The mantra to a great day is to begin the day with great breakfast or brunch. Add a great location, exceptional service and some jaw-dropping pretty plates of food and you have a winner.
Concrete Jungle Cafe is located on Kensington Street in Chippendale, very close to the entrance of Spice Alley making it very convenient to get to. The café has a crisp modern look, beautiful hues of black, white and brass panelling and a large concrete table that goes with the theme at the entrance. What is also unmissable, is the brilliant sketch of the king of the forest and the concrete jungle that surrounds it. The artist has done every justice to the majestic lion and the theme of the restaurant.
The cafe has some seating outside that is pet-friendly. They definitely make sure your four-legged friend feels welcome. Since launch in April 2017, Concrete Jungle Cafe has been very popular with locals in the area and hungry Sydneysiders.
Owner Mo Mrad and his team welcomed us and seated us at the big concrete table which we were very happy with. My main motive for the visit was to taste their rather famous Blue Majik smoothie bowl which has been an instant Instagram star. The Blue Majik is a superfood that is a certified organic extract of a blue pigmented spirulina. Apart from the striking blue hue it imparts, it has exceedingly large (approx 10 times that of blueberries) quantities of antioxidants and is also known for it's anti-inflammatory properties.
The cafe's new menu had many more options to choose from and we ordered the humble avocado and feta on toast and the coconut feta fritters. Concrete Jungle boasts of a plant-based menu and ethically sourced meat. I think they should also boast about their outstanding presentation and amazing new eco-conscious spring menu.
Blue Majik smoothie bowl has health benefits that shout out loud and a striking blue colour is definitely the talk of the town for a good reason. Mixed with coconut yoghurt and served with granola, coconut flakes and blueberries, the Blue Majik makes a delightful smoothie bowl fit for a breakfast or brunch. On its own the Blue Majik is not the best-tasting food, however, served with the right set of ingredients, it makes an awesome brekkie bowl. Continuing with the blue theme, I teamed the Blue Majik bowl with a Blue Majik latte. This light blue latte is somewhat medicinal in taste. It did, however, help me gauge the real taste of Blue Majik powder.
Blue Majik smoothie bowl with Blue algae, pineapple banana coconut yoghurt and coconut water at Concrete Jungle Cafe Chippendale
Another cracker of a dish was their newly introduced coconut feta fritters. This fantastic looking dish paired with some crispy bits, fattoush salad and fritters had everyone at the table (including the toddler) wanting a portion. This is certainly one of the highlight dishes for me at the cafe apart from the Blue Majik smoothie bowl itself.
Coconut feta fritters with fattoush salad, hazelnut dukkah and coconut lebne
I really like what Concrete Jungle has created. A nutritious plate of food that is wonderfully presented in a modern setting. You feel enveloped between the tall buildings around, yet somewhat cosy and cared for by the staff. And that's when you know you are in good hands.
True to its name, there is a concrete jungle out there. Let us find some fresh, healthy and sustainable eating that inspires us within the jungle.
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