HEALTHY DINING OPTIONS ON THE RISE

In Foodie Trends by Clyde Mooney

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Eating healthy on a routine basis is something customers increasingly want, and dining spaces are responding by serving up meals that are both good for you and taste amazing.

While more and more people want to eat healthy options, it can be a battle finding time to shop for the right ingredients, study the recipes and cook them to perfection. This has given rise to the trend of delivered,pre-portioned ingredients for simple and nutritious recipes.

People are increasingly aware of the importance of eating healthy foods, and are sometimes overwhelmed with the availability of less-healthy but convenient options.

This has brought further opportunity for foodservice businesses to tap the market, offering a solution to people wanting a quick fix that’s also easy on the conscience.

Some cutting-edge options worth researching:

Nourishing Quarter

Settled nicely in the heart of Redfern, Nourishing Quarter is a Vietnamese restaurant that will appease vegetarians and vegans. Humbled by its large neighbour The Norfolk Hotel, the Nourishing Quarter is renowned for its popular entrée known as the Three Sisters. The mixed plate consists of rice paper rolls stuffed with quinoa, noodles,vegetables and chia seeds. At approximately $20 per head, menu prices are very reasonable. So, if you’re looking for a nice little spot to have some drinks with some friends, pop into the Norfolk for a drink and then the Nourishing Quarter for a nice, healthy feed.

Paperbark

With more and more people adhering to vegan diets, it’s no wonder plant-based restaurants are gaining some serious traction. Based in Waterloo, Sydney, Paperbark is an all-vegan restaurant nestled in the native Australian bushland. Featuring classic, plant-based Australian ingredients, Paperbark offers a wide range of healthy dishes for all eaters, regardless of your culinary tastes and preferences. It could be the flatbread hummus or the smoked leek with horseradish; everyone will be able to find something on their menu. Dessert items are also widely popular, particularly the lemon fruit sorbet. The menu also features a comprehensive list of wines, suited for any pub lover.

Yulli’s

Situated on Crown Street, Surry Hills, Yulli’s is a creative vegetarian restaurant and bar that not only offers great food but craft beers as well. The menu mainly consists of Asian fusion dishes, with the ginger dumplings a fan favourite. The restaurant’s popularity has grown because of its casual interior, polite staff and laid-back atmosphere. If you’re looking for casual dinner with your partner, friends or the whole family, make sure you check out Yulli’s in Surry Hills.

Momo Bar

Momo Bar serves Poke bowls, which seem to be the big new thing at the moment. The bowl consists of raw fish, brown rice and a serious amount of vegetables, which is perfect for those wanting to ensure they get their recommended five servings of vegetables. Even better, Momo Bar is available on uber Eats, Menulog and Deliveroo – so if you’ve had a big day at work or need to detox after a big weekend of pub drinking, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to enjoy this delicious option.

Two Chaps

The vegan trend has grown so strong that even some vegan-only pub bistros are opening. On the other hand, some little vegetarian cafes have been around awhile and have really started to establish a well-defined and loyal customer base. This can be said about Two Chaps, a small, nifty café in Marrickville that is well-liked because of its wholesome menu and relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast options include a simple poached and fried egg ciabatta or the classic smashed avocado toast with pea and dill hummus. If you’re looking for diverse and nourishing food options, be sure to check out Two Chaps, which is open for dinner on Thursday and Friday nights.

NU Healthy Café Macarthur Square

Situated well away from the Sydney CBD, NU Healthy Café offers a very comprehensive menu from staple breakfast offerings, salads, burgers and even dinner items. The menu includes both meat and vegetarian options,so it’s quite accessible to everyone. The restaurant also allows you to customise your own share plates, which can feature a wide range of meats, vegetables or rice.

Le Petit Flot Restaurant and Wine Bar

Settled in the centre of Sydney’s CBD, this Pitt Street restaurant is highly regarded for its healthy, vegetarian meal options and high-quality wine lists. Relax with a nice glass of Chardonnay and some roasted seasonal vegetables. For those craving some red meat, get stuck into the Roasted Berkshire Pork Belly, which is perfect for sharing. Regardless of what you’re looking for in splendid night of food and wine; Le Petit is sure to deliver.