Nourished 385 caught my attention when it first opened with its philosophy for gluten free and clean eating approach to food. The cafe restaurant and now bar has been on my wishlist to visit for quite some time and it wasn’t until I saw a Scoopon Brunch deal that I took it as a sign for me to finally make that little extra effort to pay them a visit. From $19 for breakfast or lunch for two with sparkling wine or any other selected drink of choice such as tea, apple juice or orange juice, the Scoopon voucher deal was a steal.

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The cafe opens up to quite a long dining hall. The dining hall leads into a courtyard  at the back that overlooks the Victoria gardens.

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Instead of going for the sparkling wine, I opted to have a flat white instead. The coffee was smooth, strong and came with a small sweet complimentary biscuit.

2015-03-04 Nourished 385 (6b)Smashed Avocado on Nourished house loaf $18.00
w/ strawberry jalapeno chutney, herbed labneh, and balsamic honey

The sweet and sourness of the balsamic mixed with honey drizzled over the smashed avocado provided an interesting contrast of flavours while the strawberry jalapeno chutney gives the dish a nice sweetness to it. Nourished 385’s sweet take on the classic classic smashed avocado on toast makes their version quite unique in a good way.

The toasted Nourished loaf was not crispy but surprisingly soft, almost to the point of cakey as opposed to the hard to chew crispy breads that often are served with smashed avocados.

2015-03-04 Nourished 385 (7)Free Range Rump Steak Tartine $18.00
Open faced steak sandwich on half a baguette, portebello mushrooms, dijon, chedder served with a garden salad.

The biggest surprise here again was the homemade baguette loaf. Similar to the smashed avocado dish, the bread was easy to cut into, soft and cake like with a nice crisp crust that was not tough. The combination of the steak with mushrooms and chedder were spot on.

2015-03-04 Nourished 385 (8)Chocolate, coconut & peanut fudge $8.50
w/ crunchy peanut brittle, honeycomb and fresh berries

Of course, there was no way we could finish brunch without something sweet.

Our waitress recommended the chocolate peanut butter fudge to us, as it was her personal favourite and boy it was good.

2015-03-04 Nourished 385 (9b)Traditional Affogato $12.50
w/natural vanilla ice cream, expresso shot, frangelico hazelnut liquer & topped with organic chocolate nibs

Now, I’ll have to admit that I didn’t really know how to go about eating this.

I made the mistake of pouring all the frangelico and expresso in without stopping halfway to taste. This created an extremely powerful whiff of flavour that hit me in the face like a massive punch. It would have been easier to take the shots separately and eat the ice cream on its own. Sadly this didn’t happen and we ended up not being able to finish the affogato as neither of us could stomach it.

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Nourished 385 is located on one of the quieter parts of High Street which makes it a perfect spot to relax and catch up with friends without all the hustle and bustle that comes with very busy cafes. As a bonus the cafe is right next to the local park which makes it a perfect spot to drop by after connecting with nature for a bit.

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