Bite into a better planet (and a decent pie by anyone’s standards) at this quirky little Bondi cafe. It’s hard to believe that these flaky, tasty beauties are completely dairy/animal free (vegan), but I assure you they’re made from just plant material.
The signature Funky Chunky ($6) is full of meaty (me bad) shiitake mushroom chunks in rich gravy with creamy mash. The flaky pastry is made without butter; the filling is flavoursome with onion, garlic and a hint of chilli.
I tried the new Tuscan Mushroom served with Mushy Peas, Mashed Potato and Gravy ($9.50) – it’d make a great winter warmer when the weather calls for one. It’s got the same organic seed topped layered puff pastry, encasing mushrooms marinated in balsamic vinegar and rosemary with sautéed silver-beet and cherry tomatoes in a white wine vinegar sauce.
As you perch on a recycled bushel burlap bag stool, relish that your dollars are paying for staff to wear uniforms made in sweat-shop free factories; the packaging is biodegradable down to the coffee cup lids (the first in Australia) on your organic, Fair Trade Coffee ($3.50); even the cold drinks are organic. A Charlie’s Mango and Orange ($3.50) was just the trick on the unseasonably warm day I dined.
Shop 2 / 144-148 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi
Ph: (0420) 415 164