Healthy and delicious
The creation of a body builder and professional trainer, Backyard Cafe combines super-healthy food, and a scientific approach to nutrition with some fantastic flavours and portions that would satisfy even the heartiest of appetites.
On Street 246, which is starting to develop its own vibe, the smart, relaxed, open-spaced restaurant with an almost Mediterranean feel, creates everything from scratch for a menu with a strong focus on healthy, vegan, gluten- and sugar-free foods, that also happen to be delicious.
The real delight here is lunchtime, when they turn out salads with big, bold flavours that are as colourful as they are tasty. Loaded with goodies like roasted pumpkin, quinoa, goat cheese, nuts, avocado, red pepper hummus, lentils, brown rice, roasted cauliflower, seeds, and so much more, the vibrant salads are actually almost hard to finish, and you don’t often say that about a salad. They also mix up a punchy selection of fritters, mini burgers and sandwiches. For example the power door stop sandwich ($5.50), which packs in roasted herbed chicken, superfood pesto, tzatziki, sprouts, tomato, pickles and salad on seeded bread. You won’t need to eat again for the day.
The creativity and fearless approach here is invigorating in itself. So, specials might be something like roasted broccoli, Chinese kale, green bean, lime, chilli salad, with fresh apple, rocket, spinach, shallot, tomato, almond, sesame, and creamy tahini dressing, for just $5.50.
The breakfasts are cut in a similar vein. Healthy portions of healthy food, including warm coconut quinoa porridge ($6.50), which comes packed with pumpkin and sunflower seeds, coconut, cashew milk, cinnamon, ginger, banana, raisins and homemade coconut yoghurt. This is not a place that does anything by halves, especially flavour. Check out the veggie zucchini fritters ($6.50), which are made and served with zucchini, egg, roasted red pepper, cucumber, mint, cashew cheese, chilli chia jam, rocket and lime.
The drinks are just as lively and health-boosting with a generous selection of smoothies, cold pressed juices and infusions, and it’s not all fruit. Check out Emma’s Chocolate Superfood Smoothie ($4), which has raw cacao, goji berries, banana, cashew milk and bee pollen.
The restaurant is a clean, minimalist space, with lots of space between tables, and a comfortably, healthy, airy feel. The fridge at the back holds their homemade chutneys and jams and more, including a selection of sugar-free cakes, like raw blueberry and lavender cheesecake ($4). Hard to imagine a more guilt-free way of tucking into dessert.
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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