Reviews

Samudra

31 January, 2011

226 Naturaliste Tce, Dunsborough
http://www.samudra.com.au/
Breakfast served daily 7.30am – 11.30am

Ok… so this review isn’t technically “Perth” but I really wanted to do somewhere whilst Clive and I were in Dunsborough for my friends wedding! These friends are also two new additions to the blog… Pat Mullins and Jaxxxon!

After asking everyone on the Breakfast In Perth Facebook page for suggestions I decided I would like to step out of my comfort zone and try Samudra. Why is it stepping outside of my comfort zone? Well Samudra is not your average café, not only do they run yoga classes but they believe in the philosophy of the “Raw Food Movement” – Live food, live body, dead food, dead body. All their food is live and organic and sourced mainly from the South West. If you want to read all about their food philosophy check out this link – http://www.samudra.com.au/live-food-cafe/philosophy.html.

Firstly, Clive and I did pop in before the wedding just to check the menu out and the staff were SO friendly and casual about letting us have a look. We ended up ordering a coffee which was delicious! When all for of us headed back there a couple of days after the wedding we were given the same friendly service. We chose a table in the outside area which was tranquil and kind of reminded me of being in Ubud, Bali.

The menu isn’t very extensive but it is seasonal. The prices are also very reasonable, considering I checked out the menus at some other cafes near by and I was shocked at what the others were charging! Prices ranged from $9.50 for Yallingup Fruit Toast served with raw local gum honey macadamia butter & a grilled fig up to $17.50 for Tofu Scramble served with Soy-Balsamic sauteed field mushrooms & tofu scramble served on Yallingup wood fired sourdough bread. There a couple of gluten free options as well like Buckwheat pancakes served with cashew cream, grilled banana and honey – lemon syrup and Live Granola – activated seed, nut & dried apple Granola, with almond nut-milk and sliced banana.

I liked the way the menu described each menu item and the health benefits of all the ingredients! There was also an amazing selection of healthy smoothies and juices! All the hot drinks came with a choice of cows milk, nut milk or soy milk.

I decided to order the Breakfast Burrito – Organic black bean, avocado, garden greens, tomato salsa, in a mountain bread wrap. Clive and Pat Mullins both ordered the Yallingup fruit toast and Jaxxxon decided to be brave and order the Tofu Scramble. We all ordered coffees (with cows milk) and a few of us ordered juices! I had “ABC” – Apple, beetroot, carrot and ginger, Clive had “Afterglow” – Apples, lemon, mixed berries, ginger & honey and Jaxxxon had “Acai Warrior” – Acai, mixed organic Australian berries, nut milk & banana.

The coffees were just as delicious as when Clive and I were there previously. They are served in rustic mugs that reminded me of something made in a local pottery shop. The temperature was perfect and it was almost as if you could taste that coffee was REALLY organic.

The juices were interesting. We all really liked them but they are something we wouldn’t normally drink. It was good to try them. Clive’s was definitely the strongest tasting with all those berries!

Now… for the food. Everything looked amazing plated up. When Clive and Pat Mullins first got their meals they weren’t quite sure what to do with the fig but then started using it as a jam. They both said it was sticky and sweet and the macadamia butter was light in flavour and a good substitute for butter. Clive commented that spreading the grilled fig was a lot more “fun” than just having jam!

Jaxxxon was surprised at how delicious his tofu scramble was. He said he didn’t quite understand all the flavours but the taste reminded him of a curried pumpkin soup. I had a little taste and there was definitely a curry flavour to it and a slight sweetness. The mushrooms were seasoned well also. He really liked it and said he would definitely order it again.

My burrito was delicious. The garden greens were nice and crunchy which was a contrast to the mashed black beans. The beans had a nice nutty flavour that tasted really good in combination with the greens and tomato salsa.

Samudra also have their veggie garden out the back of the café which you are allowed to take a walk through and there is plenty of grass for the kids to play on. They are also animal friendly with a few people having their dogs lying quietly next to them at the table.

If you can approach this place with an open mind you will love the food and the service and in fact… the entire concept behind Samudra. The service appears laid back but they are actually very attentive… it’s weird when I think about it! There is something about the place that makes you feel peaceful and relaxed. I would definitely recommend checking this place out if you are ever in my favourite place on earth… Dunsborough.

Here is a pic of The Bride, me and the Groom. They were married at Wise Winery which overlooks Eagle Bay. All three of us have been friends for years and our group have been holidaying in Eagle Bay for nearly 10 years. So they area is special to us!

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9 Comments

  • Reply Fiorella 31 January, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    >SO glad you took my suggestion and enjoyed your burrito :) That fruit toast looks divine.

  • Reply moe 1 February, 2011 at 12:44 am

    >The "rustic" mugs did, in fact, come from a local pottery shop… happs in yallingup.

    Glad you went here, it's a pretty interesting place even if it's not to everyone's taste.
    i went here with a friend who was right into the raw food thing at the time and she bought an aawesome book, which i think would be a worthy addition to anyone's cookbook shelf.
    Checkit
    http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780060988630/Raw
    http://www.julianoalive.com/index.php

  • Reply moe 1 February, 2011 at 6:16 am

    >ps: you can get that fruit bread, and a bunch of other amazing woodfired breads, at the yallingup woodfired bakery on biddles road in yalls.

    you can also get it at the freo markets (?), organic on charles, and a few other places.

    That bread sez 'holiday' to me…love going for a long bike ride in the bush, end up at the bakery, roll home down the hill.

  • Reply Ross 1 February, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    >If theworstofperth.com can post about China, Melbourne and other not-Perth places on a regular basis, I'm sure we can forgive you for going down south! Plus we haven't stuck to Perth either…

    That breakfast burrito sounds delish!

  • Reply Wedding Planning 6 February, 2011 at 11:52 am

    >I liked the way the menu described each menu item and the health benefits of all the ingredients! There was also an amazing selection of healthy smoothies and juices

  • Reply starsandcloves 8 February, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    >We are also attending a wedding at Wise in a few months. Might have to try this one out, looks very funky!

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 8 February, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    >Have fun at the wedding Mark! I love Wise so so so much!

    Let me know how you go if you visit Samudra!

  • Reply Peter 27 March, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    >Samudra is great, I've been there each time we're down south. their coffee is good. You should try their chocolate shake though… all natural and good for you.. they use some special organic chocolate for it. I'll write a review on them when i'm down south next month.

  • Reply Liz @ Breakfast In Perth 27 March, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    >oooer thanks for the tip on the choc shake. I love milkshakes! I am planning to head back down there soon :)

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