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Soul Tree Organic Cafe

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published May 28th 2015
Update July 28th 2016
The soul tree cafe in Glen Forrest has closed, taken over by a cafe called Beagle Bagel.

Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends - GB Shaw
As Kermit penetrating remarked 'It's not easy being green'. It used to be worse. I can readily recall a time when the vegetarian option was the chicken salad with the bits of chicken picked out.

And when you said you were a vegetarian (no vegans in those days) people either patted your arm in a patronising manner or crossed themselves and stepped back hurriedly in case they caught it.

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The new interior at Soul Tree (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


Life has improved, of course, for those seeking a rather healthier lifestyle and diet, but not a whole hell of a lot. There are still very few cafes and restaurants where the food on offer is predominantly meat-free, gluten-free, lactose-free or raw.

There's the Swan Valley Café in Millendon, of course, but nothing in the Perth Hills. Until now. The Soul Tree Café has always offered an alternative diet, but of varying quality.

About a year and a half ago the Soul Tree was taken over by new owners, devoted to nutritious, ethical, low-impact, organic food growing and preparation.

The Soul Tree is not just a café, although it is an excellent one and I'll come back to that. But it is also a venue - a venue for musicians, a venue for story tellers, bush poets, support groups and a place for community needs. There are games and a separate table for the smalls.

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The new interior at Soul Tree (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


The place has been completely renovated, cleaned and re-organised making it appear twice the size and the interior has a spaciousness and air of tranquility that is truly welcoming. So spacious, in fact, that a section has been partitioned off for use as a small yoga studio.

But, its the food that matters, right? Soul Tree is one of the few restaurants that serves All-day Breakfasts - traditional and alternative. All the eggs are free-range and organic, and we know this to be true because they mostly come from Marilyn and Charl's model farm in Gidgigannup, where they use best farming practice and provide a good deal of the raw materials for the café.

Some fresh, organic, produce is on sale, depending on what's available.

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Hobbit's Second Breakfast (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


Against the eggs, omelette, toast, pancakes and Tofu I chose the wonderfully named 'Hobbits Hotpot' ($16.50 - not so much Breakfast, as Second Breakfast, the hotpot is a mélange of vegetables - one can make a little game of identifying the ingredients - kidney and Cannellini beans, kale, sweet potato, tomato and more. It's topped with a perfect poached egg - and I mean 'perfect'. Best I've ever eaten I think. (If you're vegan, there's a tofu topping instead).

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Hobbit's Second Breakfast (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


This comes with wood-fired sourdough toast, which is good, but pales against Marilyn's pumpkin bread offered as a side dish ($4.50). I have to tell you that the pumpkin bread on its own is a excellent reason to dine at the Soul Tree.

As well as breakfast there's a range of (ahem) Tree-mendous Burgers, Love and Light - Meals and Sweet Tree-ts and an excellent range of drinks - I had the coffee - very superior, but there's tea, milk, red drinks, juices (vegetable and fruit) and smoothies.

There is a great deal to learn about the Soul Tree, but I think the first thing to appreciate is what their stated purpose is: 'To create an awesome space to feed your body, mind and soul.' I think they have succeeded beyond expectations.

Very Highly Recommended Indeed.

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Outdoor seating area at Soul Tree (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)

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Why? Ethical, organic raw and vegetarian food
When: Monday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30am - 4pm; Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 9am - 3pm; Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed
Phone: 9298 9997
Where: Shop 6, 3-5 Railway Parade, Glen Forrest
Cost: $10 to $25
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