Look out Sydneysiders, there’s a rawvolution shaking up our local food scene! Leading the charge is Sadhana Kitchen, Sydney’s first organic wholefoods and raw foods cafe. Sadhana popped up in a yoga studio off Enmore Road back in 2012. Since then it has found a new permanent location at 147 Enmore Road, Enmore. Sadhana has really evolved in the short time it’s been servicing Sydney’s insatiable appetite for raw food goodness. While still serving up the meals, sweets, and smoothies we’ve come to love, they are now also offering regular 7 course raw degustation sittings; weekday raw lunch deliveries in the Sydney CBD; signature health cleanses; catering services; and a range of raw food workshops, from getting to know your dehydrator to guilt-free desserts. The Raw Revolution is here and the Sadhana Kitchen kids are bringing it to us in a big way!
When I found out that Sadhana was offering high tea, I immediately enlisted my vegan-partner-in-crime and fellow cupcake connoisseur to join me for a raw vegan high tea date! (She also goes by the name Div, and this is her Instagram). We made a booking for 10:30am on a Saturday, and decided it was probably a good idea to skip our breakfast that morning.
First thing’s first. Choosing your ‘bottomless’ tea from the enticing tea menu. I should disclose at this point that I’m not normally a tea drinker. Back in 2010 I remember making it a new year’s resolution that I would start drinking tea (yes, I normally aim pretty high with my NY resolutions). Everybody was doing it, and I felt like I was missing out on something great. But in the end I realised that I mainly just like drinking water. I really do love my water, nothing wrong with that right? So I can’t proclaim to be a tea expert in any way, shape, or form. But I simply cannot over exaggerate how freakin delightful my choice of tea was to drink! I picked the first tea listed on the menu, I couldn’t even read past it, it just sounded so damn delicious. I got the ‘White Delight’, which had the description: ‘White tea and juicy raspberries melt into delicious coconut. Smooth and creamy’. Yum!
Then out came our three tiers of high tea treats. Beautifully served and so visually appealing. If it all looks a bit confusing, never fear, the staff will take you through each item so you know what it is your tastebuds are going crazy over. While it was oh so tempting to skip straight to the sweet tier, we kept it conventional and started with the savour plate. This included sundried tomato tarts, eggplant pastrami rolls, coconut bacon pizzas, and cucumber corn bread sandwiches. We both concurred that the coconut bacon pizzas were the most delicious! We struggled a bit with the chewiness and oiliness of the eggplant pastrami rolls. Overall the savoury items were creative, tasty, and very satisfying.
We then progressed to the middle tier, which consisted of key lime pie, scones with white chocolate cream and raspberry chia jam, and a choc raspberry cheesecake. These were all divine! And it’s not every day you get to enjoy a raw vegan version of key lime pie. (For those uninitiated with key lime pie, it is traditionally not at all vegan friendly, with three key ingredients: key lime juice, egg yolks, and condensed milk.)
By this time we’d graduated to the top tier and I was really starting to slow down. This is what we’d been holding out for: mini chocolate tarts, bounty bites, and some sort of bliss ball cake pop. There was definitely sorcery at play here. The mini choc tart is 100% melt-in-your-mouth-gooey goodness topped with a raspberry. The bounty bites and cake pops were rich and jam packed full of flavour.
10 treats and 3 cups of tea later and we’d made it! Don’t be deceived, this is an epic high tea experience. It ended up taking us an hour and 40 minutes in total! There may have been quite a bit of girl talk in between bites though ;-) You will leave feeling extremely satisfied – we were both edging towards the uncomfortably full side of the scale.
Cost wise, in comparison to what you’d pay for high tea at other Sydney venues, Sadhana Kitchen’s high tea is good value. (Plus as a vegan you’re getting way more than cucumber on bread and a fruit sorbet!)
Whether you're a local or travelling to Sydney, join the raw revolution! Get your girls (and boys) together and treat yourself and your tastebuds to this delightful high tea!
Details: Where: Sadhana Kitchen, 147 Enmore Road, Enmore When: Daily, 9am until 11am Cost: $55 per person Bookings: http://www.sadhanakitchen.com/