Healthy? Yes. Mouth-watering? Not exactly in its current form.
I really do enjoy eating healthy, but I have to admit that I need my healthy foods to be zhooshed-up a little.
Enter Miss Bliss and her Whole Foods Kitchen in West End.
Using the concept of whole foods and healthy eating as a basis for the menu, I was hoping for some creativity for getting my five-a-day, within the one meal sitting.
How did I go? Let’s take a look.
And Miss Bliss has made the most of this healthy-eating creative license.
Vegans and carnivores alike can break (organic) bread here and share an enjoyable meal with menu options including a Vegan Spelt Pizza with Thyme Roasted Mushroom, Marinated Vegan House Made ‘Feta’, Rocket and Gremolata, or a Carnivore Burger with Grilled Steak, Black Garlic Aioli, Basil Pesto, Rocket and Beet Pickled Onion on Ciabatta with Rosemary Sweet Potato Chips.
We kicked off our nutrition session (I mean lunch) with a Vegan Falafel Wrap, which is also a grab-and-go option for anyone needing their veggie-fix stat.
This wrap was seriously tasty with a vegan pesto adding a lovely freshness to each mouthful. The chickpea-based falafels were moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, just as a good falafel should be. It’s a bit of a trick not to dry out a falafel and the team here did a commendable job at just that. The wrap itself was full of seeds and was nice and thin without tearing apart.
Being in a place of bliss, we couldn’t go past the Bliss Bowl with Balsamic Glazed King Oyster Mushroom, Roasted Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Buckwheat Porcini Risotto, Soft ‘N’ Gooey Egg and Cashew Parmesan.
What really separates a good bliss bowl from a standard one to me is texture. While this particular bowl could have had a bit more crunch, it didn’t fare too badly. The king oyster mushroom was meaty and a unique find in the Brisbane café scene. The cashew parmesan added a lovely richness to each mouthful and the buckwheat porcini risotto was nice and earthy.
It was a particularly hungry day for us, so we also went all-in for a Chicken and Herb Sausage Roll as well. I am a sucker for a good homemade sausage roll and this one did not disappoint, though a bit of relish or something on the side would not have gone astray. The flaky pastry was rich and super-crisp, and there was a generous amount of chicken within the roll. I really rated this tasty treat.
Miss Bliss is obviously a better baker than I.
We paired our cake with a couple of coffees which were strong and on point, with beans supplied by Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters.
Getting your five-a-day has never been so blissfully easy.