I'm fairly new to this clean eating business. I went to the new wholefoods cafe in Braddon Eighty Twenty a while back and made friends with salad. Health food cafes like Eighty Twenty and Local Press Cafe are becoming very popular. I discovered another one in Barton recently. Maple and Clove has an emphasis on nourishing, handmade wholefoods - nature's produce eaten as close as possible to their natural state with little or no refinement or processing. A monochrome interior with matching chairs, tables, cups and plates keeps the decor simple and casual, while the marble walls and long tables give the cafe a luxe feel. Floor to ceiling folding glass doors - allow the place to be filled with natural light and a viney plant wall spells eco-trendy.
Their menu includes all day breakfast, which I couldn't wait to tuck into. I ordered the zucchini and corn fritters $16.50, which was served on a bed of greens drizzled with natural yoghurt.
The light and fluffy fritters weren't at all oily. In fact, they were very much like a savoury version of my friend's pancakes. The delicate greens were a highlight - lightly cooked, the baby spinach was soft and subtle in flavour.
My friend had the spelt pancake stack with whipped maple ricotta, served with fresh strawberries, and topped with shredded coconut $17.50. I had a taste and the pancakes were very light and fluffy and perfectly round! The berry jam/sauce was to die for - concentrated fruit flavour and a hint of sweetness. They should bottle that and sell it. It's gold.
They also do a range of other breakfasts including maple porridge, granola, banana bread and of course, variations of eggs and bacon.
Matcha latte is on the menu and they were out on the day I visited, but I will definitely be back to try this out! I settled for a lovely flat white instead.
Maple and Clove serve lunch from 12pm - 3pm daily, including light meals, open-faced sandwiches, salads, burgers and even a curry of the day.
The dessert offerings looked highly appealing, especially as they're almost guilt-free! (naturally sweetened with low GI sweeteners)
The Low-Down on Maple and Clove Cuisine: Wholefoods cafe What I loved: Spelt pancakes, Corn and zucchini fritters Best for: Breakfast or lunch with friends, family or date
Phone: 02 6162 0777 Address: Realm Park, 7 Burbury Close, Barton ACT Website: http://mapleandclove.com.au/ Open: Mon-Wed 7.00am-3.00pm, Thurs+Fri 7.00am-5.00pm, Sat+Sun 7.30am-3.30pm