It’s kind of funny when people think all I eat is burgers and ice cream. That’s only like… 80% true. Because believe it or not, I can also eat healthy. Sometimes. I thought it was particularly funny when Maria and I were organising to catch up and she suggested checking out a cafe in Avalon, a “healthy” cafe, and suffixed her email with – don’t worry, they also make burgers.
Is that what I’ve become?
So because “they make burgers” (an obviously crucial requirement) we ended up at Healthy Chef Café last Saturday, all the way in Avalon, in the blistering storm and utterly un-beach-like weather.
Now, before you really get the wrong idea of me, I have to clarify that I don’t dislike unhealthy food. In fact, I don’t discriminate whatsoever. I discriminate on what tastes good and what tastes like crap, so if something healthy tastes good, I like it! If something unhealthy tastes bad (like, I totally had a bad tasting burger the other day – urgh) I don’t like it.
(Yes, I said bad tasting burger. They exist.)
Turns out, Healthy Chef Café makes good tasting healthy food. They use 100 % clean ingredients that have no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or additives, and everyone’s dietary requirements are met, with a menu full of meals which are gluten free, wheat free, low carb, high protein, sugar free, vegan and raw.
If you already read Maria’s blog, you’ll know that she’s quit sugar and dairy and currently enjoying a vegan diet. Granted, I’d never be able to do that in a million years, but Maria is about as healthy (and tall and blonde and tanned and gorgeous) as they come so she’s doing something right.
She ordered the quinoa and tabouleh salad (sans pomegranate dressing) -
And believe it or not, it wasn’t I who ordered the burger. Maria’s fiancée, Michael, had the cajun chicken burger with caramelised onion, organic egg, tomato, lettuce, cheese and tomato relish -
And Panu had the organic egg white omelette with mushrooms, tomato, a little cheddar and bacon. It was epically huge and fluffy, but apparently not completely filling.
I managed to find a healthy brunch that sounds rather unhealthy – nachos! – specifically bean and sweet-corn nachos with organic veggie corn chips [top].
They also serve awesome drinks, with a huge smoothie selection, and have available healthy alternatives like rice milk. And big fresh coconuts
Granted it’s a long long drive from Sydney (just under an hour with good traffic conditions), Avalon seems like a stunning location and I’d definitely go to Healthy Chef Café again. But rumour has it they’re opening a branch in Surry Hills! Woohoo!
Healthy Chef Café
17 Avalon Parade
Avalon Beach, NSW, 2017
(02) 9973 3233