When Pollen 185’s owner Jyoti Bindu wants something, she has to have it. After years in hospitality she travelled around the world and decided she was going to own a cafe, so that was that. She even bought the handmade Italian plates her food is dished up on before signing the lease.
The refreshing thing about Pollen 185 is that it’s not obviously vegetarian. You could get through an entire meal before realising there are no meat options on the menu. The focus is more on meals that are fresh and healthy, while still having heart.
Bindu can be found in the open kitchen, chatting to guests and dishing up baked eggs, spanakopita, samosties (samosa toasties) and a rainbow tart made with spinach, pumpkin, beetroot, basil and rocket. Influences on the menu come from all over the world but there’s a definite emphasis on colour.
Bindu also makes her own chutney, pesto, almond milk and chai, which only adds to the homely feel. Coffee comes from South Australian roaster Goat Candy while smoothies and juices are all made in-house and include all the superfoods needed to face the day – you’ll find cacao nibs, goji berries, bee pollen, chia seeds, cayenne pepper and coconut water.