Friday, January 31, 2014

Eden's Salad Bar, Subiaco

After I raved about the easily obtained veggie food in North America (in my blog posts and to anyone who would listen), I realised that I should try harder to do justice to the vegan and vegetarian places of my home town. There are plenty of places that I would be thrilled to discover if I was looking for a cafe on holiday, and a number of them are quite conveniently located to either my home or my work.

Today's post is written in the spirit of recognising great veggie food on my doorstep, and I hope you'll agree that I'm starting with a delightful example.

Eden's Salad Bar, Subiaco

Eden's Salad Bar used to have two stores, the original cafe in Subiaco and a slightly smaller store in Nedlands. The Nedlands branch closed at the end of last year, but the Subiaco one is a 15-20 minute walk from one of my workplaces. I don't buy my lunch regularly, but if I do, it's a pretty convenient option.

Over the years, I have tried a number of Eden's lunch meals. The most basic is to create your own salad, wrap or roll using their salad bar (prices starting at $5.95). This has the advantage of being fully customisable and drawing on a huge range of salad vegetables, grains and proteins (both veggie, like chickpeas, and meat, like chicken). However, it's never got me too excited and I don't tend to utilise it on a regular basis. If they start providing quinoa, grilled tofu and marinated kale, I might change my mind, but at present the options don't extend quite that far.

Chargrilled eggplant burger.

The nice thing about Eden's is there is far more to choose from than just the salad bar. The lunch menu includes a range of vegetarian and vegan burgers (all roughly $10), including the chargrilled eggplant above, a field mushroom option, and several veggie patties (lentil; chickpea, cauliflower and cashew; spicy bean). You can also add stand-alone veggie patties ($4.95) to a salad of your design, or do the same with marinated tofu skewers ($5.95). I have tried both of the tofu flavours on option - peri-peri and satay - and enjoyed them both.

A long lunch break with a side of marking.

If you wanted to stop by for breakfast, there are lots of bread options (including a wholewheat pumpkin bread that sounds lovely), some of which are vegan; a mushroom stack; poached eggs; muesli and yoghurt or milk; and daily muffin specials, many of which are vegan. The prices are fairly reasonable, starting at $3.95 for bread and muffins and rising to $10 - $15 for the savoury options.


Eden's interior.

The truth is, though, that my favourite Eden's choices are from the drinks and snack menus. They have a range of juices and milk-free smoothies, and also offer almond and soy milk for use in hot drinks and milk smoothies. I am yet to utilise the almond milk option because their green smoothie ($5.95 for regular / $6.95 for large) is probably my favourite commercial green smoothie of all time. It combines a hefty dose of spinach with lime, apple and mango and gives an incredibly thick and creamy result. Even without other purchases, this smoothie has enticed me to make a 30 minute round trip walk from work to pick it up!

Green smoothie

I find it increasingly difficult to justify buying vegan baked goods and snacks, because usually I can make the same thing at home for a reduced cost. Sometimes, though, I convince myself I need to "test" the commercial versions to see how they compare to my own, and of course there are weeks when my own baking is absent and a bought option is useful.

Vegan lemon, poppy seed and squash muffin

Over time, I have managed to try several of the vegan muffins Eden rotates through. Their lemon, poppy seed and squash muffin is creative and delicious, as is the apple and zucchini muffin that comes topped with walnuts.

Vegan apple and zucchini muffin, topped with walnuts

There are also raw vegan snacks, including truffle balls (in flavours such as sesame peanut caramel) and slices. One of my most recent purchases was the raw vegan lemon slice, which was impressive in marrying tart citrus with just enough sweetness.

Raw vegan lemon slice

Given my positive comments, the reasonable prices and the close proximity to where I work, you may be wondering why I haven't raved about Eden's before. There are just two downsides to the cafe. The first is limited seating, with roughly 6 small tables inside and a similar number of larger tables outside. This isn't a huge problem given many people take food away, but it makes it hard to guarantee a seat if you plan to eat in.

The second downside is in the opening hours. Currently, Eden's are open from 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday. This precludes any weekend or dinner visits, which is a shame.

Overall, though, Eden's Salad Bar has a cheerful, casual persona and an extensive and delicious selection of veggie options. I am glad to finally share some with you!

Update 1st February 2014: After I posted the above, Eden's made contact to thank me for the review and to say that they will be updating their menu to include some new salads - such as quinoa, purple kale, roast pumpkin, sunflower seeds and pepitas with a spicy pomegranate dressing; toor dahl, broccoli and fresh mango with a chilli/lime dressing; zucchini noodle 'pad thai' with tofu and peanuts; and marinated baked tofu as a salad bar option. They also have a new green smoothie featuring banana, coconut water, kale, chia and dates. I love the sound of all of these additions and shall have to visit again to test them out!

Eden's Salad Bar is located at 151 Rokeby Road, Subiaco. Their phone contact is 6380 2000 and their Facebook page has a picture of their menu. They are also highly reviewed on Urbanspoon.


Eden's Salad Bar on Urbanspoon


Do you find yourself forgetting about cafes / restaurants in your local area?

22 comments:

  1. Yum sounds delicious! pity i didn't know about it when I was in Perth a few months back!

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    1. Sorry I didn't manage to get the review out in time!!

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  2. Ooo love the sound of this place! I love the variety of veggie burgers they have!!

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  3. Nice to hear about a place you enjoy for a quick snack rather than one where you have a leisurely lunch - I often feel I need to sit and really take in a place to blog it but when you go often as it sounds like you have - at least it is easier to do it justice!

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    1. Yes, I have been building up this post for a while! There have been quite a few visits and tasting opportunities ;)

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  4. Great to hear you've got a great veggie-friendly café near you. It's so important to support these places and this one certainly looks worth supporting!
    I don't think I've ever seen a green smoothie available commercially outside of London but hopefully the green mania is spreading...

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    1. Gosh, that is disconcerting to hear before we move to the UK! Luckily we will be in London ;) Green smoothies are quite common in Australia, but given our climate, perhaps that makes sense - I imagine smoothies in general have a greater market when the weather is warm.

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  5. The snacks look terrific - I think that they might get me to walk all that way to get them.

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    1. They're quite enticing Cakelaw, let me tell you!

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  6. Eden's looks like it's doing a lot of things really well. I love the look and sound of that green smoothie with the lime and mango - it looks amazing and I can understand you going on a half hour hike to get one xx

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    1. It really is wonderful Charlie - and you're right, they're just doing things well generally.

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  7. I miss the ubiquity of peri-peri everything in Australia

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    1. And there I was thinking peri-peri had worldwide popularity. I had better soak it up over the coming months!

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  8. Chargrilled eggplant burger sounds and looks tasty. I'm a fan of little cafes. They usually have unique menus and some of them have a family vibe. Cafes are a great place for me to unwind and catch up on reading or writing.

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    1. They definitely are - I love taking a book along!

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  9. Before we moved tot he south of england we planned to move to Australia. Edens looks like a place I would LOVE to visit, the burger looks so tasty! x

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    1. Oh, how funny - I imagine things would be different in lots of ways if you'd moved here instead :-)

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  10. This places looks so fresh and healthy. I presume they had a lot of gluten free options too?

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