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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published August 15th 2016
A healthy brunch in a bamboo garden
I always enjoy a simple, nourishing brunch, especially in a relaxing place like Spoonful Cafe & Living in Neutral Bay. I read about this little retreat from the world over a year ago. Finally, I ticked this one off the list and discovered it's the refreshing delight I had imagined.

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A Spoonful of healthy food


You'll find this Spoonful of bliss at 97 Military Road. Wander in and enjoy whimsical wafts of essential oils and a calming atmosphere to contrast this non-stop road. With mindfulness colouring books, light-up oil-diffusers, organic, Australian-made body products, and more, it makes for wonderful gift-shopping, or a therapeutic take-home treat.

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Wellbeing store


Take a seat out the back in the tranquil bamboo garden. I found this reminiscent of both Japan with the pebbles, and Bali with the teak hut. In this humble, exotic retreat, where we were feeling the serenity, we took a look at their menu of light meals full of nutrition.

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Detox juice with ginger


Drinks include a range of coffees, tea, and fresh juices - including my much-needed detox drink with carrot and ginger. Food-wise, the healthy granola and fruit parfaits looked exciting, as did the colourful superfood bowls - Acai and super green protein. On the savoury side, one dish that caught my eye was the warm pesto chicken bowl packed with veggies and buckwheat noodles.

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Vegan and salmon open sandwiches


I ended up choosing the vegan open sandwich for something clean and easy, fresh, and full of greens to aid the detox. I was testing out the theory I heard that such food is good for hangovers, and I have to say, together with the juice, I was somewhat refreshed. This dish had sourdough topped with tomatoes, mixed greens, beetroot that added an earthy flavour, and pesto for some zestiness.

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Bamboo loving


The salmon, avocado and greens on my friend's open sandwich were also fresh and hit the spot. We could say this brunch served us a spoonful of relaxation, a spoonful of happiness and a spoonful of health and wellbeing. Looking forward to another visit.
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Why? A spoonful of bliss
When: Tues-Sat 9.30am-5pm
Phone: (02) 9909 3119
Where: 97 Military Road, Neutral Bay, NSW
Cost: Av $20/head
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