Chris and I first stumbled upon Orchard St. at our local Wholefoods House where we bought a bottle of their Cashew Chai smoothie to try. Shortly after, we discovered they had a bricks & mortar store nestled comfortably among the little boutiques in a side street in Paddington so we decided to go check it out.
It’s been a bit rough transitioning into a fully plant-based diet because of the lack of variety in terms of meat-free cuisine. Luckily there are brands/stores like Orchard St., Suzy Spoons and Bliss & Chips that give vegetarianism a bit more flavour in Sydney.
Anyhow, this was yesterday’s lunch after an hour and a half of wandering around Bondi Junction while Chris went about with his meetings and such. I was starving by the time we left the shopping centre and between two indecisive introverts, it’s always a challenge to find something we both want to eat.
I decided on Orchard St. since we hadn’t been back in weeks while Chris settled for a chicken sandwich from the organic bakery opposite The Local (pub).
Here’s what’s on the label/ingredients list:
Kelp noodles, crunchy fresh organic vegetables, tamari, coriander, cashews and almond butter satay sauce to cleanse, nourish and satisfy
I have taken a liking to kelp noodles and found it an interesting substitute for the standard thin, flat rice noodles in traditional pad thai dishes. Like konjac noodles, it has a certain ‘crunch’ to it that sets them apart from other noodles. Trust me, I’m a (self-proclaimed) noodle connoisseur. Hahaha!
The highlight of this dish was the almond butter satay sauce because I’m a sucker for savoury foods with a lemon tang (hello, pho!). Check out the beautiful colours in the salad as well!
For $14.90 AUD, this was more than enough to be separated into lunch and dinner for me – except I wolfed it down quickly because it was too good not to.
I don’t think eating raw plays well with my body, or maybe it’s because I very rarely eat this many vegetables at once so next time, I think I’ll reach for a miso phở instead.
If you’re interested in organic, environmentally conscious and holistic foods and juice cleanses check out the Orchard St. website. You can even order your organic, cold pressed juices and smoothies online!
Otherwise, if you happen to be around the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, you can also check them out in person 😉 at their Bondi, Bronte or Paddington locations.