If you’re a raw food virgin it’s Sadhana Kitchen that should pop your cherry.
As Sydney’s pioneering organic, vegan, raw wholefoods café, Sadhana Kitchen got it right from the beginning, so it’s no surprise that they’ve opened a second location, this time in Bondi Beach.
There was a high demand for the wholesome fare in Sydney’s health capital. “We had a lot of customers from the Bondi area travelling to our flagship store in Enmore and telling us how much of a hassle it was. Now we can service the inner west and east as well,” says founder, Maz Valcorza.
It took two years to scout out the ideal location, finally settling in Warner Avenue opposite Harry’s Bar & Dining. Previously Nina Ploy’s Thai restaurant, the team has chosen to keep the industrial feel of the space. With exposed brick pylons and lights hanging from copper pipes, the fit-out is extremely different to its Enmore counterpart but the menu is mostly the same.
At Sadhana Kitchen Bondi you’ll find the signature high tea and seven-course degustation along with a daily menu with SK favourites including the pitaya bowl with blended dragonfruit; their original-blend buckwheat grawnola; the endless Cocowhip combinations; and of course, the ‘Cheezeburger’, a nut-free vegan patty topped with homemade vegan cheddar cheese.
The café’s raw food philosophy proves that we eat with our eyes as much as our mouths; the lasagne looks like mince meat, the pulled-jackfruit tacos resemble pork, and we have to admit, the taste is there too.
“We work hard to make sure that everything we serve is still hearty, familiar and indulgent. I don’t want people to feel like they’re just going out for a salad,” says Valcorza. “When people leave here, they’re going to feel full.”
Sadhana Kitchen Bondi will cater to its location too. Valcorza intends to serve organic picnic hampers she calls “Bondi baskets” that customers will order online, collect in store and take with them to the beach.