I 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.