Wholefood-friendly restaurant to try: Oneness Cafe in Coogee
Sydney’s suburb Coogee is known for its long sandy beach rather than a buzzing dining scene. But even the most passionate surfers and seaside fanatics will feel peckish after a long day of sun bathing. And they don’t have to wander far from the beachfront to find a spot that may just please their cravings.
Situated just a few minutes walk from the seashore Oneness Café is the perfect place to seek some shade on a hot day and enjoy a light summer meal. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (Thursday to Saturday) and is dedicated to serving only fresh, homemade and nutritious food to cater all different kinds of dietary requirements. The atmosphere is relaxed: a few tables inside, an open kitchen and a couple of shelves filled with wholefood products and spiritualty books. The best seats can be found at an open front – perfect to observe the busy crowds wondering towards and back from the beach.
Onto the food…
Whether you enjoy your food raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten-free – you will be guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy. In addition to the usual suspects (granola, porridge, baked eggs and vegan tofu scramble) the extensive menu also features a ‘build- your-own’ section, which gives great flexibility and satisfies even the pickiest diner. Starting off with eggs of your choice (available with or without toast) guests can choose from a long list of sides, ranging from classics such as avocado, wilted spinach, mushrooms or bacon to grilled haloumi, smoked salmon or miso tofu.
This BYO approach can be found again in the lunch menu, which allows carnivores and seafood lovers to tweak their salads to their gusto – adding for example, crispy skin salmon filet, BBG King prawns or roasted chicken. If you are craving a more hearty meal, go for a gourmet burger (also available as a veggie burger) with a handmade bun or choose from a variety of gluten-free risotto and pasta dishes. Want something lighter? Try the raw kale chips with lemon herb salt or one of the fresh sandwiches.
But even if you are not hungry at all Oneness Café is worth the trip. Stop by for one of their fair-trade coffees or teas (especially the homemade chai tea I highly recommend), freshly squeezed juices (again BYO is possible), smoothies or milkshakes.
Beyond the bite…
Oneness Café’s contribution to the Coogee community does not stop at satisfying the tastebuds. There are also a range of events held at the restaurant, such as raw food cooking classes and kid’s yoga lessons, which even brought national broadcasting attention by Channel 7 to this little wholefood joint. In a nutshell: Oneness Café is a local institution that should not be missed when travelling to Coogee.
Oneness Café and Restaurant can be found at 244 Coogee Bay Road, NSW 2034, and is open Sunday to Wednesday 7 am – 5 pm and Thursday to Saturday 7 am to 10 pm.
Phone: 02 9665 0050