CLEAN EATING AT HENLEY'S WHOLEFOODS IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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The organic, clean eating movement has well and truly taken over the trendy café spots in Sydney, Australia. Walk down Campbell Parade in Bondi, Queen Street in Woollahra, Darling Street in Balmain and Market Lane in Manly, healthy living cafés dot the side walks with yogis, yummy mummys, surfers, hipsters and vegans vying for the best seats in the house. To be honest, it can get a little tiring and overwhelming jostling through the stylish crowd to get a quiet table and enjoy a clean, healthy meal in peace and quiet. It wasn’t until recently when my friend, who has just embarked on a 30 day healthy challenge, told me about a new organic café which has slipped into the clean living scene without fuss. My curiosity was high.

Already boasting fans by way of healthy living leaders trainer Luke Hines, Wellness Warrior Jess Ainscough and Path to Wellness blogger Melissa Ambrosini, I couldn’t handle listening to my friend tell me about the almond pancakes again and again – I was drooling every time she regaled her breakfast choice ingredient by ingredient, so I simply had to get down there myself.

For those travelling by car, here’s my tip. Parking around the area is limited. It’s mostly 30 minute ticketed parking, which is not ideal for those of us who love long, long brunches and lunches. There is two hour parking around the corner of Mill Hill Road and Ebley Street in Bondi Junction. Failing that, I recommend parking in Westfield Bondi Junction or East Gate and walk down.

The entrance to Henley’s is totally unassuming – and I love it. From Oxford St walk into a little shopping precinct and down the stairs. There you will find Snap Fitness to your left and Henley’s Wholefoods just a couple of shops up. Sitting down at a comforting bench seat, the wait staff kindly hand over the menu and as I look around I am immediately struck by two things – the hipsters have not overtaken this clean eating café, and the menu is mind blowing, to say the least.

The interior is fresh, clean and tiled white with an exposed ceiling, also white. Tropical palm cuttings, plants and flowers are placed around the tables, with tall green glass water jugs, small Botanica mason jars and crushed sea salt in circular mini trays nestled cosily on each table.

Feasting my eyes on the menu, it’s obvious the owner Sophie Henley, pays a very strong focus on nourishing her customers with honest, organic, clean food straight from local growers. There was only one problem – figuring out what I wanted to order because, simply, I wanted to eat everything!

After much debate, my friend and I chose the following sweet and savoury options with a delicious juice each to cleanse the palate after what can only be described as the best breakfast I’ve eaten in my entire life. And if you read Mr Weekender, then you'll know how important colourful food is to me - and Henley's Wholefoods have this nailed.

DRINK Botanica Press Juice: Kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, green apple and lemon juice served in a take home mason jar Fresh Coconut: Served with a straw to sip on the juice and a spoon to dig out the flesh – my favourite!

EAT Weekly Special: Sweet potato rostie served with lamb sausages, a side of tomato and pepper chutney finished off with an oozing poached egg on top Maca Charged Hotcakes: Almond meal hotcakes, caramelised banana, nutty and chia crumble, maple syrup and coconut yoghurt Smashed Toast: Avocado, mint and olive oil on toast

Henley’s Wholefoods is open seven days a week, and offers breakfast, lunch and pre-packaged dinners. There is a whole range of clean desserts to choose from, and the menu changes on a weekly basis.

Henley’s Wholefoods 9/310-330 Oxford St Bondi Junction, Sydney Australia 2022 Ph: +61 (2) 9387 7733 www.facebook.com/henleyswholefoods