A freelance writer living in Perth with a passion for music, fashion, film, food and words.
Published September 20th 2011
Let me tell you that Genesis in the Hills vegetarian restaurant and cafe is one of the most impressive places I've visited in greater Perth for lunch. Located near the enchanting Araluen Botanic Park in Roleystone, the ambience sitting among the eucalyptus is a perfect melding of nature, food, art and music.
From the car park, you stroll down a path through the trees wondering if you haven't strayed onto someone's back yard. I assure you that you haven't. The lovely verandah you happen upon is where you'll be indulging in some of the tastiest fresh vegetarian food around. Sensitive to people's dietary needs, many of their dishes have wheat-free, dairy-free or vegan options. Actively supporting sustainable living, their dishes are always fresh and local.
For those of you looking for healthier, tastier and earth-friendlier options, Genesis - though not as cheap as say Maca's - is priced within reason, and the lifestyle they promote is affordable and inspiring. Most of their herbs, spices and veggies are freshly picked from their own garden. They use eggs from their own 'happy chooks', and fresh fruit from local orchards for their 100% freshly squeezed juices. Their cheese is local, their Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made in WA, their wholegrain and wheat free breads are made in house weekly, and they make their cakes fresh every morning inclusive of the gluten and dairy free options. They use heaps of pulses (legumes, beans and lentils), nuts and seeds to make sure each meal is nutritionally balanced and packed full of proteins. And their Fairtrade Certified coffee is to die for.
Genesis is not just my new favourite veg restaurant. It's a place to relax among like minded people, a place to check out some art or live Jazz, buy the latest issue of Dot Dot Dash, or read a good book with a glass of red (BYO, no corkage fee). The idea behind Genesis is to create a sense of community around the restaurant cafe with its easy going vibe, live music sessions and local art exhibitions. Their Live Jazz with WA keyboardist Tal Cohen and friends is on the first Saturday of each month between 12.30 and 3.30pm. Better book for this one folks.
What did I love? Oh, the coffee. They are truly artisans. The quinoa salad. The open faced sandwich on wheat-free bread. The w/f orange almond polenta cake. And another coffee. I loved it all. I don't mean to gush but I left fully inspired to write, paint, brush the dust off my SLR, buy my own chooks, and start my own veggie patch. And if a little cafe can do all that, it's all right in my books.