So you all remember that weekend recently where it was meant to be the HOTTEST EVER? The Sunday morning was brutal – 41 degrees before 9.30am. Where were my friend Lisa and I? Walking around Lake Monger with a whole heap of other crazy people. To back up our healthy bikram walk we went to one of Perth’s healthiest cafes – obviously named Health Freak Cafe.
If you rocked up to this place on a weekend wearing your Sunday’s best, you may look a little out of place. Tables filled with people wearing the latest active wear fashion is what you’ll find here. It’s not just for show either…put it this way, I was not the only one with a red face and messy “gym” hair sitting down to breakfast. There is an abundance of shady outside seating with only several tables available inside.
If you are calorie counting, carb loading or bulking up on protein to shred for the latest music festival then this menu will be a god send. It has all the figures for each meal written right there for you so there is no need to get your smart phone and punch in the numbers to whatever fitness app you are using. There are loads of dairy free, vegan and gluten free options available with the top price being $22 for the big breakfast – gluten free sour dough, eggs, grilled tomato, chicken chipolatas, quinoa cake, lean cake and home made beans.
If juices, smoothies and protein shakes are your thing then these guys have you sorted. There’s a whole separate menu of drinks to help you detox, lose weight, bulk up or energise. I ordered from the detox section – a carrot, cucumber, lemon and ginger juice ($8). According to the menu this juice has anti-inflammatory properties and was good for the digestive system. It was refreshing with a decent amount of heat from the ginger. Loved it!
The coffee used here is Di Bella. They have one of their roasting houses in Freo and I have seen them pop up more and more lately. It does have that tell tale italian coffee flavour, although this cup tasted closer to what comes out of my Nespresso machine.
So me being me, I see the dish with feta and look no further. The quinoa cakes ($15.50) came as a three impressive nutty flavoured patties atop of a mountain of fresh crispy spinach. A red pepper coulis was drizzled over the dish, which when coupled with the roasted capsicum made it taste just like a pizza, only without the guilt. Disappointingly my poached egg had no runny yolk and I could see no feta. I only realised about the lack of feta after I had almost finished – maybe I was delirious from the heat. This breakfast was very filling yet I didn’t feel bloated afterwards. Maybe the juice worked?
Lisa went with a sweet option and ordered the power protein pancakes ($16.50). Made from egg whites and uncontaminated oats (this means they have not been cross contaminated with wheat, barley etc) these cinnamon-ey pancakes tasted as good as what your mum would make on a Sunday morning. A sweet and sour contrast between the berry compote and sugar free maple syrup was as balanced as a tight rope walker with the banana slices and strawberries adding a touch of freshness. And for the crunch – a protein punch from roughly chopped almonds topped it off. This dish was so good that Lisa was using her finger to continue to swipe what was left of the sauce off her plate.
There are definitely no complaints about the service here. Smiling staff deliver your food in lightening fast speed.
With another cafe opening on Scarborough beach very soon, there is even more opportunity for a healthy breakfast that makes you feel good in both the physical and mental sense – eating out without “calorie guilt” is what we all wish for isn’t it?
5/27 Railway Ave, Subiaco (cnr of Alvan st)
Breakfast served Mon-Fri 7am – 11am & weekends 8am-11.30am