There’s been a string of intriguing and stylish eateries popping up outside of popular high street locales in Melbourne; like Left Field and Sugar Buns for example. More and more youthfully renowned eateries are calling random street corners and outer suburbia home these days. Dare I say this has more to do with Melbourne’s ridiculous housing and rental markets seeing Generation Y and younger pushed out further into the greater suburbs. Of course according to “expert” and very much infuriating Baby Boomer Bernard Salt, smashed avocado is what’s keeping us out of the housing market. I could compile a thesis on how horrendously idiotic that statement is, but I’d rather not give such nonsense anymore airtime.
If you recall this previous post, I mentioned cravings for a chia pudding I’d consumed the other week. Its generous lashings of mango puree and delectably fresh seasonal fruits are what rekindled such fondness for it.
Well it was here in which such nostalgia took place.
Mr Black Juicery is located in Berwick, and while this suburb is hardly unusual, for me to find this kind of well-being centred eatery certainly feels so. This cafe is neatly ensconced away from the main street; it’s brilliantly stark white facade and opulent warehouse-like arched windows are concealed by lush foliage. You’d expect such a nondescript exterior to attract little attention and yet this site is perpetually teeming with energy and verve; much like a well guarded secret.
And from stepping inside it’s easy to comprehend why.
The interiors are industrial meets Australian Scandinavian design. A slick combination of monochrome commingled with natural elements like wooden slats and succulents. It’s clean and beautifully uncomplicated, much like it’s menu.
Or so it would have you believe with a simple page dedicated to either hydration or nourishment. The options may appear somewhat limited but the detail in each dish certainly compensates. From quinoa porridge compiled with coconut milk, dukkah, fresh fruit and apple and rhubarb compote to lunch bowls composed of buckwheat noodles, shredded vegetables, sprouts and served with miso soup and nori strips. (If you hadn’t noted the above are two dishes I am very much eager to further examine.)
Hardly straightforward yet very much enticing.
Of course the main star that day was that now infamous chia pudding. An Instagrammable beauty, the creators masterpiece and a delightfully palatable dish for the patron. It was as delicious and as refreshing as it looks. And I personally adored that they shied away from the typical (overused) mason jar to a chic little presentation canister. And the accompaniment of a dollop of their in-house speciality, “coco whip”, makes this hearty dish all kinds of amazing. Do yourself a favour and see for yourself. There’s also a great selection of juices, smoothies and tea to accompany a health induced feast.
1 Blackburne Square
03 9707 5143