Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that I recently spent a few months in Western Australia, and whilst volunteering there I also worked with an independent café, The Plant, to help them develop photos for their website and social media channels. However, I loved this café as a customer too, so here’s my review of them for anyone thinking of visiting in the near future.
The Plant Organic Cafe and Market is a small but perfectly formed little find on Stephen Street in Bunbury, about two hours drive south of Perth, Western Australia. A favourite with health-conscious locals, I’d heard quite a bit about this place before arriving here so couldn’t wait to try it out – it certainly didn’t disappoint and became my favourite food spot in town after just one visit!
The menu in the cafe includes a large range of hot and cold drinks as well as smoothie bowls, salads, raw vegan main meals and homemade desserts. You can eat at one of their cute little tables outside or opt for takeaway (you might want to do this so that you can enjoy your dessert all over again at home!)
The drinks on offer include hot options such as herbal teas, cappuccinos and hot chocolates made with their own almond milk. I tried the almond milk cappuccino and it was so velvety smooth, you can really tell the almond milk is made in house. Alternatively, you can get one of their many smoothies, with several based on fresh fruit and greens or other more indulgent smoothies made with almond milk and nut butters. What’s more, you can add in extra toppings and ingredients such as protein or superfood powders and chia seeds. I loved the Matcha Green smoothie made with apple, orange and zingy ginger, but the Green Tea Mango smoothie containing matcha powder and fresh greens was equally sweet and refreshing, and nice and thick to keep you energised on hot days.
Now, as a self-confessed açaí bowl addict, I was over the moon to find that The Plant sell not just one açaí bowl, but two different kinds (blueberry or raspberry), as well as a Matcha Tea smoothie bowl. I tried both açaí bowls (on separate days!) and loved them equally – each one came with different fresh fruit toppings (banana or oranges) that I assume depends on what fresh fruit they have in store each day, but both also come with a delicious topping of coconut granola, goji berries, mulberries, buckwheat, and a mixture of seeds. They are really generous portion sizes and have such a great balance of flavours and textures, I was hooked!
However, as good as the acai bowls were, I have to admit that the raw desserts were unbelievable. The Plant make their desserts fresh in store, and have a different range on offer each day varying between raw superfood donuts, tiramisu, carrot cake, several raw “cheesecakes”, and superfood balls. My absolute favourite has to be their Chocolate Coconut Bliss cake – it was incredibly creamy, smooth and tasted out of this world, without being too sweet or rich. I really can’t describe it, you have to try it for yourself! Their White Chocolate Raspberry cake was equally divine, and really tasted like ‘Milkybar’ white chocolate despite being full of only healthy ingredients. Another favourite of mine was their raw Key Lime Pie – the zesty flavour makes it perfect for those who don’t like their desserts too sweet, and it was so refreshing yet creamy that I almost bought a second slice (almost).
Finally, The Plant also have a shop selling dried and fresh organic fruits and vegetables (including the best medjool dates I’ve ever had), lots of alternatives for different diets such as black bean spaghetti and coconut tortilla wraps, vegan luxuries such as a variety of Loving Earth raw chocolate flavours and incredible Zebra Dream vegan ice cream tubs, plus a range of cruelty-free and organic beauty brands. It may be small but this treasure trove packs a lot in, and you’d have to be extremely disciplined to walk through it without buying something.
What I think really sets The Plant apart, as well as their inventive menu, is their attention to detail. All of the dishes are served with delicate decorations such as goji berries or coconut flakes on the smoothies and lavender sprigs on the acai bowls. Furthermore, the staff are very friendly and attentive, bringing water to your table and sharing information about the ingredients if asked. It all makes for a very positive experience, and I’m missing it now that I no longer live around the corner from this little slice of healthy heaven.
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