Miss Arabella didn’t go to work today because she’s studying for her exams. I told her that as a treat and as a break from her books, I would take her out to lunch. Now as you have heard me going on and on about, Miss Arabella is on a health kick and so regards things like me serving jasmine rice with a Thai curry absolute poison.
It is therefore most fortunate that Bloom, the healthy food company has opened in Mosman. Bloom specialises in all the things that meet with Arabella’s approval like gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic and the bottomless dispenser of complimentary chlorophyll. ‘You should get one, mum’.
I think all boxes were ticked for this break-from-the-studies lunch.
So, off we went to Bloom which is in a delightful old building with pressed-metal ceilings and polished wooden floorboards. The interior is very light and airy with a shared wooden table, bar stools so you can sit up at the window, lots of banquettes and outside there’s shaded seating.
We arrived right on noon and Bloom was already very busy with many ordering from the extensive all-day breakfast menu. We found a table for two then ordered at the counter. Now sometimes I think I would rather stab myself in the heart than listen to Arabella ordering her food. She asked for the salmon pasta but could she have it with chicken instead of salmon. That wasn’t possible. So she asked if she could have the chicken burger without the yoghurt dressing and instead have chilli sauce and could it be on a gluten-free bun. It’s like a scene out of ‘When Harry Met Sally’. I said, ‘Arabella, there’s a queue developing behind you’, and much to everyone’s relief, within the next few minutes, our order was completed.
Arabella helped herself to a glass of chlorophyll. Good luck to her. Old glass milk bottles sitting beside the filtered water dispenser brought back warm nostalgic feelings. Arabella filled one of these and brought it back to our table. I think it’s wonderful and generous that both the water and the chlorophyll are complimentary – you don’t see too many giveaways in Sydney!
We were given a table number that’s written on a wooden spoon – handy if the people beside you bring their kids! Speaking of kids, there’s an extensive children’s menu with lots of fabulous options that are bound to suit even the fussiest of eaters.
Our drinks arrived fairly promptly. I ordered a Strawberry Spider that was vanilla gelato and strawberry syrup topped with mineral water. It was surprisingly refreshing and pleasantly not too sweet.
Miss Arabella ordered the Mean Green Smoothie. It was broccoli, avocado, banana, mint, soy milk and ice. I didn’t find the colour of it terribly attractive and Arabella wasn’t sure how much she would like it but we both tasted it and found it to be wonderful. It was smooth and surprisingly sweet which we didn’t expect given the broccoli. Everything in balance I guess.
The menu is extensive and when you consider the breakfast menu is also available and that there are specials on a blackboard, it’s not easy to decide. I had the spicy bean and corn nachos that is vegetarian and dairy-free and served with organic linseed chips. It is served in a little frying pan with a tea-towel over the handle so you don’t burn yourself and there’s an interesting diversity of beans cooked with corn and tomatoes with a hint of chilli then topped with guacamole and yoghurt.
This was certainly a very generous serve and I was unable to finish it. I found it under-seasoned but perhaps I’m used to too over-dosing on salt! I poured a little tabasco sauce over it (brought to the table by the waitress for Arabella), and that gave it the kick it needed. Mind you, I do have a heavy cold at the moment so my taste buds are on struggle-street. Arabella ordered the cajun chicken burger that was a chicken breast cooled with lemon yoghurt and tomato with greens, guacamole and salsa verde. She asked to have it with gluten-free bread, no yoghurt and instead, chilli sauce. Well it actually arrived with the yoghurt but looked so lovely she didn’t mind and admitted the yoghurt was what made the burger so wonderful. The chicken was beautifully flavoured and extremely tender and moist. Again, it was a generous serving and Arabella was unable to finish it.
We were quite full but I know Daisy would be so disappointed if we didn’t order dessert so we asked for a raw protein ball and the gluten-free brownie. Well somehow we managed to polish off both of these delicious treats. Neither had that sitting-behind-the-counter-for-far-too-long taste. The protein ball was full of little seeds with a smooth chocolatey flavour and the brownie was very dense and rich with a smooth firm and non-crumbly texture.
Miss Arabella and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch in this relaxed and casual setting where the service is caring and attentive. It’s lovely to be able to walk to a cafe where you know the business cares enough to use quality ingredients that are certainly good for you. Verdict: There should be more lunch spots just like this.
Bloom – The Healthy Food Company: 118 Prince Albert Street, Mosman, NSW Ph: 61 2 9960 1761 If you liked this post, you’re welcome to share it!