Develop a healthy, happy relationship with food at this cafe
The restaurant formerly known as Flute, Rosalie, has renovated, revamped and rebranded itself as AlterEGO.With the slogan MindfulEating, AlterEGO promises "fresh, clean, honest wholefoods, emphasising locally sourced seasonal produce, quality ingredients and health conscious options for the mindful eaters."
Image courtesy of the organisation's website
This seems to be the new trend of health conscious cafes and restaurants that source their ingredients locally. Now not only can you avoid the effort and cleaning up that goes with cooking at home, but you can also feel good about dining out, as it can be healthy and supports local food producers. Mindful Eating emphasises eating with the aim of caring for yourself and of being conscious of enjoying the food and noticing how it affects your body. This helps develop a healthier, happier relationship with food.
Nestled in the heart of Rosalie, AlterEGO has a few tables inside and a number outside sheltered from the rain and sun. It's a great place to catch up with friends and is big with those involved with the pre and post school run at Milton State School. You will often see parents and small children, so you know that it is family friendly.
The breakfast menu is varied and interesting with large servings. My favourite so far is Not So Bready, paleo pumpkin and almond loaf with organic home made labna. Ever since I spent some time in the Middle East, the delicious soft cheese labna has been one of my favourites and it's great to see it more and more in Australia. Other choices include Gluten Free Chocolate and Coconut Pancakes with home made raw nutella and coconut yoghurt and Fifty Shades of Green, tricolour quinoa with kale, baby spinach, garlic and chilli. There are simpler offerings such as bacon and eggs, eggs and sourdough, omelettes, toast and muesli although all are made with beautiful local ingredients such as Gooralie Bacon, Barambah Organics Feta and so on.
Prices range from $6.50 for the sourdough toast to $18.90 for the Breakfast Burrito. Breakfast is served from 6.30am to 12pm which I love. There is nothing worse than turning up for a lazy brunch and finding you've missed out.
Lunch is served from 12-3pm and the menu consists of a range of salads, and a small but interesting selection of meals such as NotSo Pasta, organic beef bolognaise with zucchini pasta and Lunch In Phuket, Thai Green Curry. You can add a range of sides to your salad such as barramundi, chicken, brisket or haloumi. There is also a great range of smoothies and juices. How about a Salted Caramel Shake? Or a Berry Cheesecake Smoothie?
This is a great place for a smart but casual meal. Parking in the heart of Rosalie can be tricky, but if you don't mind a walk you can usually find a spot in a side street. With the school around the corner, it's probably best to avoid school pick up or drop off time as competition for parking increases at this time. There are also a number of buses that stop in or near Rosalie, so you can avoid the issue altogether.