
Denis the Menace
If you’re willing to roll with your bowl on the go (sorry), Denis the Menace is offering $10 takeaway breakfast and lunch specials! Who says winter is the season of doom and gloom. The Big Green Food Fight boasts nutrient-dense shredded kale, broccoli, avo, buckwheat, chilli, free-range eggs and honey mustard dressing.
Heal.Thy Self Co.
One nourishment bowl might not erase a weekend of wine, but Heal.Thy Self Co. in Yarraville is a step in the healthy direction. Choose between three mouth-wateringly rich nourishment bowls, including their appropriately named Nourish Bowl. Our pick is the Vegan Power Bowl with spiced roasted sweet potato, buffalo cauliflower, brown rice, chipotle, black beans, organic greens, chickpeas, super smash and decadent house ranch.
Springing up in the beachside suburb of Elwood, Little Sunflower’s Buddha Bowls will be the food envy of your table. Expect deliciously fresh ingredients like their green tea soba noodles, edamame, bean shoots, sweet potato, watercress, avo, kimchi, turtle beans and cucumber. Pair it with a super smoothie for a hangover cure that actually works.
The humbly named The Bowl is everything that’s promised – a lusciously satisfying combination of brown rice, golden hummus, pickled cabbage, roast pumpkin, avocado, cherry tomatoes, kale, spicy peanut sauce and a poached egg. Who needs bacon when you’ve got bowls like this.
Designed to grab on the go, there’s no excuse to skip a nourishing lunch with South Melbourne’s newest Happy Place. Expect loaded salad bowls with fresh ingredients like seared tuna, radish, tomato, carrots and mixed greens. We promise it’ll take your tastebuds to their happy place.
Nourishing salads don’t get much better than Laneway Greens. We’re obsessed with their delectable Miso Glazed Salmon which comes with a side of winter warming miso soup. Served with pickled cucumber, nori, fennel, red apple, red quinoa, Laneway leaf blend, roasted sesame seeds, dill, puffed crispy amaranth and sweet ‘n salty ponzu dressing – Laneway Greens’ salads are the waistline-friendly option that won’t have your tastebuds walking out in protest.
Order one of the Instagram-famous Nutrition Bombs from Melbourne’s happiest happiness café. An eye-pleasing display of broccoli, kale, house-made hummus, roasted veggies, nuts, seeds, pickled sauerkraut and a poached egg, this breakfast bomb is the clean eating solution for any self-respecting foodie.
How Kitty Burns manages to make a bowl of seasonal greens, house grains and toasted nuts so conversation-stoppingly delicious is beyond what my tiny, kitchen-inept brain can comprehend. Do their Kitty Greens right and top it with ultra-tender grilled chicken breast and a creamy poached egg.
Walk Don’t Run
Run, don’t walk, to grab a serve of Walk Don't Run's Superfood Breakfast. Boasting healthful kale, broccolini, spiced pumpkin, barley, green chilli, pepitas, this nutritionally fabulous brekkie is served with house-made life loaf topped with cottage cheese and poached eggs. It’s worth running for.
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Image credit: Heal.Thy Self Co via Facebook.