Fundies Wholefood Cafe
The other day, I finally pounced on the opportunity to do so, when my friend Zoe suggested grabbing breakfast somewhere around Paddington.
My feelings about the Fundies experience are mixed. There are various aspects contributing to this - the environment, the service, and then the food itself.
First of all, the environment. I was refreshed by the simple little enclave the cafe inhabits, alongside the well-known Fundies Foodstore. I'm a sucker for Whitewash Veejay panelled walls, and polished hardwood floors, so as you can imagine, I immediately felt at home in this rather bohemian-feel eatery. Lots of cafes in Paddington overdo the "French countryside" decor, and end up feeling a bit like a Marie Claire Home shoot.
I checked out the menu, and had to scan it a few times in search of the quinoa porridge I had, truthfully, come here for. Alas it was not there. Actually the menu was fairly sparse, and this is where my mixed feelings originated.
So the service - I approached the counter, where you place your order, because Fundies isn't really into table service. The really amicable and healthy-looking young lady confirmed that the menu rotates, so no quinoa porridge for me today! Ouuuuuuuuuch. Anyone who has joined me for breakfast/lunch/dinner and especially dessert will confirm that I just don't know what I'm doing when it comes to selecting a meal to eat. So I stood at the counter, hopping from one foot the other for about 15 more minutes, while I figured out a plan B, and went with a bagel.
The upshot of criteria service: impressive. Because the staff are very sweet, and they didn't mind the drawn out nature of the way I order food. However, while I get the logistical reasoning behind a rotating menu, and it implies the freshness of the food - I have to note a teeny weeny penalty for not having quinoa porridge when I reallllly wanted it.
I guess I should probably address pricing, which is unfortunately where Fundies kind of didn't impress me. The bagel I ordered, was of the raisin and cinnamon variety. It was served with nuttelex (a vegan substitute for butter) and blackberry jam. I realised a few minutes after I ordered it, for $7.50 - that is a super overpriced bagel.
Luckily, it was awesome.
But there are also the bread roles with a hole in them. Words can't describe my disappointment when one of these shows up in front of me. It happened not long ago, so the experience was fresh in my mind, and when this superb boiled specimen eventuated at Fundies, relief washed over me. Almost caramelised on the surface, by the expertly applied use of a sandwich press, this crisp outer contained a soft, doughy inner bagel.
Zoe ordered lunch for breakfast, although it was getting towards lunch time, so that's okay I guess. Her plate looked, admittedly, more delicious than mine looked (but I think mine tasted at least as good).
I thoroughly enjoyed my bagel, but my coffee was another bag to add to the mix of mixed bags.
But then, after that first sip, it just tasted like soy milk... So you can probably understand how my mixed feelings about Fundies were taken to a further reinforced level.
To sum up Fundies Wholefood Cafe: I rather liked it. It was a really pleasant little spot to while away a few hours, and I think if it was raining outside, it would be super cozy. I'll try that out when it next rains and publish my findings.