Acland Streets going healthy – we’re loving it!

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Gone are the days where being vegan or vegetarian was a hassle; no longer is it hard to find healthy, fresh and exciting food. Acland Street has quickly become one of the best places in Melbourne to come for everything from a healthy snack to a hearty meal.

We have seen a big push towards providing Vegan, Vegetarian, Super food’s, Gluten Free, Lactose-Free and Sugar-Free requests by customers.  Even cleanses are becoming mainstream.

Acland Street will not disappoint.  Health conscious, ethical or even just curious individuals are coming along and tasting freshly prepared healthy and delicious food

The freshest addition to the plant-based team, ‘Matcha Mylkbar’, has only recently opened, and taken the market by storm.

Starting strong and hard, Matcha has carved its position on Acland Street with hordes of customers flocking down to taste, enjoy ‘take a pic’ of their delicious, aesthetically brilliant food and drinks.

One of Matcha Mylkbar’s four owners, Mark Filippelli says “Matcha set out to take the Melbourne brunch experience and make it completely plant-based, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

They really know what they’re doing, so much so, that they have created their own vegan egg, made from coconut milk and sweet potatoes. Even more interesting is the “Mushroom Lattés” made from Chaga mushroom powder; one of the oldest and most beneficial superfoods.  Both not bad, and great for you!

One of their partners is the creator of ‘Matcha Maiden’ one of the fastest growing Matcha Company in Australia.

Matcha is a 100% pure green tea leaves stone ground into a fine powder. It is a certified Japanese-organic product, sourced from the hills of Kyoto Japan.

Australia’s first speciality Matcha café serve matcha in 7 different ways in over 30% of their menu.

“The good thing about us and Acland Street” explains Mark “is that Acland Street is a really wonderful eclectic mix of people and I think that goes with our offering.”

You don’t have to be vegan to come here. Only 15 – 20 percent of customers are vegan or vegetarian and none of the owners are vegan themselves. The majority of the customers are “Flexitarians”.  People are encouraged to explore and to eat more sustainably.

Come down and experience first hand what everyone’s been talking about, have a green burger with a beetroot latte. Just make sure you bring your camera and upload to Instagram or Facebook.

‘Sister of Soul’ is a popular vegan/vegetarian restaurant, which has become a strong part of Acland Street’s restaurant culture.

It quickly became a St Kilda favourite and has been growing ever since Daniel Clerici opened the doors just shy of two and a half years ago.

Sister of Soul is located at number 73 Acland Street. It boasts a completely vegan and vegetarian menu with over 50 items.

When asked what he values the most Daniel explained that “we pride ourselves on flavour, value for money, service and that the restaurant is in many ways, an extension of ourselves.

Their world menu is designed with an as broad appeal as possible to highlight that vegan/vegetarian food comes from all corners of the globe.

St Kilda and Acland Street will always have great bars, cafes and dining. But what is exciting is that new restaurants are popping up and showcasing foods that are responding to the diverse diet and food choices of locals and visitors.  St Kilda will never stop evolving, it continues to improve, expand and surprise.

“I think it’s great that these cafes and shops are opening up” says Daniel, it brings more like-minded people to the street and the area, if they’re not like-minded people they are open-minded people willing to try something new.”

If you’re after a quick bite to eat without the meat ‘Falafel Extra’ has to be your go to.  Located right on the strip, this falafel, salad and juice bar offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free Middle Eastern cuisine.

Their falafels are some of the best you’re going to get, prepared to order they are garden-fresh crunchy and full of flavour.

The Juices are made on request and are the perfect match for your delicious, healthy and affordable meal.

Across the road at number 82 Acland Street, there is ‘Pressed Juices’, which specialises in ‘cold pressed’ juices. Juices are made from an alternative juicing method, using a hydraulic press that squeezes the juice from the fruit or vegetable.

So what’s the fuss? Essentially, with conventional juicers, the centrifugal force of the blades creates a heat that can reduce the quality of the nutrients found in the juice. At Pressed Juices, they crush all the ingredients in your order to extract the greatest quantity of juice possible without compromising the nutrient quality.

Formulated by qualified nutritionists, cold-pressed juices are 100% natural and made fresh every day. All their juices are vegan, gluten-free, 100% raw and free of additives, preservatives and refined sugars.

So if you’re feeling healthy, curious or even just excited, head down to Acland Street and taste this evolving movement of food and diet, right in the heart of St Kilda.

I guarantee you will feel great.

Written by – James Robertson

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