Green in more ways than one, Bliss Organic Café is a haven in the CBD. There is an extensive menu of gluten free and vegan options, all of which are very creative. The interior is framed with heavily stocked shelving, housing a broad range of fine gluten-free, vegan and fair-trade food goods for you to take home. Bliss even have their own makeshift library, making it a very pleasant place to take some time out with a book and a treat in the sunshine.
The lush garden courtyard is standout, and offers the option of taking your meal in a heavily cushioned exotic pagoda. At night the coloured lanterns light up the ferns providing a charming ambience.
One great aspect of this menu is that it is always under construction. One week you will find parsnip, pumpkin and vanilla soup, the next roasted brussels sprouts with caramelised onion and apples. The vegan sweets vigorously shake off their somewhat shady reputation, the range is far more enticing than what would be found in a conventional cafe.
Bliss are famous for two dishes in particular, one being The Bliss Burger, the patty in said burger being composed of almond meal and many types of exotic beans. The portion sizes of all the dishes are mammoth and it's a very good thing that they offer complimentary doggy bags. It's not likely the average mortal will get more than half way through.
The other mainstay are Bliss Balls, which are a delightfully smooth mix of dates and nuts, a healthy alternative to a biscuit with your tea.
The high quality and broad range of the tea here make it an unmissable experience. The tea served from the menu is hand-crafted from various well selected chunks of herbs and roots. None of the ever disappointing stock standard tea bag-in-a-cup routine. There is an extensive a range of packaged teas instore and they specialise in fair trade and herbal varieties. If you are after any particular type, odds are you will find what you are looking for here. In the event that you do not, frankly in such a positive and peaceful atmosphere, it would be pretty hard work to feel disappointed.