When there's a cafe that serves vegan burgers and pizzas and there isn't a faux piece of meat in sight, that's cause for attention. Regardless of whether you're a die-hard vegan or you're simply willing to try anything once, you'll be surprised at the complexity and flavour of oFarm Cafe's menu, particularly as it's limited to entirely raw, vegan and gluten free ingredients. Disclaimer: this is written by a highly committed meat eater.
Equally surprising is its location at Warringah Mall in Brookvale. Attached to an organic grocer by the same name — and backing on to the shopping centre's carpark — the location really doesn't do the cafe justice. But if you can look past that, it's worth a visit.
While they may be serving up classic cafe fare — think avo on toast, a selection of homemade granolas, smoothies and salads — this is not the kind of food most mere mortals can make at home. It's technical and no attention to detail has been spared when plating up your food.
You wouldn't imagine that a thin and crunchy pizza base could be made from dehydrated tomatoes and seeds. And when it comes to toppings, the combination of creamy cashew cheese, black olives, corn and mint oil on the living pizza ($15.90) is as satisfying as any traditional pizza, and less likely to put you in a food coma after your fourth piece.
A non-negotiable in a good burger is a patty that's juicy and flavourful, and oFarm's sunflower and quinoa burger ($15.90) is just that. The patty is made from quinoa and beetroot and comes with a kick, courtesy of the smoked paprika sauce, pickles and sauerkraut.
While the location is far from ideal, oFarm Cafe is doing its part to make vegan food appealing to even the most stoic of meat eaters. And with plans to launch a dinner degustation menu in the near future, complete with organic wines, this is the place to give vegan dining a try.