A New York gal living in Sydney. An ICU nurse by profession and urban hippie. A pescatarian, runner/yoga lover, scuba diver & green-living enthusiast. Admits to being a coffee snob & is owned by a sweet French Bulldog.
I recently celebrated a birthday and chose to invite six friends to join me for dinner at a quirky vegetarian/vegan restaurant on the Surry Hills/Redfern border called Nourishing Quarter. This little gem of a restaurant serves up healing and medicinal plant-based food. In fact, their 'healing through food' menu reads somewhat like a medical book...complete with a disclaimer that the information provided should not replace professional medical advice.
Nourishing Quarter serves up fresh and tasty gourmet meals that have a high usage of exotic and nutritional herbs. They use quinoa and amaranth grains for proteins and complex carbohydrates, as well as chia seeds for omega 3s. There is a complete absense of white rice, white bread, potatoes or refined sugar.
The decor of Nourishing Quarter is quite unusual with bric-a-brac and knickknacks abound. There are pictures of Queen Elizabeth ll on the walls. You feel as if you are eating in someone's home as opposed to a restaurant. There are two dinner seatings for patrons, the first is at 6pm and the second at 8:15pm. Our party sat down for the later dinner seating.
Entrees ($10.50 to $18.50) were ordered and shared between our party. The favorite on the night was the Nourishing Roll. It contained grains, seeds and stir-fried vegetables with tofu and spearmint all wrapped in rice paper with peanut butter sauce. As the menu states...'spearmint is rich in vitamins and in women it decreases unwanted hair related to its anti-androgenic properties.' My question when reading this was does it decrease the hair on your head...or legs? What happens when men eat it?
Mains at Nourishing Quarter are priced between $18.50 and $28 and in my opinion worth every cent. A friend and I decided to share our mains. I chose the Amaranth and Quinoa Noodle Salad in Two Sauces with Crispy Tofu Lingerings. The ingredients were so fresh and the crispy tofu lingerings tasted and had the consistency of real bacon.
Amaranth and Quinoa Noodle Salad with Crispy Tofu Lingerings
The second main was called Passage to India and was a delicious spicy curry dish with tofu, pumpkin, chickpea, peas and amaranth seeds. The turmeric in the curry sauce is according to the menu, meant to treat 'different diseases like cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, allergies and arthritis.' This dish is served with a greens summer side salad and amanoa grains. Very satisfying and tasty.
Passage to India - Summer Side Salad and Amanoa Grains
This diner suggests Nourishing Quarter for an amazing dining experience if you are two to four people as this small establishment cannot accommodate too many patrons at once. I give the food a 10 out of 10, though the meals did come out sporadically and some of our dinner party were finished before others even received their food. I have not been detracted from returning to Nourishing Quarter, but just the opposite. I would like to try more of their dishes to 'reconnect, heal, nourish and flourish' through their elaborate and superb vegetarian creations.