Patch Café

Forged from co-founders Tom Davidson and Jacob Burke’s love of clean eating, Patch Café offers exciting brunch options and has earned its reputation as a weekend brunch mecca.
Situated within the heritage restoration of Studio 9 in Richmond Melbourne, Patch has successfully crafted an intimate, warm and inviting space with unpretentious simplicity at its core. 
The menu features paleo inspired food developed by executive chef Brett Tait.
As expected of any great Melbourne café, the coffee is excellent and poured by adept baristas.
Banana and almond hotcakes with house-made pistachio and cacao ice cream, paleo caramel and kiwi chunks

The hotcakes were a delicious paleo rendition of a breakfast favourite that amalgamates the best things in life (such as ice cream). Decadently delicious, the light hot cakes were drizzled with paleo caramel and adorned with refreshing house-made pistachio and cacao ice cream which went wonderfully with the slightly tart kiwi chunks.
Pan-seared barramundi served with roasted artichokes, asparagus and salsa verde

This dish was all about simple flavours and excellent execution. The skin of the barramundi was crisp and the flesh was delicate and moist. The warm salsa verde, roasted artichokes and asparagus complemented, rather than overpowered, the fish.
Chargrilled wagyu rump with braised Brussel sprouts, chilli, bacon and parsnip mash with a red wine jus

A light searing ensured that the wagyu rump was lined with a thin crisp layer packed with caramelised beef flavour.  The meat was intense with characteristic wagyu notes and a deep earthy richness. Coated with a luxurious red wine jus, the dish was very enjoyable to consume.
Patch Café also offers a wonderful selection of raw desserts created by certified nutrition coach Jayde Hwang.
Acai berry and blueberry lemon cheese cake (Raw, Vegan, Paleo)

As vegan as these sweets are, they were concocted without a single sacrifice to flavour. Every item was a wonderful vegan interpretation of the original. 
Raw Salted Caramel Slice (Raw, Vegan, Paleo)

Considering the sweet treats had to omit common ingredients like eggs or dairy products (think cheesecake without cheese) we were pleasantly surprised by how good these sweet treats tasted. While they were very different to their “original” counterparts, they were unique and delicious in their own right.
The perfect embodiment of a thriving Melbourne café, Patch was always going to be a success story and it is no surprise that it is drawing in the crowds week in week out with its consistently excellent food, fantastic coffee and cheerful wait staff. 


Location: 1/32 Bendigo St, Richmond VIC 3121
Phone: (03) 9029 0328
Link: http://patchcafe.com.au/, Facebook, Instagram
Cuisine: Modern Australian, Paleo, Vegan, Raw


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Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Patch Café.

Five Plus - The right blend

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Five Plus.
Smoothies have been an evolving trend for a couple of years now and has hit its stride in Melbourne with many operators opening multiple locations due to high demand. Five Plus is a welcomed addition to the scene, setting itself apart by offering smoothies with a difference.
The name ‘Five Plus’ refers to the five daily portions of fruit and vegetables nutritionists recommend we eat. The menu offers a variety of smoothies which focus on nutrition and maintaining a healthy body. 
The drinks strive to be nutritionally complete with benefits ranging from balanced pH and sugar levels, clearer skin, weight loss, increased mental clarity, diminished aches and pains, better sleep patterns, and better liver function. 
From left: “Sweet Heart” - Beetroot coconut water apple Banana ginger, “The Good Life” - Kale almond milk pineapple banana mint lime ice, “The Perfect Date” oats, almond, almond milk, banana, cinnamon and dates, “Peanut Butter Cup” oats, almond, almond milk, banana, house-made peanut butter and dates
One of our favourite green juices was “The Good Life”, which combines kale, almond milk, pineapple, banana, mint and lime to help boost your immune system, reduce the effects of allergies and assist with strengthening nails, hair and improving skin clarity.
We adored “The Perfect Date” and “Peanut Butter Cup” smoothies - which are the 2 great breakfast options on the menu. They each shared base ingredients of oats, almond, almond milk, banana and dates. The difference is “The Perfect Date” has aromatic cinnamon added to it while the “Peanut Butter Cup” has decadent house-made peanut butter. Both were incredibly satisfying and absolutely delicious.
The “Peanut Butter Cup” is particularly addictive. We loved the salty/sweet mixture which was just pure delight and a real treat. “The Perfect Date” on the other hand is something we could drink everyday instead of breakfast.
Vivian Lam, the founder of Five Plus, has tried and tested many combinations of fruit and vegetables to get the best balance between health benefits and great taste - and we think she’s got the Five Plus mixes just right.

Location: 265 Little Lonsdale St  Melbourne,
Link: www.fiveplussmoothie.com.au

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Frochella @ Ilya Frozen Yogurt

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Ilya.
Ilya Frozen Yohurt features an array of exciting self-serve frozen yogurt flavours at a weigh-and-pay price.

Gastrology recently sampled 15 delectable flavours at Frochella @ Ilya where we enjoyed their organic, 100% natural, and free from refined cane sugar frozen yogurts.
Owners Natasha and Jason left the corporate world to pursue their passion for good food, (that not only tastes good but is good for you), giving back and having fun - enter, Ilya.
The Ilya frozen yogurt shop is built around the social, consumer experience – we loved the comfortable fittings and furniture.
We loved the array of topping options... 
Our favourite topping was the antioxidant goodness which was a delectable blend of yummy goodness including goji, cacao, maca and mixed-berry powder, chia seeds and pepitas.
We sampled 2 menus - Ilya's core and current flavours (menu A) and the new limited edition spring/summer menu (menu B).
One of our favourite items from the core and current flavours was “Flawless” which was quite simply as its name suggested. It was a beautiful coconut frozen yogurt that was made from coconut milk and shredded coconut. 
Another favourite was “Sexy and I know it” which was a chocolate froyo which delivered rich and wholesome flavours and yet managed to be dairy-free, animal friendly and decadently chocolaty.
The new limited edition spring menu boasted a cacophony of interesting flavour combinations.  We absolutely adored “Lana Del Grey” which was an earl grey tea froyo combined with dried cranberries. We loved the marrying of flavours between the tangy earl grey bergamot notes and the similarly sweet and tart cranberries. 
A healthy dessert alternative, Ilya frozen yogurts are proud to be the first and only organic self-serve frozen yogurt in Australia with no cane sugar used in their yogurt base. Made with fresh organic milk, organic Five:AM yogurt, Ilya offers a superior product offering with their yogurt base sweetened with Stevia and Erythitol, setting them apart from the other froyo offerings around town.

Location: 277 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick,
Cuisine: Frozen Yogurt

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Smith & Daughters - First taste feast

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Smith & Daughters.
Location: 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Phone: 03 9939 3293
Cuisine: Latin American, Southern/Soul, Vegetarian, Vegan
Overall Impression: 8/10
Smith & Daughters is a commitment to expanding and perfecting the dynamic food culture of plant-based cuisine. Owned by chef, Shannon Martinez and business gal, Mo Wyse, Smith & Daughters' offering is entirely vegan.
With Shannon heading the kitchen, the restaurant is in safe hands. Shannon is an award-winning, former head chef of The Sweetwater Inn, South (Collingwood's People's Market), and The Gasometer Hotel. Together with business partner and front-of-house manager, Mo, the pair share over thirty years of hospitality, food preparation, cooking, marketing and management experience between them. What is evident is the passion they bring to the table and a belief that their unique product will inspire change.
Located on a historic corner on Brunswick Street (former headquarters of the pacifist movement during World War Two) the space has a moody ambience and a brilliant vibe.
The menu features Latin cuisine, highlighting small plates and mains from Spain, Central and South America featuring favourites like Pazole, Paella, Chorizo, Ceviche, and Croquetas, with their alcoholic significant others: Aqua Frescos, Jalapetio Lemonade, Sangria, Margaritas, and Caipirinhas. The ingredients used are locally-sourced and organic where possible.
As vegan as the dishes are, they are concocted without a single sacrifice to flavour. Every dish was a wonderful vegan interpretation of the original. We particularly loved the “tuna” and pea croquetas. Each morsel had a perfectly crisp crumbed layer which encased a silky smooth filling which was beautifully flavoured. 
Smith & Daughters is the collaboration of two women with a strong commitment to bring the world delicious food without a single animal product on site. Their compassion, commitment and sense of empowerment make this restaurant one to watch.

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