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Forage Food Store

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Published August 5th 2017
You'll be loving the food for-ages to come
forage food store cafe boronia
Located on Boronia Road

Forage is a cafe that focuses on healthy and delicious meals by sourcing seasonal produce. Cafe owner Marcus Tomlin is also co-owner of Boronia's local gym, Busybodies.

forage food store cafe boronia
Try the Tumeric Latte

The industrial-themed space seats 140 diners and the 21 staff, including 3 chefs, prepare over 140 meals daily on weekdays and between 300 to 400 meals on the weekends. The coffee they use is roasted in Melbourne by Wide Open Road and you can read more about them here. Serving about 700 coffees daily, they sure know what they are doing!

forage food store cafe boronia
Melbourne-roasted Wide Open Road coffee used

On my mother's recommendation, our family visited the cafe on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. There is a large car park with an abundance of spaces right outside. For those taking public transport, Boronia Railway Station is a five minute walk away.

forage food store cafe boronia
Specials clipboard

Forage Food Store spares you the highfalutin' item names that some menus have - just clear ingredients without fancy Belly of the Dragon for a roast pork dish. The specials menu features five diverse choices of comestibles.

forage food store cafe boronia
Lunch and Drinks side

Seating is comfortable and there are cushions that give a homely atmosphere.

forage food store cafe boronia
Cosy and intimate seating

From the double-sided menu, we narrowed our options down to five things that we wanted to try; the Breakfast Bruschetta, Breakfast Brioche, Crispy Salmon, Big Veg, and Sweet Potato Fries.

forage food store cafe boronia
Brunch and Kids side

Food arrived within fifteen minutes and was devoured in the next fifteen. The Big Veg ($19.5) included homemade baked beans - not the canned variety, which seemed to be different types of beans simmered in tomato paste. It was healthy and delicious. The eggs can be cooked to your preference.

forage food store cafe boronia
The Big Veg

The Breakfast Bruschetta ($17.5) and Breakfast Brioche ($16.5) were both elegant and simple in presentation. A potato rosti accompanies the brioche and balsamic vinegar drizzled over the bruschetta.

forage food store cafe boronia
The Breakfast Bruschetta

forage food store cafe boronia
The Breakfast Brioche

The salmon ($18.5) came with a side of truss cherry tomatoes and vegetables.

forage food store cafe boronia
The Crispy Salmon

Two generous bowls of very light garlic mayonnaise and tomato sauce, perhaps made at the cafe, flanked the sweet potato chips ($8).

forage food store cafe boronia
The Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet cakes are available for dessert.

forage food store cafe boronia
Take your pick of these sweet treats

A highly recommended cafe for the health-conscious, head to Forage Food Store after a workout at Busybodies!

forage food store cafe boronia
Busy Sunday afternoon
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Why? Healthy Food for a Healthy Soul
When: Mon-Sat: 7am-4pm,Sun: 8am-4pm
Phone: 03 9762 9424
Where: 157 Boronia Road, Boronia, Melbourne
Cost: Majority of items under $20
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