I’m sniffling and feeling sorry for myself at the moment thanks to a standard-garden-variety Winter cold. It’s not really bad enough to warrant any time off work so I’ve just been trying to go to bed early and eat a little bit more healthily to give myself the best chance of fighting off the bug. Luckily it seems that every block there’s a cafe serving super foods with a side of wellness and the latest addition is Laneway Greens in Flinders Lane which opened last week.
Laneway Greens serves up “hand crafted” salads, smoothies and pressed juices from an all white minimalist little shop front. There’s limited seating at copper stools lining te benches but the use of a buzzer system suggests they are hoping for a busy takeaway trade. The cafe is VERY white and I heard staff saying the builders forgot to install a dimmer switch on the lights. One is coming soon so sunglasses will not be necessary for much longer. The use of custom made shiko pottery to serve all the dishes adds to the feel of eating at a takeaway store which takes its cues from high end restaurants.
Everything on the menu is virtuous but there’s also (thankfully) an emphasis on flavour. Laneway Greens’ green smoothie adds pressed apples and kiwi fruit to its mix of kale, celery, cucumber, baby spinach, avocado and ginger which give a bit of sweetness so you are not downing bitter green sludge.
I particularly liked the warm roast sweet potato salad ($14) with homemade tzatziki jumbled on top of finely sliced fennel and red cabbage. It had a good mix of softness and crunch and was very generous in size. I wasn’t as impressed with the sweet potato and pumpkin soup ($10) which came with a slick of oil on top. Perhaps it was a healthy oil but it wasn’t particularly appetising.
Pricing is steep but that seems to be par for the course as soon as you start talking about wellness and healthy food. Getting rid of this cold could be a very expensive exercise.