It all started with a bliss ball, and a blog. Now nutritionist Jacqui Toumbas has gone the next big step by opening Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen, a bright and airy temple to healthy eating. Situated in in downtown West End, just down from the suburb's Happy Herb Shop, Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen boasts a spacious interior, leafy and sun-dappled back deck, and on-the-street seating for those who like to watch the world go by.
Coconut quinoa porridge served with fresh and stewed fruit. Author image.
As the name suggests, Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen focuses on nutritious and tasty wholefoods - unprocessed and refined sugar-free, sans additives and artificial substances. Local and organic produce is used wherever possible. Mysteriously drawn to some Turkish delight bliss balls in a cabinet near the front, this place is so healthy I swear I'm barely through the doors before I feel my cholesterol and blood pressure start to plummet.
But it's breakfast time. After browsing a menu that includes options such as a three-egg omelette and something called a 'wellness board' (with soft, gooey eggs, sauteed greens and a range of other accompaniments including sauerkraut and beetroot relish), I select the coconut quinoa porridge served with fresh and stewed fruit and chia jam. (Plus that all important latte - there is no judgement here.) The porridge is delicious and leaves me feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Rushing to work? No need to sit down - just check out Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen's grab-it-and-go breakfast pots instead.
Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen also offers a range of delicious lunch options, including falafel wraps, savoury muffins and a selection of salads which can be beefed up with protein such as poached chicken or boiled eggs. Many of the breakfast dishes are also capable of doing double-duties from midday onwards.
Vertical gardens stretch the length of Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen's back fence. Author image.
Drinks run the expected gamut of green, black and herbal teas, alongside organic coffees served with Barambah organic milk. The real standout, though, for those seeking to quench their thirst, is the range of innovative smoothies, including the green grenade (spinach, kale, banana, lime, mint, coconut) and the muscle mylk (banana, vanilla protein, dates, chia seeds and peanut butter).