Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents There's no meat, there are green drinks, a hefty
part of the menu is raw, and it's all healthy.
Depending on where you sit on the food
spectrum, this could fill you with joy or send you
rushing to the butcher.
But no matter what you think, you’ve just got
to try it. Around a year ago Samudra, a Dunsbor-
ough-based surf and yoga school, added to their
offerings, opening a one-stop haven for yogis
(classes, own-designed organic cotton yoga cloth-
ing and books), a surf school and a cafe.
The cafe grows most of its own veg on site in a
biodynamic permaculture garden, the seasonal veg
giving the chefs their daily inspiration for the menu.
Much of the food is raw, a rarity on the WA food
scene. But what also makes this menu unusual is
that not only is the food raw, it's gourmet raw.
Expect zucchini "spaghetti" with coriander,
lime and walnut pesto, or Mexican-style "tacos"
made with a meaty dehydrated nut mix instead
of mince, using lettuce leaves as shells. There are
even raw cacao tortes and non-dairy ice cream (we
tried an orange, star anise and cacao mix that was
manna from heaven).
This is exceptional cooking, no matter what
side of the fridge you come from. What's more,
you'll feel brilliant for eating it. Advocates of the
raw food philosophy essentially aim to eat food in
its most natural state, when the highest amount
of enzymes remain, and when the food source is
closest to the world's main energy source (that'll be
the sun). Fruit and veg are at the top of the chain
when it comes to converting the sun's energy.
What isn't raw on the menu is cooked accord-
ing to ayeurvedic principles (this probably isn't the
place to distil an ancient Indian life philosophy
into 10 words), but all you need to know is that
what food isn't raw is usually lightly cooked, and
blended with complementary foods to ensure your
system is in balance.
Try a green smoothie while you're there -- this
energising blend of greens (usually spinach and
kale from the garden with whatever fruit is in sea-
son) will have you feeling amazing. There's plenty
of indoor seating and giant wooden tables and
benches sprawling out under peppermint trees, so
spend some time soaking up what is WA's best raw
food offering, a little slice of heaven to boot.
Samudra, 226 Naturaliste Tce, Dunsborough,
(08) 9779 9977, samudra.com.au.
I FEEL GOOD
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