Bliss Organic Café
7 Compton Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Saving the best for last isn’t normally my style (I don’t have any objections to eating dessert before dinner) – but in this case, I did it – because Bliss won me over in a heartbeat and I wanted to write a special post dedicated to it!
Dedicated vegan restaurants & cafés are not easy to come by in Australia; they’re not a dime a dozen, so if you run one, it’s gotta be pretty special in order to survive – and Bliss is just that.
For a start, the drinks menu is nothing to roll your eyes at. It’s not the standard so-and-so you find everywhere. I mean, sure, they’ll make you a latté if that’s what you want, but why would you want that when you can get a ginger hot chocolate or a spiced hot apple juice? Not only that, but soy isn’t your only option – you can also get oat, rice and almond milk! By the way, I tried the ginger hot chocolate and it was freakin’ amazing!
I struggled to decide what to order for breakfast. My friend Shane suggested the scambled tofu; I was weary, but decided to take the risk. OH. MY. GOD. Boy, did it pay off.
I always think of scrambled tofu as such a cliché. It’s the standard vegan dish that everyone makes differently and I’ve never found one that seemed quite right. Either the tofu is too chunky or it’s nicely crumbled but kinda rubbery… Or people just get far too carried away with adding flavours to it. It’s never just… right. I’d never met the perfect scrambled tofu until I tried the one at Bliss (which, by the way, craps all over my version – I now have a very high standard to strive for!).
It contained a perfect amount of veggies which didn’t out-shine the simple, fluffy tofu and was laced with pepitas, sesame seeds and flax meal. One of my favourite things about it was the addition of potato – which made the idea of toast completely superfluous.
My friend, Shane, ordered a raw bruschetta for brekkie (yep, they have both raw and gluten free options) which is pictured below. It was simple but also perfect. I often prefer raw food when it’s not over the top.
In order to try something else from the menu, I ordered the Bliss Burger to take to work for lunch and it definitely didn’t disappoint! The patty was primarily beans & lentils – thus it was nice and soft. The only down side to this was that when I squashed the burger to fit it into my mouth, the patty squeezed out the sides. It was definitely a man-sized serve; I actually ended up removing the top half of the bead bun and eating it with a combination of cutlery and my hands. It got a little messy and involved a lot of finger licking, but I’m not afraid to be classy like that – even in front of my favourite HR advisor 😉
Food-wise, these guys don’t mess around – everything they serve is seriously something special and I’d recommend a trip to Adelaide for the sole purpose of visiting Bliss. Yes, really.
In addition to my big rant about the amazing food, the premises themselves are really inviting. There’s three main sections – the first part has wooden tables and chairs and is set up like a nice cozy café. The second front part has retro style tables and chairs and a little grocery store where you can buy both pantry and refrigerated items AND books. The range is huge and even includes a very decent section of raw foods by the counter. The third section is out the back and is really relaxed – there’s even a little under cover area with cushions for you to remove your shoes and sit at ground level! It’s oh-so-hippy but not in a pretentious way.
During this wonderful experience, my friend Shane of Pure Gaisha gave me a black waterproof mascara. Since being vegan, I’ve tried a few different mascaras and they often end up smearing under my eyes after only a couple of hours – so for a long time, I just gave up and wore fairly simple eye make up.
After a full day of wearing the mascara, I can confidently recommend it and tell you that it did not budge from my eyelashes one bit. No smudges, no flaky bits… It’s the most amazing stuff I’ve ever used! And it’s vegan! YAY! Pure Gaisha’s body products and scrubs are also pretty amazing – I’ve been using them for years. I’m not sure why I didn’t take the plunge & try the cosmetics earlier.