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

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - MOM CAFE: RE­VIEWED BY ME­GAN MILLER

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.

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