The former careers of Jeffrey and Kerry Chew have clearly influenced their first cafe, Hunters’ Roots.
Kerry’s architectural nous is on display in the fit-out, which makes clever use of the tiny space with its terraced shelving and undulating wooden ceiling. Jeffrey, once a personal trainer, has made an obvious impression on the menu – almost everything’s clean, raw or somehow wholesome.
Despite the diminutive size of Hunters’ Roots, the entire menu is made in-house, from the dragonfruit smoothie bowl with berries, banana, coconut yogurt, buckini granola and cacao nibs, to the coconut-yogurt parfait served with mango-chia pudding and pure maple.
A rotating selection of freshly made salads with noodles and seasonal vegetables changes daily, and there’s a ham, cheese and kim chi jaffle for diners who’re adamant about not eating healthily.
The selection of smoothies and pressed juices almost qualify as meals in themselves. Take for instance the Green Day, with its kale, cos, pineapple, banana, coconut water, coconut yoghurt, and raw fermented protein. The Purple Rain lines up dragonfruit, berries, banana, coconut yoghurt, coconut milk and camu camu.
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