Café Review: Sadhana Kitchen
A mere 10 minute stroll from Newtown Station in Sydney’s inner west lies the unassuming café front of Sadhana Kitchen. Blink and you might just miss it, but don’t be fooled by humble appearances, this place is a raw food mecca!
Sadhana Kitchen gets its name from a Sanskrit term meaning 'conscious spiritual practice', and has earned itself a reputation among loyal raw vegans and adventurous omnivores alike. It’s not just the young and hip 20-somethings filling the seats of this tiny space. On an average day you’re likely to see Mum’s with strollers chatting over chai, middle-aged couples sharing vibrant smoothies and even the odd oldie digging into a piece of raw cake - with an exotic pot of tea, of course.
Those with specific dietary preferences need not worry, everything at Sadhana is raw, vegan, organic and gluten free, not to mention amazingly tasty. This really is feel-good food. Whatever your eating style, the menu at Sadhana can be described as nothing less than nourishing. If you’re free from food intolerances and allergies (lucky you!) then you’re pretty much guaranteed to feel light as a feather and full of life after your meal. That is to say, there’s no post-lunch bloat or lethargy here!
If you’ve done the rounds on Sydney’s whole food café scene and found yourself unenthused by the idea of another kale and quinoa salad, it might be time to change your tact and embrace what the raw vegan scene has to offer. At Sadhana Kitchen the food is divinely different (or should I say dehydrated) from your average ‘healthy’ café . Sourdough is swapped for homemade, dehydrated veggie-based breads. Toasted muesli becomes hearty, wholesome grawnola. Lasagne takes on a new twist, made with zucchini, walnut mince and creamy, cultured cashew-cheese. And dessert? Well, that’s another story altogether.
Catering to the tastes of sceptical friends and family is what Sadhana Kitchen does best, so don’t be afraid to invite your friends and family. These guys do their thing so convincingly you’re likely to hear a few exclamations of disbelief coming from tables around the cafe: “I can’t believe how good this tastes - and there’s no cheese?!” The menu boasts a plethora of sweet and savoury options that are good enough to appease even the pickiest of eaters. And with an extensive list of drinks, teas, coffees and other exciting brews, you can keep the conversation going long after you’ve scraped the last morsel from your plate.
Things to keep in mind
Sadhana Kitchen has one upped its competitors by offering lunch delivery, catering, workshops and even raw vegan high tea!
If you’re watching your sugar intake, remember that “refined sugar free” does not mean completely free from sugar. Coconut sugar, which is what the cafe uses to sweeten most of it’s treats, is still sugar. Otherwise, enjoy!
Meals are relatively well priced, but drinks and dessert may set you back a bit more than you think.