Located in the heart of Maylands, along Railway Parade, opposite the train station is The Little Shop of Plenty which focuses on helping people of Perth achieve better heath by eating better food. Everything made in The Little Shop of Plenty is from pure, raw wholefood ingredients and free from artificial additives. The food here is gluten, cane sugar and dairy free. Instead, organic products and superfoods are used. Check out their menu and you can find plenty plant based dishes which contains plenty of protein, minerals and flavours. As we were there on a 40 degree day, we were lucky to be seated inside the cafe. The interior is simple and minimalistic giving a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of natural lighting.
Elwyn had the Abundance bowl ($22) which comprises of summer green vegetables, grilled baby eggplant, lupin tempeh, miso sesame sauce, creamy tamarind and lime sauce, activated cashews. I had a taste test of Elwyn’s abundance bowl and it was delicious. The lupin tempeh was nutty and chewy in flavour, complementing well with the freshness of the green vegetables and soft textures of the grilled baby eggplant. As a big fan on miso, the miso sesame sauce was the cherry on top giving the abundance bowl its sweet miso flavour.
I had the Thai Style Kelp Noodle Salad ($20) which consists of Kelp noodles, fresh & crunchy shredded radish, carrot, capsicum, red cabbage, spring onion, creamy tamarind & lime sauce, activated cashews. I enjoyed the salad and thought that it was a very refreshing dish to have particularly on a very hot 40 degree day. The creamy tamarind and lime sauce gave the salad its Thai flavours, adding a hint of sourness to the salad. With one bite, there’s a burst of fresh flavours together with an additional crunch from the shredded radish.
Two of our dining companions had the raw pizza which was the marinated field mushrooms, kale, cashew creme fraiche with lemon thyme & garlic, served with a fresh little green garden salad ($16).
Another one of our dining companions had the Paleo plate which comprises of avocado & lime, sweet potato & fennel smash with sauerkraut, mushroom braise with cashew creme fraiche and paleo almond flat bread. ($17.50) which looks as scrumptious too!
If you love coconut, you will fall in love with Cocowhip. It’s a cold and creamy soft-serve goodness made from young coconut.
To finish off our healthy feast, we decided to indulge in Cocowhips. We had the Matcha Cocowhip with Organic Berries and rose jelly. Our dining companion, Lizette and Leam had the original Cocowhip with caramel fudge sauce and chocolate fudge sticks. It may not be as rich as dairy ice cream but you could taste the light and refreshing young coconut flavour.
Walking out of the Little Shop of Plenty, I felt energised, good and healthy. It’s definitely great to see more healthy cafes opening up in Perth with a focus towards healthy eating. If you are at The Little Shop of Plenty, don’t forget to check out the little shop for some great gifts and health food products.