Kith & Nosh opened up on Lonsdale Street in Braddon several months ago, offering various healthy, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options to diners. I’ve stopped in on two occasions for breakfast.
At the time, there were matcha, turmeric and chai lattes available on top of your regular coffees. I’m now hooked on their turmeric latte ($5.50) where I found the natural taste of turmeric wasn’t drowned out by too much milk, sugar or other spices, though there were some spices to complement it. There must have been a lot of turmeric in that latte as I soon spilled half of it all over myself and found it tough to get the stains out! I tried the pumpkin almond meal pancakes with figs and coconut ice cream ($19). A yummy flavour combination and the pancakes were soft with a lovely home made feel to them. The coconut ice cream had a different consistency to regular ice creams, so I’m assuming it was vegan. It was a nice meal though I thought the portion size was rather small as I was still hungry afterwards.
Since that first outing, Kith & Nosh have expanded their colourful latte menu to include a beetroot latte and activated charcoal (black) latte. The activated charcoal latte was explained to me when I enquired about it. It basically cleanses your body and works as a detox, but be careful as it also gets rid of any medication you might be on. I tried the beetroot latte which had some warming peppery spices, though I honestly couldn’t tell whether there was beetroot in it or not. It was still enjoyable and comforting.
I also tried the zucchini and pea almond meal fritters with smashed avocado, relish and bacon ($19). I had the choice of adding eggs my way for an extra $6, but I found that far too expensive just for eggs. I was impressed with how quick the food came out (about 6 minutes after ordering) and there was a lot more on the plate than I expected. I didn’t actually need the eggs after all. The fritters were more like pancakes – very soft and easily broke apart due to the almond meal. They were stuffed with finely chopped zucchini and peas with no seasoning that I could taste, a little bland on its own, but combined with the avocado, delicious sweet relish and the savoury bacon, this was a filling and tasty breakfast. The additional fresh salad on the plate was a bonus. The best thing about it was I left feeling healthy (with the exception of the fatty bacon).
Besides coffee and lattes, other drinks available include Perkii probiotic water, organic ginger beer and lemon, lime and bitters, and organic milkshakes. There is a small deli at the front of the cafe selling all sorts of items like Boosey Creek cheese, Poachers Pantry products, olive oils, jams and more. Lunches include salads, sandwiches, and soups. Kith and Nosh also sell fresh meals in the fridge where you can heat it up later. And yes, there are vegan cakes and other sweet treats too. This cafe may not be for everyone, but if you’re vegetarian/vegan or looking to eat a little healthier, it’s worth checking out.
On both occasions, service was friendly and quick. I liked that staff took the time to explain some things to me. Other little things I noticed – board games are available if you want to play a game or two during your meal; and there are doggie treats in a jar outside as well as a bowl of water for your furry friends.
Kith and Nosh
24 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Wednesday to Saturday: 7.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: 8.00am – 2.00pm
Friday and Saturday nights: 5.30pm to 9.00pm
Value for money 7/10
FPJ score 22/30
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