The entirely vegetarian eatery (with plenty of vegan options of course) has taken up the space where Steele & Co. once lived and the makeover is nothing short of miraculous.
Unsure how owners Morgan Walsh, Mary Steel and the team are able to nail entirely unique aesthetics time and time again but the proof is in the pudding as people who should probably stop making up sayings um, say.
The space is quirky with all the creative touches we’ve come to know and love from this crew and it all comes together to bring us a venue unlike anything else we’ve ever seen (again). You’ll enter past a floor-to-ceiling copper rod situation that acts as both a barrier between the coffee machine and the rest of the venue and a fun time that you need to poke your hands through to pay the bill.
Up the stairs are several seating options including high glass tables, stone benches overlooking Alfred Street and, the stars of the show, two booths that are a little bit like being one of those glass ball things with plants inside. Stone arches, hanging greenery and glass top tables with living succulents inside is probably the most beautiful seating situation around. We can’t even keep plants that get fresh air and sunlight alive but okay.
Not only is the space an Insta-dream come true, the food will have you snapping up a storm too.
The entirely vegetarian menu is made up of both all day breakfast and lunch options and my word, will you be hard up to make a choice.
The Breakfast Bruchetta is made with vine ripened tomatoes, bocconcini, fresh basil and beetroot reduction and is unlike any bruchetta we’ve ever sampled.
Creamy Mixed Berry Porridge will keep you full for days, made up of candied nuts, coconut, fresh berries and our fave, stewed fruits which may even rival those Nan used to make (soz Nan).
Our favourite though, was the Green Bowl with tempeh, crispy kale, roasted pumpkin, pepitas, cauliflower puree and many other delightful little additions and that made this dish an absolute flavour sensation.
If you’ve got any space left, wash it all down with an Activated Charcoal Vanilla Iced Latte (love you) or a fresh, fruity juice.
Vegetarian or not, the food is to die for (but not because, delicious) and we cannot overstate the need to hot foot it down there right now and EAT ALL THE THINGS.
BRB, dealing with food coma.
LOCATION: 43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach
HOURS: Monday to Friday 7am until 2.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am until 3pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith