Friday, 2 November 2012

more, enmore

Enmore Road in Sydney's inner west has long been the slightly less cool cousin to Newtown's King Street. But no more! With a host of new little gems opening up over the past few years alongside local legends Faheem's (for spectacularly authentic Pakistani food), Sultan's Table for Turkish and Cow and Moon Gelato for..well, you know. Joining other newish kids on the block in Hart's Yard, Silverbean and The Midnight Special, here are a couple of places you should check out.

Sadhana Kitchen

Raw. Vegan. Not two words you'll find very often here, mainly because yours truly would ordinarily opt for the side of bacon, cheese and pickles. Every so often though, even the most avid omnivore needs a health break. Far too often, cafes and restaurants who wear the healthy badge fail. Primarily, it's because someone had a good idea, but not the skills or know how to execute it properly (i.e it looks or tastes like ass). Not so, at Sadhana.

Situated in the back streets, just off Enmore Road, Sadhana Kitchen occupies part of the Jivamukti Yoga Newtown space and is run by yoga teacher and ex healthcare professional Maz Pugoy. The cafe specialises in raw and wholefoods (no meat, no added sugar, no wheat or gluten) this is truly a place that sits low on the guilt factor. While there may be a few peace, love and mungbean moments strewn in there somewhere, dishes like the Tejas Taco - comprising of spiced walnut mince, fresh salsa, guacamole and fermented cashew 'cheese' - are fresh, tasty and substantial. Staff are also helpful if you're stuck for choice and handy with nutritional information. Whether you're into getting bendy or not, it's a great place to grab a coffee (they even do cold drip), a green smoothie or a lunch, all served with a side of feel-good factor - and there's nothing wrong with that.

Where: 76a Wilford Street Newtown NSW 2042

Young Henrys

Beer. God love it... everyone else does. Sydney's just wrapped up its very own craft beer festival, celebrating all things boutique and mixed the hard way, and one great example of local, craft brewing is Young Henrys, which oddly enough, is a hop, step or stumble from Sadhana Kitchen. Sharing the same tiny industrial estate, Young Henrys is a brewery project started by a couple of passionate beer enthusiasts who decided that Australia was far too behind when it came to crafted beers. Headed up by Richard Adamson, Young Henrys produces small batches and specialty brews for restaurants such as Bloodwood Newtown, Harts Yard (a particularly delightful amber ale best consumed with duck fat roasted peanuts) and The Midnight Special (another Enmore Road establishment worth checking out), pay attention to this name, you're going to be hearing it a lot.

Best of all, you can discover Young Henrys in your own sweet time, with your very own cellar door experience, where you can ask questions, taste the merchandise and more importantly, buy some to take home with you.

Open: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm Sat, 9-12pm
Where: 76 Wilford Street Newtown NSW 2042

Great Aunty Three

Making the leap from the corporate life to hospitality is a scary one. But in the case of Michael Le, it's been worth it so far. Faced with the fear of living an life that's safe and comfortable, but not entirely fufilling, Michael decided to do something about it. Inspired by fellow successful Vietnamese Australians such as the Nguyens from Red Lantern, he decided to give it a great Aussie crack and open a juice and smoothie bar...with an Asian twist. Inspired by his grandma (Aunty Three), a chef and restaurateur in Vietnam, Great Aunty Three serves up fresh juices and smoothies as well as Vietnamese-inspired street food including caramelised pork rice paper rolls, roast duck rolls and more.

Where: 115 Enmore Road, Enmore 2042
Open: Mon - Wed 11am - 7pm, Thurs - Sat 11am - 10pm, Sun 11am - 3pm
Phone: 02 9519 2886