Whole Meal Cafe, Darlinghurst Sydney

WMC 2I discovered Whole Meal Café a few months ago and it has very quickly become one of my favourite local places to grab a bite or takeaway snack. The cafe is run by owner / operator Anna, and its philosophy on food and healthy living reflects Anna’s passion for creating fresh, balanced and nutritious café style food.

Since opening in 2009, Anna has created not only a bustling café culture, but a strong philosophy and following based on enjoying good quality and healthy food. There always seems to be something new to try as Anna is always experimenting and creating tempting, healthy meals.

What’s good about it?

Aside from the great range of menu options (which I will get into below), Whole Meal Café has a friendly atmosphere and attracts regular customers by the healthy and wholesome food, the friendly staff and of course Anna’s fantastic customer service.

One of the first times I visited, I ordered an omelette and requested no bread (a standard order that I make at many cafés). Most places would make a note of the ‘no toast’ request and leave it at that. Instead, Anna suggested that I try some of her gluten-free / grain-free protein bread. She told me a bit about it, and after learning that it had less that 1 gram of carbs per slice, I was sold. Normally I wouldn’t order any sort of bread, gluten-free or not, but I was curious to try this creation and I was glad I did.

On another visit, after ordering the pumpkin soup of the day (without toast) Anna suggested that I add poached chicken to the soup for a bit of protein. It’s rare to find someone who is so passionate about serving great food and suggesting healthy alternatives.

Since these visits, I have gotten to know Anna a little better and she has told me about how the café and Protein Bread has come about. It’s a nice story – Anna started Whole Meal Café after running a personal training business and after years of competing as an elite gymnast. Knowing the importance of good nutrition as a professional athlete, she always knew that opening a health café was something she would do (in fact, she started planning the concept for her café as a child).

The Protein Bread came about as a result of seeing a real need for a better option. Most people love bread, and removing it from your diet can be really hard! I’ve heard so many people retort that they love bread too much to give it up. Anna’s determination led her to create her own range of house made Protein Bread, which she has perfected over years of experimenting with different ingredients and combinations.

Menu – what’s paleo?

There are so many options that are suitable for the paleo diet, and almost everything is adaptable to suit your needs. I highly recommend the egg white omelettes, and each day there’s a great range of takeaway lunch options including soups, wraps and salads.

Note-worthy breakfast menu items include:
·         Green envy – basil pesto scrambled eggs, baby spinach and avocado
·         Protein cloud – egg white omelette with ham, mushrooms, thyme, feta and spinach (shown at the very top)
·         Almond meal pancake stack – blueberry ricotta or banana coconut
For lunch, they have a simple way for customers to build perfectly balanced salads by selecting their protein of choice, good fats, carbs and green leafy base to create their perfect mix.
The protein bread is available with any meal and is a fantastic option. It is gluten free, yeast free, high in protein and contains all natural ingredients like flaxmeal, almond meal, sesame seeds, linseeds and chia seeds. The extra protein is delivered through a whey protein compound, egg white and pure pea protein. For more information check out the WMC Protein Bread product page. The bread can also be bought as a takeaway loaf at the café and ordered online.
6 Flinders St, Darlinghurst
Whole Meal Café website
Whole Meal Café Facebook Page
Whole Meal Café Blog

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Alison Sims

Passionate about real food and healthy living, Alison Sims is the founder and author of Paleo Foodies. She is on a mission to discover the best paleo dining in Australia and all around the world. What started as a part time blog in 2013 has lead to a full time career for Alison, who previously spent a decade in Advertising and Marketing. She is now a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Paleo Foodies Magazine.


  • Reply August 9, 2013


    We had a Paleo meetup lunch there… we weren’t impressed by the food or service. Maybe it was a bad day.

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  • Reply February 15, 2015

    Sally | The Fit Foodie

    Love this cafe. Full of awesome healthy breakfast options and they serve my favourite Protein Bread. Win!!

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