REVIEW Healthy dishes at Prahran’s MOM cafe.
With not a speck of flour on site, this new Prahran cafe that caters for all dietary bents is proving that healthy food can taste good
WELCOME to your new happy place.
With its light and airy Scandi fit-out, MOM – short for Market on Malvern – is a peaceful retreat amid the hubbub, putting day spa vibes into the dining experience. There’s even a mesmerising fish tank in the bathroom.
But it is not just another trendy and purportedly healthy cafe doing the odd acai bowl or superfood smoothie.
Part of the Beingwell Healthcare practice (it offers chiro, naturopathy, acupuncture and the like), this 45-seater is the real deal, catering to seemingly every allergy, dietary requirement or lifestyle choice. But even if letters like GF, YF and V mean zip to you, meals are generous and downright tasty.
That they’ve been designed to help with energy levels, digestion, stress, sleep or immunity is a bonus. Heck, this place only uses filtered water when cooking and there’s no flour on site.
The MOM breakfast will keep you going all day, a hearty assemblage of roast salmon, tomatoes, rocket and confit mushrooms daubed with a zingy kale pesto, accompanied by an egg-filled bagel (gluten free) on the side.
The roast zucchini was virtue on a plate, a wedge of veg draped with tomato, broccolini and zucchini slices as well as a ball of zaatar-sprinkled labne to dispense at will. However, with no dentist on site, the bark-like “bliss crisp bread” was best left alone.
While there’s excellent Allpress coffee on offer, in these parts you’re more likely to hear, “I’ll have a chrysanthemum tea please”. Opt for the beetroot cacao latte, which was creamy, earthy and comforting at once.
I’m plotting my next visit for the red velvet pancakes with strawberries, coconut yoghurt and chocolate medjool date syrup, or perhaps the tapioca coconut pudding.
If this is eating well, sign me up.
From top: beetroot cacao latte, the modern dining space, and tapioca coconut pudding.