Back at you with another food post (yep – another one!). This time, taking it back to my “hometown” (Melbourne is home, but Sydney is the OG) – Sydney. The Lower North Shore, especially in the last number of years has really stepped up its game in terms of food. Not only appealing to those who are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and the like – Bloom has been around for a good while! It was actually one of my favourites back when I was at school. Although, in the last year or so, Bloom has stepped up massively – becoming one of the top brunch scenes in the Lower North Shore. Although I think it is a bit pricey, I would recommend it if you’re in the area or you want to be a bit more adventurous than the usual ‘toast and avocado’.
The inside of the cafe is super cosy – the perfect place for winter. However, this particular day, it was quite sunny (it was cold – but they have outdoor heaters!) so we sat outside.
Firstly, smoothies. I would usually get a coffee, but the smoothies at Bloom for me have always been a sort of tradition. I got the Mango Tango Smoothie (pineapple, mango, soy milk, chia seeds and coconut water) whilst C got the Super Berry (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries with chia seeds, honey and coconut milk) – they were both super delicious!
Food-wise, I was craving a bacon + egg sandwich, so I switched the fried egg out for a scrambled one (as I usually do). Although I am not a massive fan of mayonnaise and I wish it contained some leafy greens such as spinach – overall, it wasn’t too bad. I’ve had better, but I have also had worse. C has the spicy bean & corn nachos with organic linseed chips and sour cream! I’ve had this dish before (it’s actually one of my favourites!), so I can vouch that it is really good. I usually skip the sour cream and add extra guacamole, but the beans have flavour and pair perfectly with the slightly salty chips.
In terms of other choices – they have a tonne. They serve brunch from the early morning till 11AM and lunch thereafter. Bloom also has the cabinet where they serve wraps, bliss balls, vegan cheesecakes, cookies etc – my personal choice is the rice balls, which was my favourite lunchtime nom when I was at school. I feel like this portion of Bloom is one of the things that the Melbourne CBD is missing – if anyone finds a similar alternative, please let me know!