Review: Soul Press, Edithvale

When my friend Beth asked to take me out to dinner for my birthday, I said “Actually why don’t you take me out to brunch instead, and we can try that healthy cafe in Edithvale?” Most people would have said thanks for dinner, but I had to just take it that one step further. It all worked out in the end anyway. Beth had been wanting to try the same cafe, and we went to Costco Moorabbin afterwards which we had been talking about for a while (because clearly, neither of us have a life).

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The cafe in question was Soul Press in Edithvale, a second branch of the original Soul Press in Brighton. Like all ‘healthy eating’ cafes, they offer a range of super smoothies, acai bowls, pressed juices, and in this case – sushi burritos as well. To fit in with the other diners, I recommend wearing your tightest activewear to the cafe with your hair in a jaunty ponytail and a yoga mat under your arm.

Chai Latte, $4.50, and Beetroot Latte, $5
Chai Latte, $4.50, and Beetroot Latte, $5

I had wanted a matcha latte but they were unfortunately out of matcha on that Sunday morning – strange for a health food cafe! I had to settle for a Skim Chai Latte (too milky without enough spice) instead, whereas Beth tried a Beetroot Latte with coconut milk for the first time. I don’t think she’ll be rushing back to trying beetroot lattes any time soon, finding the beetroot a bit too sweet.

Avo Smash with chilli flakes and edamame and pumpkin seeds with optional goats cheese, $15.50
Avo Smash with chilli flakes and edamame and pumpkin seeds with optional goats cheese, $15.50

As a smashed avocado lover (it’s okay Bernard Salt, she’s already a property owner with a hefty mortgage), Beth immediately gravitated to the Avo Smash with chilli, edamame, pepitas and goats cheese. This was a great mix of textures and flavours – soft avocado, tangy goats cheese, crunchy pepitas, fresh edamame and crusty bread. A great blend.

Snickers superfood bowl with acai blended with banana and coconut water, topped with muesli, strawberries, coconut chips, banana, vegan Snickers slice, caramelised bukinis and bee pollen, $14.50
Snickers superfood bowl with acai blended with banana and coconut water, topped with muesli, strawberries, coconut chips, banana, vegan Snickers slice, caramelised bukinis and bee pollen, $14.50

I chose my first ever acai bowl – a Snickers Superfood Bowl featuring banana, coconut water, muesli, strawberries, vegan Snickers slice, and more. It’s the type of naughty sweet treat you feel virtuous ordering and eating, even if the fats contained in the vegan Snickers probably has more kilojoules than an actual Snickers bar. I quite enjoyed my first acai bowl experience and can see how people get addicted to them! Next time around though, I think I’d choose one that’s less of a mock dessert and has more fresh fruit toppings.

Soul Press isn’t far from where I live…yet, I don’t think I’ll rush back to eat there unless I was already planning on having a particularly healthy day with a long 15km walk along the beach. If I’m going out for a cheeky weekend brunch, I’d much rather spoil myself with a plate of Cointreau hotcakes or corn fritters at Hendrik’s Cafe in Mordialloc instead!

Soul Press is located at 265 Nepean Highway in Edithvale.

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