Gluten free chocolate and walnut brownie. So tempting I had to take a bite even before I took a photo.
Owned by The Healthy Food Co. - the same group who run Nourished in Avalon, Bloomís philosophy is ĎLifeís Short. Stay Healthy For It.í. They also donít believe in sacrificing flavour for health. At Bloom, even your taste buds are looked after as an essential part of the body.
Located on Prince Albert Street in Mosman, Bloom's menu changes with every season. This means that you're getting the freshest local produce that can be found all year round. With a focus on using organic and biodynamic ingredients, you donít have to worry about choosing what is good for you - it all is. For those of us who require a gluten free lifestyle, donít worry - there are plenty of options. The staff here also quite knowledgeable. The menu is clearly marked with organic, wheat free, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan; but if youíre ever in doubt - the staff are always happy to answer questions, and will always err on the side of caution if they're unsure.
Table numbers are whimsically printed on wooden spoons.
As someone who has been there multiple times, I can very happily recommend both the gluten free Flourless Orange Cake, as well as the gluten free Chocolate and Walnut Brownie. Both are moist and rich with flavour, and you are given the choice of vanilla ice cream or yogurt to have with it. For the latter, only the yoghurt is gluten free, but is creamy enough to pass as ice cream. Normally I am an avid fan of anything chocolate, but if forced to choose between the two, Iíd go for the orange cake. Itís much better than those flourless orange friands that you get at most cafes.
Bloom's interior is a carefully crafted country rustic look.
Bloom serves breakfast, lunch and all day snacks. Although Iím yet to try any of the lunch offerings, Iíve had a sneaky peek at what other diners have been eating, and the Spicy Bean and Corn Nachos are right at the top of my list. For those in a hurry, there are a number of delicious goodies in the glass case that can be bought as take-away items - including fruit salads, gluten free wraps and organic frittatas.
An array of eatables that can be had either dine-in or take-away.
If youíd rather just pop in for a quick (or lazy) drink, Bloom also offers freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, iced drinks and a huge array of teas. I can recommend the iced chai tea - something Iíve not seen elsewhere, and have become slightly addicted to. The taste is like a creamy ginger ale, and itís oh-so refreshing on a hot day.
The famous iced chai tea
Parking at Bloom is not too easy, as itís on a fairly busy road; however, there is a bus stop right out the front for those who take public transport. Otherwise, try the Raglan Street East or West car parks. Both have two-hour limits, which is plenty of time for lunch and a browse of the nearby shops.
Every last element of the dťcor is in line with the rustic charm.
If ambience is important to you when you dine, you wonít find Bloom lacking in this department either. Decorated in a rustic style, with timber furniture and white and pale blue trimmings; it does give you just the relaxed sort of vibe you want - all for taking your time over a cuppa and a snack. Youíll find the occasional writer plugging away at their computer, as well as an abundance of people on their way to or from the gym - and often an assortment of dogs seated with their owners outside - with their own water bowls to drink from. Best of all, if youíre lucky enough to be there in a quiet moment - you might be treated to the sight of one of their staff members juggling green apples.
Seating is available both indoors and outdoors.
Bloom has become one of my regular haunts, but you donít need to take my word for how good it is. Just go past at any time of day, and youíll see a number of people both inside and out. It seems that the ethos of healthy yet tasty eating has hit home with the locals, and has earned Bloom a spot on many peoples Ďregularsí list.
There are even herbs growing in an old wheelbarrow on the sidewalk.
Where: 118 Prince Albert Street Mosman NSW
Why: Because you can eat anything on the menu and know you're being healthy.
Cost: Ranges from $3.50 for a snack or coffee to $20 for a full meal, with many meals ranging between $12-$16.
When: Skip the morning crowds and go for a snack or lunch.
Good for kids: Yes. There are a couple of high chairs available for the really young ones, and there is a separate kids menu.
Take away: Yes.