Buttermilk pancakes and a side of bacon at any time of day — good one. Almond milk (made fresh on-site each day) at no extra cost — good one. And a toast menu that extends well beyond peanut butter, Vegemite or jam — good one.
Sensing a clear theme? It's these thoughtful touches and a willingness to accommodate that help Good One Cafe stand out in Bondi's already health-conscious cafe crowd. Eager to please, Good One caters for all dietary requirements, to the point that nearly every item on the menu can be made vegan-friendly.
While healthy options are its forte, Good One acknowledges that on some mornings you'll want an overwhelmingly green omelette with courgette, kale, soft herbs and hippie mix ($18), and on others you'll crave a sizeable stack of buttermilk pancakes with berry compote, pistachio streusel and vanilla mascarpone ($17). The folded eggs with smoked market fish, capers and chilli on sourdough is also a surprisingly rich option ($19).
Regardless of what you choose, if you wash it down with one of the cafe's wellness smoothies, which are jam-packed with obscurely healthy ingredients, the balance will be easily tipped in your favour.
While Good One is intent on keeping it casual, even the simplest of meals are exciting — which brings us to the toast menu. Choose from one slice ($7) or two ($11), eat in or takeaway and sourdough, rye and caraway, activated charcoal and quinoa bread or fig and raisin – all of which are baked in-house daily. When it comes to toppings, swap your usual Vegemite and avo combo for grilled mushrooms, labneh and salsa verde or trade peanut butter for broad beans, peas, mint and hazelnut dukkah. And if you're looking for some protein add a poached ($3) or pickled egg ($1).
A health-conscious cafe that prides itself on house-made and locally sourced ingredients may not be a groundbreaking concept in Bondi, but at the end of the day Good One is giving the people what they want, with some unique added touches.
Images: Letícia Almeida